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Lights Out!

Posted on 29 March 2012 by CharlesN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to be able to see the stars for once within the city limits?  Want to show that you are concerned about the environment?  Well, Earth Hour 2012 will give you that opportunity to do just that.

Scouts and people alike from around  the world are called upon to participate in Earth Hour 2012.  Earth Hour 2012 will be from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 31st, 2012.  During the span of one hour, millions of people from across the world will turn off their lights.

Earth Hour originated from and inspired by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) of Australia in 2007.  The initiative quickly caught on across the globe.  In 2011, hundreds of millions of people from 135 countries took part in this annual event.  The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) supports this global initiative and invites all Scouts to join in.

What to do?  Simply turn off your lights for an hour between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (your local time).  Have fun, be safe, and let’s turn off the lights!

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A Scout is Friendly

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Friendly

Posted on 28 March 2012 by CharlesN

The Words of Wisdom Wednesday series is composed of anecdotal segments to inspire and supplement a Scout’s personal development, building core values and moral character.

Continuing down the Scout Law, it is apparent why “Friendly” is memorialized right below “Helpful”.  They go hand-in-hand.  Although they have similar characteristics, they are, nonetheless, quite different.  Are you being friendly when you help someone?  Of course.  But are you helpful when you are a friend to others?  Not necessarily.

Being helpful means that you need to take that extra step.  However, to be friendly, we must be so at all  times.  You should not just be friendly in the morning and be bad-tempered in the afternoon.  It is, therefore, more general to be friendly.  It is continuous.  It is a reflection of your attitude toward others.

A Scout is a friend to others.  They include your fellow Scouts, friends, family, colleagues, strangers, people of different nationality… everyone.  Today, we live in a very interconnected world.  We are able to travel across the vast oceans within hours.  We need to try to understand each other better.

According to the World Organization of the Scout Movement, there are more than 30 million Scouts in 161 countries.  Scouts from all over the world are part of the same vision that Lord Robert Baden-Powell had envisioned for Scouting.  We are all part of the Brotherhood of Scouting.

Let me leave you with two questions to ponder over this week.  What do you think it means to be a part of the World Brotherhood of Scouting?  Can you identify some signs of friendship that people use in your community, in your country, and in our world?

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Scouts Canada Invites All Canadians to Join “Good Turn Week”

Posted on 22 March 2012 by Press Release

Scouts Canada LogoOttawa, ON – March 21, 2012 – One “Good Turn” can make someone’s day. Imagine what 100,000 “Good Turns” could do! Scouts Canada has designated April 14–22 as Good Turn Week and is calling on all Canadians to step up and join them by doing a “Good Turn” for a friend, family member, neighbour or the community.

“Scouts Canada’s National Youth Network created Good Turn Week as a way to inspire every Scout to do something great. We invite Canadians to emulate Scouting’s virtues and make the effort to deliver a simple act of kindness,” said Dylan Reinhart, National Youth Commissioner and Chair of the National Youth Network of Scouts Canada. “It’s really not difficult to do, and our goal is simple: to foster a stronger sense of community and friendship in Canada through consideration for and assistance of others.”
Good Turn Week exemplifies the principles of Scouting: to always help others. A recent York University study found that people who did Good Turns saw a marked increase in their happiness and self-esteem. In its third year, the Week not only encourages Scouts but also challenges all Canadians to recognize the importance of doing a “Good Turn” and taking the time to go above and beyond.
“Good Turn Week is an opportunity for all Canadians to put into practice the values that we teach our youth,” said Steve Kent, Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors of Scouts Canada. “We’re proud of the efforts our Scouting youth have undertaken to create a week that inspires numerous acts of Canadian goodwill. With each simple act of kindness, we can help make Canada a stronger community.”
During the week Scouts Canada members will be out in the community doing Good Turns. After each good deed, they will pass along a ‘Good Turn’ bracelet and encourage them to “pay it forward” – creating a cycle of goodwill that will spread throughout communities across Canada.
There are countless ways to do a “Good Turn”. From passing along a parking ticket with time left on it to a driver who’s just parked, to assisting an elderly neighbour with their yard work, the possibilities are endless. Canadians can share their “Good Turn” on the Scouts Canada website by texting “Good Turn” with a description of their good deed to 51051 or submitting it via scouts.ca/gtw.
Doing a “Good Turn” is a practice rooted in the values of all Scouting youth: Beaver Scouts (ages 5–7) promise to “help take care of the world;” Cub Scouts (ages 8–10) promise to “do a good turn every day;” and Scouts (ages 11–14), Venturer Scouts (ages 14–17), Rover Scouts (ages 18–26) and volunteers promise to “to help other people at all times.”
For more information or to see what Good Turns Canadians are doing visit: scouts.ca/gtw

About Scouts Canada

Scouts Canada, the country’s leading youth organization, has more than 100,000 members nationwide representing every faith and culture. Scouts Canada groups offer programming in more than 19 languages reflecting Canada’s multicultural landscape and communities. Kids in Scouts have fun adventures discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t discover elsewhere. Along the way, they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. For tens of thousands of children and youth across Canada, Scouts is the start of something great. For more information visit scouts.ca
Scouts Canada is a not-for-profit organization (Charitable Registration No. 10776 1694 RR0028) and a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

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