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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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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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Cub Scouts Give Thanks Theme for April

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Cub Scouts Give Thanks Theme for April

Posted on 20 March 2012 by Scouter Mom

Cub Scout Theme for April is Faith, Thank You

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Each month, the Cub Scout program focuses on a core value. The Cub Scout April theme is Faith. BSA has started releasing theme based pack meeting plans for each of these core values. I hear that the new April theme will be Cub Scouts Give Thanks. So this month, I’ll be highlighting some ways that thankfulness can be incorporated into the Cub Scout program on my site ScouterMom.com.

This April theme for Cub Scouts brings to mind both thankfulness to the Creator and remembering to show appreciation to each other. This thankfulness theme also presents a good opportunity for your Cub Scouts to thank everyone who helps them with the program – their parents, their leaders, and the chartering organization. Have your Cub Scouts spend some time writing thank you notes to them, or come up with a creative way for the Cubs to show their appreciation.

Related Cub Scout Achievements and Recognitions

Bear Achievement 18 – Jot It Down

  • Requirement e: Write a thank you note.

Good Manners Belt Loop

  • Requirement 3: Write a thank-you note to someone who has given you something or done something nice for you.

Computers Pin

  • Requirement 6: Use a computer to prepare a thank-you letter to someone.

 

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