Is Scout­ing for you ?

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

The Stanstead Scout troupe has be­gun meet­ing again ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, at Sun­ny­side Ele­men­tary School, in Stanstead. Girls and boys be­tween the ages of five and four­teen, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, will do a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year, in­clud­ing sev­eral ex­cit­ing camp­ing trips.

“We just re­turned from a camp­ing trip last week­end and we have about seven more sched­uled from now un­til June. There will even be a nine day trip to Camp Ta­ma­ra­couta this year,” men­tioned Scouts Canada’s Group Com­mis­sioner for the Stanstead troupe, Corinne Doucet.

Next Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 26th, is Reg­is­tra­tion Night for re­turn­ing mem­bers and for new chil­dren who would like to try their hand at scout­ing. “It gets kids away from the TV, the elec­tron­ics. The ma­jor­ity of kids love it. We

also get in­volved in the com­mu­nity. We’re in the Re­mem­brance Day pa­rade, we help at the Com­mu­nity Sup­per and at BorderFest, and we work with the CAB,” said Ms. Doucet.

Wed­nes­day evening ac­tiv­i­ties at Sun­ny­side in­clude badge­work for the older Cubs and Scouts and craft ac­tiv­i­ties for the younger Beavers.

The Stanstead Scout troupe is or­ga­niz­ing a spe­cial camp­ing trip at the end of Novem­ber that will be open to all chil­dren, aged eight to four­teen. “We’re plan­ning this camp­ing trip so kids can just come and try it out for the week­end, camp­ing overnight, or just come for the day. We’ve held ‘Bring a friend’ events be­fore but this is the first time we’ll have camp­ing open to all,” Ms. Doucet added.

New Scout­mas­ters are wel­come and needed to join the troupe. “Three new lead­ers have come for­ward but we still need more. Even if they can only be part time lead­ers – not ev­ery­one can go to one meet­ing a week. They need to be eigh­teen or older and to pass a po­lice check. We en­cour­age six­teen to eigh­teen year olds to vol­un­teer un­der adult su­per­vi­sion,” said the Com­mis­sioner.

The Stanstead Scouts are also look­ing for peo­ple from the com­mu­nity with spe­cial tal­ents that they would like to share with the Scouts and for lo­cal busi­nesses that would be will­ing to let the Scouts tour their fa­cil­i­ties. “It’s so the chil­dren know what’s go­ing on in their com­mu­nity and what the ser­vices are. Then they ap­pre­ci­ate their com­mu­nity more,” ex­plained Corinne.

Ms. Doucet was happy to an­nounce the troupe’s new spon­sor: the Ro­tary Club of the Bound­ary. “They are fan­tas­tic as spon­sors be­cause they work on en­vi­ron­men­tal projects and we try to do na­ture projects.”

The Reg­is­tra­tion fee to join the troupe is $100 per year. How­ever, there is fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance avail­able to help pay this reg­is­tra­tion fee upon re­quest. So if you’d like to sign up your child or chil­dren but can’t af­ford to – just call the num­ber be­low.

For more in­for­ma­tion call Corinne Doucet at 819 876-7842 or email her at cor.dou@videotron.ca.

Photo pro­vided by Corinne Doucet

The Stanstead troupe keep­ing warm at a win­ter cook-out at the Lake Lover­ing Scout Re­serve.

Photo pro­vided by Corinne Doucet

Sev­eral mem­bers of the Stanstead Scout troupe camped out in Dixville last week­end.

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