THIS WEEKEND! 2nd Rossland Scouts need your help with their Community Garage Sale
Scouts Canada is the country’s leading youth organization. For more than 100 years, 17 million Canadian youth experience the outdoors, adventure and friendships.
The Scouts motto is “ Be Prepared “and the 2nd Rossland Scouts is true to that word as they have been involved with many activities in the community, projects and getting prepared for their biggest adventure this summer. The Scouts Group in Rossland is split up into 3 main age groups. The youngest age being the Beavers ages 5-7, Cubs ages 8-10 and Scouts 11-14.
All the groups have been very busy this year. Some highlights have included outdoor exploration of our local trails, themed weeks with friendship parties, sleepovers, Remembrance Day Ceremony and Winter Carnival. Further outdoor exploration included skating, snowshoeing, skiing, plus games and crafts. The groups work on earning “badges” and crests throughout the year, which are proudly displayed on their uniforms and camp blankets. They recently designed, created, built and raced their own “Beaver buggies, Kub Kars and Scout Trucks” at the Rally in Nelson. Among some of the other activities the “Cubs” worked on included learning sewing skills, first aid, compass use, water safety and codes of “Scouting” conduct.
Coming up next is “Nite Trek” for ages 9 and up, where Girl Guides and Scouts are involved in a co-ed event that involves teamwork. There are daytime activities, campfire and a night hike with challenges and stations. There are always leaders and parents supervising and doing security during all camps with strict guidelines and rules. The groups have a lot of fun and meet new friends from other communities, while learning lifelong skills. The older Cubs and Scouts have regular campouts in each season, as well as “Cuboree” gatherings and attended a “High Ropes” camp in the East Kootenays, where they learned climbing skills with certified guides.
A very important part of being such an active group is fundraising; some of the largest fundraisers are the selling of the traditional “Scout popcorn” in the fall, bottle drives and sorting throughout the year, help with United Way Dinner for Caring and this spring the 1st Annual Garage Sale.
Mark your calendar and bring your goods to donate to the Scout Hall, located at the end of the road beside Jubilee Field and Rossland Summit School. Drop off is between 2pm – 6pm Friday, May 9th and the Sale will be from 9am to 2pm Saturday, May 10th. They hope to get a good turnout at the Garage Sale. Spring is a great time to go through your good, used and new things that have collected in your home, basement or carport and help support a good cause. All proceeds goes to 2nd Rossland Scouts Group.
The oldest Cubs will be moving up to Scouts this spring and will participate in a 4 day Canoe Trip on Slocan Lake this July. They will be canoeing the entire length of the lake starting in Slocan and paddling the west side of the lake, camping and hiking the trails along the way. This epic adventure involves a lot of planning and preparation, so the communities support is kindly appreciated.
Scouts foster youth, generally are better citizens and workers when they are older with respective positions in the community and like to “lend a hand” to those in need. For more information about the 2nd Rossland Group contact 2nd Rossland Group Commissioner Tom Leask at 250.362.7118 or come out and help support the group by participating in their fundraisers throughout the year.