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November '97

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  1. Screening Program
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Screening Program Will Improve Leadership in GTR

Written by Randy Brown, editor

Sensational stories regarding child abusers who infiltrate children's organizations (sun as recent scandals involving hochey coaches) have increased parents concern for the well-being of their children. It is not just necessary to do something about the problem; it is just as necessary to be seen doing something about such perpetrators.

The "Comprehensive Screening Strategy" that has been initiated by Scouts Canada is aimed at providing an overall better approach to recruiting leaders and raising the quality of volunteers working within the Scouting organization.

It also provides parents with a reassurance that volunteers have had police and reference checks, and that they have been evaluated by their peers in a methodical way. The results of the National program should build confidence, both within and without the Scouting Movement. Hopefully, as soon as pedophiles realize what the screening process reveals, they will quickly withdraw.

But in GTR the Screening Process will be more comprehensive than just avoiding pedophiles and checking out new volunteers. The official Screening Process has eight steps, which are outlined in a pamphlet included with the Leader magazine last month. GTR has decided to add a ninth step; Mandatory Training. It requires every new Leader and Group Committee Member to have a Part I training course within the first year. It is aimed at giving Area Commissioners, Group Committees and Service Scouters a method of evaluation, not only for new volunteers, but also for existing Leaders. Almost half the existing Leaders within GTR have not undergone any triningdespite the constant availability of such courses and pressure from Area Commissioners. According to Doug Gough, Regional Commissioner, these untrained existing Leaders will have to be evaluated by Area Commissioners, Group Committee and Service Scouters in a personal meeting, in which their qualifications will be carefully checked. If they have already accumulated enough experience, and Area Commissioner can automatically confer a Part I qualification on them. If, however, they still need training, they will be required to do so, or perhaps to undertake one of the Modular Courses, or to brush-up on a one day Part I course.

"I don't like the word mandatory" says Doug Gough, "But it is necessary for our existing Leaders to be evaluated fairly so that we know they are well trained for their responsibilities to Scouting and to youth."

The Alders Area in the west, and the Bendale Area in the east have already undergone pilot projects to train interviewers in the screening process to work out any bugs. The workships have continued, and there are about 18 training sessions left to go, which puts GTR well ahead of the September '98 deadline imposed by National.

Caring for
kids is our

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The GTR Annual General Meeting is being held
on Monday, November 24th, 197 at Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Main
Auditorium, 24 Ferrand Drive, North York (just
south east of the corner of Don Mills & Eglinton).
RECEPTION: 7:30 p.m. MEETING" 8:00 p.m.

Scouting Ambassadors

Written by Ed Balyk, Scout Executive
Scouting prides itself on teaching and developing life skills. Scouting programs encourage youth to develop self-confidence, self-reliance, and other personal traits. Isn't it time we also tried to encourage some jog related skills such as communication skills, the ability to persuade another person to your point of view and marketing a product (e.g. Scouting)? We also often hear how difficult it is to recruit new youth members at the Scout level. With some imagination perhaps, both these objectives could be met. The Scout program has two badges which could be used to accomplish this.

Welcoming Individuals

By using a twist on the "bring a friend" theme, the Individual Specialty Challenge Badge could be set up to encourage Scouts to recruit new members. A sample of the requirements could be:
  1. Bring a friend to the meeting to encourage him or her to join.
  2. Once the friend has actually joined the Troop, the Scout who convinced the new member to join will work with the new member to teach the Investiture Requirements.
  3. Upon the new member's Investiture, the Scout who has been working with him or her will receive the Individual Specialty Badge.
This badge will encourage a Scout to "sell" the idea of his or her friends joining Scouts. It will also help develop the training skills of our members. By helping the new member learn the Investiture requirements the Scout accepts the fact that his or her job doesn't end once the new member signs up. We reward the "recruiter" by awarding the Individual Specialty Badge.

Youth Reaches Youth

Too often when you see a Scouting display booth, it is manned by adults. If youth are present, they are relegated to the role of demonstrating props. While this is a valuable resource to display aspects of the Scouting program, the youth members may benefit from involvement in a different way. By utilizing the Troop Specialty Challenge Badge, we could develop a new resource of youth to recruit youth. A sample of these requirements could be:
  1. As a Patrol or Troop, design a display booth and'or program for use in attracting new members.
  2. As a Patrol or Troop, staff and run a display booth at a mall, trade show, or similar venue for at least two 2 hour shifts. The Patrol or Troop should speak to a minimum of 10 people per shift.
  3. As members of Scouting, the Patrol or Troop should reflect a positive example to the public at all times.
This example will encourage a Patrol or Troop to become a dynamic force in recruiting new members. It will also help the Scouts develop their creative skills by designing the display and/or program. It will develop their communication skills by encouraging them to speak to the public about Scouting. Not to mention that it will develop a resource of dynamic youth members as ambassadors of Scouting.

By being "wise in the use of our resources," we can continue (to) help our youth members develop life skills while living up to our mandate of "learning by doing." They will develop skills in communication and selling, and reinforce their self-confidence and pride in being members of the Scout Movement.

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Greater Toronto Region (GTR)

Scouting Conference

"Let the Spirit Soar"

Saturday, January 24, 1998

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Area News



The 102nd Toronto Cub Pack enjoyed a successful year in 1996/97. There were numerous interesting "theme" meetings held with many thanks going to all the volunteers who assisted in making them a success. A few of these include a visit to the Fire Department, a speaker from the Jewish Community spoke on Hannukah, a United Nations Night, and a fall camp coordinated with the 1st Borden Cub Pack. Another camp that was attended by the boys at Base Meaford was highlighted by a one hour trip in an armoured vehicle (Bison tank).

During the Annual Kub Kar Rally, 102nd won for the most attendance, the best designed Kub Kar (Matthew Mifflin) and the best designed Beaver Buggy (Lorne Roney). Congratulations to all the boys in attendance.

Thanks to all the parents and boys who attended and participated in the ScouTrees by planting approximately 600 trees despite horrible weather conditions.

Congratulations to Thomas Sweeney and Matthew Mifflin on attaining their six star plaques; keep up the good work in Scouts. To note, Thomas Sweeney also completed all awards and badges (less one) during his tenure as a Cub. Here's to another successful season in cubbing for the 102nd Cub Pack.

102nd Beavers: The spring Beaveree was a great success. All participants enjoyed the Mystery Tour on the TTC. Thanks to Marilyn, Cunthia and Ellie for a great time.

I would like to thank all our Leaders for a very successful year. Beavers and Cubs both achieved their Bronze Toronto Action Award. Our year end BBQ and award ceremony went well. A special thank you to our sponsor Fairbanks United Church for attending.

PEARL IVENS, 635-5998 

Webmaster's Note: Humber West, Old Mill, Skyline, The Alders and West Scarborough Area News will be completed in a day or two (30/11/97).

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Are you working on the Chief Scout's Award? It is not too soon to start planning for the completion of all the requirements. Two important dates are:


Dare to camp where the lions roar!
YOUTH GROUP CAMPING - May 1 to Sept 28, 1998 Call Lisa, 1-800-WILD 


Leaders or Volunteers are needed in order to keep 102nd Toronto up and running. With more kids this year, we need your help. If you have any time to spare, please call Pearl Ivens 635-5998. 


Roger Gyatt received his Queen Scouts on March 20, 1969 and was a Troop Leader at the 45th Riverdale. Roger has terminal cancer. It would be much appreciated if anyone who remembers him would like to drop him a line: Roger Gyatt C/O Vicki Gyatt, 99 Aloma Cres, Bramalea, Ontario L6T 2N8. Tel: 905-793-6835. 


Congratulations to the 2ND RICHMOND HILL for being the overall winners of the OBA Challenge this year. Runners up were: 3RD HIGHLAND CREEK (TEAM 2) and 3RD HIGHLAND CREEK (TEAM 1)
Twenty-two teams participated in the two day event. 


Agincourt Dan Van Nice 292-6738
Bendale Tom Childs 283-3385
Brownsea Jim Potter 665-6708
Humber West Roy Henry 247-8426
Old Mill Syd Griffin 236-8893
East Scarborough Bern Bellamy 266-0245
West Scarborough Bob Wall 447-7568
Seton Chuckie Smith 462-9643
Skyline Bill Simms 233-6527
Sunnybrook Ted Zuber 445-4973
The Alders Jack Lyons 233-8997
Willow Valley Eric Locke 438-8278

Coordinator Robert Engel 223-9876
Harry Bruce 493-7710 Manager warehouse
Jim Lindala
June Peirson 241-5417 Telephone central
Bill Walker 222-4841 Manager Warehouse 4 


of DR. PROCUNIER - Jerbert Ritter and J. David Ritter
of MARK KIELY - Lynn McCray 219th Group Committee (Campership Fund)
of HENRY WHITFORD - Helen Pinzhoffer
of CAROL SMITH - Seton Area Scouting Auxiliaries


Canada Trust Employees "Reach Out" Fund
Jack Hershoran (C.N.E.)
Alexander and Audrey Wylie (Campership Fund)
James and K. Lynn Georgeff
Ontario Hydro Employees
The Royal Canadian Legion General Wingate Branch (J.A.C.)
J.P. Bickell Foundation National Trust Co. Trustee
Jim Farrell, Sunshine Service Centre Ltd/Petro-Canada
Canada Trust
United Way of Ajox-Pickering (Donor Choice Program)


Carol Smith, wife of Murray Smith of the 8th
Toronto Seton Area passed away suddenly on
Sept.19th. Both Carol and Murray were very
active in Scouting in the East End of Toronto.

Scouting and your community

Written by Frank Grisbrook,
Public Relation/Special Events

So often I get tired of the old chestnut from friends and strangers alike "Where is Scouting? I never hear about it. I never see it. Is it still around?"

You bet your woggle we're still around and doing well. In fact there's a rumour going around that Scouting is growing ever so slowly.

It's a broad programme - we have many diverse activities to present to our young people. More importantly, we teach the basics of fair play, honesty and fun with competition.

It's affordable - compare it to other organizations, i.e. hockey or figure skating.

It's fun - and that's what it's all about.

So how come nobody knows that we exist? We must be one of the world's best kept secrets.

A remedy...

Adopt your community (about six square blocks from the front door of your meeting place), clean a parkette, adopt it and look after it. Do a neighbourhood clear up on those six blocks. Do a neighbourhood snow shovel, do a mini food drive, get to know your neighbours and let them know you.

Tell everyone what you're doing - it pays to advertise. Start off small, wear uniforms as much as possible. BE VISIBLE.

Have Fun ... Smile ... It's contagious. 

Scouting News is printed 5 times a
year for all adult members of Scouts
Canada in the Greater Toronto Region,
265 Yorkland Ave, North York M2J 5C7.
Telephone: 490-6364, #453. Randy
Brown is the editor.
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