I am the "really BIG, mean, and grumpy ogre, with a large club".
Actually, I have been active in Scouting for 40 years. As a youth, I was a Cub for three years, a Scout for four years (Chief Scout), a Venturer for one year and a Rover for one year. As an adult, I have been a Beaver Leader, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturer and Rover Advisor. I was also a Major in the King's 8th Regiment, Fort George Scout Militia, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
In the past, I have been a Service Scouter (Colony and Troop), Assistant Area Commissioner (Troop), Area Commissioner (Sunnybrook Area) and member of the Regional Council for Greater Toronto Council). I hold the Wood Badge in Colony, Pack, and Troop and have been a Trainer for many courses (no extra beads). I met my wife through Scouting, and had the honour of having a Scouting Honour Guard leading our wedding procession. Up until a few years ago, I held the Group Scouter position with the 27th Guelph Scout Group, in the new Wellington Area of Central Escarpment Council. I currently do not hold a postion as I refuse to pay for a pardon, for a known minor offense (all the time that I was an adult Leader), many years ago. Due to Scouts Canada's new 'clean' PRC policy, I suddenly became unacceptable as a Leader. I am on the Undesirables list.
Instead, I devote my time to Scoutscan.com and to "The Dump".
As to what is ScoutsCan.com? It is actually many pages of information on resources and issues for all Scouting in Canada. It has no affiliation with any Scouting Association, but does lean towards the Scouts Canada point of view (only because I have, or did have, a soft spot for it). Having said that, ScoutsCan.com attempts to provide Scouters (where possible) with viewpoints from both sides of the fence, so that they may make educated decisions regarding their own role within Scouting, and also provide the best possible Scouting experience for the youth.
If you would like to contribute to ScoutsCan.com, click on the email link available at the bottom of each page.
Kevin D. Nickson
"The Grumpy Ogre"