Parents participating in their children’s scouting activities is a big part of our formula for a fun, dynamic and safe environment for learning and growth. Your enthusiasm and knowledge are always welcome and so are your alert eyes and ears. We encourage parents to be willing to support and encourage their child in learning by doing, give their child permission to venture forth to try new activities and adventures while encouraging appropriate risk-taking within a safe environment.
All of our Scouters and Group Committee members are volunteers. We do our best to deliver quality programming, present youth with age-appropriate challenging and educational experiences, and allow youth to develop skills to help build a better world, one where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society. Volunteering with your child’s section doesn’t require a huge commitment – you can choose to help the Beaver Colony with crafts, Cubs with building Kub Kars, help out at camps, lend a hand on a fundraising committee, or maybe you could be a guest speaker. Along the way, you might realize you’re having fun and decide to join the group as a Scouter. Any way you’re willing to help is appreciated!
Registration fees cover the cost of:
- Training materials and resources for leaders
- Planning programs and activities for youth (these must be planned meticulously to ensure compliance with insurance and health standards)
- Publications and handbooks
- Providing service and support to 20 Councils across Canada
- Volunteer servicing expenses
- World Scouting fee
- Risk Management
Dollar for dollar, Scouts Canada’s programs provide significant value to its members. Programs can run all year long and include many adventures such as camping trips that kids will remember for a lifetime. Most importantly, Scouting makes a difference in the lives of children, youth and young adults. With Scouting, they are more likely to demonstrate greater self-confidence and optimism about what the future holds. They express a strong sense of civic responsibility and have a desire to “pay back” to the community. They become more physically fit, energetic, outgoing, conscientious, and compassionate.
2nd St. Albert Scouts does not receive operational funding from Scouts Canada, so we fundraise….
We fundraise for three equally important reasons:
- It is a principle of the Scouting movement that members learn the importance of working together to earn money for the things that they wish to do;
- It gives youth the opportunity to meet with other members of our Group as well as their own Section members in a different setting, serving a different purpose;
- Our Scouts get out in the community and visibly demonstrate what Scouting offers.
Since 1989, Canadian Scouts from all across the country have sold over $100 million of Scout Popcorn, with 60% of funds raised going directly back to local Scouting activities such as: summer camps, Jamborees, canoe trips, group excursions, and to help subsidize registration fees. Since the inception of the program, local Scouts have raised nearly $60 million dollars in support of their local activities making the Scout Popcorn program one of the top fundraisers in Canada.
Scout Popcorn is 2nd St. Albert’s largest fundraiser and your effort selling Scout Popcorn is greatly appreciated!
We typically hold two group bottle drives annually and will add others on for section-specific fundraisers (like Canadian Jamboree). Your participation in at least one of the bottle drives goes a long way to making the event successful. Youth are required to be in uniform.
We held a silent auction in May 2016, raising nearly $12,000. Parents were asked to solicit and collect silent auction items, sell tickets, and attend the event. The committed group of parent volunteers on the organizing committee were incredibly grateful for the support of 2nd St. Albert Scouts families. Because of the success we experienced, we would like to hold another silent auction in the Spring of 2017 and are looking for committee volunteers.
There are a number of 2nd St. Albert Scouts Group events throughout the year. We come together for the Remembrance Day Ceremony in November, host an All Sections Winter Party in December, the Oil Kings sleep-over in January, participate in the Torchlight Parade in February, support the Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo in May, and our All Sections Camp in June, and are always thinking of new ways to bring our community together. There are several other events organized by the Sturgeon Area Scouting and the Northern Lights Council that our youth, and often their families, are able to participate in. We hope to see you out and about!