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ScoutCon 2017-2018

Event Status

Registration Closed

Event Location

Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School, 55 Centrepointe Dr, Nepean, ON

Event date

11/25/2017 - 8:15am - 4:15pm

Event Description

Join your Council colleagues at ScoutCon 2017-2018 for some fabulous sessions including: Campfire Songs, WILD Education, Working with Challenging Youth, Preventing Volunteer Burnout, Incorporating STEM, Leathercraft, World Jamboree, Maker Space Certifications, and much, much more!

When: November 25th, 2017 from 8:15am (check-in) to 4:15pm

Where: Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School, 55 Centrepointe Dr, Ottawa (minutes from Baseline Station, lots of parking available)

Cost: $25.00 (includes conference, lunch, and crest -- can be paid online or day of)

Registration Deadline: November 20th

What is ScoutCon?

This is a conference for all Scouters (and Rovers) in Voyageur Council. ScoutCon is an opportunity to get together with others in Voyageur Council and connect with the right resources and people There will be a program of workshops on all kinds of topics, led by passionate Scouters eager to inspire you to add to your program. You have to register in advance because all sessions have a capacity limited to the seats available in a typical high school classroom. Lunch will be provided, and the cost for lunch is included in the conference fee -- also included in the fee is a souvenir crest (you know you have the perfect spot for it on your blanket!).

How Do I Register?

Click here to access the registration form. Full details on how to fill out the form are available on the form itself. Please note that all participants, trainers, presenters, and OOS need to register for this event to ensure we have enough food and supplies for everyone! The registration cost can be paid either online (through PayPal, accessed via the registration form) or in-person on the day of. In either case, indicate how you are paying on the registration form as per the instructions.

What Sessions Are Being Offered?

9:00am to 9:50am

  • Meet the Key 3 & the Council Team: The Council Commissioner, Tim Welch, the Council Youth Commissioner, Annabelle Loder, and the Council Executive Director, Chris Blais, will introduce themselves and other members of their Council Team. This session, largely informal in nature, will give you a chance to meet and connect with the members of the Council Leadership Team. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, discuss issues and explore our options.
  • Best Practices for Group Commissioners: Are you a Group Commissioner? Are you interested in becoming one or just interested in what that role involves? Join Heritage Area Commissioner Dave Stremes as he walks you through what all GCs need to know and need to do.
  • ScoutsTracker 101 (2 Part Session): In this two-hour session, join ScoutsTracker creator Dave Caughey as he goes over the basics of setting up and using ScoutsTracker to its fullest potential. Although it is a very feature-rich application, the intent is to introduce you to the various functional areas and give you the idea of what is possible.
  • Facilitating Section Meetings: During their journey in Scouting, youth members participate in meetings where they learn in a youth-led, non-formal educational experience of play and discovery. To ensure that this happens in a positive environment, this workshop will teach techniques to facilitate a fun, safe and constructive Section meeting, including knowing how to get the meeting back on track when it is not operating effectively.
  • Planning for International Travel, Service, and Adventure: Join Gennesse Walker-Scace, Rideau Area Commissioner, and learn what we need to know and do to involve our youth in Global Scouting! There are 40 million members and a whole world to explore! Learn about the umbrella programs and Services of the World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM) to planning an international trip. Get practical information and tips about how to get your youth way out of the Gym.
  • Campfire Songs for All Ages: Start your day on a HIGH NOTE and get into the SING of things!!! Join Heather Shore and Charlene Martens and learn some NEW campfire songs! It will be loud!! It will be FUN!!!!

10:00am to 10:50am

  • The 5 Priorities of Scouts Canada: Many of us have heard of the 5 Priorities of Scouts Canada: Membership Growth, Group Capacity, Safety Leadership, Volunteer Support & Program Quality, but what do they really mean to Scouts Canada and what do they mean to us on the floor? Join Council Commissioner Tim Welch as he explains and discusses these key priorities that affect what we do and how we do it.
  • The Role of the Area Support Manager (ASM): Need help recruiting additional Scouters? Want to recruit additional youth to your group? Do the Program Quality Assessments continue to baffle you? Need support on a tricky situation? What are “the five priorities?!” Scouts Canada Area Support Managers are here to help your group be successful. Join Trish Green, Area Support Manager, for a session full of tidbits and tricks to help you better understand our role, that of your Area Key 3, and how we can help your group thrive!
  • ScoutsTracker 101 (2 Part Session): In this two-hour session, join ScoutsTracker creator Dave Caughey as he goes over the basics of setting up and using ScoutsTracker to its fullest potential. Although it is a very feature-rich application, the intent is to introduce you to the various functional areas and give you the idea of what is possible.
  • Working with Challenging Youth in Colony and Pack (2 Part Session): Scouting offers amazing opportunities for adventure – but this can be challenging sometimes with Beavers or Cubs who have varied personalities and energy levels! Join Darlene Donnelly who has over 25 years of experience supporting children, educators and caregivers in making strong, inclusive and successful programs as she discusses best practices for providing structure to your meetings to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants. Focusing on proactive behaviour management techniques, Darlene will share strategies on how to set up your meetings to create routines for youth, how to best address the needs of identified children within your group, and how to help those participants who have bounds of energy! You’ll leave this session with concrete tips and tricks to help manage youth behaviour in your groups in a positive way!
  • WILD Education: Join Alex Gazaleh, Incubator Area Commissioner, as he provides an overview of all aspect of WILD Education. WILD Education is Project WILD, Below Zero and WILD About Sports, three programs that have deep links into many aspects of Scouting, especially in the younger sections.
  • Effective Activity and Program Review by Troop and Company: How can we help older youth focus on the importance of reviewing what they have done and bringing “lessons learned” forward into their later plans? Join this facilitated discussion and share your experiences.
  • Maker Space Certification (2 Part Sessions, 3 Session Available): The Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library has a Maker Space with 3D Printers, 3D scanners, Laser cutters, Green Screen equipment and more!!! This is free to use by all “Certified” Ottawa Public Library cards holders 13 and above. Library cards are free to Ottawa citizens, but there is a $50 non-resident charge. The roughly 1 hour certification covers the dos and don’ts, emphasising safe use of the facility, and is taught by the OPL staff. It is not a course in how to design projects for the equipment. Upon completion participants will have their Library record updated to include their Certification, permitting them to book use of the equipment with no other charge than the material they use. NOTE: These sessions run at the Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 101 Centrepointe Drive, about a 5 minute walk from Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School. The Maker Space is on the main floor to the left. Session 1 starts at 10:15, Session 2 starts at 1:15, and Session 3 starts at 2:30.

11:00am to 11:50am

  • 4DX Concepts and the Council Priorities: The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a planning process that has been adopted by Council to help focus our efforts on achieving specific goals, while keeping up with everything we all do. Join Council Executive Director Chris Blais for an introduction to the key concepts of 4DX and learn how and where we are using it to deal with specific Council priorities: Retention and Capacity.
  • The Roles of the Group and Area Youth Commissioners (GYCs and AYCs): What is a Group Youth Commissioner / Area Youth Commissioner? What is their role? How do we recruit them? How can an effective Youth Commissioner inform us and improve what we do? Join Annabelle Loder, our Council Youth Commissioner, as she explores the role of the Youth Commissioners.
  • Mastering MyScouts: This largely participant driven session will allow you to get answers to specific MyScouts questions and learn more about the functionality of our major membership management tool with Nepean Area Registrar Geoff Williams.
  • Working with Challenging Youth in Colony and Pack (2 Part Session): Scouting offers amazing opportunities for adventure – but this can be challenging sometimes with Beavers or Cubs who have varied personalities and energy levels! Join Darlene Donnelly who has over 25 years of experience supporting children, educators and caregivers in making strong, inclusive and successful programs as she discusses best practices for providing structure to your meetings to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants. Focusing on proactive behaviour management techniques, Darlene will share strategies on how to set up your meetings to create routines for youth, how to best address the needs of identified children within your group, and how to help those participants who have bounds of energy! You’ll leave this session with concrete tips and tricks to help manage youth behaviour in your groups in a positive way!
  • Running a Safe (but Adventurous!) Program: Scouting programs need to be adventurous. Scouting programs need to be safe. Are these statements contradictory? Join Kevin Wigle, Deputy Council Commissioner of Safety, for a facilitated discussion on how we do both.
  • Use of Map and Compass: Ever been on a hike or canoe trip and not been quite sure how to use your map and compass to navigate? Then this would be the course for you! A brief introduction to using Canadian topographical maps and a compass, presented by Nigel Ward, an experienced teacher of navigation, who will show you how easy it really is! Participants should bring their own compass if they have one, but there will be some available for those without.
  • Maker Space Certification (2 Part Sessions, 3 Session Available): The Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library has a Maker Space with 3D Printers, 3D scanners, Laser cutters, Green Screen equipment and more!!! This is free to use by all “Certified” Ottawa Public Library cards holders 13 and above. Library cards are free to Ottawa citizens, but there is a $50 non-resident charge. The roughly 1 hour certification covers the dos and don’ts, emphasising safe use of the facility, and is taught by the OPL staff. It is not a course in how to design projects for the equipment. Upon completion participants will have their Library record updated to include their Certification, permitting them to book use of the equipment with no other charge than the material they use. NOTE: These sessions run at the Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 101 Centrepointe Drive, about a 5 minute walk from Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School. The Maker Space is on the main floor to the left. Session 1 starts at 10:15, Session 2 starts at 1:15, and Session 3 starts at 2:30.

1:00pm to 1:50pm

  • Preventing Volunteer Burnout: Scouting will take every minute you will give it and ask for more. How do we protect ourselves from burning out? How do we protect our fellow Scouters? What strategies can we employ to prevent volunteer burnout? Join Cathy McGee from the City of Ottawa as she discusses how to deal with this pressing problem.
  • Financial Control: What do we do with receipts? How do we track dues? Do we need budgets? How do we know how to set our fees? Whose job is Financial Control? Join Paul Totten as he works through what all Scouters need to know about how we control the funds that come into and go out of Scouting.
  • Leathercraft for Troop and Senior Sections: Work with Doug MacKinnon on advanced leather projects and techniques that are suitable for Troop and Company. Learn how your youth can make items like pouches and sheaths. This practical workshop will give you the ideas and skills to share this activity with your youth.
  • Working with Challenging Youth in Troop and Company: Scouting offers amazing opportunities for adventure – but this can be challenging sometimes with Scouts & Venturers who have varied personalities and energy levels! Join Darlene Donnelly who has over 25 years experience supporting children, educators and caregivers in making strong, inclusive and successful programs as she discusses best practices for providing structure to your meetings to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants. Focusing on proactive behaviour management techniques, Darlene will share strategies on how to set up your meetings to create routines for youth, how to best address the needs of identified children within your group, and how to help those participants who have bounds of energy! You’ll leave this session with concrete tips and tricks to help manage youth behaviour in your groups in a positive way!
  • Incorporating STEM in Colony: Want to learn how to add STEM activities to your Beaver Scout Program? Join Nick Wise for this hands-on introduction to STEM in the Canadian Path for Colony. We'll start with a brief STEM introduction, STEM trail cards, free STEM kits, and resources, then we jump right in and do Beaver-level STEM activities
  • Effective Planning by Colony and Pack: Just how do you get Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts to plan? How much planning do they do and how much do you do? What strategies can you use and how can you help implement their plans? Join Nicole Washington and share your experiences, good and bad, in this facilitated discussion.
  • Maker Space Certification (2 Part Sessions, 3 Session Available): The Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library has a Maker Space with 3D Printers, 3D scanners, Laser cutters, Green Screen equipment and more!!! This is free to use by all “Certified” Ottawa Public Library cards holders 13 and above. Library cards are free to Ottawa citizens, but there is a $50 non-resident charge. The roughly 1 hour certification covers the dos and don’ts, emphasising safe use of the facility, and is taught by the OPL staff. It is not a course in how to design projects for the equipment. Upon completion participants will have their Library record updated to include their Certification, permitting them to book use of the equipment with no other charge than the material they use. NOTE: These sessions run at the Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 101 Centrepointe Drive, about a 5 minute walk from Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School. The Maker Space is on the main floor to the left. Session 1 starts at 10:15, Session 2 starts at 1:15, and Session 3 starts at 2:30.

2:00pm to 2:50pm

  • World Jamboree: Learn about the upcoming World Jamboree with Chris Case.
  • Fundraising Forum: Jamborees, subsidies, meeting space, equipment all make demands on our financial resources. As the cost of everything increases, how can we meet the challenge, without burdening our families? Join this facilitated discussion, led by Deputy Council Commissioner of Fundraising, Christopher Lyon, and share your successes and failures in fundraising so we may all profit from your experiences.
  • Leathercraft for Colony and Pack: Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts can do leathercraft!! Work with Doug MacKinnon and make simple leathercraft items, like woggles, that can be made by your youth in a regular meeting.
  • Working with Challenging Youth in Troop and Company: Scouting offers amazing opportunities for adventure – but this can be challenging sometimes with Scouts & Venturers who have varied personalities and energy levels! Join Darlene Donnelly who has over 25 years experience supporting children, educators and caregivers in making strong, inclusive and successful programs as she discusses best practices for providing structure to your meetings to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants. Focusing on proactive behaviour management techniques, Darlene will share strategies on how to set up your meetings to create routines for youth, how to best address the needs of identified children within your group, and how to help those participants who have bounds of energy! You’ll leave this session with concrete tips and tricks to help manage youth behaviour in your groups in a positive way!
  • Incorporating STEM in Pack: Want to learn how to add STEM activities to your Cub Scout Program? Join Nick Wise for this hands-on introduction to STEM in the Canadian Path for Pack. We'll start with a brief STEM introduction, STEM trail cards, free STEM kits, and resources, then we jump right in and do Cub-level STEM activities.
  • Effective Activity and Program Review by Colony and Pack: How do we draw out meaningful reviews of both individual activities and program blocks from our Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts? How can we incorporate this feedback into our planning cycle? How can we ensure that all youth have the chance to give their feedback separate from peer pressure? This session will help you improve your programs by allowing you to tune them to the desires and needs of your youth.Join Nicole Washington and share your experiences.
  • Maker Space Certification (2 Part Sessions, 3 Session Available): The Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library has a Maker Space with 3D Printers, 3D scanners, Laser cutters, Green Screen equipment and more!!! This is free to use by all “Certified” Ottawa Public Library cards holders 13 and above. Library cards are free to Ottawa citizens, but there is a $50 non-resident charge. The roughly 1 hour certification covers the dos and don’ts, emphasising safe use of the facility, and is taught by the OPL staff. It is not a course in how to design projects for the equipment. Upon completion participants will have their Library record updated to include their Certification, permitting them to book use of the equipment with no other charge than the material they use. NOTE: These sessions run at the Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 101 Centrepointe Drive, about a 5 minute walk from Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School. The Maker Space is on the main floor to the left. Session 1 starts at 10:15, Session 2 starts at 1:15, and Session 3 starts at 2:30.

3:00pm to 3:50pm

  • Promoting Membership Growth:We all love Scouting and we all want to share that passion with as many young people as possible, but how can we do this? How can we reach out to more youth? How can we attract more volunteers? How can we find the space and other resources we need? How can we compete in the “Digital Age”? Join Amy Patterson, Area Support Manager for White Pines Council and Loyalist Area, for a facilitated discussion where we share our challenges and our successes and explore how we can reach the youth of today.
  • Conducting Meaningful Interviews: The interview is an essential part of our screening process, but it is only as valuable at assessing the suitability of a candidate as the skill level of those conducting it. Join Alex Gazaleh, Incubator Area Commissioner, to learn strategies and get tips on how to make your interviews more focused and more meaningful. Participants are asked to take the online interviewing skills course prior to ScoutCon.
  • Effective Mentoring: How do we lead without “leading”, direct without “directing”? How do we advance the knowledge and skills of our youth and fellow Scouters without “telling them what to do”? Join Kate Cruikshank and Trish Green,Area Support Managers, for this facilitated discussion.
  • Self-Directed Learning and the Woodbadge II: What is Self-Directed Learning? How is it done and how is it monitored? How will Self-Directed Learning empower the new WB II process? Join Nathalie Greensides, Deputy Council Commissioner of Volunteer Development, as she covers this intriguing topic.
  • Incorporating STEM in Troop and Senior Sections: Want to learn how to add STEM activities to your Scout/Venturer Scout Program? Join Nick Wise for this hands-on introduction to STEM in the Canadian Path for Troop/Company. We'll start with a brief STEM introduction, STEM trail cards, free STEM kits, and resources, then we jump right in and do Scout/Venturer-level STEM activities
  • Where the Proto-Beavers Are: A group can have great program and excellent Scouters, only to see a drop in numbers. In this presentation, you will see how information from the 2016 Census of Population can be used to help to identify demographic shifts in your area, allowing you to plan ahead on how to react. You may have a lot of Beavers now, but how about five years out? Join Greg Peterson, DAC Group Support for Nepean Area, as he explains what these data can tell you and how you can use them.
  • Maker Space Certification (2 Part Sessions, 3 Session Available): The Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library has a Maker Space with 3D Printers, 3D scanners, Laser cutters, Green Screen equipment and more!!! This is free to use by all “Certified” Ottawa Public Library cards holders 13 and above. Library cards are free to Ottawa citizens, but there is a $50 non-resident charge. The roughly 1 hour certification covers the dos and don’ts, emphasising safe use of the facility, and is taught by the OPL staff. It is not a course in how to design projects for the equipment. Upon completion participants will have their Library record updated to include their Certification, permitting them to book use of the equipment with no other charge than the material they use. Each of these sessions will be capped at 15 participants.

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