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Council COVID Update -- Mar 12, 2021

Voyageur Council COVID Update
March 12, 2021
 
Voyageur Council COVID Update
No Scouting stage changes for Ontario or Quebec regions this week, but lots of great updates and new info!
 
Hello Scouters,
 
This week has been especially warm, and we hope all our Groups were able to take advantage of being outside in the ever-growing sunlight! There are no major changes to Scouting COVID stages to report this week, and all of our Groups and Sections can continue to meet outside, or online, as much as they can.
 
New info below: First Aid, Popcorn, Pandemic Badge Auction, and April ScoutCon!
 
Currently, all Ontario regions in Voyageur Council are able to meet under either Stage 3 or Stage 4 Scouts Canada standards. For our Quebec Groups, they can meet under a modified Stage 2 (more details below).
 
Do you have youth in your Group who have disengaged during the provincial shutdowns? Now is a great time to reach out to parents of those youth and talk to them about what you have planned, the safety precautions we're taking, and how much fun they could be having by re-joining in-person and virtual activities.
 
Have you checked out the News and Events section on scouts.ca? You can find great updates there along with new ideas, new resources, and much more! Click here to check it out!
 
First Aid
 
First aid certification has been a topic of frequent discussion over the past few months, including at our Group Commissioner Town Halls. To help ensure that the Council is able to coordinate and oversee first aid training throughout the Council, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Gazaleh (alex.gazaleh@scouts.ca) as our Council First Aid Lead. Alex brings a wealth of knowledge about first aid courses and providers to the Council team, and we are thankful to have him join our team!
 
Alex will be working with the team at Scouts Canada in our continued work with St. John's Ambulance to provide future opportunities for first aid training for Scouters and Scouting members.
 
For Scouters in the province of Ontario, the WSIB (which governs first aid providers) has extended the certification of all individuals whose first aid expired or will expire during the pandemic to December 31, 2021.
 
This means that re-certification will not be necessary until this date, and Groups can continue to deliver in-person program on that basis. For more information about this COVID extension, please click here.
 
As restrictions continue to ease, the Council will look to coordinate first aid courses, and you can expect more information to be shared here at a later date. If you have any questions about first aid certifications or future courses, please reach out to Alex.
 
Scout Popcorn
The 2021 campaign is here!
 
Scout Popcorn is back in 2021 with a brand-new campaign!
 
We invite all Groups to join us and register for one of our info session below, to find out more about the new Scout Popcorn campaign – important info, registration process, next steps and more. Please see all the dates below.
 
March 15th Session: 6PM PST
Western Council Coordinators will be present
 
March 16th Session: 7PM EST
Central Council Coordinators will be present
CLICK ON THE LINK TO REGISTER -
 
March 17th Session: 7PM EST
Eastern Council Coordinators will be present
CLICK ON THE LINK TO REGISTER -
 
Pandemic Badge Auction
 
Did you love our cheeky Quarantime Badge series? Are you looking for a unique, quirky souvenir (that doubles as a conversation-starter) to add to your collection?
 
Join our virtual auction to bid on a one-of-a-kind Quarantime Badge on Sunday, March 28 from 3-8pm ET! All proceeds will support Scouts Canada’s No One Left Behind subsidy program, helping youth facing economic barriers experience the benefits of Scouting.
 
If you became a boredom specialist during the pandemic lockdowns, forgot what day it was, celebrated no-bedtime or ate ice cream for breakfast, then you'll want one of these custom badges! Stitch a quirky badge onto your fire blanket or jacket, frame it in your house or maybe give to someone who really earned it (shout out to all the house potatoes out there)!
 
 
April ScoutCon
Save the Date: April 26-30, 2021
 
Did you enjoy meeting with other Scouters and exchanging ideas last Know-vember? Then you don’t want to miss our Spring edition coming in April. Keep the week of April 26th to the 30th free in your calendar.
 
The Great Canadian Scouting Adventure
 
The Great Canadian Scouting Adventure is your chance to explore the wonders of the natural world and the rich history all around us! We’re excited to launch this new series of virtual learning modules about Canada and the world, thanks to the support of Heritage Canada. To find out more, go to http://bit.ly/ScoutsGCSA. There, youth will be engaged in interactive discussions and activities around parks, historic sites, Canadian and world heritage. These modules will display local culture, history and the environmental biodiversity of these sites.
 
Virtual Volunteer Recruitment Fair
 
Are you passionate about making a difference in Scouts Canada? Interested in a FUN, adventurous, impactful volunteer opportunity? 
 
If so, join SEVEN Functional Teams on Monday March 15th at 7 PM ET or Thursday March 18th at 9 PM ET for our Virtual Volunteer Recruitment Fair. 
 
Volunteers can learn about various national teams and explore exciting volunteer opportunities across Canada. This is for individuals who are considering donating their time a chance to explore what opportunities are available within each Functional Team.  
Tentatively, the Teams that will be attending the Virtual Volunteer Recruitment Fair are: 
Program Support, Duke of Edinburgh, Communications, Properties, Revenue Development and World Jamboree.
 
Registration links: 
When: Mar 15, 2021 19:00 Eastern Time (US and Canada) -- https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcocu2oqTovG9HjSXTF9mmwFL_qcZ_HEf7v 
When: Mar 18, 2021 21:00 Eastern Time (US and Canada) -- https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkf--hpz0tHdDZba6QzolirlFGdDJtjsE5
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
 
Camp Opemikon and
Apple Hill Scout Reserve now Open for Day Use!
 
Camp Opemikon is now open for day use! Groups may choose from a variety of outdoor spaces to host their winter adventures! The trails are open for snowshoeing, the hills are covered in deep snow for tobogganing, and the campfire areas are ready to be warmed up! 
 
For those who would like a bit of support in planning their winter activities, Camp Opemikon now offers the option to "Request Program Support" upon booking. Making this selection will prompt a staff member or volunteer from Ope to reach out and begin working with you to help plan your on-site programming!
 
For more information and to book your space, click here. For questions or to discuss your booking options, please contact the Camp Director, Alisha Behme, at alisha.behme@scouts.ca.
 
Great news! AHSR is now open once again for Day-Use only. Book your next adventure online at: https://scouts.doubleknot.com/facilitysearch/4416
 
Please remember that both the Ontario and Quebec provincial governments recommend against travelling between provinces or differently-coloured zones at this time.
 
1st Voyageur Virtual is now open for Colony Registration!
Voyageur Council’s newest Group, 1st Voyageur Virtual, now has a Beaver Colony open for registration! This is a great opportunity for youth who currently do not have access to virtual programming or do not feel comfortable returning to in-person Scouting once we change stages. Please encourage interested youth and parents to check out this awesome new Group!
 
There is still a need for volunteers! We're building a new team to offer online programming to youth on a regular basis, building on the awesome tools and resources developed during 2020. If you get involved now, you can help us build and frame this new Group and what it offers to youth throughout our Council!
 
While the Colony is the only section currently open, we are aiming to open a Pack in the near future as well. If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, please contact Relationship Manager Cassandra Campbell at cassandra.campbell@scouts.ca.
 
And don't worry! Youth and volunteers can register with 1st Virtual without leaving their home Group! Reach out to Cassandra to learn more.
 
Scout Seeds
Thyme to Start Planting… and planning for amazing Scouting adventures!
 
You can purchase seeds right now at scoutseeds.ca!
 
Scout Seeds is back and in full swing! This year, this green fundraising campaign will run until March 31, 2021 with all sales done online. We have partnered again with our 100% Canadian supplier Make It Sow to offer an excellent variety of seed kits allowing customers to have fun learning more about growing their own garden - while supporting Local Scout Groups and helping our planet!
 
Groups will receive 40% of the retail price as profit and more than 5% will be allocated to the No One Left Behind (NOLB) program.
 
Get ready! Start sprouting the word about Scout Seeds...
 
Register to participate: Go to the Scouts Seed Fundraising page for all the forms and information you need to get started.
 
Missed the Scout Seeds information webinar but want to know more? Check out a recording of the webinar by clicking here.
 
Scouts Canada National Museum
 
Although the Scouts Canada National Museum (SCNM) is closed due to Covid, donations of Scouting artifacts are still welcome. They can either be mailed to the National Museum at 1345 Baseline Road, Ottawa, ON, K2C 0A7, or dropped off after making arrangements in advance with Eric Hansen, Facilities Manager. His phone number is 613-818-5375.
 
Are you looking for some new ideas for your Section's activities?
Why not check out the the Scouts Canada Activity Finder, which provides a way to search, categorize, and look-up activity ideas! It contains hundreds of ideas that you can do with your Sections, providing assisted program for you throughout our winter months! There were also a lot of great ideas discussed during Know-vember 2020 at Virtual ScoutCon, and though ScoutCon is over, recordings of all of the sessions presented will be available soon through the David Huestis Learning Centre!
 
The Properties team is looking for our next Property Support Scouters!
If you'd like to find out more about the role, or to apply for the position, please go to https://www.scouts.ca/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities.html and check out the Property Support Scouter role. You can also download the specific role description by clicking here.
 
Wondering about Scouts Canada's goals and plans for all the Scouting properties across the country? After listening to and engaging with members throughout the organization, A New Vision for Scout's Canada's Camps has just been released and details all the survey results and feedback received from members across the country (including many from Voyageur).
 
Let's get 2021 off to a great start!
With registration open, we'd ask that all of our Scouters and Groups speak to their parents and youth and encourage them to register their youth for 2021, if they haven't already. We will continue to offer adventurous, engaging program in 2021 and we want to make sure that everyone who wants to take part can do so! Ensuring our youth are registered before the start of the Scouting year will help your Section and Group plan your activities and needs in advance, and encouraging registration now can help get kids energized and excited to return to Scouting in 2021.
 
We understand that the pandemic has impacted the financial realities of some of our families, and the No One Left Behind (NOLB) fund is there to help make sure they can continue to participate in our program. The application process is straightforward, and it can be found at: https://www.scouts.ca/programs/no-one-left-behind.html
 
Youth need our program today more than ever, and if they wait until in-person Scouting returns, there may not be any available spots for them to take part in our activities and adventures! While we are limited to virtual Scouting at the moment, it's important to get youth registered now to plan for 2021 and to ensure they remain Active in MyScouts.
 
Check out these Personal Achievement Badge and SDG Resources!
There are also exciting new resources available regarding Personal Achievement Badges (PABs) and Scouts Canada's partnership with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that can help provide additional virtual meeting ideas and challenges for the youth in your Section
 
Looking for some other virtual resources?
We encourage all of our Scouters to review all of the virtual resources available at https://www.scouts.ca/news-and-events/covid-19/welcome-back-resources.html
 
You can also check out the training modules available through the David Huestis Learning Centre including recordings of the KNOW-vember ScoutCon Sessions, Welcome Back to Scouting 2020, and the Raising Resilient Children webinar for great tips, tricks, and resources for virtual and outdoor Scouting.
 
COVID Stage Information
 
As of February 16, all Ontario PHUs in Voyageur Council have moved out of shutdown. Please see additional information below about the Scouting Stage of your each public health unit. We will do our best to provide continued updates that detail the Scouting Stages of all of our regions as additional news is released. For Groups within the same region as Scouting properties in our Council, please note that some of these are now open for day use as well -- more details below!
 
For Groups under the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Health Unit, please note that the temporary gathering restrictions impacting the City of Kingston do not impact Scouting activities. The local health authority has clarified that these restrictions do not apply to our activities.
 
As of February 26, all Voyageur Council Groups in the Outaouais/Gatineau region (QC) moved into a modified Stage 2. This means that all Stage 2 standards and policies must be observed, but with an 8 person limit (including Scouters and youth) to any and all outdoor activities in accordance with Quebec provincial regulations.
 
For more information about current provincial restrictions from the government, you can access the Ontario COVID-19 website or the Quebec COVID-19 website. Scouting Stage 2, Stage 3, and Stage 4 details can be found at the end of this email or at scouts.ca.
 
As a reminder to all Scouters, for your own safety and the safety of our youth and communities, you must follow public health guidelines at all times. The governments of Ontario and Quebec both strongly recommend against travelling between provinces or between different coloured zones.
 
Groups in Voyageur Council within the province of Quebec can move into a modified Stage 2 Scouting at this time. This includes all Groups under:
 
 
Groups under the following Public Health Units are currently permitted to operate under Stage 3 Scouting:
 
 
Please note that for all Scouts Canada Groups in Ontario, camping remains prohibited regardless of Stage.
 
Modified Stage 2 Information
 
  • Size of gatherings: 8 people maximum
  • Patrols: 6 youth maximum (to maintain two Scouter rule)
  • Sharing of equipment: minimized
  • No camping
 
Remember, local public health unit and municipal regulations must be followed at all times.
 
Stage 3 Information
 
  • Size of gatherings: 50 persons total (Outdoors only)
  • Patrols: 8 youth maximum
  • Sharing of equipment: permitted within Patrols only
 
Remember, local public health unit and municipal regulations must be followed at all times.
 
Stage 4 Information
 
  • Size of gatherings: 50 persons total (Outdoors & Indoors)
  • Patrols: 8 youth maximum
  • Sharing of equipment: permitted within Patrols only
 
Remember, local public health unit and municipal regulations must be followed at all times.
 
 
Please review all standards that apply to your Group and reach out to your Group Commissioner or Relationship Manager with any questions you have.
 
This message, as with our previous emails, will be made available on our Council COVID page and on our Facebook Group.
 
As everyone gets settled in to 2021, we'll be back providing weekly COVID updates to the Council. If there's anything that you feel could be added to these emails to make them better and more helpful for everyone, please reach out to the CK3 (emails below).
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Voyageur Council Key 3
Paige Gladwin (Council Youth Commissioner), paige.gladwin@scouts.ca
Nicolas DesRoches (Council Commissioner), nicolas.desroches@scouts.ca
Kira Berger (Council Relationship Manager), kira.berger@scouts.ca
 
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