Marking Scout-Guide Week
Photo by Jason Teakle, Brant News
William Oldroyd, 6, Owen Portueous, 6, Alex Hallett, 6, and Landon Staffen, 7, of Cedarland School's Fifth Brant Beavers group wait to race their Beaver Buggies during a Scouts Canada open house event at Walter Gretzky Elementary School on Saturday.
Children cheered as Kub Kars, Beaver Buggies and Scout Trucks raced down ramps and families gathered to celebrate scouting in Brantford.
About 400 people attended an open house hosted by Scouts Canada Brant at Walter Gretzky Elementary School on Saturday to wrap up Scout-Guide Week.
Andy Balog, an assistant area commissioner with Scouts Canada, said bringing Beavers, Cubs and Scouts together helps raise awareness of the many opportunities scouting has to offer.
“It is good to bring the youth from all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts groups together so they can see what each other are doing,” Balog said. “It gives the younger sections a chance to see what the older ones are doing and how much fun they’re having, too.
"This also gives the public a chance to see what we do best – having fun by putting events like this on for the kids.”
The open house included a Scouts Canada information booth, vendors and a racing competition featuring Beaver Buggies, Kub Kars and Scout Trucks.
David McKay, also an area commissioner with Scouts Canada, said Saturday's open house offered a chance for the public to recognize what scouting is all about.
“A lot of things we do in the community are on a volunteer basis and not for our gain as an organization,” McKay said. “There is a focus on environmental cleanup, public safety and community work projects. We help to make the children and youth in scouting be healthy and productive members of our community.”
Brant has 15 separate scouting groups with more than 330 youth taking part in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
Ten-year-old Ty Lucier, a Cub with 20th Faith group of Faith Lutheran Church, said he enjoys the activities scouting offers.
“I like the trips we do, the Kub Kar races and the crafts,” Lucier said. “I have learned a lot of skills."