Rotary Welcomes the 3rd Meadowvale Scouts

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On Friday January 20th, the Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale was happy welcome Rob and Heather Byce from the 3rd Meadowvale Scout Troop to our meeting at the Meadowvale Community Centre to talk about Scouts in the local community.

As an ongoing sponsor of scouts in the Meadowvale area, our club always appreciates an update of the wonderful things this organization does for the youth in the community. Heather gave an excellent presentation and as someone who was never personally involved in Scouts as a kid, I was impressed at the amount of activities and opportunities available to boys and girls who join Scouts.

Just some of the activities that the Meadowvale Scouts participate in include:

  • Science Camps
  • Ice Fishing
  • Archery
  • Rock Climbing
  • Zip lining
  • Working with tools
  • Camping
  • Wilderness skills
  • Dog sledding
  • Scuba diving
  • Hiking

On top of that, Scouts have the opportunity to travel internationally and attend Jamborees in other countries. Heather showed us pictures of recent Jamborees in Japan and Norway where scouts build leadership skills and meet new people.

Scouts Involvement in the Mississauga Community

Aside from the fun and educational activities the scouts get to participate in, they are also heavily involved in the local community. This stems from one of the pillars of scouts, which is ‘service to others’. Some of the charitable activities that scouts are involved in include:

  • Annual food drives
  • Planting trees
  • Santa Claus event
  • Apple Day
  • Cruisers Cup
  • Park Cleanups
  • Volunteering at various local community events

Rotary and Scouts

The relationship between Rotary and Scouts goes back 100 years. In 1918, Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary teamed up with a gentleman by the name of Jamie E West to bring the Boy Scouts to America and the relationship has been close ever since.

Locally, the Meadowvale Rotary Club has been a sponsor of the Meadowvale Scouts for years, helping financially to buy equipment such as tents and uniforms, and sponsoring children who may not be able to afford the activities.

About Scouts

Scouts is a non denominational group open to both boys and girls from all backgrounds that helps to develop future leaders by encouraging kids to be of service to others, try new things and promoting tolerance and understanding of others. Their vision is to help Canadian youth to make a meaningful contribution to creating a better world and their Mission is to help develop well rounded youth, better prepared for success in the world.

For more information on Scouts in general, click here.

Click here for more information on local scout groups in Mississauga.

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Are you a business person who is interested in joining an organization dedicated to giving back both locally and internationally? The Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale meets every second Friday for lunch at the Meadwovale Community Centre. Contact me for more details.

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