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Training Opportunities for Scouts Canada Volunteers

Leaders recruited to all sections require certain common basic knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to be able to contribute to the delivery of a quality program. The leader must complete this training within 1 year or preferably within 4 months. The Course Training Standard is available on the Scouts Canada website.
All training is based on the program as defined in Scouts Canada’s publications, applicable bylaws, policies, procedures, the National Program Standards and any other guidelines established by Scouts Canada. All program planning and delivery must be appropriate to the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual capabilities of the youth involved.
Leaders receive the Woodbadge Part I recognition (certificate & turkshead woggle) when they complete the training course.

Section leaders recruited to all sections require certain common advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to be able to motivate and lead their section teams in the delivery of a quality program. Leaders develop their knowledge skills in the following three subject areas: - Advanced Program Delivery
- Advanced Leadership Skills
- Advanced Outdoor Skills
Typical developmental and learning activities may be undertaken in one or more formats, including on-the-job development and experience, self-study, peer interaction, being coached, or by participating in training modules or a formal developmental course often held on two or three weekends.
Leaders receive the Wood Badge Part II recognition (neckerchief & beads on a leather thong) when they complete the training course.

Colony training is for Beaver Scout program volunteers
Pack training is for Cub Scout program volunteers
Troop training is for Scout program volunteers
Company training is for Venturer Scout program volunteers
Crew training is for Rover Scout program volunteers
Group Commissioner training is for Group and Area committee volunteers

Specialty Training for Volunteers

Standard First Aid, CPR & AED (15 hours)

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April 12-13, 2014 from 9:00am-5:00pm at Optimist Hall, 475 Salisbury Ave, Oshawa
Cost: $60 for certification and manual. Bring a pack lunch. Snacks, pop and coffee available for $1 each.
Register: Link to registration form.Send form and payment to: Bernie Loken, 32 Butterfield Cres, Whitby, ON L1R 1K5
(Cheques payable to "Scouts Canada".) Question? Email WhitbyAreaTroops@gmail.com

Canoe Training Course for the General Public

Scouts Canada members and family are welcome at a special rate of $75 each. This course is run by a private organization, not Scouts Canada.
The pool session / swim test will be during public swim on Wed June 4, 2014 at 7:00pm.
Outdoor with canoes is June 7, 2014 from 9-5pm on the Nonquon River (creek).
Contact: Wood Smoke and Paddle Song Inc. Lewis Williams, 905-666-3180.

Outdoor Skills Scoutcraft I & II

Saturday October 4, 2014 (TBA): Scoutcraft (Day Activities Skills)
Sunday October 5, 2014 (TBA): Scoutcraft II (Outdoors Overnight Activity Skills)

Scouting is an outdoors program so to aid Volunteers in preparing outdoors program for the youth, we will hold two workshops to help build Leader's skills and comfort level. Held at Camp Samac Oshawa, these workshops will cover planning, safety, menus, cooking outdoors, first aid, camping skills, camp set-up, and information about places to go. $30 per participant for one course (one day) or $60 per participant for both courses (two days). Indoor accommodations in cabin #3 is also available for a shared cost of $30. Link to Scoutcraft Outdoor Skills Workshops for full details.

Scouts Canada Specialty Course: Cold-Weather Camping

Course Objective: to increase the knowledge, skills and comfort level of Scouters in cold-weather camping, hiking and survival. Target Audience: all Scouters. Recommended: Scoutcraft 2, Woodbadge 1.
Confirmed Dates and Location:
Theory Meeting- October 15 from 7:00-9:30pm at 33 Wyndfield Cres, Whitby
Practical camp- October 25, 9:00 am to April 26, 2:00 pm at Camp Samac, 275 Conlin Rd E, Oshawa and nearby hiking trail
Our Instructors will be: Wil Corneal, Gord Fry, Jeff Clark, Lewis Williams
Program Topics:
Theory- menu planning, personal and group gear
Practical- camp set up, hiking and leadership with emergency incidents on the trail, cooking all meals over stoves, sleep in tents, survival simulation, navigation, risk management + other topics to be determined by instructors at planning meeting
Cost: $25 for supplies & camping fees | Food: provided by participants | Minimum Number of Participants: 4
Register: Full details at Cold Weather Camping Skills Workshop. Registration closes October 8th, 2014
Send form and payment to: Brian Wick, 711 Rossland Rd E, Apt 1101, Whitby, ON L1N 8Z1

Wood Badge Part I - Essential Training for Volunteers

Wood Badge Part 1 Training

Online Training always available. Please go to www.MyScouts.ca for online training courses.

Wood Badge Part I, for Beaver, Cub, Scout, Venturer/Rover, Group Committee Leaders weekend session

November 7-9, 2014 - OSHAWA Weekend Course for Beaver, Cub, Scout, Venturer, and Group Committee Leaders. Camp Samac, 275 Conlin Rd E., Oshawa.
Complete all requirements to be a Leader with the youth, or enrich your understanding of the Wood Badge I program you have done online. Spend time with other new leaders build relationships, share ideas and challenge each other to find new and exciting program ideas. Our objective is to ensure you are comfortable working with your section's youth, and you will go away with a bag of program ideas, resources and energy to take on the weekly program to the best of your ability. Training weekends are often centered around a theme.
Complete a White Pine Council Course Registration form and cheque made out to "Scouts Canada" for $80. Registration closes October 27th, 2014
Registrations and enquires to Doreen Hume McKenna hma@durham.net | 905-428-6173 | 33 Lewin Cres., Ajax, ON L1S 3A2.

Wood Badge Part II - More In-Depth Training for Volunteers

Wood Badge Part II – Colony, Pack, Troop, Company/Crew (White Pine Council), 2 weekends

May 2-4, & June 13-15, 2014 at Camp Samac, 275 Conlin Rd E., Oshawa, Ontario. This training offers you a chance to further increase your knowledge and confidence in the section you are working. As well as developing a detailed plan for your section, you will obtain a wealth of tools and "trick of the trade" to take back and make your section meeting a joy to run. There will be comprehensive outdoor skill training. You will connect with dozens of Scouters just like you who will have lots to share and you will make a few friends for life. Once the Wood Badge is completed you will be invited to join a local Gilwell Club and an invitation to attend the annual Gilwellian leaders only camp in second weekend of September every year.
Link here for full details.

Leadership Training for Youth Members

FOCUS (Future Of Canada United in Scouting) for Venturers, S.I.T's, Activity Leaders, Rovers

A leadership program aimed towards Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts.
Dec 5-7, 2014 - Focus Youth Leadership weekend, senior Scouts & Venturers. Camp Samac, Oshawa. $50, (Scouters, Trainers, QM $40.) This is a peer-to-peer training course where youth who are competent with the material will deliver a fun and active weekend of learning and practicing skills in communication, goal setting and getting to know one's self better. Fully catered delicious meals and guaranteed indoor sleeping accommodations for the first 36 to register.

Training Forms:
White Pine Council course registration form
Scouts Canada physical fitness form

Whitby Area Coordinator for Training contact:
Brian Wick, bwick@brooklinsigns.com
1101-711 Rossland Rd E
Whitby, L1N 8Z1

Training Resources

Scouting Dictionaries or "What are those people talking about?"

Scouting, like most groups of people involved in a specific activity, uses many words specific to their activity ("jargon" words). Provided here are pages with Common Scout Jargon and Scouting Abbreviations and Initialisms that you might find in Whitby Scouting.

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