St. Catharines, Ontario
57th St. Catharines Scout Group
By Lynne Holloway, Youth Spokesperson
This year there are tons of great projects happening right across Canada for Good Turn Week, One of the projects is in St. Catharine’s, Ontario and looks to assist disabled youth. This year the 57th St. Catharines Scout Group is the organizer a project, along with help from the Battlefields Council. The project’s title is “Putting the ‘outing’ in Scouting for Disabled Scouts” and it will take place on the 22nd of April this year. The ‘outing’ portion is taking place at Camp Wetasikwin, located at 3072 Scout Camp road in Thorold, Ontario. The 57th St. Catharines Group is trying to show the inclusiveness of Scouting with their Good Turn Week project.
The Groups volunteering for the event include the 46th St. Catharines, the 4th Niagara, the Forestview Area and the local Children’s Center. All volunteers have been working extremely hard to get the youth from Niagara’s Children Centre to experience Scouting for the first time. These disabled youth are often excluded from everyday activities and can feel left out due to their mobility issues, but Good Turn Week will be very different for them. They will not just get to experience going to a normal camp, but will participate in activities that are normally inaccessible to them.
The daylong event includes taking an educational nature walk in the woods that focuses on the environment, eating lunch as a group, making fun crafts to suit everyone’s tastes, roasting marshmallows and performing skits and songs over a campfire with hearts filled with laughter. This adventure packed day will make these youth feel like Scouts for the day, which is something most of them probably don’t get to feel very often and hopefully they will take that special memory with them throughout their life. This project is very unique because it makes something that normally would be impossible, possible with the help from Scouts Canada. It takes a large amount of funding to normally to mobilize the youth to the camp, so without the help of Scouts Canada this project would not have been possible. This day is during the business week so all the Scouts would normally be going to school, but they decided to volunteer instead. While this project may already sound amazing, this is just a small glimpse of the great things these people are pulling together for the disabled youth in Saint Catharines during Good Turn Week.