6th Calgary Scouts and Venturers of Chinook Council
By Reagan McKinney
Imagine living paycheck to paycheck, having your parents decide between food for you to eat or shelter for you to live under. It’s hard to imagine for many of us, but surprisingly in Canada 1 in 10 Canadians experience this. The 6th Calgary Scouts and Venturers were also shocked by these statistics, so they decided to help the efforts of Habitat for Humanity — a charity working to end the cycle of poverty in 120 different countries.
Moving into a new home can be an overwhelming experience, but when you are moving into your own home for the first time with few belongings, it is even more so. The 6th Calgary Scouts and Venturers of Chinook Council, are working to ease this process during Good Turn Week. It all began when they met with Habitat for Humanity back in December 2015. The Group wanted to help the charity through a hands-on project. After discussing with Habitat for Humanity, the Group fell on the topic of how the children are affected in these situations. With this topic in mind, the youth decided to build personalized furniture for these children, in hopes to truly ensure they feel a sense of home and belonging in their new house. Starting at the beginning of March, the group spent every meeting creating personalized cork boards for the families that would be receiving houses in the spring. The boards are of mixed-medium, using different fabrics, pictures, and other materials. They met with the families beforehand to get a grasp on the children’s preferences so they could incorporate them into the cork boards, along with their individual names.
During Good Turn Week on April 26, the Scouts and Venturers will present the cork boards to the families at their Scout hall. This day will also mark the partnership between the 6th Calgary Scout Group and Habitat for Humanity. The aim is to continue the project for many years to come. They already have plans in place to work on toy boxes for 2017, and will start building earlier in the year. This small but mighty group of 10 youth have created something for future Scouts to look forward to each Good Turn Week to come. Establishing a long term commitment to not only Habitat for Humanity, but to Scouts Canada, and society’s well-being.