215 Strathcona Scout Group
Dates: April 25th – Preparing the packages & April 29th – Giving the packages to the shelter
Time: April 25th – 6:30 – 7:50pm & April 29th – 12:30pm
April 25th: Olympic Heights School gym, 875 Strathcona Dr SW, Calgary, AB T3H 2Z7 (Use back parking lot entrance)
April 29th: Avenue 15 Youth Shelter (938 – 15 Avenue SW)
April 29th – May 7th is Scouts Canada’s 8th Annual Good Turn Week, a youth-driven initiative created to inspire every Scout and Canadian alike to deliver simple acts of kindness. The 215th Strathcona Cubs ‘A’ pack, one of the local Scouts Canada Groups active in the community, have been working together to make their community a better, brighter place by creating the Youth to Youth Caring Project (YYC). Working with the Boys and Girls’ Club of Calgary (BGCC), Cubs are preparing care packages for the youth who are less fortunate than themselves and distributing them throughout their community.
When tasked with learning about kindness and community by their leaders, the Cubs decided to do something to specifically help give the homeless youth in Calgary what they believe are necessities for life. The Cubs mentioned how all kids need food, warm clothes, and a place to sleep, as well as love and perhaps a little bit of fun, so they decided to create care packages that include the basic essentials. The Cubs will be assembling the kits, deciding on their contents and learning how to budget for bigger gifts, which may include gift cards to recreational facilities or cozy blankets. This project is meant to educate the Cubs on what it means to be homeless and live in poverty so they are able to empathize with the plight of youth who are not as fortunate as they are.
The BGCC will be collaborating with 215th Strathcona to distribute the packages to the homeless youth in Calgary. This club works to provide the youth with community support, care and development, with the goal of giving marginalized youth the safety and skills they need to thrive.
By allowing the Cubs some freedom to choose how they will be contributing to their packages, the Cubs have the ability to be creative and truly operate using the Scouts Canada Canadian Path principles of youth leadership, teamwork and local and global citizenship.
The Pack would like to spread awareness about youth homelessness in Calgary and raise support for projects similar to their own. If you would like to support, you can spread the word about GTW online through #GoodTurnWeek, tweeting @215strathcona and @scoutscanada. You can also check the BGCC website and the GTW website for more details about how you can join in.
Through their efforts, these Cubs are showing that anyone can make a difference in their community if they just find a project worth supporting, work as a team and do their best to make the world a bit more awesome one step at a time.