34th Scouts Group

Making the world a better place


The Five Sections

A young person in the movement is a ‘scout’ at any age. Our training program spans from ages 5–25, and is divided up into five sections. Each section has its own identity, ethos and style. They all have adult support, which varies in style in each age groups.

List of 5 items.

  • Beavers (5–7 years of age)

    The Beaver program emphasizes having fun while encouraging children to feel good about themselves, their friends and family, God, and nature. Beavers help children learn basic social skills and gain self-confidence. The Beaver program promotes activities that encourage children to:

    • find examples of their own spiritual beliefs
    • experience and express love and joy
    • be healthy and have good feelings about themselves
    • develop a sense of belonging and sharing in small group activities
    • develop a sense of cooperation through non-competitive activities
    The Beaver program is built around a lively variety of games, crafts, music, storytelling, playacting, spiritual fellowship and the outdoors. Beaver activities stress cooperation and teamwork, and can involve the whole family.
     
    The outdoors is an essential part of the Beaver program. Weekend events, picnics, short nature hikes and family-based camping opportunities round out the Beaver experience.

    Beavers meet in a group called a colony. The colony is split into smaller groups called lodges. There is one leader for every five Beavers. Each Beaver learns a promise, law and motto to help guide their personal development.

    Beaver Promise:
    I promise to love God and help take care of the world.

    Beaver Law:
    A Beaver has fun, works hard and helps family and friends.

    Beaver Motto:
    Sharing, Sharing, Sharing
  • Cubs (8–10 years of age)

    Cubbing is built around a lively variety of games, crafts, music, storytelling, play acting, spiritual fellowship and the outdoors. The Cub program focuses on six activity areas: The Natural World, Outdoors, Creative Expression, Healthy Living, Home and Community, and Canada and the World. Individual interests and skills are recognized through simple awards.

    The outdoors is an essential part of the Cub program. Weekend events, hikes and overnight camping opportunities round out the Cubbing experience.

    Cubs meet in a group called a pack. The pack is split into smaller groups called sixes. There is one leader for every six Cubs. Each Cub learns a promise, law and motto to help guide their personal development.

    Wolf Cub Promise:
    I promise to do my best
    To love and serve God, to do my duty to the Queen;
    To keep the law of the Wolf Cub pack,
    And to do a good turn for somebody every day.

    Wolf Cub Law:
    The Cub respects the Old Wolf,
    The Cub respects himself/herself.

    Wolf Cub Motto:
    Do Your Best
  • Scouts (11–14 years of age with option to remain until age 16)

    The Scout program emphasizes having fun while encouraging youth to feel good about themselves, their friends and family, God, and the environment. The Scout program helps youth expand their leadership skills and gain self-confidence.

    Scouting promotes activities that encourage youth to:
     
    • express and respond to their own spiritual values and beliefs while showing concern for others
    • develop self-reliance
    • pursue hobbies and personal interests
    • develop self-discipline and the skills of working cooperatively with others
    • cooperate in setting and achieving small group and personal goals
    • practice leadership skills
    • relate with adults
    • be of service to others
    • camp, explore the outdoors, and develop good conservation practices
    The Scout program is designed around a lively variety of activities based on personal and group interests. Scouts emphasize outdoor and environmental activities, citizenship and community service, leadership, and personal development. Individual interests and skills are recognized through an awards system.

    The outdoors is an essential part of the Scout program. Weekend events, extended hikes, no trace camping and seasonal sports opportunities round out the Scout experience. Developing an active, healthy lifestyle is the prime goal.

    Scouts meet in a group called a troop. The troop is split into smaller groups called patrols. There is one leader for every six Scouts. Each Scout learns a promise, law and motto to help guide their personal development.

    Scout Promise:
    On my honour
    I promise that I will do my best
    To do my duty to God and the Queen
    To help other people at all times,
    And to carry out the spirit of the Scout Law.

    Scout Law:
    A Scout is helpful and trustworthy,
    kind and cheerful,
    considerate and clean,
    wise in the use of all resources.

    Scout Motto:
    Be Prepared
  • Ventures (14–17 years of age)

    The Venturer program emphasizes having fun while encouraging teens to feel good about themselves, their friends and family, God, and the environment. Venturers help teens advance their leadership skills and gain self-confidence.

    Venturers promote activities that encourage teens to:

    • show that they care and live according to their personal values and religious beliefs
    • develop and use the skills of communicating, solving problems and making decisions
    • explore vocational opportunities
    • participate in a variety of social, cultural and spiritual activities
    • work cooperatively in adult-like settings
    • participate in challenging physical and outdoor activities
    • become aware of and respond to needs of the community and the environment

    The Venturer program is built around a lively variety of activities based on personal and group interests. Venturing emphasizes outdoor and environmental activities, citizenship and community service, leadership and personal development, and career exploration. Individual interests and skills are recognized through an awards system.

    The outdoors is an essential part of the Venturer program. Weekend events, extended hikes, no trace camping and seasonal sports opportunities round out the Venturer experience.
    Developing an active, healthy lifestyle is the prime goal. As well, Venturing helps teens learn new knowledge and skills that can lead to a satisfying career.

    Venturers meet in a group called a company. Venturers develop and manage their own program with the help of an adult advisor. Each Venturer learns a promise and motto to help guide their personal development.

    Venturer Promise:

    On my honour
    I promise that I will do my best
    To do my duty to God and the Queen
    To help other people at all times,
    And to carry out the spirit of the Scout Law.

    Venturer Motto:

    Challenge
  • The Junior Leader Corp

    The Junior Leader Corp is for Senior Scouts and Venture Scouts from 14 and older, who are seconded to different sections to support, and also to develop leadership skills.

Christmas Gift Cards

Christmas brings family and friends together, and it reminds us to show our appreciation or love to the people around us. The 34th St. George's Scouts Group offers its gift card sale to share your happiness with family and friends. We offer almost 70 types of gift cards from various department stores, grocery stores, restaurants and specialty shops in our community.
 
The support order form is available: Downloads > Christmas Support Order Form. Please complete the form, together with the payment (cheque – payable to 34th St George’s Scouts Group) and drop it to Junior School Reception before November 29th.
 
Please mark on the envelope: To 34th Scouts Group - Helen Yang. We will distribute the gift cards by early December.
 
Funds raised from the gift card sale are used to partially cover the costs of the Scouts’ equipment and activities throughout the year.
 
Thank you for supporting the 34th St. George’s Scouts Group.
 

The Purpose of Scouting

The Scout Association has a clear purpose:
 
To help young people achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, responsible citizens and active members of their local, national and international communities.
Scouting makes a positive contribution to society by helping young people grow into active members of the community. Our scouts are:

  • self-reliant
  • caring
  • responsible
  • dedicated

Scouting works well when young people enjoy learning by doing, in partnership with adults. They do this by:

  • taking part in a variety of activities and new experiences
  • exploring the outdoors
  • participating in teams
  • taking responsibility for themselves and others

We refer to this method of learning by doing as ‘The Program’ – a seamless progression of training, activities and awards that cover everything that young people do in Scouting.

The Program helps young people in 6 areas of personal development, including:

  • body
  • mind
  • faith and beliefs
  • relationships
  • community
  • surroundings

All adults in Scouting have a responsibility to make sure that the Program is fun, exciting and safe. Special training is provided to adults for nights away, and for leading adventurous activities such as mountaineering and water activities.

The Scout Group

The Scout Group is where Scouting happens locally for the Sections. Scout Groups are the bases for the 'family' of Scouting for those aged 5 to 18. Younger Members are able to feel confident and happy about moving through the Sections at this local level. It is within this framework of the Scout Group that the Law and Promise are fulfilled. The Group also provides a secure base for the development of the individual young person.

Scout Groups work because they offer a close level of support for the young people in their care. They know the community and the needs of its young people.
 
When a young person joins a Section their parents are usually expected to:
 
  • support the young person
  • show interest and support the Section's activities
  • support the local Group in fundraising, social activities, offers of skills and other help, where appropriate
What makes Scout Groups successful is the ability to:
 
  • deliver enjoyable, high-quality Programs for young people
  • focus on the fun and friendship that Scouting brings
  • involve parents/carers
  • respond to local needs
  • be positive and progressive

Ideally, the Group will be led by a Group Scout Leader (GSL) who will make every effort to ensure that each Section in the Group has an adequate leadership team. They will also ensure that the development of the young people is co-ordinated throughout their progress in Scouting. An essential part of this process is the support to all of the adults who are involved in Scouting.

The GSL is helped by those adults who work directly with the young people and by the Group Committee. The Chairperson leads the Group Executive Committee, which provides support to the Group through administration, fundraising and a very wide range of support activities. Once a year the Group must hold an Annual General Meeting of the Group Council (including of all adults connected to the Group). The AGM reports on the year’s events and elections of the Group’s Officers and Executive will take place. This provides a forum for comment and future planning.

Fundraising is an important part of the Group’s activity as money will be necessary for:
 
  • maintenance and repair of the Group Headquarters
  • equipment for camping and expeditions
  • events - activities and outings
  • training of Leaders
  • day to day activities - indoor and out
  • administration and insurance cover

The Group should be an integral part of the community that it serves, both providing help to the community and receiving support from the community to carry out its work with young people.

General Inquiries

For more information about the 34th Scouts Group, please send an email to 34thscouts@stgeorges.bc.ca.

History

Scouting is an international movement with over 28 million Members worldwide spread across 216 countries and territories. The number of countries, recognizing the values of Scouting and accepting its principles is steadily increasing.

During 1991, girls were admitted to the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout, and Scout Sections. This complemented the admission of young women to the Venture Scout Section in 1976.
 

The Principles of Scouting

Scouting has three key principles:
 
  1. Duty to Self
  2. Duty to Others
  3. Duty to God
Everyone in Scouting expresses their Membership and acceptance of the key principles by making the Scout Promise and following the Scout Law. The Scout Promise and Law gives a distinctive ethos to the practices of the Movement and acts as a bond with Scouts worldwide.

Financing

Scout Groups, Districts and Counties/Areas are entirely self-financing. A Membership Subscription is payable by all Members of The Association to meet local and national support costs. The way that these costs are met are by the Section asking Members to pay regular subscriptions, to meet some of the costs and through regular fundraising.

Adult Support

At all stages, adults work with the young people they lead. They provide young people with exciting and challenging experiences and then help them use those experiences in their personal and social development.
The Association naturally places great emphasis on safety when arranging challenging and adventurous activities and in ensuring that all of the young people involved are safe from harm.
Leaders are encouraged to develop their own skills through formal and informal learning experiences and sharing ideas with each other. A network of specialist Trainers, Developers and Administrators supports this.
St. George’s School acknowledges that we are situated on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam First Nation.
 
Contributions to St. George's School are tax creditable as prescribed by Canadian law. St. George's School's Charitable Registration Number is: 11917-5511 RR0001.
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