1st Neck Point Scouting Group, Nanaimo

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Summer Camp 2012, Sayward Canoe RouteOur Program

The 1st Neck Point Scout Troop meets at Camp Caillet on Biggs Road in Nanaimo, every Thursday from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Our program is predominantly outdoors and focuses on camping skills. Our scout’s conduct the majority of skills training and activities in patrols and are encouraged to work towards their merit badges individually and through careful programing.

Throughout the year our program includes:

  • Camp craft skills and activities
  • Light weight camping
  • Regional scout challenges
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Pool canoe rescue training
  • and much more.

The scout troop currently has 26 youth enrolled, with a mix of girls and boys ages 11 to 14yrs. The troop has 7 leaders that are actively involved, providing supervision and leadership, organizing weekly meetings, outings, and fundraisers. Four of our leaders are fully trained with Wood Badge Level 2, one is a junior leader that has completed the scouting programme and continuing as a leader, and one a young Scouter in Training who is keen to do more than attending the Ventures Scouting program.

The 1st Neck Point Scout Troop is very active. This year we have 8 hikes planned as part of preparations for our year end hike to Della Falls. The trip will be strictly light weight camping including canoeing and hiking. It’s a 70 km round trip and is be something the scouts should be proud of achieving. The scouts will also attend 5 challenge camps this year where they will interact and compete against other scout troops. The largest of these trips is a week-long jamboree in Alberta (CJ13). We have 2 senior scouts that are working towards their Chief Scout Award by making a short film of the year end trip and hope to enter it into the Banff Film Festival.

Challenge Camp, Winter 2012We provide our young people with plenty of opportunity to learn and exercise leadership skills within their patrols. They are responsible for organizing their own meals, camping equipment, set-up and packing of camp sites, as well as looking after their own personal belongings. Some of our senior scouts even organized the outings for the group. Clearly, all of this is done under close supervision by the leaders.

Uniform

The cub scouts wear a green shirt with dark pants and the Neck Point necker (blue and green). The shirts and pants are available from any Scout Shop and neckers are given when the scout is invested.

Kit & Kit List

As we often do activities outdoors, we have a standard kit list that we encourage the youth to collate. You don't need to go out and buy everything all at once, but investing in some good footwear and a warm sleeping bag is always a good idea. Our kit list can be found by clicking here.

Code of Conduct

The 1st Neck Point Scouts Troop has a Code of Conduct that was written by the youth as part of a Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader training session. The youth decided that there were key elements of conduct that all scouts and leaders in the section should observe. The code of conduct is a simple way for scouters, the youth and parents to know and understand what is expected of all scouts in the troop to ensure behaviour is acceptable and the youth are safe and have fun. To read the Code of Conduct for the Scout Section, click here.

The Scout promise

The Scouts promise is the foundation for the troop. It reads:

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.