Scouts Canada held an open house and registration event at the Guide and Scout Hall in Port McNeill on June 27. The event was intended to give information to interested parents and youth, and also to potentially grow their base of volunteers.
Jed Jackson, Group Commissioner, said that ideally the event would bring a few more leaders and scouts into the program, as with additional help youth currently interested but on the wait list, could be taken off. Jackson and Casey Swanson, the Assistant Area Commissioner for Orca East, added that there are also important administrative roles that could be filled.
In other developments, the Girl Guides will be heading to Cuernavaca, Mexico from Aug. 1-14 for a Friendship Event at one of the World Centres.
The Friendship Event will have Girl Guides from all over the world presenting their home country cultures; this is an opportunity for the North Island Girl Guides to not only learn about Mexican culture, but many others.
The six youth and two leaders going on the trip have been planning for two years and fund-raising for a year and a half. Cathy Griffith, co-commissioner for Broughton Straits District and a Guider for the Pathfinders and Rangers, says “the girls have down an awesome job.”