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About Rivorton Area
Rivorton Scouts is part of Scouts Canada. To help co-ordinate and manage programs more effectively, Scouts Canada has divided the country into “areas.”
The Scouts Rivorton Area encompasses the part of New Brunswick from just North of Edmundston to Oromocto, including Fredericton and Woodstock.
Our name “Rivorton” is a unique way of describing the area. It incorporates the St. John River, Town of Oromocto and the City of Fredericton.
Our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, and Rovers are all active within their respective communities.
The cornerstone of the Beaver Scout (ages 5-7) program is fun and friendship.
Beaver Scouts opens the door for your child to discover the world. It is filled with a little bit of everything – outdoor activities, games, music and sports. Along the way, Beaver Scouts meet new friends, learn cooperation and teamwork and develop self-confidence.
Beaver Scouts are welcomed into a group of energetic boys and girls just like them. They will meet with kind and caring leaders that will help them with anything they need to know about being a good Scout. They will feel respected and appreciated for their own uniqueness, and encouraged to bring all they can to their group and activities.
The Beaver Scout program is built around a variety of activities that include:
- Nature walks and hikes
- Picnics and family-based camping
- Tree planting
- Games and sports
- Storytelling and playacting
- Spiritual fellowship
Background of Beaver Scouts
Beavers started in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the program was approved by the National Council as a three year experiment in May, 1972. It became an overnight success prompting Scouts Canada to adopt it as an official program in 1974. Since that time, many other countries have modelled similar programs after our Beaver Scouts program. Thanks to Beaver Scouts and similar programs in other countries, youth throughout the world are able to join Scouting at a much earlier age.
The Beaver Scouts Program stems from the book Friends of the Forest, written specifically for Beavers. The book describes how the Jones family have come to live in the clearing along the river bank and how they quickly become aware of their new neighbours, a colony of beavers that also live along the river bank. The story illustrates how the beaver colony observes the Jones family, giving them names and then eventually how the beavers meet the members of the Jones family, Mom, Dad and their three children.
The story is the background resource which provides the terminology, setting, theme and program material for operating a Beaver Colony.
Becoming a Beaver Scout
Beaver Scouts is a program for children ages 5-7. Seven-year-old Beaver Scouts receive an introduction to the Cub Scout program where they can continue their Scouting adventure.
A new member begins as a Kit and works to become an Eager Beaver (see investiture ceremony).
Parents, you can help your children learn the Beaver Law, Promise and Motto and even help them learn what to do at the opening and closing ceremonies.
Beaver Scout Promise
I promise to love God and help take care of the world.
Beaver Scout Law
A Beaver has fun, works hard and helps family and friends.
Beaver Scout Motto
Sharing, Sharing, Sharing
Beaver Scouts Terminology
When you visit your children’s Beaver Colony or talk to them about Beaver Scouts, you will need to understand the “Beaver lingo”. To help you out, we’ve listed some of the names typically assigned to the Leaders (taken from the characters in Friends of the Forest), and other terms used, along with an explanation of who or what is being referred to.
Friends of the Forest Names used by Beaver Leaders:
- Bubbles – the person having so much fun splashing her feet in the water
- Hawkeye – the tall person that first noticed the beavers in the pond
- Rainbow – the child who wore clothes of many colours
- Rusty – child whose hair was the colour of a red fox
- Sunshine – the person with sparkling eyes and whose smile made people feel warm and good inside
- Tic Tac – the squirrel
You can find out more information about the Beaver Scout Program by reading the Parent’s Guide.
A few of the fun outdoor adventures that Cub Scouts (ages 8-10) enjoy are challenging hikes, weekend camps, and an introduction to water activities like canoeing or kayaking.
With the Cub Scout motto of “Do Your Best” front and centre, Cub Scouts are encouraged to try new and more challenging activities. Learning important first aid skills, paddling a canoe for the first time, or leading a game at camp will open the door for Cubs to try other adventures they never thought possible.
Along the way, Cub Scouts learn how to take care of themselves and work as a team – and most importantly have a lot of fun!
The Cub Scout program focuses on six activity areas: The Natural World, Outdoors, Creative Expression, Healthy Living, Home and Community and Canada and the World. Activities include:
- Challenging hikes, weekend camps and outdoor activities
- Water activities like canoeing and kayaking
- Games and sports
- Music, storytelling and play-acting
The Cub Scout Program
The Cub Hand Book will introduce you the six activity areas of Cub Scouts. While your Cub will Scout only see the fun and excitement the activities present, each area focuses on a clear purpose and goal
The six areas are:
- Natural World: which will help create a feeling of care and concern for the natural world and an interest in nature study.
- Outdoors: which will provide opportunities for Cubs to develop self-confidence and early leadership skills through the introduction of basic camping and other outdoor pursuits.
- Creative Expression: which encourages Cubs to creatively explore and express themselves through activities which utilize imagination and innovation.
- Health and Fitness: which encourages Cubs to lead active and healthy lives and to have a positive image of themselves.
- Home and Community: which creates in a Cub a positive feeling of family and community responsibility, as well as personal self-reliance through opportunities to develop home care skills and knowledge about various community resources.
- Canada and the World: which provides opportunities for Cubs to better understand how to actively participate in Canadian society and the world we live in.
Stars and Badges
For each of the activity areas Cubs can earn a Star by completing certain requirements. There are six areas so there are six stars:
- Black Star: Natural World
- Green Star: Outdoors
- Tawny Star: Creative Expression
- Red Star: Health and Fitness
- Blue Star: Home and Community
- Purple Star: Canada and the World
Along with the stars there are a number of activity badges that Cub Scouts can earn. Each badge comes with a set of requirements to be complete in order to earn the badge. The badges are grouped with the six stars depending on the focus of the badge. Many of the requirements of one badge are similar to the requirements for other badge. In this way by completing one activity you may be on your way to completing more than one badge.
In addition, there are awards that can be earned by earning a combination of stars and badges. These awards are carried through to the Scout program and are worn with the Scout uniform until the equivalent Scout level award is earned.
Parents Role in Cubbing
Scouting is family based. Activities offered, plus the values and skills provided, are aimed at supporting your efforts to teach your child what is needed to become a well-rounded person. Your personal involvement is important to help reinforce the lessons your Cub Scout learns. Here are some suggestions to help you become involved:
- Sit down with your child and look through the Cub book together. What activities do you find interesting or appealing? How can you work on these activities as a family?
- Find out what activities leaders plan to run. See if you can help out.
- Get to know your leaders by their real names. Leaders are truly interested in your child’s welfare. Tell them what your child likes to do. This will help them plan fun activities
- If your Cub is interested in working on an activity outside of the meeting or you want to make it a family project, talk over your plans with the leaders. They can provide useful tips and tell you how it fits into the weekly programs.
- Your talents, hobbies, and interests are great program assets worth sharing with children. Find out how you can become a resource for the pack’s program. Cub Scouts really enjoy showing off for an adult family member that attends a meeting.
- Become a leader. You will be with your Cub Scout during a special time and see him/her develop and grow before your eyes.
Organization of the Pack
The Wolf Cub theme is based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. It provides a sense of outdoor adventure and fantasy that appeals to a Cub’s imaginative mind. The “pack” refers to all members in your child’s Cub Scout program. Within the pack, Cub Scouts are broken into small groups called “sixes”. A Cub who is asked to lead a “six” is called a “sixer.” The Sixer has an assistant called a “second.” Cub Scouts usually rotate through these early leadership roles based on age and experience.
The primary adult leader of the pack is referred to as “Akela” – the name of the old wolf and leader of the pack in the Jungle Book. Other leaders take a “jungle name” such as Baloo (the bear), or Bagheera (the panther). The pack may also have a “Kim” – a Scout who works with the Cubs. Kim is another Kipling character. Older Cubs are sometimes invited to work with the Beaver Scouts Colony. Each Cub helper working in a colony is called “Keeo,” after a character in the Beaver book Friends of the Forest.
After learning a bit about Cub Scouts, your child will be ready to become “invested,” or formally welcomed into the pack. You will be invited to attend the “investiture ceremony” to help welcome your child into the Cub pack.
When a youth joins Cubs he/she is a “Tenderpad.” This is a term used to describe the soft skin on the bottom of a real wolf cub’s feet. The older wolves help the Tenderpads learn about the pack, and while they learn, the cub’s feet grow tough. Tenderpads may wear the Cub Scout shirt, but no neckerchief. There are four Tenderpad requirements you must pass before you become a Wolf Cub:
- Repeat and explain the Wolf Cub Promise and the Wolf Cub Law
- Perform the Grand Howl with other Cub Scouts
- Demonstrate the Cub Salute and handshake, and repeat the Cub Motto
- Read or listen to the story of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouts.
The Wolf Cub Uniform
The official Wolf Cub uniform consists of:
- Wolf Grey Uniform Shirt
- Group Neckerchief (presented at Investiture)
- Nekerchief Slide (presented at Investiture )
- Cub Hand Book
- All badges and crests necessary are supplied by the Pack
New badges received should be securely sewn on before the next Cub meeting or activity.
Cub Scout Promise
Cub Scout Law
Cub Scout Motto
Scouts (ages 11-14) is about having fun while gaining value leadership skills and self-confidence.
Scouts enjoy outdoor adventures like mountain biking, rock climbing and lots of camping while working together with other young people to accomplish thrilling challenges.
Scouting gives every member a chance to be a leader. It might involve running an activity, organizing a camp, or participating with other young people across your province or Canada in a youth forum.
The Scout program focuses on outdoor and environmental activities, citizenship and community service, leadership and personal development and includes a variety of activities:
- Mountain biking
- Extended hikes and lots of camping
- Running an activity
- Organizing a camp
- Participating in provincial or national youth forums
The Venturer Scout program (ages 14-17) offers exciting, real life, hands-on experiences.
Venturer Scouts learn to nurture an active, healthy lifestyle, acquire the knowledge and skills for career development and participate in thrilling outdoor adventures.
Weekend events, extended hikes, no-trace camping and more round out the Venturer Scout experience.
In addition to outdoor adventure, community service and leadership development, the Venturer Scout program offers:
- Survivorman Challenge
- FOCUS Training
- Scouts of the World Program
- Scouters-in-Training and Activity Leaders
Rover Scout programs (ages 18-26) are exciting, adventurous and provide opportunities to practice new skills.
Rover Scouts participate in adventurous activities like mountain climbing or white water rafting. Helping in their local communities Rover Scouts run service activities such as food drives, park clean-ups and tree plantings. They act in leadership roles with younger Scouting Sections.
In addition to outdoor adventure, community service and leadership development, the Rover Scout program offers:
The Rover Promise
The Rover Motto
Groups in Your Area
Florenceville-Bristol Area Groups
Hanwell Area Groups
Lincoln Area Groups
New Maryland Area Groups
Oromocto Area Groups
University of New Brunswick Area Groups
Woodstock Area Groups
Minutes of Area Meeting
July 6, 2016You can read the minutes of the Rivorton Area meeting held June 20 by clicking here. The next meeting is Monday, August 15, at 7:00pm at a location to be announced.
Westward Ho – Linking Camp
May 27, 2016Come join with us for a fun filled weekend of activities at the New Brunswick Linking Camp, June 17-19, 2016 at the Yoho Scout Reserve off the Hanwell Road, Fredericton, NB. The theme this year is, “...
May Area Meeting Minutes
May 24, 2016Click here to read the minutes of the May 16th Rivorton Area meeting. The next Area meeting is Monday, June 20th at 7pm at the Kinsmen Centre. Please note that we will soon be clearing out this space ...
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