The Impact of a Scout

Recognizing Scouting Youth on International Youth Day – August 12, 2017

Scouts are taught to be good citizens, to give back to their community and those less fortunate. From food drives to shoreline clean ups and tree planting, Scouting youth make immense contributions to society. Every piece of garbage collected, every can of food donated, and every seed planted has improved the world we live in. On International Youth Day, let’s take the time to reflect on the difference Scouts have made nation-wide.

International Youth Day Profile: Alex Mallory, 144th Lake Bonavista Sea Scouts

As a young Beaver, Alex Mallory, visited his BP Birth Place Tree in Calgary arriving to a green space ridden with trash. Growing up with Scouts, he had learned early on the importance of protecting and preserving the environment, so it was a no-brainer to organize a cleanup with his fellow Beavers. The clean-up was so successful BP Canada and the City of Calgary provided funding for the next four years to keep the space clean. It just goes to show you how a small kind gesture can make a huge impact on the world we live in.

While in Cubs Alex continued to give back to the community by organizing bottle drives, riverside clean ups and volunteering at local events, gaining leadership skills and confidence along the way. A humanitarian since 7, he was eager to celebrate his trip to CJ’17 by helping endangered species in the Nova Scotia area.

Did you know the Moose is endangered in Nova Scotia? Alex was surprised to learn this too, which led him to design a badge featuring local endangered animals from Nova Scotia. All proceeds raised – $1,300 total- were donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to help these at-risk species.

The impact Alex has made in Scouting is a true inspiration and proof that youth can and should act as agents of change. We can’t see what Alex gets up to next- the sky is truly the limit!

Alex presents the Nature Conservancy of Canada with a check for $1,300 to help endangered species in Nova Scotia
Alex presents the Nature Conservancy of Canada with a check for $1,300 to help endangered species in Nova Scotia.

A Scouts Environmentality

Tree planting with the South Lake Simcoe Area Scouts & 271 Copperfield New-Brighton Cub Scouts

Promoting environmental stewardship is a core value in the Scouting community. As Scouts, we develop a relationship with the natural world around us that could not otherwise exist. This gives us a unique opportunity to learn from nature, as it truly is our class room. As such, it is our responsibility to act as stewards of our environment and encourage our communities to respect, preserve and protect our natural world.

The South Lake Simcoe Area Scouts and 271 Copperfield New-Brighton Cub Scouts have been busy promoting environmentality in their communities by creating green spaces for nature to thrive and residents to enjoy.

The South Lake Simcoe Area Scouts planted 300 trees in the New Market area.

The 271 Copperfield New-Brighton Cub Scouts have been busy planting 100 trees in Fish Creek Provincial Park.

On International Youth Day, let’s recognize the thousands of Scouting youth across the country who are making a difference in their communities and influencing change. They truly are the leaders of tomorrow and there is no doubt they will make significant contributions to society as both youth and adults.

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