A Catholic Scouts Canada group in Edmonton?
A group of us, with the knowledge and support of both the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton, would like to start new Youth Ministry initiative, namely a Catholic Scouts Canada Troop. In addition to doing fun things that all scouts groups do like racing cars, championing the environment and camping, we plan to integrate Catholic teachings, prayer and social action into every aspect of the weekly sessions.
In order to see if there are enough families interested in this endeavour, we would like to invite all to an information night on September 28th from 6-7 pm at Dormition Ukrainian Catholic Parish.
What is Scouts Canada?
Scouts Canada is the country’s leading co-ed youth organization, offering programming for children and youth aged 5-26. With over 50,000 youth participating across the country, in multiple languages and reflecting Canada’s multicultural landscape, kids and youth in Scouts chart their own path of discovery. Through a variety of fun experiences, outdoor adventures and contributions to their community, Scouts builds resilience and skills that set them up for life.
Youth in Scouts are supported by a dedicated team of over 12,000 volunteers who collectively donate over two million hours of their time, providing youth with the opportunity to grow, to challenge themselves and to experience countless firsts. Our volunteers help us bring our vision of youth making meaningful contributions to creating a better world to life by lifting people, communities and neighbourhoods.
Scouts Canada is part of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) which has over 40 million members in 167 National Scout Organizations around the world.
Scouting and Churches: a natural partnership: a common approach.
Many churches including numerous Catholic Churches across the globe use scouting as a platform for their youth ministry because the goals of the two are the same. Churches wish to create young faith filled, healthy, community centered, ables leaders in their parish communities. Scouts Canada engages youth, involving them throughout their formative years in a non-formal educational process, using a specific Method that makes each individual the principal agent of his or her development as a self-reliant, supportive, responsible and committed person.
The Canadian Path is defined by its four key elements:
- Youth-led: The program is directed by its youth members—not the Scouters.
- Plan-Do-Review: A three step process informs all activities in the Canadian Path program.
- Adventure: Scouts explore new things, share new ideas, learn new skills and create new paths.
- SPICES: Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional and Spiritual are the six dimensions of personal development for the Canadian Path program.
What we are proposing to do
We are proposing to start a troop of Scouts Canada that is Catholic. In addition to doing fun things that all scouts groups do like racing cars, championing the environment and camping, we plan to integrate Catholic teachings, prayer and social action into every aspect of the weekly sessions. Under the directorship of Fr. Bo Nahachewsky, a Ukrainian Catholic Priest and the Youth Spiritual Director for the Eparchy of Edmonton, we plan to help create a large sustainable group of Edmonton’s finest Catholic families all devoted to Christ and His teachings.
This group would involve Catholic families from every rite, culture, demographic and area of the city.
This new scout group has been blessed with space within Dormition Parish, a Catholic parish in West Central Edmonton.
As everyone knows, protecting Children and the vulnerable is a extremely important part of every Church and Scouting organization. Both the Church and Scouts Canada have many policies and structures in place to protect all people so that they can confidently and comfortably participate in these communities. Our proposed Scouts Troop would comply fully with both sets of policies, and endeavour to exceed them to keep our children as safe as possible.
For any and all questions please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Bo at 780-340-3726 or via email at [email protected]
Come and be part of the excitement.
Information Night: September 28, 6-7 pm.
Now ONLINE (due to Covid). A link will be posted here on the day of the meeting for access to the event.
If you are interested in attending, or have any questions, please send an email to: [email protected]
Feel Free to send the link to this page to any who might be interested.