The next meeting will done via ZOOM. If you send Fr. Bo your contact information he will send you meeting updates and the link.
What will we call ourselves?
Good question. Nothing is decided, but we can talk about it at the next meeting (October 26th).
Here is some “doodling” that Fr. Bo has done and one possible idea.
We are in processes of officially starting our new Scouts Canada Group!
The temporary (possibly permanent) name of the group is “Our Lady’s Scouts”.
As we are registering this group we are also preparing to get Fr. Bo registered as the Group Commissioner (I think that’s the right term).
We are also looking for parents and other adult volunteers to take positions on the board, and to be Scouters. If you are interested please contact Fr. Bo.
Zoom link for October 26th at 7 pm:
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Meeting ID: 964 4432 6503
Dear everyone interested in the New Catholic Scout Group,
I would like to inform you all that Dormition Parish has now clearly voted in favour of starting the New Catholic Scouts Group. This means that the parish building will be available for our use and we can start working on it. Yay.
At this time I will begin conversations with the Northern Lights Council of Scouts Canada as to how to officially begin the process.
I am setting up a meeting with all those interested in making this happen on Tuesday, October 26th at 7 pm (a week from yesterday). This meeting would take place in person at Dormition Parish (with masks and social distancing), with the option of joining by zoom video conference call. If this date does not work for you, please send me a reply to this email, so that we can keep you informed and get pertinent information to and from you.
- gather the basic information for all those who wish to be scouters (adult leaders/volunteers),
- inform all potential scouters as to the training and security processes we need to go through before we begin the programing,
- we will choose a name (and possible logo) for the group,
- choose a day(s) of the week and times for the various ages to meet,
- we can elect (or at least begin the process to set up for elections) the board/council,
- look at/be informed as to how the bylaws / regulations need to be set up,
- make a motion (if we can) to open a bank account,
- consider how and where we will advertise to find interested families in the new year (covid permitting), and
- set up the next meeting
Please note: We will not open up programming to children till at least the new year, and will do so with covid safety in mind.
I will try to keep things updated on Dormition Parish’s website until we start a website for this Scouting Group. dormition.eeparchy.com/scouts/
Feel free to email, text or call me at 780-340-3726 if you have any ideas, comments or questions.
Fr. Bo (Bohdan) Nahachewsky
Dormition of the Mother of God
Ukrainian Catholic Church
How did the Parish Vote go?
71% of the people who voted were in favour of the initiative.
5% of the people who voted were against the initiative.
25% of the people who voted had no opinion regarding this initiative.
How did the “Information Night” In September Go?
On Tuesday September 28th, we had our information night with several members of the “Northern Lights Council” present to answer questions that we had. The parents who had turned out were quite interested in making this scouts group work, and were willing to volunteer as Scouters (Adult Leaders).
The next step for us is to gage wether the whole parish is supportive of this initiative. If so the parents and volunteers who are willing to put things together would register a new group and begin the training of the Scouters. If covid allows and we are ready then we could possibly begin sessions with youth as early as the new year.
This week I will be sending out a survey to all parishioners asking them if they approve of this project. The results will be discussed with both the Parish Pastoral Council and with the interested parents. If everyone agrees then we will make it official and begin setting things up.
As the pastor I believe this is a good way for us to do what our mission statement says we are here to do:
Our Mission is to joyfully bring all people into the knowledge, love and service of the Holy Trinity, Who dwells amongst us.
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.
If you have any questions, please send an email to: [email protected]
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.
If you 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.