Summer update

Summer marches on and governments are lessening the restrictions put in place to battle COVID-19. In Ontario, day Scouting events are allowed under safety guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Health (no overnight camping).


Web-Jamboree 2020

Our normal Ontario Jamboree is cancelled due to COVID-19, but Scouting continues online with Web-Jamboree 2020!

There are many activities available for you to complete between now and the end of July. The activities will be posted inside Google Classroom. Our Scouting Association has chosen Scouters who are available to help you from inside Google Classroom or you can contact your unit Scouters. Many of these activities count to your program badges.


Annual General Meeting, May 2020

Update: See the post-meeting AGM summary.

Dear Fellow Scouters,

One of my ancestors once said “may you live in interesting times”. I am not sure that a pandemic meets that definition. It is, however, an opportunity for our society to reflect on what is important in life and what is not. For example, I was impressed at how polite everyone was at the grocery store the other day; wait, why isn’t it that way all the time?

Scouting paused for Coronavirus/COVID-19

Posted March 13; updated April 26.

Yesterday, the Government of Ontario closed schools up-to and including April 5, 2020 (this was later extended). As we wrote in our last message, Executive Council has decided that when schools are closed, in-person Scouting stops. I was looking forward to a Scouting trip to New York City for March Break. That is cancelled along with regular meetings. We will continue to monitor the situation. If the situation changes, we will be in touch. You can read our post about Coronavirus / COVID-19.

Founder’s Day 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Scouting,

On the 22 February 2020, we will celebrate the 163th Birthday of our Founder, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, Lord of Gilwell, and the 131th Birthday of Olave St. Clair, former World Guide Chief and Baden-Powell's wife.

At this worldwide and traditional day, we as the World Council, take the chance, to send Thinking Day and Founders Day greetings, that wish you peace and friendship with all brothers and sisters in Scouting and Guiding from across the world.

Winter update

The races will be Saturday, February 22 in Tillsonburg. Registrations are due by Wednesday, February 19 (no on-site registration). For details, see Ontario Timber Car Races. Unsafe tobogganing is a major cause of serious injuries, in particular, head injuries. On a tobogganing hill that is free of obstacles like trees, these injuries typically happen as a result of riders colliding with each other or being hit with a toboggan or sled. We have several new committees working on different aspects of Scouting. To get involved, contact the committee chair.

Holiday greetings

It is the season where many, no matter their beliefs, wish for peace and goodwill throughout the world. One family did their best in this regard, in part as founders of the Boy Scouts of America.

Feedback wanted on new Otter handbook

After much hard work, Michelle Durham, Deputy Commissioner for Otters, has prepared a draft of the new handbook for the Otter program section. Now she wants your feedback. The most recent email newsletter contained a link to download the draft. If you did not receive it, you can contact Michelle to get a copy. Please read the draft Otter handbook and then send her your comments.


Senior Explorer & Rover Weekend

November 29 to December 1, 2019

You're invited to a fun-filled weekend with fellow Senior Explorers and Rovers done the Rovering way, that is to say: No dishes are required, bring your bathing suit and towel. You can pitch a tent or sleep indoors on a floor in a large common room. Bring your campfire ideas and hiking shoes.

Cost is $40

Arrival anytime after 7:00 PM.

Location: LutheRanch, 684138 Side Rd 30, Holland Centre


Special General Meeting, October 20, 2019

All adult members of the Association are invited to attend and vote at the Special General Meeting on October 20, 2019. The agenda will include the association's new logo and the new Otter Handbook. You may attend the meeting in person, online, or by proxy (see the proxy form).

Sunday, October 20, 2019
14:00, Toronto time
Waterloo, Ontario

Attend in person

The best way is to attend in person. Parking options:

Canoe Training & Certification Camp 2019

The Canadian Traditional Scouting Association is presenting another opportunity to take canoe training and receive Paddle Canada certification through Grand Experiences. The camp will be June 21–23, 2019.

At this time, we need to establish how many people are interested in participating. The following courses will be offered; follow the links to see details about each course:

Greetings from the Commissioner

Dear Friends & Fellow Scouters,

At this time of year, Scouting takes an interesting turn. At our Christmas campfire, I get to catch up with all of the parents. I get to dress up as Santa and give out the timber car kits as presents. I am pretty sure they know it's me. I hope that all of you enjoy the season as well.

Golden Arrow Youth Leader Training 2018

Registration is now open for Golden Arrow Youth Leader Training 2018. Golden Arrow is a training weekend members of the troop section, generally ages 12–14, who are in leadership roles such as Patrol Leader and Assistant PL.

During the weekend, participants will be challenged with activities which will help them develop and reflect on their leadership skills, both inside and outside of Scouting. They will return with the skills and confidence they need to built their patrols and troops into effective teams.

Stainsby (Gilwell) Reunion 2018

The Stainsby Reunion is a gathering of adult members of Scouting for fellowship and the sharing of Scouting ideas. It is open to all who have earned Wood Badge/Beads Part I or higher from any Scouting association. (If you don't have a Part I, sign-up to take it this November and join us at next year's reunion!)

This year's location provides opportunities for paddling and row-boating on the lake, swimming in the indoor pool, hiking on the Bruce Trail, games, and campfires.


Upcoming events for 2018/19

In a few days, many of us will be at Eurocamp18 in England. Others have their own summer adventures either coming up or already done. We're making great use of the summer for Traditional Scouting. With the summer almost half over, it is time to be thinking about the program for the fall and beyond.

The Traditional Scouting Association has a large number of events scheduled for the coming year. We hope you will mark your calendars now and attend. Most of these events are open to members of any Scouting association; please contact us if you would like to attend.


Annual General Meeting 2018

All adult members of the Association are invited to attend and vote at AGM 2018. The AGM is an important time when the Association hears reports, elects officers, and set the direction for the next year. All adult members are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Room 1302, Davis Centre, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave. W., Waterloo, Ontario

You may attend the meeting in person, online by Skype, or by proxy.