BAIE VERTE, N.L. — September 2018 will see some new activity options for families in the area as the Baie Verte Beaver Scout Colony welcomes its first members.
Celia Dicks, a bus driver and entrepreneur from Baie Verte who will be a section leader with the new Colony, thinks Scouts is a great option for families in the area.
“Our community is growing and there are a lot of young families moving here with young children,” Dicks said. “I feel our area needs a Scouts group for those kids interested in nature, helping others and who want to actively engage in our community.”
While there were Scout groups in Baie Verte in the past, there have not been any recently. Dicks has been instrumental in cultivating renewed interest in the program.
“Our council was contacted by Celia Dicks a little while ago with interest in restarting a group in the Baie Verte area,” William Short, Scouting relationship manager for the NL Council said. “She has done a lot of work to recruit some volunteers and gather some community support.”
With the current number of volunteers, Dicks and Short expect that the 1st Baie Verte Scouts will start with a Beaver Colony (boys and girls ages 5-7). If they get a few additional volunteers, they will also be able to open a Cub Pack (boys and girls ages 8-10).
The College of the North Atlantic in Baie Verte has signed on as a community partner, which will allow groups to meet at CNA throughout the year at no cost. Short says that sort of community support makes a big difference.
“It’s always great to see full support from the municipality and members of the community because it makes fundraising and planning other activities and events so much easier,” he said.
In addition to community partnerships, the 1st Baie Verte Scouts need additional volunteers.
“We really could use some leaders,” Dicks said. “I would love to encourage people to look into the program and really consider how becoming a Scout leader can help our organization, our community and our children.”
Short notes that anyone can become a Scouter.
“You don’t have to be a parent to volunteer with the group,” Short said. “People with a love for the outdoors or feel like they can help with activities in any of the program area are definitely encouraged to get in touch.”
Short also notes that there are support roles on the group committee that do not involve working directly with the participants.
“On the group committee there are positions like treasurer, registrar, fundraising coordinator, etcetera,” Short explained. “The more volunteers we can get, the better the program that can be offered.”
Dicks is looking forward to the fall activities as a Beaver leader.
“I’m hoping it will provide enrichment and education to the kids residing in and around our community,” Dicks said, “I hope this program can teach them long lasting life skills while having fun learning and making new friends.”