Summer camp a success!

I'd like to personally thank all the leaders that used their vacation time to make this happen.  Stephen, Anne-Marie, Paul, Kris, Anne-Brit and Arlue were all great examples for the youth to follow and were provided with many teachable moments which they continually rose to the challenge and faced head on.  From what I have heard from parents and scouts, the trip was a success and everyone had a great time.

See you all in the fall!

Beauvais Lake Camp

This past weekend the scouts packed up the trailer with bikes and canoes and headed out to Beauvais Lake provincial park. The weather was beautiful, and the wind even managed to stay relatively calm (for southern Alberta anyway) so the youth could get out for some canoeing and fishing the first day. A few fish were caught, but more importantly we were able to practice some paddling before the upcoming summer canoe camp. The second day the scouts did a bit of biking and a quick hike up the bluff and were treated to a spectacular view before packing up and heading back to town.

Fish Hatchery

The scouts were out to the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery.  We saw many of the rainbow trout that are destined for Alberta's lakes and Angler's hooks. The kids learned about conservation and fish life cycles.  Watching the fish in the tanks downstairs also was quite captivating.  The most exciting part for the youth was when they got to feed the fish.


Happy Star Wars Day!

This week the Beavers celebrated Star Wars day (May the Fourth...get it?) with a costume party. There were a few representatives of both the empire and the rebel alliance in attendance, but I must say they all made very cute intergalactic citizens.

Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump Trip

We went down to Head smashed in Buffalo Jump and learned all about the Blackfoot Confederacy and how they hunted the Buffalo.  One of the things that we all learned and found quite interesting is that we have to remember that the native people did not have access to horses until the European's brought them over in the 1800's.  The first nations people were required to use their ingenuity to trap the animals in ravines, snow drifts and even corrals. 

Mother's Day Social

The Venture Troop of the 18th is hosting our second annual Mother's Day social this year on Saturday May 9th from 11AM - 1PM at the Scout Hall.

Cakes, fruit, and muffins will be served along with beverages including coffee and tea. As this event is intended to thank mothers of the 18th for their contributions to the group, along with their dedication and hard work, we at the 18th kindly request that attendance be limited only to the mothers.

If you will be able to join us, please R.S.V.P to by May 6th. We look forward to seeing you on May 9th.

Fundraising Update

Thank everyone for all your support, we are happy to say that the Simple Simon fundraiser is now over and is poised to exceed our fundraising goal, so good work everyone!

We are now half way through our ScoutStarts Tomato Plant Fundraiser, and as you can see they are coming along nicely. 

Our other current fundraising initiative is Spolumbo's Sausages, so contact a scout near you today and order yours!

Lost Lake Ward Cabin Progresses

We're making good progress on the new Cabin at the Lost Lake Campsite. Last Work Party succeeded in installing the last of the logs... Next step roof tiles and windows. We will be doing some work on it this Thursday and Friday, and more very soon as the weather improves. (see photo) If you can come out and help, please contact Alan Davidson at 403 615-2399 or adavidson @

ScoutStarts - Tomato Plant Starts Fundraiser

The Scouts and Grow Calgary have teamed up to create a new program designed to first promote the youth's understanding of food supply and secondly to help the scouts raise the $9000 they need to go to summer camp this year. The scouts will be attending the Pacific Jamboree and some wilderness camping on Vancouver Island. Please Buy your Tomato Plants today and help the Scouts!

Quaite Valley Camp

We were supposed to snowshoe in to Quaite Valley with the Scouts to build snow shelters and do some serious winter camping.  Turns out with all the warm weather, that was not really an option as there was no snow. 

However, in spite of the lack of sub-zero temperatures, we took tents and the rest of our gear and hiked up to the campground to find it dry and relatively warm for late winter. 


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