News in from Canada underlines that here, as around the world, it's business as usual for well-prepared Scouts who now, as always, are demonstrating leadership within their communities, driving service actions, assisting the vulnerable and inspiring others to do the same, supporting young people through fantastic online programmes and demonstrating what it means to Be Prepared! Read on and be inspired:
12-year-old Canadian Scout, Quinn, who lives in the suburbs of Vancouver, has prototyped, produced and donated thousands of ear guard straps to healthcare workers to stop ear pain from masks worn non-stop for long shifts and has also inspired and enabled others to do the same! His mum shared the design link, the story has gone viral and Scouts worldwide—including Scouts of Hong Kong—are firing up 3D printers and donating straps to hardworking frontline workers.
“I feel like during this time, in this pandemic, where we have to stay at home in order to protect others, that we should try our best to contribute to the people who are risking their lives to save ours. ” shared Quinn, a Scout since the age of five, who says that Scouting has influenced him to always want to help others in any way he can.
Due to the popularity of his project, and sharing the ear guard’s design to encourage owners of 3D printers to replicate the initiative, the design has been downloaded over 60,000 times in different parts of the world. The design file is available at Thingiverse for others to make a difference for their local health care workers. Several manufacturers in the US have reached out to Quinn’s family informing them that they will be producing and donating thousands of Quinn’s ear guards across the US and Canada.
Over in Ottowa, the entire Rietveld family—BP Fellows and long-standing supporters of Scouting—has always been passionate about making a different and helping others in need. Their son, a former Beaver and Cub, developed an online Bingo game and over the last few weeks, it has raised thousands of dollars for the food bank and to provide meals to front line medical workers at their local hospitals. And he’s expanding, involving 400 of his friends to continue supporting his community. Great job!
Scouts in the French-speaking Association des Scouts de Canada (ASC), one of the two recognised National Scout Organisataions in Canada, are also prioritising an exciting programme of activities online and highlighting volunteer actions this week in particular during National Volunteer Week, 19–26 April. See the ASC Facebook page here for more news and photos.
For example, one ASC Cub Scout group for 30 young girls and boys, animated by around ten leaders, has switched to running a regular meeting online on Tuesday evenings, with great success.
“The experience has been greatly appreciated by our young people. It allowed us to reconnect with them, to cover “survival skills”, but above all, to give a voice to our young people so that they can share how they feel in this unique moment", says their Cub Scout leader, Baloo.
Scouts Canada 10th Welland Scouts, from Ontario, created thank you cards to send to doctors and nurses who are working tirelessly to address this pandemic. Even while Scouts are not able to be together in person, they're showing everyone how to keep their sense of community strong.
And 6th Dundas Scouts, also with Scouts Canada, is just one of many Scout groups running its regular Scouting online, engaging young people in a fun, educational and diverse programme of activities while at home. The group even won a recent Scouting At Home competition run by Scouts Canada to engage local groups online as part of their online Scouting at Home programme. They shared awesome photos of their Scouts meeting online, showing how they were able to catch up and talk about resources for Scouting at home, plus one of their Patrol Leaders presented some Chief Scouts Award work! More photos and news on the Scouts Canada Facebook page, along with profiles of key volunteers during National Volunteer Week, here.
WSF takes this opportunity to recognise every single Scout volunteer who is bringing Scouting to life in Canada, continuing Scout programmes online, leading volunteer service actions and inspiring Scouts worldwide to do more.
To add your support to Scout projects from around the world responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can donate to the Scouts Emergency Response Fund (click here) and, as always, if you are a BP Fellow, any donations you make on the project donate page can be counted towards your ongoing fellowship.