The summer holiday season gives us the opportunity to take a break from our hectic schedules and reflect on how much our kids enjoy spending time with us and how much we love to spend time with them.  It’s during these times that make me especially glad for the opportunities provided by the Tuscany Scout Group. Being a volunteer in Scouts has afforded me the chance to spend quality time with my three boys, while at the same time enriching the lives of other kids.  It has also been a great way to connect with our community and meet lifelong friends.

In our fast-paced high-tech world, the lure of computer screens, IPods, game consoles, and TV screens can make it difficult to get your kids away from their favorite screen. If you want to breathe some fresh air, adventure and outdoor activities into your kids’ schedule - Consider signing them up for Scouts, where "Friending" just means a lot more than just clicking a button...

Last week the 243 Tuscany Scouts group hosted their season's opening camp and welcomed a brand new group of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders to join our growing Scouting family. The weather was great and set the stage for a very successful and eventful weekend.

The highlight of the camp was a big game themed after the summer blockbuster movie "The Hunger Games.” Camp participants were star struck when they discovered their Scout leaders had transformed into Seneca Crane (the head game master), Ceasar Flickman (the presenter) and Effie Trinket (the tribute escort) who took over the camp to present the rules of the Scouting Hunger Games. Like the movie, there was lots of adventure and excitement and required Scouts to build a hut to represent their own district, conquer the “Tracker Jacker Hive” and to reach the “Capitol” without being caught by the guards. Unlike the movie, the Scouts needed to work in teams and, of course, no one was hurt!

The game was a tremendous success as Scout leaders were able to activate the participants’ imaginations, entice them to be outside, work well with each other in order to accomplish the set-out tasks and most importantly – have a great time!

All Scouts have an opportunity to develop leadership and outdoor skills while having a ton of fun doing it. Find out more about your local Tuscany Scout group by visiting www.tuscanyscouts.ca.

On Saturday October 13, 2012 the 243 Tuscany Scouts will have their bi-annual bottle drive. This is an important fund raiser for the group and the proceeds will be used to offer a quality program to the youth of the Tuscany community. Please help us by placing marked bags in front of your home. Thank you for your donations!

Be prepared for a Scout to ring your door bell to sell you popcorn. This is by far the biggest fund raiser for us, which allow us to offer a quality program to the youth in Tuscany. Good news for our regular customers: The Kettle Corn is back in the assortment again this year! Please help our Scout troop, so that we can teach the kids to do a good turn every day!

The registration night for our new Scouting year for all sections (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Ventures, Rovers and Volunteers) will be on Wednesday night August 28, between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM in the Tuscany club.

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