Homelearners Scout and Guide Program

Homelearners Scout and Girl Guide Program
 

Update Aug 2016

There is a group of home schooling families who get together to run a combined guiding and scouting group on Friday mornings from 9:45 to 11:45.  Most of our meetings are at the Ladner Baptist Church, but we do outings as well. An update is sent out every week to confirm the meeting location and activity. Our group is pretty unique, since it includes kids from all sections of Scouting (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, and Rovers) and all sections of Guiding (Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders, and Rangers). We try to tailor our activities so that the needs of all the different age groups are met. Sometimes the older youth will help to organize activities and to teach the younger youth, and sometimes they get to go off on cool adventures of their own. We also do family camps a couple of times a year. Many of the parents become involved as leaders, but you don’t have to be a leader to have your child enrolled. Overall, our group usually has about 25 youth.

 

The registration cost for scouting is $225 for the year. The cost for girl guides is less, but there is an obligation to participate in cookie sales. There are also dues of $12 per child that get paid 3 times per year to help cover the cost of supplies for the weekly meetings. Anyone who goes on camping or adventure trips will be charged for the predicted costs of that particular activity. You can use your school funding to pay for the registration fees. We also do fund raising activities throughout the year which can be used to help cover the cost of your dues and camping. There is subsidizing available for families in need through Scouting’s No One Left Behind program.

 

There are some really neat opportunities that come from being involved in scouting and guiding. My daughter and I attended a large camp called the Pacific Jamboree last summer, and she got to try all sorts of neat activities like scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing, and doing an overnight backpacking trip on part of the Juan de Fuca trail on Vancouver Island. This summer she went on a mountaineering trip in Rogers Pass and learned about hiking on ice safely using tools like crampons and an ice axe. She has also completed her Standard First-Aid course through Scouts. One of our leaders, Linda Rainbow, has travelled to Madagascar twice with Scouts to do humanitarian work, and she is currently doing an internship at the Scouting World Headquarters in Malaysia. Next year we are investigating the possibility of an exchange program with some youth from Nunavut (ages 12-17) in cooperation with Experiences Canada.

 

We have some openings this year for new families to join us. If you are interested, please contact me at kervin@telus.net and we can discuss more. We are particularly interested in having more older youth join our program.

 

Sincerely,

Shawna Kervin




Update Aug 2015 - This group is still going as part of the South Delta Home Learners group.  Contact   darlener1234"at"gmail.com if you want to join in or join the South Delta Home Learners http://southdeltahomelearners.webs.com/
  
We are excited to offer...
A Scouts and Girl Guide day time program starting in October!
  
Update:
 The first meeting with parents and youth (age 5+) will be on Friday, October 14th at 10:00 AM at the Lutheran Church hall, 4737 57 St, Ladner.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!
 
Contact: darlener1234"at"gmail.com
 
Location: Saviour Lutheran Church hall, 4737 57 St, Ladner
 
Leaders: All 3 leaders have extensive leadership, volunteer and outdoor experience, skills and interests. Darlene and Katrina are long time home learning parents and Linda is a soon to be home learning graduate. Bios are available upon request.

Girl Guide Leaders: Katrina Jantzen, Guider and Deputy District Commissioner
Darlene Rainbow, Guider
 
Scout Leaders: Linda Rainbow, Leader and Fraser Valley Youth Council Commissioner
Darlene Rainbow is in the process of becoming a Scout Leader
Program and Activities:
The Scouting and Girl Guide Programs will be offered simultaneously. Boys will be registered in Scouts. Girls have a choice of registering in Girl Guides or Scouts (or both programs). The day time program offered will follow the guiding and scouting programs as closely as possible/practicable with a focus on outdoor skills, outdoor activities, leadership, service and participant inspired interests.
Some advantages of the Guiding and Scouting programs for enrolled home learners
many of the activities and programs in Scouting and Guiding fit the PLO's (prescribed learning outcomes) for the Ministry of Education.
High school credits are available for program levels completed:
Guiding = 2 levels X 2 credits
Scouting = 2 levels X 4 credits
If the youth is 14 yrs plus, the Guiding and Scouting programs qualify as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and are eligible for 2 high school credits for each of 3 levels attained
Scholarships are available for active and eligible members of each organization
Registration:
Each participant must be registered with at least one of the organizations. The participant may be linked with another guide unit and/or scout section that meets in the evenings and could participate in their regular meetings. The participant will also have the option to participate in provincial, national and international opportunities within the organization of their choice.

The registration forms and information will be provided to interested participants.
Fees and costs:
Fees allow the participant to participate in the regular meetings, activities and field trips of the day time program and to participate in other youth meetings and activities of the Scout or Girl Guide organization which they are registered with. There will also be access to the local groups' Guiding and Scouting outdoor and other equipment.
Additional costs associated directly with activities (ie camp rental, food, admission fees, travel etc) are paid on a participation basis. Parents also have the option to fund raise instead of paying directly for the additional costs.
Girl Guide Registration:
Fees: $100 (yearly) (note: income tax deductible or can be used as a DL program expense)
Dues: $1 per week
Program book: $6.95
Uniform: Shirt $18.95 new (or 2nd hand shirt probably available)
Optional uniform: sash, scarf, hat and pants
Expenses: possible extras...camp, food, admission fees, travel, craft supplies etc

Scouts Registration:
Fees: $180 yearly (note: income tax deductible or can be used as a DL program expense)
Dues: $5 monthly (for badges, supplies, etc)
Program book: $9.99
New 2011 Uniform: formal shirt $26.99 (necker/scarf provided)
Optional Uniform: T-shirt $11.99, hat, pants, shorts, activity apparel (note: sash no longer part of uniform)
Expenses: possible extras...camp, food, admission fees, travel, art supplies etc

Parent Participation- Volunteer or Leader
Parent/grandparent help is always appreciated. Ideas for parent/grandparent participation are: sharing your skills and talents at a meeting; prepping for a meeting; providing snacks; fund raising etc.

Regular parent volunteers require paperwork, including a police records check
There are no fees to become an adult member or leader of either organization. A uniform shirt is required. Registration, interview and police records check are part of the leader application process. Leader training must be taken in a timely manner and is offered on-line or at workshops/camps.

For leaders, there are also many adult opportunities for fun, friendship and learning within both organizations.

More information

Update Aug 2014 - This group is till going as part of the South Delta Home Learners  contact   darlener1234"at"gmail.com if you want to join in or join the South Delta Home Learners http://southdeltahomelearners.webs.com/