Meeting About Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders

Meeting About Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders

To Commissioners and Scouters of Rivorton Area

At the June 13 meeting of the 1st St. Margaret’s Group Committee, serious concerns were expressed about the Scouts Canada policy requiring all adult volunteers to complete the training unit “Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders” by August 31, 2017, for which they would have to pay $30 plus tax. The Group Committee was concerned that, while this training unit was mandated by Scouts Canada, it was not delivered or financially supported by Scouts Canada.

As Group Commissioner, I wrote to Rivorton Area Commissioner John Boyne to indicate that our committee was looking for answers to questions that they had about this policy. John, in turn, wrote to the New Brunswick Council Key Three as well as representatives on the Board of Governors.

John is out of Fredericton this week, so he has asked me to inform you that Peter Biddle, Executive Director of the Scouts Canada Maritime Admin Centre in Dartmouth, NS, along with Robin Ellingwood, the Area Service Manager for Western New Brunswick, will be in Fredericton on Thursday, June 29, and will meet interested Scouters from the Rivorton Area in the Lounge of the Cathedral Memorial Hall at 168 Church Street at 7:00 pm to discuss this and any other issues of concern.

All Rivorton Scouters are invited to attend this meeting.

Peter Kent, Group Commissioner, 1st St. Margaret’s

Work Party – G.L. Miller Campsite

Work Party – G.L. Miller Campsite

The G.L. Miller Campsite and trail system needs a “Scout Good Turn” before the upcoming Provincial Linking camp in a couple of weeks.

We have rounded up two Scouters and their chainsaws (Bill and John , with invitations to others ) to deal with some trees along the Maple Ridge trail and around the campsites. Thank you!!

We need folks( adults and youth) to assist with the following:

  • clearing away trees once they are cut
  • dealing with the many fire rings that are scattered about
  • collecting and tidying the scout staves that are around
  • filling a few large potholes
  • sweeping out and tidying up the outhouses
  • move some picnic tables

Please bring the following:

  • work gloves
  • insect repellent (the mosquitoes are friendly)
  • rakes, shovels and pails to carry dirt and burnt wood
  • your water bottle

Keith and Karoline and I will be at the Miller site at the dining shelters for 6pm. Come when you can and assist us in preparing the G.L. Miller site for the upcoming camp. Even if your group is not attending the camp we would appreciate your assistance!

We will provide treats at the end of the evening.

Please share this with all of your sections.

Many Hands Make Light Work.

Yours in Scouting,

Karoline and Keith Barr

Fredericton Downtown Challenge

Fredericton Downtown Challenge

2nd Nashwaaksis will be holding the annual Fredericton Downtown Challenge on Saturday June 3rd. There will be three trails this year. One for Beaver Scouts of the core downtown, one for Cub Scouts of extended downtown and one for Scout Troops and Venturer Scout Companies of the entire city (city buses and on foot only–your bus pass is your Scout uniform).

Cost: Beavers $2/participant, all other sections $5/participant.
Location: Start and finish @ Officers square Queen St. Fredericton.
Registration times:

  • Beavers- 9am this is not a timed event, Beavers can start when registered and finish when they are done.
  • Cubs- Registration 9am. Patrol leaders meeting 9:40, Grand Howl 9:50. Start 10am. Must be checked back in by 1pm sharp! please allow time for us to tally up scores, awards and closing ceremony between 1:30 and 2pm.
  • Scouts/Ventures/Rovers and Scouters- Registration 11am, patrol leaders meeting 11:40 opening ceremony 11:50 start time Noon. Finish 5pm Sharp! Awards and Closing ceremony will take place after we tally up scores.

Helpful Hints:

  • Registration form – click here to download the registration form. If you wish to save some time, please have the form completed in advance and bring it with you. There will be blank forms at the registration table too.
  • Maps will be provided but please come self-contained, ensure to keep hydrated (bring water bottles, sunscreen etc. ).

Scouts Section and Above: This year we have expanded the challenge significantly, with control points around the entire city accessible by city bus. Note however that only the bus and by foot will be allowed for transportation. We have made an arrangement with city transit allowing anyone participating in the challenge to ride the bus for free during event if they are wearing their Scouting uniform, so please ensure you have a Scouting shirt and or Necker on or you will have to pay your own way on the bus.

City transit has an app–ReadyPass. You are allowed to use this app. Someone in your patrol should download prior to the event.

Some of the bonus control points (Scouts section and above) will require you to take a photo, so please ensure each patrol has a phone or tablet they can use to take photo.

Any questions feel free to contact Scouter Gary.

Volunteer Opportunity – Steps for Life

Volunteer Opportunity – Steps for Life

Sunday May 7, we have been invited to participate as volunteers at the Steps For Life walk in Fredericton. This is a fun 5 km fundraising walk to help support families affected by life-altering workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.

The organizers would appreciate any volunteers we can provide. We will be tasked with handing out water bottles, and we can keep and redeem any recyclables we gather.

If you’re able to participate please come to the St. John Ambulance building a bit before 10 am (which is when registration opens). They would need us there until approx. 1pm.

If your family wants to participate in the walk there’s a $10 registration fee, all are welcome!

2017 NB Linking Camp

2017 NB Linking Camp

Come join with us and become a participant in the fun filled weekend of activities of the New Brunswick Linking Camp, June 23 – 25, 2017 at the Yoho Scout Reserve off the Hanwell Road, Fredericton, NB. The theme this year is, “Canada 150”. Come and help us celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday!

This camporee is open to Beavers to Scouts. We look to our Venturer and Rover Scouts for assistance as Offers of Service (click here for the offer of service registration form).

Cubs and Scouts registration fee is $20 per individual with the deadline for registration June 1, 2017. This will cover the crest, numerous activities and lots of FUN, LAUGHTER AND FELLOWSHIP. Beaver Scouts registration is $10/individual. Click here for the registration form (or scroll to the bottom).

We would ask that one package or can of non-perishable food be brought for each person that attends – this includes all section youth, Scouters, parents and offer of service. Food will be given to the local food bank.

Cubs and Scouts will come self-contained. All meals will be the responsibility of the group. Groups will be camping in the G.L. Miller Camp Site. Please let us know if the Cubs and Scouts in your group will be camping on the same camp site. Here’s a sample kit list you can use with your youth to prepare for camp.

The Yoho Scout Reserve is located on Route 640 (the Hanwell Road), about 22 km southwest of Fredericton. The Scout Lodge at Yoho is located at #3566 Route 640. The entrance to the Miller Camp Ground, is #7 Yoho Lake Road. The Yoho Lake Road is the road to the left (if you’re coming from Fredericton) just before the entrance to the Scout Camp. It’s less than ½ km from Route 640 along the Yoho Lake Road to the turnoff for the Miller Camp Ground. Please stop at the gazebo to register your group and to get directions to your camp site.

The phone number at the Scout Lodge is (506) 366-3312. Please note that cell phone reception at Yoho can be sporadic at best.
For Scout Troops attending CJ this summer, this weekend could serve as an excellent pre-jamboree camp, a chance to check out all your gear one last time before leaving for CJ.

Here is some information you will find useful for coming to the camporee.

Following is a tentative outline of the programs:

Cubs & Scouts Program

The following is a tentative outline of the program for the weekend for Cubs and Scouts:

Friday, June 23rd

  • Registration (arrival & set up) – 5:00pm

Groups are encouraged to build a gate at their site and to construct campsite gadgets. There will be a friendship game for the youth to take part in during the evening.

  • Campfire (informal, wander in anytime after 9:00 pm.) – 9:00pm
  • Leaders’ Meeting – 10:00pm
  • Quiet Time – 11:00pm

Saturday, June 24th

  • Rise & Shine/Breakfast – 7:00am
  • Official Opening – 9:00am
  • Registration for Beaver Scouts (Main Lodge & Field) – 9:30am
  • Activities Begin – 9:30am
  • Lunch – 12:00pm
  • Activities Continue – 1:30pm
  • Preparation for Supper, Supper and Clean-Up – 4:30pm
  • Celebrate 150 (Party Time!) – 7:00pm
  • Formal Campfire (waterfront) and Fireworks to Follow – 9:00pm
  • Quiet time – 11:00pm

Sunday, June 25th

  • Rise & Shine/Breakfast – 7:00am
  • Activities – 9:00am
  • Scouts Own/Closing Ceremonies (at the Miller) – 11:00am
    • Presentation of awards
    • Lowering of the flag
    • Check out & departure

Beaver Scouts Program

Registration fee for Beavers is $10 per individual.

Saturday, June 24th

  • Arrival & Registration – 9:30am
  • Opening Ceremony – 10:00am
  • Activities & Games – 10:15am
  • Lunch (provided) – Noon
  • Celebrate 150 (Party Time!) – 1:15pm
  • Closing Ceremony – 3:30pm

Here is an opportunity to visit the other sections in action.

Beavers and Scouters are encouraged to wear red and white clothing for the day to celebrate Canada 150.

Please complete the registration form. Please ensure that you bring with a copy of the physical fitness form for each individual that attends.

If you have any questions, please contact Camp Chiefs Keith/Karoline by email or via phone at (506) 455-7583.

Our team is looking forward to seeing you at our Linking Camp.

Yours in Scouting,

Karoline & Keith Barr, Camp Co-Chairs

Registration Form

Registration is closed.

Canoe Pool Training

Canoe Pool Training

This is an invitation to all Rivorton Area Scouts and Venturer Scouts to join 3rd and 7th Fredericton Scouts for a canoe training session a the UNB pool on Monday, May 15th from 9:30am-11:30am. As in previous years we will be learning and practicing basic canoeing skills including paddle strokes, safety and self-rescue techniques.

Groups are asked to send at least one adult volunteer to help with supervision of their youth. The cost for the morning is $10 per youth, payable at the door. Youth should arrive at the gym entrance by 9:15am and be picked-up by 11:45am. If you have your own PFD, please bring it along.

Space is somewhat limited, so if you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact John Boyne or Dave Dilworth as soon as possible.

Operation Night Owl 2017

Operation Night Owl 2017

1st Westfield Rovers are hosting a Challenge Camp for Cub Scouts on May 5-7th. It is being held at Camp Holderville. The details are:

Cubs Scouts will be working in sixes of 3-6 members and will spend the weekend outdoors, learning new skills, as well as linking and competing with other cub groups.

For more information, please contact Scouter Dan Patten (, 343-4787).


To register your group, call or send the registration form to Scouter Dan, the Camp Registrar. Group registration forms must be submitted by April 21, 2017. Each group must bring a minimum of one skill to put on for the night challenge.


Warm clothing and usual overnight camping gear will be required. All groups are to come self-contained including meals. Each group will be marked on their campsites, so flags and gates are recommended.

Camp Schedule


  • 9am – Opening , registration
  • 9:30 – Sixer meeting at HQ
  • 10-12 – Grounds tour
  • 12-1 – Lunch
  • 1-3 – Ironcub challenge
  • 3-3:30 – Leader meeting
  • 3-5 – Scavenger hunt/ minute to win it
  • 5-6 – Supper
  • 6-7 – Camp fire, each six must have a song skit and yell
  • 7-8 – Set out to starting places and get ready for night owl
  • 8-12 – Night Owl


  • 9am – Closing and Scouts Own