The annual investiture ceremony conducted by Scouts Canada took place at Tumbler Ridge Elementary on November 2nd. Friends and family members of the several groups under Scouts Canada gathered to witness the transition of each age-dictated group as they were moved up to the next level. Internationally there are seven programs available in Scouts Canada, which are not gender-specific. They are as follows; Beavers (ages 5 to 7), SCOUTS about (ages 5 – 10 years of age), Cubs (ages 8 to 10), Scouts (ages 11 to 14 with option to remain until age 16), Venturers (ages 14 to 17), Extreme Adventure (ages 14-17), Rovers (ages 18-26). Not every group has current representation in Tumbler Ridge. The three groups under Scouts represented in Tumbler Ridge are Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
The investiture is, in a manner or speaking, a ?welcoming? ceremony that transits Kits to Beavers, Tenderpads to Cubs and Cubs to Wolf Cubs. ?Neckers; (neckerchiefs) and badges are presented. Proud parents snapped photos of their children as they shook hands with their leaders.
Upcoming events for Scouts Canada in 2006 will be a month-long Canada-wide campaign called ?Bring a Friend Month? where Scouts are encouraged to bring a buddy to celebrate scouting involvement in the community. February 19-26 is Scout-Guide week, a combined celebration between Scouts and Girl Guides. February 22nd is celebrated annually by the Scouts in honour of the birthdays of both Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Scouts Canada and his wife Olave, the first World Chief Guide (Girl Guides).
Looking ahead, the year 2007 will be a milestone for Scouts Canada, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. Regionally and locally there will be planned events with Pacific Jamboree 2007 already advertised for Camp Byng on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. This centennial celebration takes place during the week of July 7-14, 2007. Camp Byng will host the annual World Jamboree.
Scouts is in need of adult leaders to continue their quest. Scouts, Cubs and Beavers is cuurently sponsored by the Tumbler Ridge Catholic Church. Father David spoke to the children and lead them in prayer.