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Oct 26, 2020

Council Voting Representatives 

The Council Voting Representatives for Scouts Canada’s Northern Lights Council join us to speak a bit about what they do. Podcast Topics

This week, Ken is joined by Richard Willimus, Sherri Brady, and Ann Huang, the Council Voting Representatives (CVRs) for Scouts Canada’s Northern Lights Council. The CVRs represent the interests of all members of Scouts Canada, especially those from the Council they represent, to the board that administers Scouts Canada. Each council selects - votes in, rather - three members from among their ranks (including one Youth member) that participate as Voting Representatives. Among their various roles, CVRs ensure that items prescribed by the bylaws of Scouts Canada actually happen. This includes the election of Board of Governors members as recommended by the Nominating Committee, voting on the approval of resolutions tabled by the Board of Governors that modify the bylaws of the organization, approval of the recommendation of the Audit Committee regarding the appointment of auditors for the following year, voting to receive reports from management, the Vice-Chair Finance, Audit Committee and management, and so on. CVRs also bring forward important issues to the Board of Governors. On occasion, CVRs may also propose resolutions for consideration at an AGM. Such resolutions may include resolutions asking that the Board of Governors consider making changes to Bylaws or policies of Scouts Canada. And finally, CVRs act as a safeguard against a Board acting egregiously, by being able to vote against, inconjunction with other voting members, the recommendation of the nominating committee and voting, in conjunction with other voting members to approve alternative nominations, thereby replacing the Board with another that would act in the interests of Scouts Canada.It all sounds very dry, but the distillation of it is this: CVRs are another means by which the “on the ground” membership of Scouts Canada can communicate with their councils, with Scouts Canada’s national office, and even with its governance apparatus, and make their concerns known.And if you want to chat with Richard, Sheri, and Ann, they’ll be hosting a pair of town hall meetings over the next two weeks: one this Wednesday (October 28th), and one the following weekend (November 7th), both at 7:00 PM Mountain Time.

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Oct 16, 2020

Youth Protection 

It takes a fair bit of effort to bring a new Scouter on board. But there’s a good reason why that is! Podcast Topics

Ken and Colin recollect their own close brush with a child abuser, a certain individual who once volunteered as a Scouter with their Troop, when they were both youth. This individual was recently released into the Edmonton area under no conditions or supervision, and is thought likely to re-offend.Of course, back when Ken and Colin were Scouts, a lot of the youth protection and volunteer screening standards that are now strongly emphasized and strictly enforced by Scouts Canada either didn’t exist, or at least were not anywhere as comprehensive as they are today. Ken also explains the connection between Waffle House and FEMA (the US Federal Emergency Management Agency) to Colin.And hey...if you want to leave us a review but aren’t sure where you can do so, hit up our Love the Podcast profile to find out!

Shout-Outs

Scouter John from Concord, North Carolina, wrote in with some thoughts about fundraising back in early September (yes, it’s been that long since we recorded last):

I am a scouter in North Carolina - former cubmaster and scoutmaster. In the southeast US (and probably elsewhere), the most success that our guys have is selling discount cards which are endorsed by various businesses. The sponsors of the cards are arranged on a district level (not by the individual units) - basically selling commercial businesses on doing deals to support local scouting. Some will be very 'local' (specific restaurants, tire dealers, etc) and some are regional (fast food and grocery stores). My boy scouts find this to be an easier way to pay their way towards summer camp and some of my 'hard chargers' can sell 100+ cards per year. The unit keeps 50% of the selling price, the district keeps everything else above the cost of getting the cards made. The manufacturer gets only their cost of printing. I have attached an image of an Atlanta card which sells for $5. In my area, our cards are selling for $10. This is a value purchase for the buyer - they can see this as an opportunity to save money. We sell these door to door as well as setting up outside cooperative businesses. A typical card would have 'snap off' discounts used once with the main card being used all year.They say 'camp card' on them since the premise is that the buyer (aside from getting great bargains) is helping to send a kid to summer camp

So, a shout-out to John for the comments; maybe some groups, councils, or districts can pull together something similar in their area!And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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