Scouts Canada Seeks Volunteers and Business Support in Kingston

Published on: 2024/06/13 - in News

To meet its goal of supporting 50,000 young people by 2025, Scouts Canada is urging volunteers and businesses in Kingston to get involved in the Scouting program.

Scouts Canada, the nation’s leading co-ed youth organization, faces a volunteer shortage in several regions, including Kingston, resulting in more youth interested in joining than available support. An increase in volunteers could welcome more young people and reduce waitlists.

“This is an exciting time to get involved in Scouting,” stated Stephen Loney, volunteer National Commissioner for Scouts Canada. “We have a revitalized team, an audacious mandate, and thousands of youths in Canada waiting to start their Scouting adventures. Our recent survey has shown that people in Canada are feeling overwhelmed and looking for tangible ways to give back to their communities and get involved in positive programs like Scouts to make a difference. Scouts does all of that while allowing volunteers to make a real and positive impact in the lives of young people from coast to coast.”

Volunteers play a critical role in empowering young people in Canada by supporting various activities that build confidence and resiliency. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including active seniors, new Canadians, parents, and students, are encouraged to join. Each group brings unique skills and perspectives valuable to the Scouting movement.

Stephen Loney added, “Volunteering is more than just a commitment; it’s a collection of impactful moments that resonate with purpose and create lasting change, personal growth, community connection, positive influence on youth and society, career advancement, and more.”

The benefits for Scouts volunteers include finding community, building confidence, and helping develop resilient young Canadians. Volunteers gain practical experience, inspire the next generation, and enjoy the process.

Businesses are also invited to support Scouts Canada by providing spaces for meetings and activities or sponsoring local Scout Groups. Owners of halls, restaurants, recreational spaces, and buildings can help kickstart Scout programs in their communities.

Scouting positively impacts Canadian communities by empowering youth with personal progression and leadership opportunities. Scouts engage in environmental conservation projects, amplify social issues, and support humanitarian causes, fostering strong community relationships.

For more information on how to volunteer or support Scouts Canada, visit Scouts.ca/Volunteer.


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