A classic kids’ activity is now available to Sun Peaks’ children. Children aged five and up are now able to join in the Scouts Canada program.
The program started with a bang for the five Beavers lead by Trevor Carr and Travis Abby, 10 Cubs lead by Colin Cannon and Sarah Foster, and five Scouts lead by Thomas Lowe and Chris Wagner.
Linda Scarfo spearheaded the idea and this fall the 20 children in the program participated in outdoor activities, including a snowy overnight campout at McGillivray Lake, as well as crafts and building projects. The Scouts are working on building a sauna using ropes skills such as knots and lashing, and the Cubs will be decorating a tree on the snowshoe trail with their handmade tree ornaments.
“We took the kids out for a hike and a S’mores campfire the first evening,” explains Cannon. “We’ll be taking advantage of all of the facilities that are right here in Sun Peaks — we’ll be going snow shoeing, skiing, skating, cross country skiing and more.”
The kids are also learning the value of a dollar through their fundraising efforts.
“The scouts would like to thank the community of Sun Peaks for supporting them in their popcorn sales,” relays Cannon.
With the success of the first months of the program, Cannon and the leaders are looking forward to a winter and spring filled with adventure and education.
“It’s about teaching the children the values of being a Scout,” says Cannon, “and encouraging them to develop individually but also to develop as a pack.”