31st Burlington Honoured

The Turnbull family strongly believes it is important that as many Canadians as possible meet and share outdoor experiences while learning the valuable skills of teamwork and self-reliance. To this end, the Turnbull Family Scout Challenge will reward troops that demonstrate initiative in conceiving an adventure, organizational skills in planning the adventure and small team skills in completing the adventure. Two troops will be awarded up to $2,500.00 each.

Congratulations to the 2010 recipient of the Turnbull Family Adventure Award, 31st Burlington Troop.  31st Burlington has planned an expedition to Killarney Park.  Their expedition will include a 5 day canoe and hiking trip through the western section of Killarney Provincial Park.  They will be travelling a portion of a known fur trading route to Shebahonaning, (now known as the town of Killarney). The Troop will be conducting a water survey, recording the pH of water samples along the trip route and discussing the effects of Acid Rain on the ecosystem.  A one day hike up Silver Peak is scheduled to experience the unique geography in the park made famous by the Group of Seven.  In promoting the scouting movement, members will be interviewing people they meet throughout the expedition.

Challenge Guidelines

1. The challenge must be based on Scouts researching and then retracing a route of historical significance. The troop must research and describe in some detail the role the route played in the development of Canada. EXAMPLES: canoe a part of the fur trade route; hike a route covered by some early settlers; cycle a portion of an abandoned rail line used to open up parts of the country.

2. The challenge must be at least four (4) days from start to finish.

3. The challenge must include some type of community service component. EXAMPLES: stream clean up; trail maintenance; trail inventory submission to TrailsCanada.

4. The challenge should include meeting youth/Scouting members from other cultural communities along the way.

5. Within 30 days of completion of the Challenge, a basic log, including pictures and daily journal entries, must be submitted.


The Challenge is open to all Scouts from every end of the country. There is no need to have high mountains, raging waters or a large budget. It will fit nicely into the regular programming that most troops follow.

To apply, simply have the troop members (Court of Honour/Patrol Leaders) submit a plan meeting all of the above guidelines and including: contact information, budget, historical background of the trip and anticipated completion dates, no later than May 1st to:

The Turnbull Family Scout Challenge
c/o Scouts Canada Foundation
1345 Baseline Road
Ottawa, ON K2C 0A7


Applications meeting these established guidelines will be forwarded to the Turnbull Family for judging and the winners notified. Once the logs are received, these adventures will be featured in future Scouting Life Magazines as examples of the many exciting, outstanding outdoor adventures Scouts are enjoying across the country.

Scouts Canada, the country’s leading youth organization, offers challenging programs for boys, girls and youth age 5-26 in thousands of individual groups in most cities and towns across Canada.