Burlington Area

Respect In Sports Training Deadline is Soon!

Greeting Scouters,
This is a gentle reminder that the Respect in Sport Training MUST be completed by August 31, 2017. This applies to all Scouting Volunteers. If it is not showing on your training by this date your will not be renewed for the upcoming Scouting year. The training can be accessed via the David Huestis Learning Centre on your MyScouts profile. See attached for FAQs on the training as well as accessing it. I would highly recommend that you make plans to complete this requirement as soon as possible.
Click -HERE- for FAQ sheet
Yours in Scouting!

2016/2017 Scouting Registration

Make Friends, Don't Add Them


Registration for Scouting’s exciting 2016/2017 season is about to begin.  To find a group near you, click on “Find A Scouts Group Near You” on the side menu.  Type in your postal code and select your desired program.  You will then be shown a map of the Scouts Groups near you.


The 2016//2017 Fall Registration nights for selected Burlington Area Scouts Groups are as follows: 


15th Strathcona Scouting Group will be holding its Fall registration from 7-8om on Monday, September 12th at Appleby United Church

31st Burlington’s registration is Thursday September 8th 7-8pm at St. Johns Anglican Church Hall, 2464 Dundas St. West (south side of Dundas just west of Guelph Line).

1st Carlisle will be having its registration night on Monday, September 12th, 6:30-8:30pm at Carlisle United Church

1st Kilbride will be having its registration night from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Wednesday September 14, 2016 @ Kilbride United Church, 2066 Kilbride Street, L7P 0H9

1st Port Nelson’s fall open house is Thursday, Sept 8th, 6:30 – 8:30pm at Port Nelson United Church

2nd Burlington is holding a registration nights on September 6 (6-7) for Beavers, September 6 (7-8:30) for Cubs and September 8 (7-9) for Scouts at Wellington Square United Church (2121 Caroline St.) from 6:00 – 8:00pm

Gone Home: Scouter Fred Whiskin

Fred Whiskin

Scouting and Burlington Area have lost a great Scouter. Fred Whiskin went home Friday June 27th. Fred was active in Scouting since 1930 and was the first District Commissioner of the combined Burlington District in 1958, overseeing the opening of Camp Manitou. He remained active at the Provincial level up to present day, most recently as part of the Blue Springs Camp Committee. Scouter’s Fred’s obituary and details on funeral services can be found at http://www.smithsfh.com/book-of-memories/1899028/Whiskin-Frederick/service-details.php.

Canoe Camp 2015

Canoe Camp

April 11th, 2015 – Aldershot Community Pool
May 29th – 31st, 2015 – Camp Wheeler

One of the Area’s most eagerly anticipated events is fast approaching. The annual Area Canoe Camp, to be held this year from May 29th – 31st at Camp Wheeler near Haliburton, is an opportunity for Scouts to learn valuable canoe skills in a controlled environment, and from experienced instructors. One of the overall objectives of this event is to cover off the requirements for the Paddling Challenge badge, as detailed in your Scout Book. And, of course, it’s a ton of fun!


The camp will also include an overnight out trip for Scouts working on the Advanced Tripping badge, and an Island overnight for Scouts wanting to learn lightweight camping skills.

Prior to attending the camp at Wheeler, all Scouts will be required to attend a mandatory Skills session and Pizza party, to be held at a Burlington public swimming pool. This has been scheduled for April 11th from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at Aldershot Community Pool.


Cost for the event will be $90 per person, food, canoes and accommodation included.  Registration deadline is April 3rd at 8:00pm.


For further information contact Scouter Bill Kowalchyk at 905-520-9517.

Registration Package

(Adobe Acrobat PDF File)

Water Activities Manual
(Adobe Acrobat PDF File) Suggested guidelines and tips for water activities provided by South Lake Simcoe Area

Ontario Volunteer Service Awards 2014



Congrats to this year’s Burlington Area recipients of the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards, representing approx. 300 years of combined service to the Scouting youth of our Area!

Scouting In Burlington

Enjoying A Moment At Camp
Enjoying A Moment At Camp (Bill Kowalchyk)


Burlington Area Scouts came into existence in 1958 as “Burlington District” with amalgamation of several groups from Burlington and surrounding area. There are 13 active groups within the Area, providing Scouting to approximately 800 members.  The Area stretches outside the city limits of Burlington and encompasses the additional communities of Waterdown, Kilbride, and Carlisle.


The sponsor/partners within the Area are: 6 United Churches, 4 parent/community groups, 1 Anglican Church, 1 Presbyterian Church, and the Legion.  All Scouts Canada groups are now co-ed.


Scouting in Burlington, Carlisle, and Waterdown work together under the direction of one Area Commissioner (AC). Each of the groups within this structure recommend for appointment to the Area Commissioner a person to serve as a Group Commissioner (GC). This individual is the direct program link to the AC. The AC creates a management team that will service the Groups through the Group Commissioner. The Group Commissioner is an integral part of the Area Commissioner’s Team.


The Area Commissioner is Bill Kowalchyk and he can be reached by e-mail at bill.kowalchyk@scouts.ca.  

Planting Trees
Spring Tree Planting


Although costly to maintain, Central Escarpment Council operates Burlington Area’s “all year around” Camp facility – “Camp Manitou” a 96 acre campsite located on the west side of Twiss Road, 3 km north of Derry Road, partly wooded with a stream flowing through it. Facilities include two winterized lodges, a patrol cabin, a picnic shelter, an adorondak, a camp rangers office, washroom facilities and several well maintained camp sites.  Over 5,000 campers visit Camp Manitou every year.


Several Area events run during the year which include: Scout co-op camp, Beaverbee, Cuboree, Scout Winter Camp, Scout Competition Camp, Canoe Camp, Swim Meet (for all sections), Kub Kar Fun Day, Mall Display (during Scout/Guide week). 

If you have any questions the Central Ontario Service Centre phone number is Toll Free: 1-888-Scouts-Now (1-888-726-8876).

Meritorious Conduct Awards for 13th Burlington


Congrats to 13th Burlington Scouters Derrick Presswood and Doug Levesque and Scouts James Cowan and Tony Medland who were presented with Certificates of Meritorious Conduct and Yvonne Young who was presented with the Medal for Meritorious Conduct for actions that they were involved in at Elora Gorge last summer. Presentations were made by DCC Recognition Jenny Beer and Council Commissioner George Christian at last night’s All-Scouters Forum. Well done 13th Burlington!  Additional photos can be seen in the Area Photo Archive at https://flic.kr/s/aHsk65uwCF.


The Burlington Post provided coverage of the presentation and the rescue: http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/5525599-burlington-scouts-and-their-leaders-honoured-for-saving-man-s-life/.

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