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  

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).

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.