Scouts raise money with rain barrels.
Three Kanata scout groups are raising money for various initiatives by selling rain barrels. The funds will be used for scouting trips and equipment.
Three Kanata scouting groups are raising money for various initiatives by selling rain barrels.
The 1st, 3rd and 7th Kanata Scout groups are selling the rain collectors, to be picked up on May 11, as fundraisers for trips and equipment.
“It fits into our program,” said Jan Stodola, a leader with the 7th Kanata Scouts, based out of the Briarbrook, Brookside and Morgan’s Grant area.
Part of the scouting program, which includes Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers, is learning how to be environmentally friendly and the rain barrels are a great way to divert rain water to nourish gardens.
“The other thing that’s great about this is the children are learning about marketing,” said Sandra Redshaw, a leader with the 3rd Kanata Scouts based in Bridlewood. “It’s a really wonderful opportunity.”
Peter Smith, a leader with the 1st Kanata Scouts, said his group will use the funds raised for a five-day canoe trip down the Rideau Canal in July, and for Venturers to canoe and camp in Algonquin Park for a week in August.
“The trip along the Rideau Canal will provide numerous opportunities for a bit of regional education and fun activities,” said Smith. “The Venturer company is canoeing in Algonquin Park and conducting a survival camp.”
Last year, the 1st Kanata Scouts raised money for an Arctic expedition on Baffin Island.
Redshaw said her troop is looking at a trip to Powell River, B.C., or Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario.
Stodola added his group will use the funds raised to purchase new equipment.
“We need new tents,” he said, adding they also need lightweight stoves, flag stands and poles. “The main focus of our fundraiser is for gear.”
The money will also help send Scouts to the annual Canadian Jamboree, an event that brings together Scouts from across the country and around the world, which is being held in Sylvan Lake, Alta. in July.
The goal for each troop is to sell 330 barrels at rainbarrel.ca.
* To donate to the 1st Kanata Scouts, visit rainbarrel.ca/1stkanatascouts to reserve your barrel. The rain barrels ordered through the 1st Kanata Scouts will be available to pick up on May 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Beaverbrook Mall, 2 Beaverbrook Rd.
* To donate to the 3rd Kanata Scouts, reserve your barrel at rainbarrel.ca/3rdkanatascouts. The barrels ordered through the 3rd Kanata Scouts will be available for pickup on May 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Anne Elementary School, 500 Stonehaven Dr.
* To donate to the 7th Kanata Scouts, visit RainBarrel.ca/7thkanatascouts to reserve your rain barrel. If you need assistance with online ordering email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-592-9235. The barrels ordered through the 7th Kanata Scouts will be available to pick up on May 11, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Trinity Common Shopping Mall, 840 March Rd.