By Tracy Forsyth

The 2nd Highland Creek Scouting Group has been busy and very active in the community with weekend camps and hikes in local parks. The new Beaver colony had its investiture at the shelter at the Port Union waterfront and were lucky to watch the orange harvest moon rise from the horizon and reflect on the lake.

In late September, 75 participants – Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, leaders and parents – took part in a Fun in Canoes event and cleaned the wetlands from their canoes at Rouge Marsh (at the foot of Lawrence Ave). For some families it was their first experience in a canoe. They cleaned the wetlands of tires, hockey nets, and other garbage and recyclables that had entered the water.

One highlight was when Scouters Kirsty Clark and Jacob LaBossiere, who are youth leaders,  saved a black-crowned night heron that had fishing line tangled around its leg and couldn’t move because the fishing line was tangled in the plants in the marsh. After Kirsty and Jacob got closer to the bird, they cut the line and the heron flew away. If you are in the Rouge and find fishing line or kite string, please remove it and safely dispose of it in the garbage at home. Great job, Rainbow and Hawkeye!

October 13 and 14 was our annual Apple Day fundraiser. Proceeds for this event pay for the use of the school gym permit for the weekly meetings. We would like to thank community residents and local businesses, Energy Martial Arts, Audrey’s Flowers, BMO, No Frills, Metro, Shopper’s Drug Mart and TD Canada Trust for their continued support of this year’s Apple Day Event. It was a very successful event and we are grateful for the support and generosity from the community,

Save the Date: Sat., December 2 is our 35th Annual Food Bank Drive. We will be collecting non-perishables from our Centennial neighbours for the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities food hampers. In the past, the Centennial community has been very supportive of this event and we thank you all for your donations.

Follow our adventures on our Facebook page: 2nd Highland Creek Scouting Group