By Tracy Forsyth

The 2nd Highland Creek Scouting sections have been busy outdoors this new scouting year.

The Beavers went to the new UTSC Valley Land Trail at U of T Scarborough and had a fun evening exploring the accessible trail and are looking forward to a sleepover at the Science Centre.

The Cubs had a Survivor weekend camp at Woodland Trails Scout Camp and their investiture was held at Adam’s Park. The Scouts explored the area on a day-long bike hike, biking along the trails in Scarborough one Saturday in October. The Scouts  are also looking forward to a weekend outdoor skills camp at Woodland Trails. The third-year Cubs and the Scouts went canoeing along the Rouge River to the Rouge Marsh, then had a great BBQ lunch once they finished their canoe adventure. What a great way to spend a Sunday. There is so much to do in our neighbourhood.

The Venturer section has openings for registration of youth ages 15-17. The Venturers meet at Charlottetown school on Thursday evenings, 7:30 – 9pm, and focus on outdoor, community service and other adventures that the youth help plan. If your teen is in that age group and would like to join the Venturer program, they can attend two meetings free. Please email or visit the 2nd Highland Creek Facebook page for more information or to arrange a visit to the Venturer meeting.

We will be holding our 37th annual food drive in the Centennial community on Saturday, November 23. Cubs and Scouts will be going door to door collecting non-perishable food for the  Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities. Beaver scouts collect baby food items at their meetings so all sections take part in this event.

If you have any food donations, please leave them on your porch to speed pick up as we have many homes to collect from. We thank the community for its continued support of this important community service project.