- Scouting in Alberta
Scouting in Alberta has a long history, from the 1900s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live. In 1983, the
15th World Scout Jamboreewas held at KananaskisCountry, an area of Provincial Park 4,000 feet in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 80 miles west of Calgary, Alberta. "The Spirit Lives On" was the theme of the World Jamboree, with a total attendance of over 15,000 Scouts from nearly 100 countries.
Alberta Scouting is administered by two Councils within
Scouts Canada: Northern Lights Council in the north (also responsible for the Northwest Territories), and Chinook Council in the south. In general, each council's territory is divided into Areas, and each Area contains sponsored Scouting Groups.
Local Groups and sections
Scouting Groups are usually community-based, but may be based on something else they have in common, such as an LDS Group. Each Group has a cardinal or ordinal number attached to its name. For example, "Dalhousie 141", "1st Yellowknife". Each Group comprises one or more Sections (Beaver section, Cub section, Scout section, Venturer section, and/or Rover section), all managed by a Group Committee.
Among Alberta's varied Scouting groups and sections are "Adventure Scouting Groups",
IsmailiScouts, and Rover Crews with romantic names like "Knights of Dionysus" and "Knights of the Crimson Cross".
In 1981, the 5th
Canadian Scout Jamboreewas held at Kananaskis, Alberta, with 19,000 in attendance.
In 1993, the 8th Canadian Scout Jamboree was held at Kananaskis, Alberta, with 12,000 in attendance.
In 2005, Northern Lights Council hosted a jamboree at Camp Woods. Chinook Council hosted a joint Alberta-
SaskatchewanBrotherhood Jamboree at Camp Impeesa, celebrating the common centennialof the two provinces.
Impeesa Extremeis a high adventurecamping program run by the Chinook Councilof Scouts Canadaoperated at Camp Impeesain Alberta's Crowsnest Pass. The program was founded in 2003 in response to a need to keep older youth in Scouting.
The program consists of adventures like
caving, mountain biking, trekking high mountain ranges, rappellingdown granite cliffs and fly fishing crystal clear streams. The program sends one of their expert Trail Scouters with each group to help them learn about the local ecology and the techniques for their adventures while promoting learning by doing.
Impeesa Extreme provides all the equipment that a group needs for their adventure. All they have to bring is your pack, personal clothing and sleeping bag.
Camp Impeesa was first founded during the late 1960s with the idea of having a
base campfrom Scouts to take backpacking trips in the southern canadian rockies. This idea was abandoned by the camp committee during the 1970s and the camp became a residential program for Cubs and Scouts.
In 2001, Mike Bingley began the process of developing a high adventure camping program at Camp Impeesa. With the help of a dedicated team from around the world, this program became Impeesa Extreme. The program was launched in 2003 with six patrols from as far away as New York City and Chicago. The first summer included the additional challenges of
forest fires, including the Okanagan Mountain Firewhich forced the program to move five times.
2004 saw the program triple in size, partially due to word of mouth advertising and the cancellation of the 2004 Saskatchewan Jamboree. 2004 was the last year that Mike Bingley was involved with the program.
2005 saw Chinook Council hire a full time outdoor program manager to take over the operation of the program for the 2006 season.
Francophone Scouting groups exist in Calgary and in Edmonton. They are part of the
Association des Scouts du Canada.
Girl Guides are served by the Alberta Provincial Council - Guides of Canada.
Scouting in Montana
* [http://www.chinook.scouts.ca/ Chinook Council, serving south-central Alberta including Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Calgary]
* [http://www.nlc.scouts.ca/ Northern Lights Council]
* [http://www.albertagirlguides.com/ Alberta Provincial Council - Guides of Canada]
* [http://www.scoutsfcalgary.com/ Les Scouts Francophones de Calgary]
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