Burlington Area

2016/2017 Scouting Registration

Make Friends, Don't Add Them


Registration for Scouting’s exciting 2016/2017 season is about to begin.  To find a group near you, click on “Find A Scouts Group Near You” on the side menu.  Type in your postal code and select your desired program.  You will then be shown a map of the Scouts Groups near you.


The 2016//2017 Fall Registration nights for selected Burlington Area Scouts Groups are as follows: 


15th Strathcona Scouting Group will be holding its Fall registration from 7-8om on Monday, September 12th at Appleby United Church

31st Burlington’s registration is Thursday September 8th 7-8pm at St. Johns Anglican Church Hall, 2464 Dundas St. West (south side of Dundas just west of Guelph Line).

1st Carlisle will be having its registration night on Monday, September 12th, 6:30-8:30pm at Carlisle United Church

1st Kilbride will be having its registration night from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Wednesday September 14, 2016 @ Kilbride United Church, 2066 Kilbride Street, L7P 0H9

1st Port Nelson’s fall open house is Thursday, Sept 8th, 6:30 – 8:30pm at Port Nelson United Church

2nd Burlington is holding a registration nights on September 6 (6-7) for Beavers, September 6 (7-8:30) for Cubs and September 8 (7-9) for Scouts at Wellington Square United Church (2121 Caroline St.) from 6:00 – 8:00pm

Gone Home: Scouter Fred Whiskin

Fred Whiskin

Scouting and Burlington Area have lost a great Scouter. Fred Whiskin went home Friday June 27th. Fred was active in Scouting since 1930 and was the first District Commissioner of the combined Burlington District in 1958, overseeing the opening of Camp Manitou. He remained active at the Provincial level up to present day, most recently as part of the Blue Springs Camp Committee. Scouter’s Fred’s obituary and details on funeral services can be found at http://www.smithsfh.com/book-of-memories/1899028/Whiskin-Frederick/service-details.php.

Canoe Camp 2015

Canoe Camp

April 11th, 2015 – Aldershot Community Pool
May 29th – 31st, 2015 – Camp Wheeler

One of the Area’s most eagerly anticipated events is fast approaching. The annual Area Canoe Camp, to be held this year from May 29th – 31st at Camp Wheeler near Haliburton, is an opportunity for Scouts to learn valuable canoe skills in a controlled environment, and from experienced instructors. One of the overall objectives of this event is to cover off the requirements for the Paddling Challenge badge, as detailed in your Scout Book. And, of course, it’s a ton of fun!


The camp will also include an overnight out trip for Scouts working on the Advanced Tripping badge, and an Island overnight for Scouts wanting to learn lightweight camping skills.

Prior to attending the camp at Wheeler, all Scouts will be required to attend a mandatory Skills session and Pizza party, to be held at a Burlington public swimming pool. This has been scheduled for April 11th from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at Aldershot Community Pool.


Cost for the event will be $90 per person, food, canoes and accommodation included.  Registration deadline is April 3rd at 8:00pm.


For further information contact Scouter Bill Kowalchyk at 905-520-9517.

Registration Package

(Adobe Acrobat PDF File)

Water Activities Manual
(Adobe Acrobat PDF File) Suggested guidelines and tips for water activities provided by South Lake Simcoe Area

Ontario Volunteer Service Awards 2014



Congrats to this year’s Burlington Area recipients of the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards, representing approx. 300 years of combined service to the Scouting youth of our Area!

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 bill.kowalchyk@scouts.ca.  

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).

Meritorious Conduct Awards for 13th Burlington


Congrats to 13th Burlington Scouters Derrick Presswood and Doug Levesque and Scouts James Cowan and Tony Medland who were presented with Certificates of Meritorious Conduct and Yvonne Young who was presented with the Medal for Meritorious Conduct for actions that they were involved in at Elora Gorge last summer. Presentations were made by DCC Recognition Jenny Beer and Council Commissioner George Christian at last night’s All-Scouters Forum. Well done 13th Burlington!  Additional photos can be seen in the Area Photo Archive at https://flic.kr/s/aHsk65uwCF.


The Burlington Post provided coverage of the presentation and the rescue: http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/5525599-burlington-scouts-and-their-leaders-honoured-for-saving-man-s-life/.

Burlington Area History

Burlington Scouts 1912
Burlington Boy Scouts, 1912 (Burlington Historical Society)

Burlington Area Scouts traces its organization back to 1910 when the town’s population was about 1,000.  Sir Robert Baden-Powell had advanced the idea of Scouting in 1908 so Burlington was one of the first towns to take up the new idea.  The first local Scoutmaster was Archie McGibbon, who remained in his position for more than a year, after which there was a succession of leaders including Hughes Cleaver and William Gilbert.  The original enrolment of 25 boys was considered excellent for the small population of Burlington.

At first, some residents complained about the Scouts marching through the streets with bugles blaring and drums beating, but for the most part people favoured the new movement and merchants generously subscribed to their appeals, as they continue to do.  It was the merchants of 1910 who bought the band instruments at a cost of several hundred dollars and stood beaming their approval in the doorways of their shops as the troop marched past in the dust of unpaved Brant Street.   The meeting place those days was the basement of the former public library on Brant Street (the site of the present Civic Administration Building).

In 1912, His Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught, Governor-General of Canada, took the salute at the march past of thousands of Boy Scouts at the Ontario Jamboree held at Exhibition Park in Toronto.   Burlington’s Scouts proudly brought home first prize for the best marching and best-equipped troop.

When the First World War broke out, many former Scouts enlisted and a great many of them were either wounded or killed overseas.

About 1918, Rev. George W. Tebbs took over the troop.  It was in the 1920s when Scoutmaster Tebbs and the local troop met Lord Baden-Powell in Burlington.  The founder was motoring to Toronto and broke his trip for a short while when he saw the Scouts lined up at Gore Park on the waterfront.

For many years, Rev. Tebbs led the boys as they marched out of town, hauling the trek cart to some distant camping place.   It wasn’t until 1958 that the Scouts’ combined group committees were able to buy the 90 acre camping grounds in North Burlington at Camp Manitou and in 1966 a $13,000 swimming pool was added.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, the organization faltered as enlistments took a heavy toll of the leaders.

At that time, Stanley Craze was appointed chairman of the group committee and began the work of reconstruction; by 1953, there were about 200 Cubs and Scouts in three troops and three packs with a waiting list.

Burlington Scouts 1950
1st Burlington Scouts on Parade, 1950 (Burlington Historical Society)

he Burlington Boy Scouts Local Association was formed in 1952 under president W.G. Gowing.  The headquarters on Elizabeth St. was acquired from the town when it vacated the building as a town hall.   Later, when the police and fire departments built new quarters, the entire premises were taken over by the Cubs and Scouts.

Trinity United Church (later Wellington Square United Church) needed extra space and, in 1959, they purchased the Scout Hall which was next door and renamed it Trinity Annex.  Cubs and Scouts then began meeting in various schools and churches.

For many years, boys in the Strathcona district had their own Scout Hall on Belvenia Rd. constructed originally by area residents for community gatherings.

In 1966, a new district headquarters in Burlington was obtained at 450 John St. and a new group called the Venturers was formed for high school boys.  District Commissioner Peter Bromley headed an organization of 250 leaders, 50 Cub packs, 25 Scout troops and 9 Rover crews for a total of about 1680 Burlington boys active in Scouting.

Scouts 1965
The 3 Sections Of Burlington Scouting, 1965 (Burlington District Scouts Archives)

hen the Rotary Youth Centre was built on Guelph Line, Scout headquarters was relocated there.  In 1996, there were 60 Venturers and 18 Rovers.   The younger youth, 425 of them, enjoyed Beavers; there were 388 Cubs and 209 Scouts.

excerpt from the book From Pathway to Skyway Revisited: The Story of Burlington by Claire Emery Machan.  Reproduced with the kind permission of The Burlington Historical Society.



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