The 4th Petawawa Cub Scout Group investiture ceremony was held late on Oct. 22, inducting new scouts, beavers and cubs into the group. While waiting for their names to be called, the kids warmed themselves with a campfire on the Centennial Park beach. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

New members for Petawawa Scouts

By Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post

Posted on Thursday November 8, 2018

This fall’s investiture ceremony was a very meaningful one for the 4th Petawawa Cub Scout Group.

Though a chill began to settle on that Oct. 22 evening, new and seasoned scouts, beavers and cubs stood on the Centennial Park beach, crowding around a bonfire, and solemnly pledging themselves to the group.

“A lot of people are new to the organization or new to the area,” said Vartan Koumayan, Petawawa group Commissioner. “So this investiture is a milestone, the first big step. It brings you into the organization by giving them their badges that show what group they belong to.”

As part of the ceremony, the youngsters also received a special neckerchief, which identifies them as part of the group.

The location for this ceremony was unique, and reminiscent of the forest campfires scouts often light.

“This is the first time that we’ve done it here that I know of,” said Jennifer Othen with the 4th Petawawa Cub Scout Group.

“Traditionally, it is supposed to be a fun campfire because the scouting movement is all about being outside in the environment and camping and things like that.”

Being a scout is a special honour.

As a close group, they learn how to forge friendships, survive in the wilderness, be a good leader and more importantly a good citizen, all while having a lot of fun in an age-appropriate manner.

According to Scouts Canada, there is evidence of a few Scouting groups starting up as far back as 1907. Scouts Canada provides programs for boys and girls aged five to 26 with the goal of developing well-rounded young people who are better prepared to succeed.

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