Scouts discuss comeback

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Olean Jones, a Scouting Trainer for the Northern Ontario Council hosted a meeting, Monday, to discuss the idea of bringing Scouts back to Dryden. Staff photo


By Michael Christianson

A return to Scouting in Dryden was on everyone’s mind Monday evening as representatives from Scouts Canada met with parents at Open Roads School.

Olean Jones, a Scouting trainer for the northern Ontario council spoke about all the benefits of Scouting and was pleased with the turn out and interest.

“We’re hoping to spark an interest in Scouting again in Dryden and glad to have some parents come out. The program is wonderful for the kids, it’s an adventure program, it’s an outdoor skills program, it gives the kids confidence,” said Jones. “We live in the north, kids should know how to canoe and light fires and hike and whatnot. It’s a program that really benefits the kids and we need to have one here.”

Jones says they plan to have more meetings in Dryden to see the dream of a troop in town once again become a reality.
Ian Phillips attended the information session; he said that after he moved to Dryden last July he was surprised there weren’t any Scouts Canada groups. Phillips volunteered with Beavers in Kitchener before moving to Dryden and he hopes more kids and volunteers will come together to make something happen here.

“I enjoyed the experience working down there with the Beavers and it was nice doing it with my son and I want to be able to do it with both my kids,” said Phillips. “That made it more interesting when I saw that it’s starting up here because we were kind of sad that there wasn’t any Scouting in Dryden when we moved here.”

If you are interested in seeing Scouts Canada return you can join the Dryden Scouts facebook page.

About chrismarchand

Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

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