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Trails Weekend 2016

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Friday, September 30 – Sunday, OCTOBER 2

One of the Alumni Association’s on-going projects is the maintenance of the Haliburton Scout Reserve hiking trail system. Each year, Trails Weekend is held in the fall for alumni to perform the work. The tasks done depend on the number of volunteers who attend, the condition of the trails and whether there are any “special” projects required on the trails or at the camp on that particular weekend.

Trails Weekend typically offers some spectacular fall colours with the chance for current and former staff of all ages to work and socialize together. Meals and accommodations in HSR cabins are provided to volunteers.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Register online for the Trails Weekend,  by September 25, 2016 (Important for planning the work and getting food).

2. Arrive Friday evening or very early Saturday morning. We will be planning and assigning the work crews at breakfast on Saturday.

3. Come prepared for the weather, both for outdoor work and for evenings/overnight.

4. Be prepared to have a great weekend!

IMPORTANT NOTE: As for all volunteer activities at the camp, the Scouts Canada Child & Youth Safety training is required to be on the camp property.  Clean Police Reference Checks are required to stay overnight at the camp. As well, Hold Harmless and Code of Conduct forms must be completed and submitted. See more information here

Optional—Bring musical instruments for playing tunes in the hub Friday & Saturday evenings.

Any questions?  Contact Morgan at trails@hsrsa.ca

Trails Weekend 2016 online registration

Hold Harmless form

Code of Conduct Form

HSR STAFF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BURSARY WINNER 2016.

RaftonThe HSR Staff Alumni Association recognized shortly after its foundation that graduating high school and moving on to post-secondary education was a virtual guarantee that older and more experienced “junior staff” would not be back again.  An annual bursary award was launched as a result, which was meant to benefit a member of the current staff who has made terrific contributions to the Camp and might allow him or her to continue them.

This year, we awarded the Bursary for the 28th time.  The submissions, as always, were top notch and the Selection Committee’s decision was a tough one.

This year’s recipient is Adam Rafton.

Adam joined the staff in 2010 as Staff in Training and has moved up the ranks to take on the challenge of Program Supervisor this year.  He will be returning to Trent University this fall to continue his Media Studies BA, after which he plans to submit his application to the Ontario Police College to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Congratulations Adam and thank you for your ongoing dedication to HSR!

Alumni Weekend 2016

Alumni Weekend 2016

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HSR Alumni Weekend

Friday August 5 – Sunday August 7, 2016

After enjoying an extended spring that began in November (briefly interrupted by winter at the beginning of April), it sure feels like summer now. Growing up, it was around this time that those of us who were so lucky began to totally mail it in at school knowing that another summer at the Haliburton Scout Reserve was imminent.

Now that we’re all responsible adults (give or take ~50%), it is nice to know that we can recapture this feeling in a small way, with the HSR Staff Alumni Weekend fast approaching. Whether it’s an annual tradition for you or you haven’t been back to the shores of Kennabi since days past (or long-past), we would like to welcome you!

It is an excellent opportunity to return to HSR to hang around with staff past and present, (and long-past) who all shared the common experience of spending the summer months working there. We have several activities planned (see the schedule below), and the weather is always perfect (give or take ~50%). MORE

2015 Bursary Winner

2015 HSRSAA Bursary Award Winner

2015 HSRSAA Bursary Award Winner, Tia Layne

We are very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 HSR Alumni Association Bursary award is Tia Layne.

Tia first camped at HSR in 2010 and joined the staff in 2013 as the Archery Instructor before moving into the retail side of things.

Tia will be returning to the University of Windsor this fall to continue her studies in the Dramatic Arts program and already plans to follow that with an Education degree to reach her goal of becoming a high school teacher.

She has been active in Scouting pretty much her whole life, and something that she wrote in her application is worth sharing here:

“Scouting is not just about camping and tying knots; it is about the bonds you make with people”.

That’s for sure.

Congratulations to Tia, the winner of the 2015 HSR Staff Alumni Association Bursary Award.

Trails Weekend 2015

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Friday, OCTOBER 2 – Sunday, OCTOBER 4

One of the Alumni Association’s on-going projects is the maintenance of the Haliburton Scout Reserve hiking trail system. Each year, Trails Weekend is held in the fall for alumni to perform the work. The tasks done depend on the number of volunteers who attend, the condition of the trails and whether there are any “special” projects required on the trails or at the camp on that particular weekend.

Trails Weekend typically offers some spectacular fall colours with the chance for current and former staff of all ages to work and socialize together. Meals and accommodations in HSR cabins are provided to volunteers.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Register online for the Trails Weekend,  before September 27, 2015 (Important for planning the work and getting food).

2. Arrive Friday evening or very early Saturday morning. We will be planning and assigning the work crews at breakfast on Saturday.

3. Come prepared for the weather, both for outdoor work and for evenings/overnight.

4. Be prepared to have a great weekend!

IMPORTANT NOTE: As for all volunteer activities at the camp, the Scouts Canada Child & Youth Safety training is required to be on the camp property.  Clean Police Reference Checks are required to stay overnight at the camp. As well, Hold Harmless and Code of Conduct forms must be completed and submitted. See more information here

Optional—Bring musical instruments for playing tunes in the hub Friday & Saturday evenings.

Any questions?  Contact Morgan at trails@hsrsa.ca

Trails Weekend 2105 online registration

Individual Hold harmless Trails 2015

Code of Conduct Form

Alumni Weekend 2015

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HSR Alumni Weekend

Friday August 7 – Sunday August 9, 2015

At long last, the ice has thawed, the leaves are out and the bugs are hungry. That means that summer’s on the doorstep and the 2015 Haliburton Scout Reserve Alumni Weekend is on its way up the driveway.

Whether it’s an annual tradition for you or you haven’t been back to the shores of Kennabi for a while, we would like to welcome you!

It is an excellent opportunity to return to HSR to catch up with old friends as well as new ones who shared the singular experience of spending the summer months working there. We have several activities planned (see the schedule below), and the weather, with many exceptions, is always perfect.

Full information and online registration now online here

2014 Bursary Winner

2014 HSRSAA Bursary Winner Michael Norton.

2014 HSRSAA Bursary Winner Michael Norton.

This year’s Bursary Award was notable not only for its very deserving recipient, but also for the opportunity it gave us to honour Bob Spencer, who passed away early this year after a lifetime of contributions to education, to Scouting and to HSR.

This year, the HSRSAA Bursary Fund was the beneficiary of remarkable generosity by Bob’s family in the most difficult of circumstances.  His wife Eleanor and sisters-in-law Shirley and Lois Whitwell agreed that donations-in-lieu of flowers should go to the Bursary fund.

We are profoundly grateful for this, and as a dedicated Scouter and Educator, We are sure that Bob would have been very pleased with this idea. The HSRSAA Executive agreed that the 2014 award should be presented in his name.

In the presence of Bob’s family, who made the long trip to HSR to participate in the the presentation of the award (which included heartfelt words from Eleanor about the importance of Scouting and the immeasurable value of being part of the HSR family), we were pleased to call on Michael Norton to receive the 2014 Bursary.

Michael joined the HSR Staff in 2011 as an IT, and has been on the Waterfront since 2012, where his desire to teach never got in the way of his eagerness to learn. This trait probably explains a lot about his decision to attend the highly-regarded Ryerson School of Journalism, which is very highly regarded.

He wants very much to return to HSR next summer, and we hope that this award will make it more likely. Congratulations to Michael, the very deserving winner of the 2014 HSR Staff Alumni Association Bursary Award.

More information about the HSRSAA Bursary Award, including a complete list of past winners is available on the Bursary page of the HSRSAA Web site.

 

 

Trails Weekend 2014

Friday, SEPTEMBER 26 – Sunday, SEPTEMBER 28

One of the Alumni Association’s on-going projects is the maintenance of the Haliburton Scout Reserve hiking trail system. Each year, Trails Weekend is held in the fall for alumni to perform the work. The tasks done depend on the number of volunteers who attend, the condition of the trails and whether there are any “special” projects required on the trails or at the camp on that particular weekend.

Trails Weekend typically offers some spectacular fall colours with the chance for current and former staff of all ages to work and socialize together. Meals and accommodations in HSR cabins are provided to volunteers.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Register for the Trails Weekend, below before September 21, 2014 (Important for planning the work and getting food).

2. Arrive Friday evening or very early Saturday morning. We will be planning and assigning the work crews at breakfast on Saturday.

3. Come prepared for the weather, both for outdoor work and for evenings/overnight.

4. Be prepared to have a great weekend!

IMPORTANT NOTE: As for all volunteer activities at the camp, the Scouts Canada Child & Youth Safety training is required to be on the camp property.  Clean Police Reference Checks are required to stay overnight at the camp. See more information here

Optional—Bring musical instruments for playing tunes in the hub Friday & Saturday evenings.

Any questions?  Contact Katrina at trailsweekend@hsrsa.ca

Trails Weekend 2014 Registration

Proposed changes to HSRSA governing documents

Attached you will find a copy of the proposed revised governing document for the association. The changes as shown within the document are hereby presented to the general membership who will be able to accept, or not accept these proposed changes via proxy or by vote at the Annual General Meeting to be held at Haliburton Scout Reserve Sunday August 10, 2014

Governing Docs revised May 2014

2013 Bursary Recipient

Winner of the 2013 HSRSAA Bursary Award

Winner of the 2013 HSRSAA Bursary Award

The Haliburton Scout Reserve Staff Alumni Association is proud to continue its tradition of awarding a bursary each year to a member of the current staff who is beginning or continuing his or her post-secondary education when this summer ends. 24 bursaries have been awarded since 1998, and the winner of the 25th is Jacob Ursulak.

Jacob started at HSR as a camper in 2008, joining the staff in 2010. During that time, he has worked with Alumni member Ken Wrigglesworth to reinvigorate the Trapper’s Cabin program, won a purple bead and shared a Supervisor’s Award. Given the reaction in the Hub when his name was announced (a loud, sincere and heartfelt standing ovation), there is no doubt that many of his HSR friends could add something to this list of accomplishments.

This fall, he is attending the University of Waterloo to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering, and the HSRSAA is very pleased to be able to make a contribution towards making that possible.

Congratulations Jacob!