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FOCUS Training…. In Winnipeg!

I won a free trip to Winnipeg! Oh wait…. Winnipeg

Landing Right Between the Bugs and the Cold

This weekend (extended out till Thursday) I’ll be out in Winnipeg teaching a FOCUS course with three fellow Rovers from Vancouver. We were invited over there through an on going working relationship with the Manitoba Council that started a few years back. Also, because we rock.

The ~20 youth coming to this weekend are not only getting our highly enthusiastic FOCUS training, but they are also learning about the Duke of Edinburgh and Scouts of the World Awards. Somewhere in the mix of all this we’ll be cramming in two hikes.

Now, the trick with all youth is to tire them out during the day so they don’t stay up all night. With Venturers, it just takes more work. Those poor kids have no idea what’s coming for them.

The Twist

We’re going to be trying a unique format for this course. As per usual, the youth are from a smattering of groups. However, the task before us as trainers is to hopefully create a sense of a group amongst these youth. The organizers plan is to have them tackle some sort of project (of their own decision) as a group after we leave. The spin is that we will help them come to some form of decision by lunch on Friday, and then spend the rest of our FOCUS time to start to work on the planning.
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Presidential Race Part 5 – Commitments

Reanimated B.P.

Umm, I think were just getting silly now...

5.There is a significant time commitment involved in the role of PCC Rover Crew president. Do you have the full support of your friends and family in taking on this position? What other positions are you holding both inside and outside of Scouting?

As of this writing, I do not have any other positions within scouting besides the Council Crew and my home Crew of 18th Seymour. Outside of Scouting I have work till the end of July, and studying at the University of British Columbia from September onward. While still not confirmed from UBC yet (should hear during the first two weeks of July), I would be taking a lighter load of only four courses per term. During my time off from my studies, I have saved enough money to not need to work during the school year, and have freed myself from that distraction. I will not be working at all while studying.

I have the full support from my family and friends, both outside and inside the organization. My friends have been very encouraging with my decision to run for the President of the Crew. They have heard me talk about the crew, and have in no uncertain terms reminded me that I have the passion, expertise and vision needed to lead the Crew to new heights. I aim to prove them right.

Presidential Race Part 4 – Challenges and Opportunities

Inanimate Carbon Rod

In Rod we Trust

4. What challenges and opportunities do you foresee for the PCC Rover Crew in the next 3 years?


  • The blessing and the curse of the Rover program is that at some point, a Rover must age out. What this means for the crew is that the best and most experienced Rovers are cut from the pool of talent every year. The Crew must develop internally in order to just sustain its ability to continue. The members have to make sure they bridge the generational gap as the older Rovers leave, and the younger Rovers step up to replace them.

    This may seem like a curse, but its truly a blessing. This forces the crew to never become complacent, and allows for greater growth of it’s members in the long run. The blessing can only come about if the Crew foresees the opportunity and allows the younger Rovers to grow. We are starting to reach this tipping point, as we see that a large portion of the movers and shakers are scheduled to leave in one to two years time.

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Presidential Race Part 3 – Direction

"Where have you been Billy?" "You don't have to worry any more, I'm home now."

3. What direction would you like to take the PCC Rover Crew during your term?

I have been a full supporter in the direction the crew has taken over the past three years, having been a part of the crew since day one and having been influential in that direction in my own way. In so, the direction the crew would take under my presidency would not be a major departure, but more of a readjustment of priorities.

The two key changes can be summed up as creating more community capital for Scouts Canada and the Council Rover Crew, and Talking-the-Talk.
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Presidential Race Part 2 – Mission Statement and Values

A vote for P.R.I.E.S.T.S.

Doesn't quite have the same ring as PERSIST does...

2. The PCC Rover Crew has a mission statement and a set of values, what does the mission statement and the values mean to you?

To review, the mission statement and set of values were developed solely by the crew members and are:

Mission statement: We are a team dedicated to the success of Scouts Canada by realizing individual potential through leadership and management development.

Values: Passion, Excellence, Respect, Scouting Principles, Integrity, Supportive & Trust, which spell out PERSIST (or STRIPES if that’s your thing)

The mission statement is what we want to accomplish. It differentiates us from all other groups, otherwise, what’s the point of having a mission statement. It singularly defines who we, as a crew, are. Nothing great can be attained without leadership. The number of people needed to achieve an accomplishment is linearly proportional to it’s greatness, while the complexity rises exponentially. Leadership and management skills allow us to overcome these obstacles. These two abilities have to be present and in abundance for any organization that plans to excel. The Crew sees Leadership and Management skills as our primary focus, and I stand behind that with all my belief. As we move forward, personal, local, national, and human problems will become more complex. If Scouts Canada’s mission is to develop fully engaged and capable citizens in a modern world, our mission is critical to that of Scout’s Canada.

Our values tells us how we will get to what we want to accomplish. Excellence, or quality is indicative of the group pushing each other to never be satisfied with the status quo. Passion comes from finding new and innovative activities that our members hold value for; for then they have no reason to leave.  Respect is needed when dealing with any size of group. Respect (emotional quotient) is the social lube that keeps a community running efficiently. Scouting principles are enshrined in the promise and law. To me, the key is ones Honour. This ties nicely to the next one of integrity. Another’s word is all I need from my crew to move forward, no further effort wasted on thinking. The old three musketeers cheer of, “One for all, and all for one!” stands strong here. In all manners of life, if a Rover is suffering, we all are. We can only operate at peak efficiency when everyone is at peak efficiency. A group has to be able to trust, and trust that the best will come from, a fellow Rover in order to work in a group. Lack of trust is the quickest way to lead to a dysfunctional, inefficient group.

As part of the group that formed both of these, I truly stand by them. The mission statement encompasses perfectly what we are trying to achieve; personal individual growth that when summed together benefits Scouts Canada. All aspects of the individuals and their lives are on the table for growth, but our focus is leadership and management abilities. Many skills will be learned over the course of ones life, but unless concentration on any one skill with mentally fixation is done, only a passing level of ability can be gained. There are many outlets to grow other life skills, but far too few for proper disciplined learning of leadership and management. Full learning comes with mentorship and practice from experiencies, to correct your mistakes and refine your abilities, methods and thinking.

If we want to change ourselves, Scouts Canada and the world we live in, we have the road map to live by.

Your turn. (Can you see a pattern yet?) What values from Scouting or your life do you hold dearest? What do you use to judge the people around you?

Presidential Race – Background for Success

The Right Answer

If only that was an option

July 11

Forget any November madness, July is the important month for shaping the future.

At the upcoming regularly scheduled July Council Crew meeting is the vote for the next President of the Crew.
Kevin Li has been President for the last three years, ever since it was formed, and is unfortunately aging out this September, leaving behind the first real contest in our crew’s history. Basically, those are some large shoes to be fill.

Three of us have put forth nominations to run for the position, myself included. Neither of my two worthy competitors were unexpected. In fact, I would have been shocked if either of them hadn’t run. If either of the others win, the Crew is in good hands. (Just not as good as mine, but I may be slightly biased.) I had a mental list of others who might have run, and would be suitable candidates, but it’s down to the top three this time.

As part of the process, we have been asked to answer five questions to prepare the Crew to judge our worthiness. Well, if I’m going to have to write something about Scouting, you can rest assured I will be wise in the use of my resources and post it here. So below is the first part of my response.
1. How will your background contribute to your success as our PCC Rover Crew President?

The Odyssey of the Crew 2 – Hunt for the Legendary Dragons

This story is an expanded version of one that was produced on the spot by one of the rovers. It has many details which, while funny to the average reader, may break us out into laughter. Yes it’s an embellishment.


A group of young Rovers heard tale of the legendary Dragons that could grant them three wishes. They sat a gasp in their chairs, realizing that they could finally find the silver bullets to their problems. One of them stood forth and announced that the rovers should form a search party, for he “never fails”.

So off they trekked, leaving behind family and friends on the stroke of Christmas. They traveled over ocean and seas, with only the guidance of a wise old mentor. He claimed to have prior been to this far off land, but he had traveled to many lands. The crew had to trust that he knew which land was the right one.

After finally arriving in the distant land, the locals greeted them with live music, food, more food and much happiness. The Mayor even gave them his personal chariot in aid for the search. The rovers started in a territory that has suffered much flooding, having known that the dragons were mischievous and fans of water. The crew took shelter in homes of the locals. Two of the rovers were visited by the first messenger of the dragons; the mighty mallard duck. They were chased around the humble abode, warned not to search any further. After a daring escape by swinging to the rafters, the two rovers made their plight known to the others. The crew knew that they were on the right track, but began to realize what toll the search may take on them. Many had gone with little to no sleep for days on end, and sickness began to creep into the ranks.

How will the adventure finish? Will our heroes achieve their goal of three magical wishes?

My lessons from the Philippines

Five months.  That’s how long it’s been since the trip. It fells like yesterday.
Memories will quickly fade if not cycled on. So this, in no particular order,  is what I learned on the trip.

  • The human body can survive off of average four hours of sleep over a week.  And thrive.
  • When traveling to a foreign country that has limited cellphone coverage (or your phones frequencies don’t work in) there are other forms of communication.
    • Paper. Seriously. At one point in the trip, the day’s schedule would change so much from the original printed schedule that we didn’t trust it. Ok, I lied. Every day ended up like that. At home, we could all just text each other, update the Google doc, or email each other. No such luck in the Philippines. Ended up using the most ancient system that still works (besides speech). A small group of us would plan the next day based on all the new factors and we would post hand written schedules in each dorm or house. The solution was almost too simple that we overlooked it for too long. So long as everyone knew to expect it, handwritten paper works.
    • Buy a few handheld radios once you get there. Each country has their own set of frequencies and rules on radios, so don’t bring ones from yours expecting them to work. We didn’t go this route, but a half dozen radios wouldn’t have gone amiss.  However, having not used them, I’m not sure if they would have become a distraction though. There’s something about radios that gives a free license to talk way into them, for everyone to listen to you. Used correctly and they will allow dissemination of information down a chain. Used wrong and they just turn into a social distraction.

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May 10th Recruitment Update

Status This post Last post Change
Registered 25 17 +8
Fully registered and active in MMS (the database)
Hot Lead 41 35 +6
Has done a group visit and is going to register or is somewhere in mid registration (missing PRC, interview, etc)
Lead 64 65 -1
Has been talked to about Scouts and has expressed interest
Recruitment Booth 28 28 0
An individual who put their name down for more information at a recruitment booth
Potential 48 49 -1
An individual a crew member has identified as a possible recruit

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Meet the Mayor

I’m finally going to be loading some pictures, videos and stories from our international trip to the Philippines

When we touched down in the Philippines, we were greeted at the airport but our good friend Mar Cruz.

He had brought a surprise along with him. The Mayor of Parañaque’s had donated his bus to pick us up. Parañaque is to Manila what Richmond is to Vancouver.

All our bags went into one vehicle, and we all jumped into the bus. As we pulled out, we found out that we had more surprises in store for us.
What that video didn’t show was the second one escorting behind us.

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