59th Edmonton Scout Group
About the 59th
The 59th Edmonton was chartered over fifty years ago by the Knights of Columbus at St. Agnes Parish - who saw that there would be a need for a youth organization in the new communities being built to the south of the church. After a few years, the Knights handed off management of the group to the (then-new) Greenfield Community League.
Since that time, the group has grown to serve youth from many communities around Greenfield, including Lansdowne, Royal Gardens, Aspen Gardens, Blue Quill, Duggan, and more. The group currently boasts two Beaver Colonies, two Cub Packs, two Scout Troops, one Venturer Company, and one Rover Crew.
News & Updates
Scout Popcorn for Sale at No Frills
Scout Popcorn is now on sale at Matt & Ashley's No Frills in Greenfield (114th Street NW & 40th Avenue NW).
The 1 kg bags of Caramel Popcorn are on sale for $15.97 (regular price was $25.00; you save $9!!), and the Healthy Mix box sets (500 ml of Coconut Oil with 850g of gourmet popping corn) are on sale for $13.27 (regular price was $20.00; you save $7!!). Both sales end August 14th.
Important Update Regarding Meetings
On Thursday, November 12th, the Government of Alberta announced temporary restrictions for all areas of the province currently under a Watch Status in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These new recommendations are in place for the next two weeks and will be re-evaluated on November 27th. Although most of the restrictions have been focused on Edmonton and Calgary, they also apply to all areas currently under Watch Status including Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, and Red Deer.
At this time, Northern Lights Council has made the decision to return us to Stage 1 of Scouts Canada's pandemic response plan, effective November 13th, for a minimum of two weeks. This means that all in-person meetings and events are cancelled; Scouting can only proceed virtually at this time. It's unfortunate that these measures are necessary, but rest assured that we will continue to deliver the best programming we can to our youth in the weeks to come.
Registration Open (for Returning Members)
If your child was a member of the 59th Edmonton for the 2019-2020 Scouting season, registration is now open; you can re-register them as a member of the 59th for the 2021 Scouting season! Visit myscouts.ca/ca/join to kick off the registration process.
Registration for "Free Trial" members will open up in a couple of weeks, on November 9th. And if your child wasn't involved in Scouting previously, don't worry; registration for new members will open on November 16th.
Please note: we have noticed that some of the youth we allowed to move up between sections (e.g. from Cubs to Scouts) in September have only been able to re-register in their former section for 2021. If you encounter this issue, complete the registration and contact us immediately; we will correct their placement after the fact.
This year, Scouts Canada has introduced a new fundraising campaign! Don't worry; Scout Popcorn sales will resume, likely in the spring. But now, Scout Popcorn is joined by... Scout Coffee!
Scouts Canada has parterned with Equator Coffee Roasters, a Canadian company, to produce a series of special, Scout-themed coffee roasts. What's more, coffee sales are being conducted entirely online, which helps to minimize risks to our youth (no going door-to-door in a pandemic!).
To support the 59th by purchasing Scout Coffee:
Head on over to ScoutCoffee.ca
Select the coffee(s) you wish to purchase
At checkout, under "Charity Selections", search for our Group ("59th Edmonton" or "59th Greenfield") and select us from the search results.
You can browse the complete selection of Scout Coffee roasts here.
Due to technical issues with the registration system, Scouts Canada has temporarily postponed registrations for the 2021 Scouting year.
However, the same schedule structure will apply when registration is opened up: returning members from last year will be given a two-week window in which they can register - and Free Trial members will then be given a one-week window in which they can register - prior to public registration opening up.
Registration Dates (and More!)
Scouts Canada have revealed the dates you've all been waiting for - registration for the 2021 Scouting year:
September 15th is the deadline for current members to indicate if they will be returning to Scouting activities for the remainder of 2020
September 16th is when sign-ups will open for the Fall 2020 "Free Trial" program
Registration for returning current members will open on October 1st
Registration for interested "Free Trial" members will open on October 15th
Registration for new members will open on October 23rd
A Scouting Podcast
Scouting Stuff is a podcast about Scouting - mostly from a Canadian perspective, although not exclusively - that was founded by two former members of the 59th. Scouters Ken and Colin met in Beaver Scouts, and stayed with the Scouting program all the way through Rover Scouts.
Scouter Colin is also a former Group Commissioner for the 59th, and Scouter Ken is a Scouter for our Beaver Colonies, Cub Packs, and Scout Troops.