Scouts Canada

Scouts Canada

June 06, 2006 15:59 ET

Scouts Canada Wins Gold at Canadian Environment Awards

Climate Change Program wins top honours at official gala in Vancouver Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor OTTAWA/ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2006) - Scouts Canada announced today its innovative Climate Change Program has won top honours in the Canadian Environment Awards.

On Monday, June 5, 2006, the Canadian Environment Awards 2006 Gala in Vancouver recognized 18 individuals and grassroots groups who were finalists in the Community Awards program.

Scouts won gold for their state-of-the-art thinking in designing and implementing a program involving youth members across Canada. Partnered with renowned environmental company the Delphi Group and sponsors Nexen and Alcan Inc., the program features a variety of hands-on, engaging and entertaining activities designed to heighten youth and family awareness of the effects of greenhouse gases on the environment.

Since the program's inception in 2004, over 12,000 Scouting youth annually have participated in activities which include online energy audits, program activities and games that promote wise use of energy resources in fun and thought-provoking ways. The program's winning multi-disciplinary approach included activities in transportation, recycling and home energy use.

Scouts Canada has a proud history synonymous with respect and appreciation for nature. Today, through Scouts Canada's Climate Change Education and Action Program (CCEAP), Scouts across the country are using their century-old values to take on the world's most pressing environmental issue. "Climate change is topical and relevant, and it's having a sweeping impact," said program director Julian Celms from the Scouts Canada national office in Ottawa. "It's a natural fit."

Scouting's highest ranking volunteer, Chief Commissioner, Glenn Armstrong, was pleased to be present at the official ceremony awarding Scouts Canada the honour.

"I am very proud of the youth and volunteers in Canada's Scouting Movement," Armstrong said. "Today's youth will have an enormous impact on the future of Canada, and perhaps more importantly they are going to inherit our environmental successes and failures. It is our aim to educate the youth of Canada and to lead them to taking action on improving that inheritance, right now and in the future."

Scouts Canada, the country's leading youth organization, offers fun and exciting outdoor adventure for boys, girls and youth ages 5 - 26 in communities across Canada. Over 84,000 young people enjoy Scouts Canada's programs, which are provided by over 25,000 caring and dedicated volunteers. Scouts Canada's national office is located in Ottawa.

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Contact Information

  • Susan Mackie, Director of Communications, Scouts Canada
    Primary Phone: 613-224-5131 ext. 271
    E-mail: smackie@scouts.ca