[August 4 Update] Retirement of this York Headwaters Area website

With the launch of the new Shining Waters Council website, this York Headwaters Area website will not be updated any further.

The new SWC website is now hosted under Scouts Canada's portal website. It helps integrate all Area websites and the Council website into a single cohesive site. Moreover, the new Council website links to various sources on the National pages (e.g., the Group Management Playbook and more). More importantly, It leads to a simplified process for everyone to get updated and accurate information.

For Group Commissioners and section scouters' interest, it allows for a single place for Group Health, Events, and Recognition, etc. For parents and members' interest and to serve a much wider audience, local news and information will also be available and promoted through the unified platform.

A direct link to Council Scouttracker's calendar is now availablein the SWC website. It will be the "Single source of truth" for all Council events.

The new SWC website is now the first go-to place for Council updates.

Webmaster's sharing...
I would like to say Thank-you to those who regularly come visit this website in the past. Thank you for your support and advice when there was a typo or broken links on any pages. Thank you for your patience when the site was once down for a few days. I remember the server-down situation happened two or three times since its first launch in January 2013.

Last but not least, I have to thank all scouters who have regularly provided me with info on events, training and registration.

Wish everyone stays strong, stays healthy and virus-free.
Happy Scouting!

Scouter Albert
August 4, 2020

[July 26 Update] The launch of the new Shining Waters Council website

The new Shining Waters Council web site is now launched. The URL address is:
Here you’ll find official SWC communications, files, announcements, etc.

The Shining Waters ScoutsTracker calendar contains information for all Groups and sections within our Council.

Click here to view (and subscribe to) the Shining Waters Council calendar :

[July 8 Update] Permanent closure of Scout Shop stores across Canada

This includes stores in Vancouver, Calgary, London, Oakville, Oshawa and Ottawa. We will focus our efforts on enhancing our online store,, to support all of our members and provide them with a great customer experience.

Members can visit for quick, convenient access to uniforms, outdoor gear and much more. maintains a full inventory of products that were carried by the Scout Shops, as well as a large number of products that were not stocked in-stores. Ordering is fast, secure and open 24/7. There are regular product promotions at great prices. Products are delivered to your door within 2 to 11 days, depending upon the shipping service selected.

Scouting is still going on.

Scouters are keeping active and connected through Scouting at Home virtual programming. Want to learn more? We've put together this video to introduce you to the concept.

Many Groups are conducting virtual meetings. Visit our social media channels (@scoutscanada) to find out how the community is coming together and keeping engaged, and download our safety tips for best practices when meeting online.

Virtual ScoutCON 2020 -Incorporating Badge Program Workshop
Date / Time: Saturday, May 23, 2020 @10:00 am
Duration: Approximate 45 mins to 1 hour plus 15-30 mins Q&

This workshop will be a focus on how to facilitate and incorporate with Canadain Path program badges to all sections (Beaver, Cub, Scout, Venturer & Rover) such as personal progression badge, personal achievement badge, Outdoor Adventure Skills, Top section award apply in regular meetings.

This will be covering the "Incorporating the Badge Program" Scouter Development Card in Wood Badge II for the Canadian Path. Tips and tricks from the facilitator how other Scouters engage with the youth.

Limited spaces: 50 participants per session
First Come, First Serve -- Register NOW

[April 26, 2020] Messages from Hans Uhr, DCC - Safe Scouting !

I noticed that many groups, councils and national organizations have adopted new ways to offer a challenging and interesting program. This is great and shows that our youth and Scouters are very capable to deal with new situations and emergencies.

While we promote the outdoors, this could be an alternative for future scouting initiatives. It’s probably safe to assume that our life style, scouting, school, work etc., will be different as we are used to. Even if we go back to the way it was, this could be an alternative for bad weather situations, group committee meeting or other leadership meetings. While this never replaces the in person meetings where we can interact, this opportunity can safe time, environment, costs, etc...

Scouter Hans Uhr
DCC Safe Scouting

SWC Safety Moment - April 2020

[Update April 20, 2020] ScoutCON 2020 - Go Virtual!

We are still Scouting—join our workshops!

I heard there's a lot of disappointment about the cancellation of the ScoutCON 2020 during the novel coronavirus outbreak. We heard you loud. We're now introducing the Virtual ScoutCON. We're inviting our facilitators to host episodic workshops to share their scouting experience. So we can be entertaining our Scouters improving their knowledge and skills during this difficult time.

The episodic workshop will launch approximately in mid-May. We will contact the participants who registered the workshops in ScoutCON in prior. Keep it posting what kind of skills/ interest/ Scouter Development topics you would like to appear. We'll be looking for the right facilitator to host the workshop. Stay tuned for the update.


Scouter Elwick
DCC Learning & Development

About Insurance... Update on April 13, 2020:
New certificates effective April 1, 2020 through April 1, 2021

Insurance Certificate (for York Region District School Board - 2020 / 2021)
Insurance Certificate (for York Catholic District School Board - 2020 / 2021)
Insurance Certificate (General - 2020 / 2021) - will be posted here shortly

[March 13, 2020] Latest Scouts Canada update on COVID-19

Nothing is more important to Scouts Canada than the safety and well-being of all youth entrusted to our care. Not only do we have a "duty of care" for youth, Scouters and our staff, but we also have a social responsibility to provide leadership in support of the Government of Canada. As such, Scouts Canada is supporting the direction of government and health agencies in maintaining public health.

All scouting activities will be suspended / postponed , effective Monday, March 16 until at least Sunday, April 5, 2020.

For details... please follow

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow advice from pertinent government and health agencies. Any changes to Scouts Canada’s direction and other pertinent information will be posted.

[March 11, 2020 - Coronavirus Update]

[March 3, 2020 - Announcement]

Messages from Kit Cheng, Council Commissioner released on March 1, 2020

"On January 27, I sent out an email regarding New Coronavirus in Ontario (now known as COVID-19). Thank you for everyone's cooperation and feedback on this subject. Today, we would like to re-affirm our notes mentioned in the January 27 email.

It is important to note at this time: the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. The public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available. Please continue to take advice and recommendations only from official and trustworthy sources - such as Ontario Public Health and Canada Public Health..."


[January 27, 2020 - Announcement]

Messages from Kit Cheng, Council Commissioner
in response to 'Advice Request - new coronavirus in Toronto'

"I have been in conversation with Safe Scouting this morning - they will meet "to discuss our concerns and possible messaging to our membership that may be necessary". We will provide updates as soon as it becomes available.

In the meanwhile, I will ask everyone to be reassured safety is Scouts Canada's top priorities...

[January 25, 2020 - Announcement]

Please contact the Scouts Canada Help Centre ( for assistance.

Camp Wildman Recruitment

Camp Wildman has an amazing team of dedicated volunteers. Often you will find them on the weekends clearing a path, splitting wood, painting a deck, opening up camp for incoming groups etc...

SWC is currently looking for some new volunteers to lighten the load. We are looking at volunteers to assist with the opening and closing of camp. It would be approximately no more than 6 weekends a year and they would get to choose the weekends they want to do this...

Do you like being outdoors?
Do you know how to run a wood splitter?
Is your Troop or Company interested in donating a day to help us bag wood?

Please consider joining our team! For further information please contact:
Craig -
Katherine -

The New David Huestis Learning Centre

Scouts Canada is very excited to have partnered with D2L (Desire2Learn) to implement a new Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS). This personalized, mobile-friendly and intuitive platform for online learning will enhance Scouts Canada’s training of volunteers and staff, tracking competencies as they’re acquired through the Scouter Development Model.

New Location of Central Ontario Service Centre
[ November 6 - Announcement ]

Central Ontario Service Centre
Present office @10 Kodiak Cres., Toronto -- will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 6th
New location @Camp Samac -- Reopen on Wednesday, November 13th.

The new Central Service Centre can be accessed in person at Camp Samac, 1711 Simcoe St. North, Oshawa, from 9:00am - 5:00pm.

The Toronto Scout Shop
Toronto Store @10 Kodiak Cres., Toronto -- will operate until Saturday, November 16th at 4pm.
The Toronto Scout Shop staff will continue to serve you from the Oshawa location following the move of the Toronto store.

Messages to GCs about Charters & Financials
from Nicole Donadio, Council Relationship Manager

Group Charter Renewal Application
Group Financial Report Template
Group Equipment Inventory v 2

Please forward completed forms by email to Minita Chandy at by October 31, 2019.

SWC Scouter Conference 2020

Scouter Conference is an EXPO for Scouter who collect information, skills, tips and knowledge bring back to their group to share with their fellow Scouters and the youth.

Scouters, Venturer Scouts & Rover Scouts are welcome.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Bradford District High School (70 Professor Day Drive, Bradford, ON. [ The Map ]

2019 Apple Day

Apple DayApple Day with LCBO locations - Saturday, October 19 Only
LCBO has granted approval to COSC's request to allow Apple Day fundraising activity in front of their LCBO outlets (locations as listed). Please interested groups follow the guidelines as described in this approval letter to have a successful event. Cheers!

LCBO Approval Letter Download
Collection Declaration Form Download - Submit this Form to Store Manager prior to leaving

Council Announcement
Nicole Donadio, Council Relationship Manager

[Sept 27, 2019] Due to job action at schools... [Community Use of School] permits for both [school] boards in York Region have been cancelled [commencing the week of Sept 30].

It is wise to make new plans for program activities ASAP given this information sent to [Council] today. This might be a good opportunity for linking exercises and spending more time outdoors, if it is safe to do so (i.e. not in a thunderstorm)... if this strike has the same impact for other boards like South Simcoe – let’s keep our eyes open for more information and please share.

Related links:
York Region District School Board

York Catholic District School Board

Welcome to 2019-2020!  

Scouts Canada - York Headwaters Area
Canadian Path Discussion Group


Introducing Scouters Club...
For those who are new to Scouting or new to our Area, Scouter’s Club is where you get to meet other members within our Area, receive information, and share your insights and feedbacks.  We hold our Scouters Club on the last Sunday of every month (except for June, July, and December).  All are welcomed to join our Scouter’s Club.  

Location: Thornhill United Church (25 Elgin Street, Markham, ON)

FAQ Page updated on May 23, 2019

Welcome Daniel Lei as the next
Area Commissioner of York Headwaters Areas
(Effective January 1, 2019)

Welcome Kit Cheng as the next
Council Commissioner of Shining Waters Council
(Effective February 15, 2019)

A sharing of York Headwaters Area’ story with Scouting Life...

An interview between Scouting Life and Area Key 3

“The Scouters' Club is a collaboration... We don't want the Scouters to think that the Area leadership is their boss — we're their peers, and we hope that they feel comfortable coming to us for help.”     ~~ Kit Cheng, Area Commissioner (AC)

“The meetings give youth the opportunity for self-development, sharing ideas and making friends... The Canadian Path starts with the youth, so if youth go to Scouters’ Club, they bring their ideas back to their Group and potentially spark a new adventure, or influence the direction of their Group's program.”     ~~ Mandy Chung, Area Youth Commissioner (AYC)

"Scouters’ Club is a cornerstone for the engagement, teamwork and success that the Area has had so far."     ~~ Alyssa McGinnis, Area Support Manager (ASM)


Scouts Day At The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (December 6, 2014) -- Snap Richmond Hill
Real Scouts. Real Experiences -- a troop in YHW Build and Race a rickshaw -- a video chosen by Scouts Canada and posted @YouTube - May 5, 2014
YHW Indoor Campfire in Scout-Guide Week (Feb. 22, 2014) -- Snap Richmond Hill - March Edition
YHW Kub Kar Rally in Scout-Guide Week (Feb. 20, 2014) -- Snap Markham - March Edition
Richmond Hill honours top volunteers (Apr 30, 2013) -- Richmond Hill Liberal

GTC Scout Shop

[July 8 Update] Permanent closure of Scout Shop stores across Canada

Central Ontario Service Centre
The new Central Service Centre can be accessed in person at Camp Samac from 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Scout Scene

Current Issue (2019):
February Issue - Feb 16, 2019

Previous Release:
2018 - Released - Jan to July, Sept to Dec
New Look - Issue released - May to Dec, 2017
Vol. 6 - Issue 1 to 4 (2017)
Vol. 5 - Issue 1 to 12 (2016)
Vol. 4 - Issue 1 to 12 (2015)
Vol. 3 - Issue 1 to 17 (2014)
Vol. 2 - Issue 1 to 22 (2012 / 2013)

Scout Scene is an e-newsletter that provides quick links to important news items, programs, membership and marketing initiatives, as well as updates on new resources to help Scouters deliver successful programs. .



To help develop well rounded youth, better prepared for success in the world.

Scouters Club

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Place: Thornhill United Church
(25 Elgin Street, Markham,ON)

May Scouters Club is now cancelled
due to Novel Coronavirus concern
(Update April 28)

More info about Scouters Club...

It Starts with Registration for 2019 / 2020

Novel Coronavirus Update
(June 4, 2020)

In line with advice provided by provincial and federal government agencies, Spring registration for the 20/21 Scouting Year is postponed until the Fall.

Current membership will be extended until December 31, 2020.

New scouting year will begin in January 2021.

Contact your Area Registrar for assistance - Tony Au

SWC Safety Moment
| Sept 2019 | April 2020 |

Risk Assessment Form

Contact your DAC - Safe Scouting for assistance - Rosalind So

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Important Dates Reminder:

For more details... refer to Training page

Be Prepared! Click the scarf icon to view the Training Schedule for
2019 / 2020.

Note: Training courses are subject to cancellation and re-scheduling due to Novel Coronavirus concern

event info

Upcoming Events

Area Events Schedule

Training Courses Open for Registration

Canadian Path

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Scouts Canada - National Calendar

Scout Tracker


 Scouts Canada Annual Report