Scouts Take up the Challenge to "Be Prepared" for Any Emergency



    OTTAWA, May 4 /CNW Telbec/ - It's storming outside. Tree branches are
bending. The power just went out, along with the lights. Do you know what to
do?
    Now, thousands of young people and their families across Canada do,
thanks to Scouts Canada's new Emergency Preparedness program.
    The program - which features a new badge for Cubs and Scouts, and
supporting material developed by federal and provincial emergency preparedness
experts - offers youth and Scout leaders practical, hands-on knowledge to
prepare themselves and their families for any emergency. The program is
particularly relevant in today's challenging environmental climate, where we
read of unprecedented natural disasters every day.
    Scouts Canada challenged its members to sample part of the Emergency
Preparedness program as part of a national contest. Beaver colonies, Cub packs
and Scout troops from across the country responded to our challenge by
preparing at-home emergency survival kits, practicing first aid, and
researching and presenting projects on natural disasters.
    The grassroots response to this fun and exciting challenge has been
significant. In the space of six weeks, when the contest was first launched,
an amazing 10,000 leaders and youth took up the challenge to be prepared for
any natural disaster. This was no surprise to Rob Stewart, Executive
Commissioner and CEO of Scouts Canada. "Scouts have always known how important
it is to "Be Prepared" - that's our motto. This program allows us to reach out
to our members, and by extension their families and communities, even pets, to
assist them should an emergency occur."
    To read about the Emergency Preparedness program or the contest winners,
visit www.scouts.ca/ep.

    Scouts Canada, the country's leading youth organization, offers fun and
exciting programs and adventure for boys, girls and youth ages 5 to 26.
Scouting teaches youth about the active role they can play in helping to
create a better world. Close to 80,000 young people enjoy Scouts Canada's
programs, which are provided by more than 23,000 caring and dedicated
volunteers. We are members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement
(WOSM), which has grown to 28 million members in 217 countries and
territories.




For further information:

For further information: Lisa Nowlan, Director of Communications, Scouts
Canada, (613) 224-5134, ext. 271, lnowlan@scouts.ca


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