Scouts Canada's new Chief Commissioner Stephen Kent visits Westmount


Stoney Point Area hosted a fireside chat with Canada's new Chief Scout Commissioner, Stephen Kent, on Thursday, February 26 at Mountainside United Church in Westmount. About 40 Scouters from the Quebec Council came to meet the native Newfoundlander who has been visiting Scout groups across the country. Steve has been involved in Scouting since as a Cub in Mount Pearl, a community of 26,000 people near St John's. He went on to found the 1st Royal Newfoundland Constabulary - Mount Pearl Venture Company in 1995 and was then a member of the 1st Royal Newfoundland Constabulary - Mount Pearl Rover crew. Since then he has received the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards as well as the Chief Scout and Queen's Venturer's awards and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. He has also excelled in other areas and is the Member of the House of Assembly for the District of Mount Pearl North since 2007.It is not surprising that Maclean's Magazine recognized him in 1999 as one of the top 100 Canadians to watch for in the new century.
The new Chief spoke in both French and English expressing his admiration for the vast experience Quebec Scouters bring to the organization. He outlined the goals he hopes Scouting will attain with the 100,000 members in Canada. In true 'fireside chat' form (there was even a mock camp fire in the circle) the get-together was a casual exchange where everyone had a chance to voice their thoughts, concerns and ideas.
The 2ND Westmount group which hosted the evening presented a neckerchief and crest to the chief mentioning that this group is celebrating its centennial in 2010. The evening was a fruitful coming together of Scouters who are passionate about conveying the principles that Robert Baden Powell laid out 102 years ago.