First Fenwick Venturers enjoying busy first year of existence

Jamie Heap
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First Fenwick Venturers fundraising for the Amazing Moot 2014

Members of the First Fenwick Venturers, a scouting troop open to boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 17, were selling chocolate bars this past Saturday at Amherst Centre Mall in support of their three-day Amazing Moot trip to Halifax Regional Municipality in April. They are in their first year of existence. (From left): Amy Cole, Jessica Bouchard, Kyle Farrell, Nicholas Snowden-Roberts and Dalton Smith. Missing is Mackenzie Cole

FENWICK-For half a century, First Fenwick Scouts, Cumberland County’s largest active scouting troop, has been without Venturers. That is until now.

“We’re just trying to get these kids going during our first year,” stated First Fenwick Venturer advisor Tina Thompson. “This is the first time we’ve had Venturers in First Fenwick. “All scouts are now open to boys and girls. We have six Venturers, seven before too long. Venturers are open to ages 14 to 17.”

Despite the fact that First Fenwick Venturers are only in their inaugural year, they have found plenty of things to keep themselves busy that do not electronic devices.

“This is group is very active,” said Thompson. “They’re always going camping.”

Whether it is Beavers (ages five to six), Cubs (7-11), Troop Scouts (12-13), Venturers (14-17), or Rovers (18-26), one thing they all have in common while camping in the bush is an avoidance of modern day communications technology.

“No hand held electronic devices are allowed when sleeping overnight outside,” stated First Fenwick Scouts group committee chair Roger Melanson.

According to Melanson, who has been involved with First Fenwick Scouts for 50 years, Beavers through Venturers from Fenwick, Amherst, Brookdale and Leicester enjoy such activities as snow shoeing and cross-cross country skiing.

As for the First Fenwick Venturers and their two advisors, Tina Thompson and Elizabeth MacLeod, they were at Amherst Centre Mall this past Saturday selling chocolate bars to raise money for their upcoming three-day trip in April.

“We’re taking a three-day trip to Halifax (Amazing Moot ) from April 11 to 13 that will include an overnight stay at Camp Harris in Cole Harbour,” stated Thompson.

The Moot 2014’s challenge to teams this year is Amazing Race/Reality Shows. Key events will include Scouting Has Talent and the Man Tracker Challenge.



Geographic location: Cumberland County, Brookdale, Halifax

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