By Mike Pearson, News staff
After winning the prestigious Medal of the Maple and a Medal of Good Service, Nicholas Larmond hoped to continue his involvement with Scouts Canada. As president of the Venturers of Winona, Nicholas earned a national scouting award for demonstrating a commitment to community service, scouting participation and personal values.
Along with his Venturers group, Nicholas logged more than 400 hours of community service.
The only problem was that Nicholas would soon be turning 18, making him too old for the Venturers group of Winona.
Today, Nicholas is one of three founding members of the new Winona Rovers group, which has just been launched for scouting enthusiasts aged 18 to 26.
Other group members are Michael Henderson and Jordan Greenough.
Along with advisor Jodie Larmond, the First Winona Rovers group will plan its own events and volunteer activities while managing the group’s finances.
John Larmond, Nicholas’ father and a Venturer advisor, helped the new Rover group get started.
“It’s really an opportunity for the adults to teach them a little about running a small company,” said John.
John said the Rovers will have a mandate to give back to the community through various volunteer initiatives. In the past, group members have volunteered for shoreline cleanups and have performed campsite security and event parking services.
“It’s their turn to give back everything they’ve learned in scouting,” said John.
The Rovers group is also looking for more members.
Along with a willingness to give back to the community, a love of the outdoors is a must.
The Larmonds recently returned from a camping trip in North Middlesex, near London, where campers braved the Dec. 22 ice storm in tents. Known as a Moot, the trips included about 70 Venturers and Rovers from all over Ontario. Campers enjoyed games, challenges and an evening dance.
Along with volunteer service activities, Rover Scouts enjoy rugged outdoor pursuits like mountain climbing and white water rafting. Rovers are also known for organizing service activities like food drives, community clean-up days and tree plantings. As the oldest Scouts Canada group, Rovers are often called upon as mentors for younger Scouts.
The First Winona Rovers group meets at Winona Park on Barton Street on a regular basis. Meeting times are still to be determined, as the group continues to write its bylaws.
For more information on Scouts Canada, visit the website at www.scouts.ca or email group commissioner Ian Major at Ian.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scouts Canada offers seven challenging programs for boys, girls, and young adults aged five to 26 and guests are welcome to attend several meetings before registering.