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June 15, 2019:

28th Annual Pacific Coast Council Chief Scouts Award Ceremony 


On June 15, 2019 at the Jewish Community Center, the Pacific Coast Council recognized 80 youth members’ hard work and celebrated their achievements during the annual Chief Scouts Award Ceremony. The award was presented to the recipient by Honourable Kenneth W Ball, Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. We thank all the Troop Scouters and Group Commissioners who dedicated their time and energy in mentoring and coaching these youths and helped them attained the Troop Top Section Awards. Congratulations to all the award recipients and our sincere thanks to all who made this event possible.

Message from Pacific Coast Council Commissioner, John Geyer, to our youth

Chief Scout Award Recipients,

It was my honour and joy to be able to share this very special milestone in your life; a day that I hope that you will cherish and long remember as the culmination of much dedication, perseverance, and character building that enabled you to reach the highest rank in Scouts.  You have summited the highest peak and are among the few scouts to reach this pinnacle of success.

The Chief Scouts Award is an achievement that I encourage you not to underestimate in its importance.  The award is more than the certificate, the pin, the school credit and acknowledgement; it is the culmination of a process that helps to form who you are, what you value and your drive to excel.   

For it is through the process that you undertook to achieve your award, that you grew, and further embodied the values at the heart of Scouting.  Values that will serve you as you climb even higher peaks in Venturers, Rovers and certainly in your adult life and careers as well.  

These values come from our Scout law, Scout promise and from the whole of the scouting movement.  As you accept your award, I would encourage you to reflect upon these values, and return to them often, as they are values that are timeless and will always serve to guide you well.  

The Scouts Law; 

A Scouter is Helpful and Trustworthy 

These values set Scouts apart. Scouts are helpful.  To our communities, to our family and to our patrols.  If a scout should have difficulty, we help them succeed.  They are not cut from the team, but rather encouraged.  A Scout is trustworthy and can be depended on to do what they say.  

These two traits are underscored by a foundation of loyalty.  We are there for others.  As you grow older, I encourage you to cherish this when you find it and give when warranted.

Kind and Cheerful

A scout is kind to all.  A scout is cheerful - even when it's hot and you're hiking the Grouse Grind or it is cold and rainy every day while you're camp.  It is easy to have these traits when life is easy.  It takes courage to be kind and cheerful at times of adversity and stress, yet this is the time to shine. 

Considerate and Clean

A scout is considerate, we strive to learn more, listen more and be empathic to others and consider who they are may help shape how their viewpoint and learn from them.  A scout is clean in mind, body and spirit.  We keep ourselves and our environment clean and watch what we choose to put into our bodies to stay healthy and strong.  In all, we respect others as well as ourselves.  I encourage you to continually develop your self-respect.  It is a trait that will serve you well as you go through life and give strength to make the right choices in difficult situations. 

and Wise in the use of all resources.

A scouter is wise with the use of their time, money, material goods, and energy. I would encourage you to also value the "credits" you deposit in emotional bank accounts.  Positive affirmations, compliments, and caring about others and their issues.  These form the basis of meaningful and long-lasting relationships with your friends, family and your Scout family.  

From today onwards, you are a leader in Scouts.  You are part of a family of Scouts no matter where you may go in your life.  Across Canada, to the US, to Europe, Australia or Asia, there are Scouts there to welcome you.  We are all part of One Scouts.  

In closing, I would like to share with you a quote from an awarding winning Canadian another, Richard Wagamese, 

"Life sometimes is hard. There are challenges. There are difficulties. There is pain. As a younger [person], I sought to avoid them and only ever caused myself more of the same. These days I choose to face life head on--and I have become a comet. I arc across the sky of my life and the harder times are the friction that lets the worn and tired bits drop away. It's a good way to travel; eventually, I will wear away all resistance until all there is left of me is light. I can live towards that end." 

--Richard Wagamese, Embers

So as you take your next steps and bag even higher peaks, I hope that you will be courageous enough to let go of the things that weigh you down, find respect for yourself and others to stand in your truth and become the light to guide yourself and others in the good... and especially... the hard times that will come on your journey.

You are all an inspiration and it is truly my privilege to serve as your Council Commissioner.  For this, I thank you for your dedication to Scouts and look very much forward to seeing what next summits you will ascend. 


John Geyer

April 13, 2019:


PCC- Group Commissioner Event

Council Commissioner John Geyer’s Visions in creating the event:


We’re excited to invite all Group Commissioners in the PCC to come back together at this event as a first step in creating fun, healthy and vibrant groups and in turn a great Pacific Coast Council.  Come with an open mind to learn, listen and most importantly share your thoughts on where things are and what positive steps we can all take together to tackle issues and generate a feeling of camaraderie for our leadership and youth.  

As leaders, we are all here because we care about the amazing value that scouts offer to our youth. Scouts is wholesome alternative for our youth.  An environment where they learn to give back to their communities, find adventure in the outdoors, explore their spirituality, expand their minds and become socially and emotionally mature as they form new friendships that can last a lifetime.

Our first annual event, it is our goal that we work together to build an event that delivers great value to every attendee. We very much appreciate your consideration to attend, your energy to actively participate throughout the day, and open mind to hear new ideas and find positive ways to make them work for you and your group.  

The Events

This event enabled the Pacific Coast Council Group Commissioners to have the opportunity to connect and share ideas hoping to build even better, even stronger Council.  Eleven different sessions that were requested by the Group Commissioners were offered help our GC’s build healthy groups.


The following are the list of topics covered: Volunteer Support, Program Quality, Safety Leadership, Money Management and Administration using Technology.  Click "here" for some of the session slides presentations.


The PCC Group Commissioner event was very well attended with 40 groups represented. More importantly, the Youth Panel and Reviving Rovers sessions allow the voice of the Youth to be heard.


Testimonial from Scouts Canada CEO, Andrew Price


This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a mini-conference specifically targeted at Group Commissioners in Vancouver; close to 40 Groups were represented, and 35 Group Commissioners participated directly.  It was great to see the Pacific Coast Council Key 3 in action, connecting with Group Commissioners with the aim of linking them back to our Mission and vision for a stronger Scouts Canada.  A number of relevant workshops were held, helping further equip our Group Commissioners to be more effective in their role.  One of the workshops was even facilitated by a GC Orientation graduate.  The review at the end of the day reflected back a strong commitment to youth involvement as well as broadening the network further, both steps that will undoubtedly lead to greater engagement and ultimately healthier Groups.  Kudos to John, Simon, Vincent, Evelyn and Sabinah for facilitating this important opportunity.


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