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Scouts pitch in, clean up local neighbourhoods (3 photos)

This initiative is part of the 52nd Annual Pitch-In Week

This week Orillia Scouts of all ages are putting on gloves and cleaning up the neighbourhood.

Residents and organizations dedicated to environmental conservation are coming together across Canada to participate in the 52nd Annual Pitch-In Week running April 22-29.

1st Orillia Scout Group has been a long-time participant in this annual clean-up and the youth look forward to getting dirty and helping make their city a better place to live. “I like playing at the beach in summer, and when it’s messy it’s not nice,” says Benjamin Schlichter, Beaver Scout age 6.

Scouts are taught how to be careful to avoid sharp objects, and even sort out recycling as they go. Scouter Rob Duncan adds that “seeing an immediate and positive impact hopefully gives our youth the boost they need to stop littering when they see it, and continue to have good habits in the future."

 The youth are credited community service hours, and are given a crest to celebrate their efforts. Scouting continues to thrive in Orillia.

The first troop was founded in 1909, and currently over 120 Scouting youth have an opportunity to learn by doing, and become better citizens and leaders in the community.

Scouts Canada received the Order of Orillia in 2003.

Registration for the 2019-2020 Scouting year begins May 15th for new members. To register your child in Scouting in the Orillia, Hawkestone, Severn or Atherly area, contact Rob Duncan at 705-558-1241. You can also surf over to to learn more or to find a group near you. -



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