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Update: Scouts Canada National Service Centre (1345 Baseline Rd. Ottawa)

January 21, 2022

Dear Scouters,

We recently launched a new Strategic Plan to lead Scouts Canada into a post-Covid world. The plan aims to “Engage more people in Scouts Canada’s Mission, in different ways”, through four interconnected focus areas; three of which are focused on strengthening our Groups and preparing us for the future.

The final pillar of the plan looks to unlock the value of our property assets in new, creative ways, so that we can bring all the great ideas in the other pillars of the plan to life; making sure our members and their Sections have the support and resources they deserve.   

Scouts Canada’s National Service Centre (Ottawa) has been selected as a pilot of the unlocking assets strategy.  We will apply to have the property re-zoned to increase the allowable density, before seeking a partner to redevelop the site. 

We are still mapping our long-term vision for properties and may look to establish a permanent home for Scouting in Ottawa at some point. In the interim, we will maintain a small administrative presence in Ottawa, which the Council and other traditional users-groups can continue to access.

We will keep you informed and will update Voyageur Council members at key points throughout the process.  A more detailed version of this message and Q&A’s can be found here; please contact Jeff Schaffhauser (jschaff@scouts.ca) with any additional questions.

Our Groups are the foundation of Scouts Canada, and we are excited to have the opportunity to pilot innovative strategies that will help provide the resources to strengthen Scouting. 

Yours in Scouting,

National Key 3