Scouting has been a part of the history of the Town of Whitby, Ontario, Canada for almost 100 years. In this Centennial year of World Scouting the Scouts of Whitby area thought it is only fitting that they give something back to the town to mark this special achievement.
Dedicated to the citizens of the town, the Whitby Scout Trail is a natural surfaced walking path that has been created out of the flood plain of the Pringle Creek Valley. The Trail is intended to provide a location for a quiet walk through the woods, along the creek, in the midst of the pictureque town. Scouting members as well as citizens and visitors to the area, are invited to hike the the almost 1 kilometre length and enjoy the wide variety of flora and fauna in season.
Recycling and the wise use of local resources has been an integral part of the approach to the Trail design. Hand carved trail markers have been created from former utility poles and recycled grocery bags are part of the "Pick It Up and Pack It Out" posts that encourage all trail users to pick up and dispose of trail litter properly.
The construction of the trail has provided an opportunity for the local Scouting youth to get involved in community based Scouting activities and several groups are sponsoring the trail on an on going basis and look forward to future work challenges.
The official opening of the Whitby Scout Trail was celebrated on February 17 at the mid point of the Trail. This occasion provided a wonderful opportunity for community and Scouting members alike to gather and mark this unique event. The celebration will also kick off the start of Scouting- Guiding Week in the area.