Tri-Shores Council is a principle volunteer support division of Scouts Canada with a geographic focus of Southwestern Ontario. Tri-Shores Council is one of 20 Councils that comprise Scouts Canada and one of eight that operate within Ontario. Tri-Shores is made up of nine Areas and eight camps.
Tri-Shores Council was formed in 2001 as an amalgamation of smaller geographic Regions such as the Great Lakes Region which encompassed London to Windsor following a country wide reorganization. Within these regions were Districts such as London which ultimately were the home to many Groups. Following the change, Districts were renamed Areas. It is important to keep in mind that there is some fluidity overtime with regard to the specific geographic boundaries of both Councils, Areas, and even sometimes Groups.
A year after the 2011 uniform revision, Councils across the country looked towards the creation of a new crest to match the new uniform. The shape also changed, going from a square or rectangle to a more complex shape that features an ellipses top with a rounded rectangular base. In Tri-Shores a call was put out to youth to design the crest. The winning entry featured above was originally drawn by Creighton Avery and released in 2012.
Tri-Shores Council was both a volunteer support division and an administrative division with fiscal responsibilities up until around 2016. It was at this time the National Council absorbed Council budgets, etc. to streamline the accounting process and better manage the administrative costs associated with the organization.
There are nine Areas in Tri-Shores Council:
- Bluewater Area
- Chatham-Kent Area
- Elgin Area
- Essex Area
- Frontier Area
- London Area
- Mindaamin Area
- Sydenham Area
- Windsor Area
There are currently eight camps in Tri-Shores Council. All properties in Ontario are held by the Ontario Incorporated Body for Scouts Canada in Ontario.
While this list is not exhaustive, there are unfortunately a long list of camps no longer used by Scouting in Southwestern Ontario. The reasons for this vary from lack of use as Groups come and go to the needs of a property changing. Not every property used by Scouting is necessarily owned, some are held as a lease with a municipal, provincial, or federal government.
|Name||Approximate Location||Year Closed|
|Camp Timken||32336 Erin Line, Fingal||June 2016|
|Camp Wadiscoca||1214 Bentpath Line, St Clair||2009|
|Camp Gullywash/Chester||2710 Plowing Match Rd, Sarnia||2005|
|Camp Union Marsh||33976 Union Road, Central Huron||unknown|
|Beach O' Pines||unknown||unknown|
Past Council Commissioners
|Bernie Avery||July 2012||February 2016|
|Sandi Burns||February 2016||August 2019|
Note: As of 2016 Councils became apart of the National council and no longer report out individually.