Tri-Shores Council

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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 eight Areas and nine 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.

In 2018 Windsor and Essex Areas joined together.

Camps & Scout Halls

There are currently nine camps in Tri-Shores Council. All properties in Ontario are held by the Ontario Incorporated Body for Scouts Canada in Ontario.

Name Approximate Location
Camp Attawandaron 8916 Lakeshore Rd, Lambton Shores
Camp BEL 4926 Hamilton Rd, Dorchester
Bryson Camp Centre/Spencer Park/Spencer Hall 531 Windermere Rd, London
Camp Cataraqui 18750 Clearville Rd, Chatham-Kent
Camp Cedarwin 1495 Arner Townline, Essex
Camp Shegardaynou 706906 Township Rd 2, Blandford-Blenheim
Camp Sylvan 32098 Scout Rd, North Middlesex
Camp Wildwood 257024 25th Line, Lakeside
BP House Petrolia

Past Camps & Scout Halls

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 Jackson Camp Jackson Rd, Bala 2015
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
Camp Onkwe unknown unknown
Beach O' Pines unknown unknown
Scout Hall 3085 Marentette Ave, Windsor unknown

Council Commissioners

Name From To
Bernie Avery July 2012 February 2016
Sandi Burns February 2016 September 2019
David Franklin June 2020 Now

Historic Areas

As of 2019 one of Scouts Canada's Organization's Strategic Decisions involved a shift away from the Area model. Prior to this point, there were nine Areas in Tri-Shores Council:

Name Encompassing communities
Bluewater Area Brights Grove, Camlachie, Corunna, Forest, Petroilia, Point Edward, Sarnia, Sombra Township, Wyoming
Chatham-Kent Area Blenheim, Bothwell, Chatham, Florence, Merlin, Ridgetown, Thamesville, Tilbury, Wabash, Wallaceburg
Elgin Area Aylmer, Belmont, Shedden, Sparta, Springfield, St. Thomas, West Lorne
Frontier Area Alisa Craig, Blyth, Clinton, Cromarty, Ellice, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend, Kirkton, Lucan, Mitchell, Monkton, Seaforth, Shakespeare, St. Marys, Stratford, Tavistock, Zurich
London Area London
Mindaamin Area Backus Mill, Dorchester, Embro, Ingersol, Kintore, Norwich, Salford, Thamesford, Tillsonburg, Woodstock
Sydenham Area Alvinston, Arkona, Bryanston, Delaware, Glencoe, Ilderton, Komoka, Melbourne, Mt. Brydges, Parkhill, Poplar Hill, Strathroy, Thedford, Thorndale, Watford
Windsor Essex Area Windsor, St. Clair Beach, Tecumseh, LaSalle, Amherstburg, BelleRiver, Comber, Cottam, Emeryville, Essex, Harrow, Kingsville, Leamington, Wheatley, Woodslee

Past Annual Reports

Note: As of 2016 Councils became apart of the National council and no longer report out individually.

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