Robots and slime feature prominently in Smith Scouts annual fundraising extravaganza

Leader staff

The First Smith Scouts recently (Oct. 20) held its fourth annual dinner and silent auction at the community hall in Smith. According to our contact – Michelle Scholtz – it was another smashing success, with good attendance.

“We surpassed our goal,” says Sholtz. “It’s huge.”

Donations came from all over the map, including from Slave Lake, Athabasca and Westlock.

“This year,” Sholtz writes in an email to The Leader, “the kids wanted to show a different side of Scouts. They all really like S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engingeering, Mathematics) projects – robots, explosions, experiments. Each Cub built their own robot from (a) motion sensor, solar powered and salt powered robots and displayed them. The Beavers set up an experiment showcase.”

Forty scouts took part in the event and about 100 community members showed up for the meal and silent auction – and of course to take in the displays and science experiments.

It’s worth noting that by comparison, the Scouts organization in Slave Lake has gone dormant at the same time as it seems to be burgeoning in Smith.

MCs Grey Paw (Memphys Nickel and Striker Nate Weinrich), both third-year Cubs, welcome the new Cubs into the pack with a news skit.

Beaver Scout scientists Luke Friesen, Austin Laughy and Kasper Nickel are Team Slime, teaching kids and adults the finer points of how to make slime with hands-on experiments at the Oct. 20 Night With Scouts at the community hall in Smith.

The 1st Smith Scouts Beaver Colony members demonstrate heir S.T.E.M. skills – bubblegum-making and explosions.


Ryland Laughy, a second-year Cub, shows how his cable car works.

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