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Mick Bayko Nominated by Scouts Canada

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On a warm mid-March evening, at the Elks Lodge, the GPVSB surprised our latest Caught in the Act nominee Mick Bayko, while he was preparing for his Scouts Group meeting.  Nominated by Scouts Canada Mick volunteers as the organization’s Group Commissioner of the 3rd Grande Prairie Scout Group.

Mick started his scout volunteering as an Assistant Beaver Scout Leader when his son joined their local group.  Spending time with his son, enjoying the great outdoors and helping other youths, Mick moved on to become a Cub Leader for 3 years then a Scout Leader for 1.  Now Mick is currently in his 2nd year as Group Commissioner were he supervises the group’s weekly events, activities, meetings and quality programs, ensuring a safe environment for 72 youths in the group and providing support to section leaders.  While working a full time job, taking care of his family, and volunteering at the Wapiti Nordic Centre’s Mountain Bike and Biathlon programs, Bayko still manages to be a fulltime Scout.  Mick states he wouldn’t know what to do with his free time if he wasn’t volunteering.  “Being part of Scouts is very rewarding not only do you get to share your knowledge with the younger generation but you have the opportunity to learn new things as well” states Mick.  As local interest in Scouting grows Mick hopes more volunteers will join Scouts as there is a waiting list of kids wanting to sign up with the group.  

Praised by friends and family for his dedication to the Scouts, Mick is inspired by the young members in the 3rd GP Scout Group.  “It’s amazing to see what these kids can accomplish” he says, “keep them, their parents and volunteers focused on a goal, they work their hardest to accomplish it.”  The biggest achievement realized so far is the group successfully raised funds to send 24 Scouts, 7 Leaders and 2 offer-of-service volunteers to the 2017 Canadian Scouts Jamboree, a weeklong event in Nova Scotia, hosting Scouts, ages 11 to 14, from across Canada and the world.  Mick takes great pride in being a mentor to the Scouts in his group, stating “these kids grow up to be the leaders of tomorrow, and Scouts help them learn about being part of the community, how important it is to help others, and lead  healthy active lifestyles.”  Mick looks forward to the future of scouting as Scout Canada introduces the Canadian Path which focus on more youth led activities and programs to help scouts grow even more into future leaders.

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau would like to thank Mick Bayko for his hard work and dedication to Scouts Canada, the 3rd Grande Prairie Scout Group and being ‘Caught in the Act’ of volunteering. For more information about Scouts Canada visit their website at http://www.scouts.ca/.

The GPVSB would like to thank Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria for sponsoring Caught in the Act and supporting the volunteers in our community.

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