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E-Notes Bulletin - Young Hiker Badge
December 31, 2021

It’s official – the Young Hiker badge is here!
Incredibly, the badges arrived from our supplier ahead of schedule (!) on Tuesday. Board Member Alina Lin, in charge of Public Relations and Education and the brains behind this badge, sprang into action. She found a group of happy young hikers on the Terra Cotta section of the trail the very next day, and, thanks to her, the first badges have already been awarded. Below you can see the proud faces of our very first recipients, with their moms.

Left to right: Danielle, Easton, Elly, Nate, Norah, Erica 

How can I earn this badge? You must be no more than thirteen years old, and you must complete at least one hike on the Toronto section that is at least 3 km long or that takes at least one hour. You can hike with your family or other adults as appropriate during the lockdown, and once the lockdown is lifted, you will be able to hike as part of TBTC organized hikes or with family/school/clubs etc.
What do I do once I meet the requirements? You need to send us:
  • a report about your hike (the date you hiked, the distance or duration, and the section of trail)
  • an email address and/or phone number where we can reach you
  • the name of your school
  • your family’s Bruce Trail membership number if your family has one
  • a stamped, self-addressed envelope so we can send you the badge
Send the package to Jude Keast, Toronto Bruce Trail Club, P.O. Box 597, 2938 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON, M6P 4E7
Do I have to pay for the badge? No, you don’t! This badge is free to anyone who qualifies. We’re just excited that you are hiking on our trail.
(And here’s a note to our adults and older youth: This is the only one of the Club’s badges where we don’t ask you to pay. With all our other badges, we ask you to send $5 to cover costs.)

Special thanks to the two creative people who supported this initiative through their artistic talents: Fred Berktin - hand drawing designer, and Shawna Reeve  - digital designer

Winter badge

With all this badge excitement going on, we want to remind members about our other new badge, the Winter badge. For this one, you have to hike the entire Toronto section between the dates of December 21 and March 20.  You'll find instructions on our website by clicking here

In case you missed it in our January 2021 issue of E-Notes, we are reissuing this message from our Club President, Graham Allen. 

President's message
2020 has been an extraordinary year which has shown the adaptability and resilience of the TBTC community. Who would have thought nine months ago we would still be social distancing and wearing masks?

I would like to thank all the club volunteers including Trail Maintenance workers, Land Stewards, Trail Captains, Hike Leaders, enotes co-editors and my fellow Board of Directors for their countless hours of dedication. 

Though our formal hiking program is paused, TBTC has initiated a  new winter hiking badge for those who complete the Toronto section between December 21, 2020 and March 19, 2021. We look forward to awarding the first winter hiking badge. We are also introducing a new Youth Hiking Badge for those under 13 who hike either a minimum of 3km or one hour of the Toronto Section. Congratulations to Alina Lin, Director Public Relations and Education for this initiative. 

Of the many achievements this year I would like to highlight our new TBTC website to be introduced in the New Year. Thank you to the website design team led by David Rowney, Director Communications. 

Thank you to all the members for your continued support and I look forward to when we can gather and connect in person once again.  

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021. 

Graham Allen 
TBTC President. 

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