Information is key to success in today's sport, culture and recreation environment. In Get the Scoop, you will find the latest news, funding and resources from the South East Sport, Culture & Recreation District.
District News
Coming to you this spring!
Get ready for the most anticipated gathering of the year! Join us on May 23rd in the vibrant City of Estevan for the South East Summit!

An itinerary of timely culture sector topics will be presented through expert speakers, peer presentations, facilitated discussions, and networking. Municipalities will be able to take away new ideas to build culture in their community!

Stay tuned for more details as we unveil the excitement!
Join the Strong Boards Movement!
South East Sport, Culture & Recreation District created a super easy assessment tool based on five fundamentals of strong boards. Join the STRONG BOARDS movement! Local boards and committees can use the tool to determine areas that they wish to improve upon – whether it is policy development, volunteer recruitment or more effective meetings! Volunteers can then access the many supports available from South East District.

Download our STRONG BOARDS document today and be on your way to a stronger board!
Sask Lotteries celebrates 50th anniversary!
Sask Lotteries is celebrating 50 years as the main fundraiser for more than 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups in communities across Saskatchewan.

Since 1974, lottery sales in Saskatchewan have been used to provide more than $1.4 billion to support athletes from the grassroots level to the international stage, connect youth to artistic experiences, help residents experience the beauty of the parks that cover the province and much more.
Cheer Story: Redvers Winterfest: A Resounding Success In Community Celebration
There is a growing movement of communities seeking to improve and welcome winter opportunities, and the Town of Redvers is one of them! Winterfest is an annual winter festival held in the town of Redvers. The first event was in the winter of 2017, in 2023, Winterfest was hosted on December 9th. The day included a number of engaging outdoor activities, and festive programming was provided to bring joy and warmth to the community.
Sport Spotlight
Join Team South East Mission Staff!
We are currently recruiting volunteers to join our Mission Staff for Team South East. This is a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to be a part of a provincial multi-sport event. Mission Staff receive a walk-out uniform and get to be a part of the opening and closing ceremonies. All volunteers participate in an orientation and also attend our Team South East Pep Rally in Weyburn. All expenses are covered by the District (mileage, meals, accommodations).

Check out our Mission Moments video featuring our Mission Staff from the 2023 Saskatchewan Winter Games!
Coach at the 2024 Saskatchewan Summer Games!
If you are interested in being a coach or manager at the 2024 Saskatchewan Summer Games, please contact the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) responsible for your sport of interest. Each PSO is responsible for naming the coaches for each District team. For more information on the level of certification required to coach, review the technical package for your sport available here.

Current Opportunities:

Additional Coach and Manager applications for each sport will be linked on the Saskatchewan Games Coaches and Managers page as they become available!
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Art Alerts
Saskatchewan Arts Awards change into Arts of Celebration
Starting this year, SK Arts is moving on from the Saskatchewan Arts Awards, based on community feedback. In its place is Arts of Celebration, a new event dedicated to acknowledging the vibrancy and richness of the province's arts community and how its contributions improve quality of life. This year's theme is EXPERIENCES, and SK Arts is now receiving recommendations for artists and organizations.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Recreation Report
HIGH FIVE PHCD Train-the-Trainer coming April 2024!
Save the date! The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association will be hosting a HIGH FIVE® PHCD Trainer training on April 10th and 13th, 2024 in Saskatoon.

If you or anyone within your network is interested in attending, please review the ‘Becoming a HIGH FIVE Trainer’ resource which includes details on prerequisites and how to apply.

Having someone trained to facilitate within your organization or community is a great way to build capacity and reduce some training expenses if you plan to continue offering PHCD. SPRA is offering the Trainer training at a subsidized rate of $275, which includes hard-copy Trainer resources mailed to you in advance of the start date.

Questions? Please contact Kelsey Michaluk, or (306)780-9219.
Did you know that you can get High School Credit by becoming a Lifeguard?
Under the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education Dual Credit Initiative Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard is recognised for credit towards Grade 12. This program recognises the 100+ hours of education and training for Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard starting at Bronze Medallion. This recognises the work and dedication of those who strive to step onto the deck to protect the lives of others and the beginning of their aquatics career.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Volunteer Resource Hub
Word-of-Mouth Recruitment: How to Leverage Volunteers to Promote Your Program
Successful volunteer recruitment incorporates diverse outreach tactics. And your volunteers are some of the most enthusiastic champions of your cause. You can leverage your volunteers’ loyalty by encouraging them to help you recruit new supporters.

It’s called word-of-mouth recruitment, and when executed thoughtfully, the strategy really works.
South East District Resources
For more resources, visit our retooled 'Resource' section on our website.
Inclusion Insights
Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month
February 2024 has been declared Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month by the Government of Saskatchewan.

For Indigenous people, storytelling is both a gift, and a very old custom, used to teach, entertain, and remember. Since 2004, the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples (LSSAP) committee has coordinated Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month. Through the month of February, storytelling events are held by libraries and their partners in communities throughout Saskatchewan.

This year, several guests for in-person programming are in southeast library branches and local schools. Click the link below for a list of dates and locations for each guest.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Physical Activity and Play
Inclusive Outdoor Play: Let's Talk Outdoors Podcast
Join Leah, Justine, and Maeghan James as they delve into the topic of Inclusive Outdoor Play. Maeghan shares insights on how educators can craft inclusive and high-quality outdoor experiences for every child, addressing prevalent barriers to inclusive outdoor play. She emphasizes the importance of collaborating with a child's family or caregivers to facilitate enriching outdoor experiences. Additionally, Maeghan encourages educators to cultivate new, inclusive habits, integrating inclusive play into the classroom environment.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Grants & Funding 
Sask Lotteries Community Grant Program
The Sask Lotteries Community Grant Program assists non-profit, volunteer-led, community organizations. These organizations develop impactful and innovative sport, culture and recreation programs that meet the needs of the local community. Municipalities and bands apply for this grant and have their own process of distributing these funds to local groups. Please contact your municipality or band to learn how your group can apply for funds.

Every year, these community grants help fund diverse programs and activities, such as:
  • Youth beading programs
  • Taekwondo clubs
  • Music camps
  • Hockey tournaments
  • Air Cadets
  • Senior fitness classes
  • Curling
  • Swimming clubs
  • Paint nights
  • And more!

The program is a partnership involving the Government of Saskatchewan, Sask Sport, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.

Attention: Municipalities and Bands: The deadline to apply for the SLCGP is February 28, 2024.
Apply by February 14, 2024

Apply by February 14, 2024

Apply by February 14, 2024

Apply by February 15, 2024

Apply by February 16, 2024

Apply by February 27, 2024
👉Can’t find the grant you need? Check out the SPRA Grant Guide to research more funding opportunities or reach out to our staff by email at for assistance in your grant search!
Please note deadlines may change. For up to date information, seek the funder for the correct dates.
Local Stories/Spotlight
Saskatchewan Lotteries - Everyone Wins!
Sask Lotteries funds over 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups across Saskatchewan. Every time you purchase a lottery ticket in Saskatchewan, a portion of that revenue supports a wealth of organizations in our communities. Subscriptions allow lottery players to play draw-based games – including LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49, WESTERN MAX, WESTERN 649, DAILY GRAND and EXTRA – for up to a year in advance. Subscriptions can be purchased by phone, by mail, or on the Sask Lotteries website.
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