Each year, Scouts eagerly prepare for one of their most beloved events - Apple Day. The event provides our Scouting youth with an opportunity to show their appreciation to the general public for their support throughout the year. In Toronto, the 6th Meadowvale Scout group, also known as Toronto Buddha's Light Scout, has faithfully continued this tradition since their formation in 1997.
The day begins with our dedicated Scouts and Venturers gathering at the temple, arriving well ahead of their regular meeting time. Their purpose? To tenderly clean and polish a rich harvest of apples, freshly acquired from a nearby farm. Basket after basket is quickly filled with these delectable fruits. Cubs and Beavers join in, preparing for a special offering in the Main Shrine. It was brimming with devotees participating in the Great Compassion Repentance Service.
Guided by the gentle wisdom of the Abbess, Venerable Chueh Fan, our youthful member sproceed with grace and reverence. They humbly present their apples to the Buddha, a gesture filled with devotion and humility.
But their journey doesn't conclude there. Returning to the dining hall, they generously share the apples with fellow devotees. In the blink of an eye, more than 200 apples find new homes, a testament to the community's open-heartedness.
Youth members eagerly donned their Halloween costumes, enjoyed a cheese pizza lunch and continued with the Halloween party activities such as costume contest, and treasure hunt and at the end, all received a loot bag filled with candies and other goodies to take home.
We invite you to join us next year! The Apple Day event is a heartwarming tribute to the teachings of the Venerable Master, emphasizing the spirit of "Giving" and the boundless unity and generosity that define our community."