Jeff Green | Jul 19, 2007
Feature Article - July 19, 2007
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Scouting movement celebrates 100 years
HARROWSMITH - On August 1, 2007 at 8 a.m.,local Scouting will be joining world wide activities to recognize 100 years of the Scouting Movement. The ceremony will be held at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith, and is open to all current and former members of Scouting.
These “Sunrise Ceremonies” are being held at 8 a.m. in every time zone around the world in conjunction with a ceremony being held on Brownsea Island in England where Robert Baden-Powell held an experimental camp on August 1, 1907. Twenty-two boys from a variety of backgrounds attended this historic camp. This was the beginning of the Scout Movement and for 100 years over half a billion boys and girls representing Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers have participated in hundreds of thousands of activities. They came from virtually every country and culture, forever linked in their enjoyment of Scouting activities. Through their pledge to live by the Scout Promise and Law they have helped change the world for the better.
“One hundred years is a unique milestone for Scouts Canada’s members and volunteers, both past and present. Over 17 million youth have participated in our programs during the past century. We are extremely proud that Scouting’s efforts in developing Canada’s youth during this period have made a significant contribution to Canada’s heritage, values and culture.I invite everyone to join with us in celebration of this historic accomplishment,” said Glenn Armstrong, Chief Commissioner of Scouts Canada.
Today there are 28 million Scouts worldwide, in 216 countries and territories. Scouts Canada’s 78,000 boys and girls, together with its 24,000 dedicated adult volunteers, are excited to be a part of this global Centennial celebration.
To further celebrate the local history of Scouting in South Frontenac and the surrounding region, there will be historical displays and information over a three day period in the old Sydenham town hall or currently the Township of South Frontenac Council Chambers. The doors will be open to everyone on Tuesday, July 31 from 1 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Former members of Scouting are welcome to bring in memorabilia, equipment, and records that belonged to formerScouting groups so it can have a new Scouting home for today’s youth and leaders.