Scouting in Canada

The Scouting history in Canada is believed to have started at around 1908 after the experimental camp by Baden Powell at Brownsea Island. That camp took place in July of 1907. By 1911, the scout organization had published rules and policy and in the same year Canadian Scouts have attended the coronation of King George V. 170px-Kinggeorgev1923B-P was awarded the King George V Coronation Medal kgv-coronation-medalfor his part in the Coronation on June 22, 1911.

The “Boy Scouts of Canada” was incorporated by an act of Parliament in 1914. The Wolf Cub program also began in this year with the first “experimental” pack in Goderich Ontario. In 1916 the first “Wolf Cub Handbook” was official launch in Canada. In 1917 the sea and Rover Scout Programs were introduced. In 1922 the first official Woodbadge training in Canada took place on Ottawa with 20 leaders attending the course. Canada Scouts participated in the 3rd World Jamboree at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead, England, 1929. Canada scouts

The first “Apple Day” fund raising was augmented in 1932. Apple Day is still carried out every fall by Scouts and is one of the organizations major public relations and fund raising events. Baden-Powell made his last visit to Canada in 1935. In 1936, The Blue Springs Scout Reserve (near Acton Ontario)was purchased. Blue Springs still operates today and also serves as historical record keeper for Canadian Scouting. The first Canadian Jamboree, or CJ, was held at Connaught Ranges outside Ottawa in 1949.

In 1955 Canada hosted the 8th World Jamboree in Niagara-On-The-Lake. wj55cThis was the largest Jamboree up until that time and was attended by 10,000 Scouts from all over the world.

The movement continued to grow with several more Canadian and World events. In 1967, the Venturer program was introduced followed in 1974 by the Beaver Program (a Canadian invention). Trees for Canada “Scout Trees” was also introduced in 1974. 1982 marked the 75th anniversary of Scouting in Canada.

Canada again played host to the world at the 15th World Jamboree ELT200805210330130828143[1]held in Alberta in 1983. 1,345 UK Scouts were amongst a total attendance of over 15,000 Scouts from nearly 100 countries. ‘The Spirit Lives On’ was certainly in evidence in the great amount of international goodwill pervading the Jamboree and in the warm hospitality of the Canadians.

Scouting has continued to grow in Canada. there are approximately 212,000 Canadian Scouts in 4500 individual groups. Approximately 90,000 are here in Ontario.

Scouts Canada is the 10th largest member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Indonesia is the largest member with approximately 9.6 million Scouts. The United States has approximately 6.25 million members. The United Kingdom has approximately 540,000. The other six countries with membership greater than Canada are: Bangladesh (1.32M), India (1.96M), The Republic of Korea (247,000), Pakistan (508,000), The Phillipines (3.49M), and Thailand (1.24M). Canada joined the World organization in 1949. Nowadays, this organization boasted 28.2 million members worldwide.