Celebrate Scouting

February 14, 2007

Source: Esquimalt News


Canada’s legions of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders are getting ready to join 25 million other young people around the world in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Scouting movement.

This year’s official Scout-Guide Week runs Feb. 18-24. It not only marks the organization’s centennial, but also commemorates the joint birthday of founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell and his wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell (the group’s World Chief Guide).

There are about 1,500 Scouts and Guides in the Capital Region, of a total of some 3,000 on the whole of Vancouver Island. Scouting programs are active in 216 countries and territories, and boast a membership of approximately 28 million girls and boys.

Centennial events will take place throughout the country in the coming months and local troops have several activities planned as well. They include an “interfaith celebration of Scouting’s diversity” at Victoria’s Christ Church Cathedral, starting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22.