29th Nepean

Scout Group, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Scouting History

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Scouting in Canada


Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell

Scouting began in 1907 when Lt.-Gen. Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, later Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell, took a group of boys to a camp on Brownsea Island. The Boy Scouts Association throughout the British Commonwealth was incorporated by Royal Charter granted by His Majesty King George V in 1912 for the purpose of instructing boys of all classes in the principles of discipline, loyalty and good citizenship. Scouting came to Canada in the spring of 1908, just months after the book, “Scouting for Boys”, was published in England. The Canadian General Council of the Boy Scout Association was incorporated by an Act of the Canadian Parliament on June 12, 1914. The Canadian General Council was a branch of the Boy Scout Association until October 30, 1946, when it became an independent member of the Boy Scout World Conference. A subsequent amendment changed the name to Boy Scouts of Canada. In 1976 the Scouts Canada logo was introduced. Scouting in Canada has become commonly referred to as SCOUTS CANADA. In 1990 it was decided to use the name Scouts Canada in all instances other than in relation to legal matters where Boy Scouts of Canada is to be used along with the official seal, when required.

B.-P. wrote to Earl Grey in 1910 to ask him to organize Scouting in Canada. Since that time, every Governor General has been either the Chief Scout for Canada (prior to 1946) or Chief Scout of Canada (after 1946).

Today, more than 28 million youth and adults, boys and girls, take part in Scouting programs in 155 countries and territories worldwide.

The 29th Nepean Scout Group has been serving families of the Longfields/Davidson Heights area in Barrhaven, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for approximately 10 years. Our programs are enjoyed by girls and boys in Beavers (5 to 7), Cubs (8 to 10), Scouts (11 to 14) and Venturers (15 to 17). We are also affiliated with the Nepean Rover Crew which includes young adults from 18 to 26 years old. Our programs are made up of a number of interrelated elements with the goal of encouraging youth through a system of progressive self-educating practices and activities. The outdoors is an essential part of the program. Events, hikes, camping and seasonal sports opportunities round out the experience. Developing an active, healthy lifestyle is the prime goal.

Scouts Canada Affiliations

B.-P. Guilds in Canada: B.-P. Guilds are groups of persons who wish to retain a link with, and lend support to, Scouts Canada. B.-P. Guilds in Canada shall register with the Canadian Council of B.-P. Guilds after approval by the appropriate council. The Canada Council of B.-P. Guilds is an organization established by Scouts Canada for the following purposes:

  • To give national recognition to B.-P. Guilds in Canada.
  • To exchange information with, and among, B.-P. Guilds.
  • To maintain membership in the International Fellowship of Former Scouts and Guides.

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army Scout Association since 1937.

L’Association des Scouts du Canada: L’Association des Scouts du Canada has been affiliated with Scouts Canada since 1967.

Protection of Marks, etc.: the law provides protection for the names, titles, emblems, badges, etc. used by the Corporation. Any person making unauthorized use of them is liable to prosecution.