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Brownsea Island – the beginning of Scouts
Scouting began in 1907 when Lt. Gen. Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, affectionately referred to in the Scouting movement as “B.P.”, took a group of youth to a camp on Brownsea Island. The Movement was incorporated as “The Boy Scout Association” throughout the Commonwealth by Royal Charter granted by King George V in 1912.
Scouting Comes to Canada
Scouting came to Canada in the spring of 1908 – just months after the book, Scouting for Boys, was published in England. 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).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 and since then Scouting in Canada has become commonly referred to as Scouts Canada.
Today Scouts Canada is the country’s leading youth organization, offering seven challenging programs for ages 5 to 26 in over 3,000 groups in most cities and towns across Canada. Scouting is not just for boys. Scouting has officially been co-ed since 1998 and unofficially since the ’70s. Over 74,000 boys, girls, young men and women enjoy Scouts Canada’s programs, which are provided by 23,000 caring and dedicated volunteers. And Scouting is growing!
Mission of Scouting
The Scouts Canada’s MISSION applies to all of our levels:
To contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.
For more o this see Scouts Canada’s page on our mission.