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The Government of Canada Pays Tribute to the Scouting Movement in Canada
Government recognizes the founding of the movement as a National Historic Event.
OTTAWA, Ontario – September 23, 2011 – Scouts Canada celebrated a prestigious moment in the history of Scouting in Canada in Niagara-on-the-Lake this past weekend. In a special ceremony held at Fort George National Historic Site of Canada the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada unveiled a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada commemorative plaque deeming the founding of the Scouting Movement in Canada a National Historic Event.
“We are so proud to be part of this vibrant Movement, and to have it recognized in this way is truly an honour,” says Steve Kent, Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors for Scouts Canada. “This designation demonstrates that Scouting continues to be a significant force in helping to shape the leaders of our country.”
Since 1908, the Scouting Movement has been among the largest and most influential youth movements in Canada. After Scouts Canada joined the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1946, Canada was awarded the honour of holding a World Jamboree in 1955, the first such gathering outside Europe. Held on a military camp beside Fort George National Historic Site, this gathering of over 11,000 youths was the largest ever to occur in Canada at the time.
“The Scouting Movement has a long history of engaging Canada’s youth,” said Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. “The movement helps young Canadians to become effective leaders, teaching them vital team-building and survival skills that give them the tools to be confident, self-reliant and responsible citizens.”
About Scouts Canada
Scouts Canada, the country’s leading youth organization, has more than 100,000 members nationwide representing every faith and culture. Scouts Canada groups offer programming in more than 19 languages reflecting Canada’s multicultural landscape and communities.
The Scouts Canada Action Plan for Canadian Scouting is the organization’s roadmap to enhance its public visibility as a relevant, dynamic youth organization of the 21st century. Its major elements include making learning and programming resources more accessible to new and current volunteers, enhancing Scouts Canada’s image, enhancing its organizational capacity, and achieving meaningful youth involvement. With these strategies for success, Scouts Canada is making itself known as the premiere youth serving organization in Canada and has grown in size each year since adopting the Action Plan in 2009. Scouts Canada’s national office is located in Ottawa. Scouts Canada is a not-for-profit organization (Charitable Registration No. 10776 1694 RR0028) and a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
Danielle McNeil Taylor
Director, Public Affairs, Scouts Canada