Scouting Turns 100

Tumbler Ridge, BC ? February 8, 2007 ? Throughout 2007, Scouts Canada will be celebrating 100 years of Scouting worldwide. Tumbler Ridge Scouts will be engaged in many special events and activities throughout the year.

On August 1, 1907 Robert Baden-Powell held an experimental camp on Brownsea Island in England. Twenty-two boys from a variety of backgrounds attended this historic camp. This was the beginning of the Scout Movement and for 100 years over half a billion boys and girls representing Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers have participated in hundreds of thousands of activities. They came from virtually every country and culture forever linked in their enjoyment of Scouting activities. Through their pledge to live by the Scout Promise and Law they have helped change the world for the better.

?One hundred years is a unique milestone for Scouts Canada?s members and volunteers, both past and present. Over 17 million youth have participated in our programs during the past century. We are extremely proud that Scouting?s efforts developing Canada?s youth during this period have made a significant contribution to Canada?s heritage, values and culture. I invite everyone to join with us in celebration of this historic accomplishment.? said Glenn Armstrong, Chief Commissioner of Scouts Canada.

Today there are 28 million Scouts worldwide, in 216 countries and territories. Scouts Canada?s 78,000 boys and girls together with its 24,000 dedicated adult volunteers are excited to be a part of this global Centennial celebration.

February 18 ? 24 is Baden Powell week in which there will be a dinner for all current youth and leaders and any past leaders residing in Tumbler Ridge. It will be held at New Life Assembly on February 18. Saturday, February 24 is our annual Cub Car races which will be held at the Fireside Lounge at the Community Centre at 1:00 p.m. Come and watch the Beaver Buggies and Cub Car races and celebrate with us the birthday of Lord Baden Powell. There will be various activities in Tumbler Ridge yet to be announced which will celebrate 100 years of Scouting.