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Scouting in Onoway - 90 years old

 

Recently a group of 15 Scouts from Onoway, accompanied by their leaders and several parents participated in an overnight "camp" in Rexall Place in Edmonton after watching an Oil Kings hockey game.

 

This tradition of Onoway Scouts going off to camps dates back to the earliest days of scouting in Onoway. According to hand-written notes by Eddy Dales, the Scouting movement has been active in Onoway for about 90 years, with the odd lapse here and there. Camps in various formats were a constant throughout the years, throughout the seasons. Onoway Museum has keepsakes from camporees including a huge fungus upon which participants (including Wes Lafleur and Bill Turnbull) wrote their names during that hike. Pieces of birchbark peeled off trees were also deemed to be a good place for participants' autographs.

 

A very special medal was given to Scouts on the occasion of the Royal Visit in 1959. On the back is written "Secretly transfer me to your right hand pocket each day after your good turn has been done."

 

Long-time Scouts and Scout leaders have gifted to Onoway Museum uniforms and badges, many Scouting guidebooks, and programs of Scouting events. Come have a look!

 

Boy
                                        Scouts membership card
Boy
                                        Scouts 50th Anniversary 1957
Royal Visit Medal 1959

Boy Scouts membership card

Boy Scouts 50th Anniversary 1957

Royal Visit Medal 1959

"Best Troop at Camp
                                        May 1977"


"Best Troop at Camp May 1977"

Michael Kelly, Freddie Verhaar, Charlie Gartner, Daren Waddell,
Darryl Bell, Eddy Dales, Jerry Maichen.


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Last updated: March 6, 2019