Scouting 100th Anniversary Celebrations in Vancouver

1 08 2007

We all gathered down at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park early on a Wednesday morning.  Many of us giving up a day’s work, others coming off night shifts, not sure about this bright thing they call the daylight đŸ™‚  It started slowly with a few people coming in and milling about, but by 0745 when we started the ceremony there were about 700 of us of all ages from the youngest beavers to the oldest leaders and Guild members.  The ceremony was short and sweet.  We all renewed our Scout Promise at 0800 and we sang O Canada as well as “The Scouting Spirit”.  There were snacks and refreshments and a proclamation of the day by the mayor of the city – his worship, Sam Sullivan.  It was a great warm sunny day!

0800 was chosen as the time as it was the time at which Scouts all around the world would be performing the same ceremony in their timezone.  We were gather globally in a virtual timezone! 

It was 100 years ago today on August 1, 1907 that Baden Powell took 20 boys to Brownsea Island in England to begin the very first Scout camp.   And here we are 100 years later still strong and still bringing adventure and excitement into kids’ lives!!  Well done BP!

The group photo of the morning participants:

(MUCH larger here)

Some of my cubs with the Mayor of Vancouver, his worship, Sam Sullivan:

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9 08 2007
samtsai

Which camera did you use to take that group shot?

9 08 2007
dragonspeed

That was a 5 photo stitched panorama taken with the Canon Digital Rebel and photomerged in Photoshop CS3

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