Brownies and Cubs

Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell was a famous soldier who fought in the Second Anglo-Boer War in South Africa (1899–1902). During the Siege of Mafeking, when the town and British soldiers were besieged by Boer soldiers, Baden-Powell noticed how young boys made themselves useful by carrying messages for the soldiers. When he came home, he decided to put his Scouting ideas into practice to see if they would work for young boys, and took 21 boys camping on Brownsea Island, near Poole in Dorset. The camp was a success, and Baden-Powell wrote the book Scouting for Boys, which covered tracking, signalling, cooking, etc. Soon boys began to organise themselves into Patrols and Troops and called themselves "Boy Scouts". Girls bought the book as well and formed themselves into Patrols of Girl Scouts.

Princess Mary 1922

In 1909 there was a Boy Scout Rally at Crystal Palace in London. In those days, for girls to camp and hike was not common, as this excerpt from the Scout newspaper shows: "If a girl is not allowed to run, or even hurry, to swim, ride a bike, or raise her arms above her head, how can she become a Scout?" Among the thousands of Boy Scouts at the rally was a group of girls from Pinkneys Green. They asked Baden-Powell to let girls be Scouts, and he decided to take action.

The Corps of Guides was a regiment of the Indian Army that served on the northwest frontier of India. Baden-Powell persuaded the girl scouts that "Guides" was a very special name of which they could be proud, so in 1910 the Girl Guides began. The first Guide Company was 1st Pinkneys Green Guides (Miss Baden-Powell's Own), who still exist in Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire.  (Wikipedia)

By 1910,  the movement had spread to almost all Canadian provinces,  but we don't have any information as to when scout troops and guide companies formed in Marmora.

The Boy Scout Association of Deloro was organized in January of 1927,  by Messrs S.B. Wright,  F.A. Bapty,  R.A. Elliott,  W.R. Reynolds,  R. Hunter,  F. Paquet,  F. Craig,  M.J. Tamplin,  W. Simmons,  H. Loveless,  W. Kerr jr.,  H.J. Berry and S.B. Cheeseman.  Cheeseman was the Scoutmaster.

The  Deloro 1st Troop held their first summer camp at Crowe Lake on Aug. 6-15 in 1927.


Catherine Frost,  Girl Guide Leader

Pearl McCaw Frankowrote to say:  "She was my Guide Leader and she was fair but strict. How l struggled to learn the semaphore flag alphabet. I just could not see how being a girl guide necessitated it. I also admired her on Sundays playing the organ and singing. A real lady."


1989 Withleaders Donna Landry (moorman) and betty brown

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1960 Queen Scouts, Wayne VanVolkenburg,Mike Auger,Jim Bedore,Brian Goodchild,Tony Galloway

Scout leaders John (Jack) Coulthard and Ernie Harvey.

Submitted by Wayne Vanvolkenburg

Feb 23, 1972




Nov. 29, 1989


A scout march in STirling - June 1965 Doris VanVolkenburg in the lead, Audrey Nichol on the left half-way back. At the back of that group is Jackie Donaldson. In front of her? Other possible leaders back then were Ina March and Lucille Bedore and Della Wilson. Some older Marmora residents might recognize some of the kids.

The Wayne Van Volkenburg Scout Collection