Culture & Events — 13 December 2017
Be Prepared: Dryden Museum welcomes exhibit on history of Scouts and Guides

Photos by Michael Christianson


By Michael Christianson

For more than 100 years, Scouts Canada has brought a world of adventure, outdoor experience, friendship and fun to 17 million Canadian youth. Now all that fun and adventure can be experienced by everyone at the Dryden and District Museum

The ‘Be Prepared: Scouts and Guides’ exhibit opened last week and the displays are full of local history as well as the overarching history of the organizations.

“For Scouts and Guides and those movements it sort of has a worldwide phenomenon and it’s important to show that it also touched here locally. Scouts started in 1910 in Canada and we have the ledger from the 1915 first troop here so Dryden hopped on that bandwagon right away,” said Cultural and Tourism Coordinator Bethany Waite.

With over 100 years of local history on the subject the display features local names and pieces that you may even remember from your own days as a Scout or Guide.

“We talk about the start of Scouts and the start of Guides,” said Waite. “And then we also have artifacts from our collection, which were donated by local residence who participated in the different branches, whether it was Wolf Cubs or Scouts or also Canadian Girls In Training which was through the United Church. We also had loans from local residences as well, Pat Norman who was a Girl Guides Commissioner in Dryden she is loaning us her uniform and some other mementos that she has kept throughout the years.”

Other local pieces include Will Vermeer’s Wolf Cub Sweater from the 1950s and much more to be discovered, including the original Girl Guide’s cookie recipe.

Artifacts and archival material from Dryden and area packs will be on display until Feb. 22.

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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