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Scouting on display

Anita Eriksen shows off a scout leader’s hat as part of a display taking place at the Port Moody Museum beginning this weekend with a special program of scouting activities. Anita is with the 40th Canadian Baden-Powell Guild (Tri-Cities) of Scouts Canada which is mounting the display, along with the Coho area scouts. - DIANE STRANDBERG/tri-city newS
Anita Eriksen shows off a scout leader’s hat as part of a display taking place at the Port Moody Museum beginning this weekend with a special program of scouting activities. Anita is with the 40th Canadian Baden-Powell Guild (Tri-Cities) of Scouts Canada which is mounting the display, along with the Coho area scouts.
— image credit: DIANE STRANDBERG/tri-city newS

Port Moody Station Museum will be welcoming scouters young and old to a museum exhibit on the history of scouting in the region — but don’t worry, it won’t be all indoors.

This weekend, the museum will be kicking off the exhibit with a demonstration of pioneering activities.

Curator Jim Millar said the activities will likely show how basic materials, such as ropes and wood, can be used to build a camp and will be available for viewing rain or shine Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25 from noon to 4 p.m.

“It will appeal to anyone who is a Cub or a Scout or who was a Cub or Scout,” said Millar, who was a Scout leader and is now a member of the 40th Canadian Baden-Powell Guild (Tri-Cities) of Scouts Canada. The guild is a group of mostly retired people and former scouters who help with Cub, Beaver and Scout camps, jamborees and other events. It is partnering with the Coho Area scouts to present Scouting: History in the Making this fall and winter at the PoMo museum.

Millar said the exhibit will showcase the scouting movement from 1907 to the present day and will feature  uniforms, badges and other memorabilia obtained from leaders and collectors. The exhibit will show how uniforms have changed over the years, and other modifications, although the basic tenets, such as the Be Prepared motto and a focus on the environment, have not changed.

Anita Eriksen, who is also a member of the guild, said the exhibit will be fun for anyone who has history with the scouting movement.

“People love to reminisce,” said Eriksen, whose own children took part in the scouting movement in both Girl Guides and Scouts, as did most of her 103 foster children. She believes strongly that the scouting movement is still important and enjoys teaching skills to young scouts and beavers as a guild volunteer.

• For more information or to arrange group tours, contact Jim Millar at 604-939-1648 or jim@portmoodymuseum.org. Port Moody Station Museum is located at 2734 Murray St., at Rocky Point Park, and is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

 

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

 

 

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