Scouts Canada National Museum
Tourism Region: National Capital
The Scouts Canada National Museum (Musée National Scouts Canada) is a private museum that is located in the National Headquarters for Scouts Canada and exhibits an impressive array of photos, uniforms, badges, scouting books, memorabilia, and miscellaneous artifacts that chronicle Canadian Scouting since the inception of the organization in 1907. The exhibits highlight major Scouting events, camps, and both National and World Scouting Jamborees. Over 18 million Canadian youths have participated in Scouting, and there are currently over 100,000 co-ed members registered in Canada, and over 29 million registered worldwide.
The Museum is operated by an energetic, knowledgeable group of volunteers, who are dedicated to the preservation of the proud Scouting heritage, and are pleased to share this knowledge with both the Scouting membership and the general public. The exhibits are continually being consolidated, documented, recorded in databases, photographed, annotated and safely stored. A Museum website is currently under construction that will be accessible from the home page of the national website of Scouts Canada [ www.scouts.ca ] , and which will allow viewing access of the collections by Canadian audiences from coast to coast to coast.
Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.
Donations are also welcomed on-line at:
The Scouts Canada National Museum has built a very large collection of artifacts and materials over the past ten to twenty years. Much of it is on display and more is stored safely in its archives. Examples include, Scout uniforms from the decades, badges, crests and medals from Canada and many other countries, related casual clothing, camp tools such as knives and compasses, historical Scouting documents and books, flags, sculptures, plates, cups and plaques created for special Scouting events, photos and paintings, as well as many speciality items.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 25,000
A significant part of the collections is kept in archives, due to lack of exhibit space, and is rotated from time to time in the Museum displays.
Prints and Drawings •
Films and Videos •
Costumes and Accessories
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Military History and Technology
Services & Activities
The Scouts Canada National Museum regularly receives donations of artifacts and memorabilia, some of which require research to confirm their origin or authenticity. Sometimes new information about an artifact is received long after the donation has been received that makes it possible to uncover surprising stories about its origin. Recent information, acquired purely by chance, revealed that a specific Rover badge was made by a member of a Rover Crew while in a WWII German prisoner of war camp.
The Museum often receives requests from researchers and writers for background information about Scouting in general, or about important contributions made by Canadian Scouting, or about the impact that Scouting has had on Canadian youth. Recent efforts to document Canadian Scouting’s long and prestigious relationship with the monarchy, and to create a special Jubilee display for the Museum, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, is an example.
Archival Records •
Conservation or Restoration •
Information Centre •
Slide Library •
Accessible by Public Transportation
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Other: Scouts Canada operates a “Scout Shop” within the National Headquarters building near the Scouts Canada National Museum. The Scout Shop, which is open to the public, offers a wide range of products including Scouting uniforms, badges and crests, program books, activity apparel, camping and outdoor equipment, and gifts and accessories. Online shopping is available by accessing the Scout Shop website at www.scoutshop.ca.
Other Guided Tours: Appointments for guided visits can be arranged by contacting the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at(613)224 5131, Ext. 280. Such visits are frequently made by groups of members from the five Scouting Programs, Beaver Scouts (age 5-7), Cub Scouts (age 8-10), Scouts (age 11-14), Venturer Scouts (age 14-17), and Rover Scouts (age 18-26). Appointments can also be made by groups or individuals from the general public. Bilingual tours can be arranged by request. There is no charge for such visits, but donations are welcomed.
Publications & Products
The Museum has a brochure and provides a bilingual "Self Tour Guide".
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