Oakville Museum celebrates 100 years of Scouting with new exhibition

Friday, February 11, 2011 – for immediate release

Oakville Museum celebrates 100 years of Scouting with new exhibition

Over the past 100 years, thousands of Oakville youth have found adventure through scouting. The Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate is celebrating this anniversary with its new exhibition, Scouts’ Honour: 100 Years of Adventure in Oakville, which launches at a free family event on Saturday, February 19, 2011, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event includes camp-inspired snacks, “dogsled” races, Cub car racing, outdoor camping demonstrations and campfire stories.

“Oakville Scouts have played a significant role in our town’s history,” said long-time supporter of Oakville Scouts, Mayor Rob Burton. “This exhibition highlights a special piece of Oakville’s heritage and I encourage all residents to visit the Oakville Museum to learn more.”

The exhibition features a 1920s camp menu with cooking instructions, historic uniforms, badges, manuals, flags and a genuine wolf’s head totem used by the Second Oakville Troop. Visitors can also listen to campfire stories and watch a video interview with Roy Kelley, a Scout in Oakville in the 1920s. The exhibition runs from February 19, 2011 to March 1, 2012 at the Oakville Museum. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

“Since Frank H. Chisholm’s single troop in 1911, Oakville Scouts have maintained a strong and meaningful presence in the community,” said Carolyn Cross, curator of collections at the Oakville Museum. “This exhibition has lots of hands-on activities such as knot tying, animal tracking, guessing the age of a tree and a survival game. It should be lots of fun for the whole family.”

Located in downtown Oakville at 8 Navy Street, the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate was originally the home of the town’s founding family. The beautiful heritage building and grounds offer stunning views of Lake Ontario and the harbour. The museum tells Oakville’s stories through tours, changing exhibitions, special events and programs.

For more information on Scouts’ Honour: 100 Years of Adventure in Oakville or the Oakville Museum, please contact Carolyn Cross at 905-845-6601, ext. 5020 or ccross@oakville.ca. Visit the Oakville Museum page to learn more about current exhibitions, collections, programs and events.

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Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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Oakville Museum celebrates 100 years of Scouting with new exhibition