First Scout Troop in North America
Posted by: stagunner
N 46° 08.327 W 059° 52.255
21T E 278258 N 5113474
Quick Description: 1st Scout Troop in North America
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Posted: 1/28/2008 9:50:24 AM
Waymark Code: WM3260
1st Scout Troop in North America
Port Morien, Nova Scotia is home to the 1st Scout Troop in North America in 1908.
Port Morien is a small fishing and coal mining village on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. In addition to being home to the 1st first boy scout troop, it is also the location of North America’s first coal mine.
In 1908, just one year after Lord Baden Powell began England’s Scouting Movement , William Glover, a coal company official, organized a troop of 10 young boys at Port Morien. Original members were, Alex MacDonalad, Dave McArrel, Charlie MacLeod, Bobby Orr, James Meigher, George McArell, and Scoutmaster William Glover. The last surviving member was James Meigher who passed away in 1991.
In 1983 the Glace Bay District Scouting Council constructed and dedicated a monument marking the troop's 75th anniversary of their founding. The monument is significantly located across the road from another monument to mark the founding of the first coal mine in North America.
We as Nova Scotian's and in particular Cape Bretoner's can be proud of the place Port Morien holds in the history of scouting in North America.
FIRST - Classification Variable: Person or Group
Date of FIRST: 01/01/1908
More Information - Web URL: Not listed
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