The 35th-37th Scouting Group at St. John the Baptist Norway Anglican Church is celebrating a milestone birthday. One hundred years ago the first troop was formed at the Church and the group has had a continuous charter ever since.
The Boy Scouts started in Toronto in 1908. A year later a group formed in the Beach, and in 1912 a troop formed at St. John’s Norway. The original group was led by Scout Masters Henry Meakin and George Adams. The troop was granted the number 35, but over the years, as the numbers of enrolled scouts grew, a second group was formed. This second group received the number 37.
The group has been a popular one over the years. In the 1930s, there were over 60 boys in both the 35th and 37th Cub and Scout packs, and 12 Rovers in the 35th Crew.
In 1974 the Beavers were created as a new group for youth. Today there are 25 Beavers, 20 Cubs, 10 Scouts and seven Venturers. Many of the former Cubs and Scouts have come back to be leaders.
To mark this monumental occasion, the group is holding a Fun Fair on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Church, located at the corner of Kingston Road and Woodbine Avenue.
The festivities include games, draws, and a tea room, and of course an opportunity to reminisce with old friends.