Grand Manan Boy Scouts collection
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CA GMA MG76
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- Boy Scouts (Grand Manan, N.B.)
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The Grand Manan Boy Scouts started in 1935. They met once a week in the Grand Harbour Baptist Church, Grand Manan Island, with Meredith McLaughlin, who was the first scout master.
Each scout wore a uniform consisting of a hat, short pants, and long stockings as well as a handkerchief and a patch worn near the shoulder of the shirt sleeve. There were two groups, or “packs,” of scouts on the Island, the Hawk and Wolf packs, each of which had its own pack colours. Thus, one could recognize a scout’s pack affiliation from the colours of his handkerchief and shoulder patch. In addition, each scout carried a six-foot staff, the end of which was marked off in inches and the rest in feet. This was a common tool of early scouts, to be used as a walking stick or to test the depth of water before attempting to cross . A rope could be threaded through a hole in the staff for carrying bundles over the shoulder.
Frederick Ingersoll and Robert French conducted Boy Scouts in the early in 1960s, but it had to be discontinued because of rowdyism.
Newspaper articles show that Boy Scouts continued sporadically on Grand Manan until [ca. 1993].
Information about the custody of these records prior to acquisition is incomplete. The original donor for this fonds was not recorded, but we know that the more current files were collected by Glenata Hettrick, Archivist. Interview material was donated by Nat Urquhart.
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Fonds consists of newspaper clippings, a calendar, interview notes and a photocopy of "The Story of 'B.P.'" by William Hill Court.
Immediate source of acquisition
These records were accessioned into an open filing system called MG7 Social History. The MG7 file collected current events from newspapers, magazines, flyers, and any other media that recorded events happening on Grand Manan. The Grand Manan Boy Scout information has been pulled from MG7 and now has its own reference number MG76. Oral history MG114 is now part of MG76.
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