II-212309 | Westmount Boy Scouts group, Montreal, QC, 1916

Westmount Boy Scouts group, Montreal, QC, 1916
Wm. Notman & Son
1916, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

The Boy Scouts movement was founded during a time when reformers were advocating more structure in children's lives, especially during play. The Boy Scouts aimed to provide boys with a sense of belonging and identity based on Christian values. Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) founded the movement in England in 1908. Less than two years later, Scouting arrived in North America. In Canada, the first Boy Scout troupes were formed in 1910.

The Boy Scouts aimed to help young city boys of all backgrounds experience nature and the outdoors and to become more physically active. Another feature of Scouting was its emphasis on masculinity, one reason only boys could belong.

  • What

    Scouting was traditionally an educational movement, affiliated with religious groups, that offered youths leisure and outdoor activities.

  • Where

    Scouting has long been distinguished from other youth movements by its emphasis on the outdoors and nature, appreciated as sources of inspiration and self-renewal.

  • When

    Scouting came to Canada in 1910, during a time when Canada's population was changing rapidly as a result of the arrival of many thousands of immigrants.

  • Who

    A professional soldier, Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout movement, left the British Army in 1910 to devote himself entirely to Scouting. The Westmount Boy Scout troupe was formed that same year.