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Scouts Canada National Museum

Scouts Canada History

Robert Baden PowellScouting began in 1907 when Lt. Gen. Robert Baden-Powell took a group of youth to a camp on Brownsea Island in the United Kingdom. There is evidence that a few Scouting groups started up in Canada in 1907. The Canadian General Council of the Boy Scout Association was incorporated by an act of the Canadian Parliament on June 12, 1914. In 2007, our Centennial Year, our name was officially changed by an act of Parliament to Scouts Canada.

Today, Scouts Canada is a highly diverse organization with over 100,000 members nationwide representing every faith and culture. Scouts Canada offers programming in more than 19 languages reflecting Canada's multicultural landscape and communities.

An Invitation to Visit

An Invitation to Visit

The Scouts Canada National Museum is located in the National Headquarters for Scouts Canada, at 1345 Baseline Road, Ottawa, Ontario.  Every year, nearly 100,000 Canadian Scouts have fun and unique experiences, while developing into capable and confident future community citizens.  Come see impressive displays of photos, uniforms and memorabilia that capture more than 110 years of Canadian Scouting.  A recent museum expansion and several new displays help us celebrate Scouting’s important contribution to Canada’s Heritage.

The Scouts Canada National Museum has participated every year since 2011 in the City of Ottawa’s Doors Open event in June.  Participation in Doors Open provides an ideal opportunity to visit our National Museum, given that the Museum is not open every day of the week.  In June 2011, CBC Radio Ottawa broadcasted a Public Service Announcement (PSA) encouraging the public to visit our Museum on Doors Open weekend.  The content of that Audio message is as relevant today as it was in 2011.  Have a listen !

Public Service Announcement - Click here!

Open Hours:

Normally open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am to noon.  Calling ahead is recommended.


Arrangements for visits and tours can be made in advance for any day of the week, including evenings and weekends, by contacting the Museum.


Contact Names:

Gord Kelly, Dave Fraser or Dave Truemner

Contact Email and Telephone:  or

(613) 224-5131 , x280 or 1(888) 855-3336


Admission is free, but donations are welcomed, either at the Museum or on-line at:


Coming soon:



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Upcoming Events

Camp Opemikon, 530 Hanna Rd, Maberly, ON K0H 2B0
10/12/2018 - 12:00am - 10/14/2018 - 12:00am
Otter Lake Camp, 6605 Salmon Lake Rd, South Frontenac, ON
08/25/2018 - 12:00am - 08/26/2018 - 12:00am
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