The 1st Elmira Scout Group is made up of 5 sections: 1 Beaver Colonies, 1 Cub Pack, 1 Scout Troop, 1 Venturer Company and 1 Rover Crew. The Scouters (leaders) in each section are supported by a group committee. The committee is responsible for ensuring the programs offered meet Scouts Canada’s guidelines and that each section has enough resources to operate effectively. The 1st Elmira Group Committee meets the second Thursday of every month at the Scout Shed. New volunteers are always welcome.
2012 – 100th Anniversary of Scouting in Elmira
In 1912 as Scouting spread across the free World, Archie Norris envisioned the merit of the Scouting program for Elmira Youth. Fourteen local youth also saw the value of Scouting by forming the first Scout Troop under the leadership of Scouter Norris. The outstanding jaunt this first Troop made was a 10-day camp at the confluence of the Grand and Conestoga Rivers. The first clubhouse was above Philip Christman’s blacksmith shop and later was moved to above Herb Ainsworth’s store.
Following the end of the First World War, local youth requested Bert Norman become the Scoutmaster of the re-organized Troop. The Troop was now located in the Armory, currently the rear section of the Township Offices. A two week adventure in Port Elgin highlighted the activities of this Troop.
Clayton Allgeier formed the first Cub Pack in 1935. Under the Leadership of John Bittorf Rovers began in 1964, Venturers under the leadership of Gord Cale began in 1968 and Beavers were added in 1975.
Today, thanks to the generous support of the community, the 1st Elmira Scout Group services the needs of its nearly 100 youth, leaders and group supporters from Elmira, St Jacobs, Connestogo, West Montrose, Floradale, and surrounding areas with a craft, storage and meeting facility and a clubhouse.
Scouts of all ages are active in the community from Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts, participating in Yellow Fish Environmental campaign, Township cleanups, planting trees and cattails, and helping at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival (marking the booths, hauling garbage and hauling pancake batter). Venturer Scouts also help maintain Kilarney Provincial Park.