3rd Winnipeg Scout Group

Putting the Out in Scouting ... Since 1909

Group History

Lord Baden-Powell started the Scouting movement in 1907, the 3rd Winnipeg (3rd Wpg) Scout Group was started in 1909 by Lt Col John Hesgath (Spelling?) a friend of Lord Baden-Powell.  Giving 3rd Wpg the auspicious honour of being the oldest continuously active Scout Group in Winnipeg and one of the oldest in Canada.

Housed in a number of different venues over the years, 3rd Wpg now calls St Mary Magdalene Church home.  We are not sure of the original meeting place but we know of several different meeting places over the years. For a time meetings were held in a leader's home, at Victor Mager School, the "Old Scout Hall" and most recently, at St Mary Magdalene (St Mary Mag) Church at #3 St Vital Road.  

The most notable site was the "Old Scout Hall" a make shift Hall that sat on the property immediately north of the St Mary Mag parking lot, amidst the small Oak Savannah which survives to this day.   The Hall consisted of 2 boxcars bolted together, with the central walls removed to make one big room.  The boxcars had been donated by Mr. Clayton of Clayton Drive, in St Vital, fame.  When the City insisted that the Hall be removed, the Group was taken in by St Mary Mag.   The Church erected a stone cairn in memory of the old hall and the lane adjacent the church has been named Scouters Lane in its memory.

We are a non-denominational group and welcome members of all races and religious beliefs. 

We believe, as our Motto states, in "Putting the OUT in Scouting".  In recent years the group has participated in activities such as SCUBA diving, rock climbing, wall climbing, camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, biking, sleigh rides, archery, hunter safety, and community service activities to name just a few.  

3rd Wpg has the distinction of being the founders of the Klondike Derby in Winnipeg, an activity which continues to challenge hundreds Cub Scouts, Scouts and Pathfinders with tests of their winter scouting skills/knowledge every year.

The Beaver Scout  Program was started by (the late) Allen Jones of the 3rd Winnipeg Group in 1972. Beavers became a National program in November 1974 and eventually became a worldwide program.  Allen Jones emphasized the qualities of Sharing, Loving and Acceptance in the Beavers.  For his volunteer work he was made an Honourary Citizen of the City of Winnipeg.   The 3rd Wpg Beaver Scouts celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2012.

In 2007, Scouts Canada celebrated 100 years of scouting with a week of activities at Canadian Jamboree '07 in Tamaracouta Scout Camp, Mille Isle, Quebec and 3rd Wpg was there for the celebrations.  Our two week trip started with a 32 hour bus trip, with our new found, and lifelong, friends from 5 other Winnipeg groups, to this once in a lifetime event.  We lived, played and celebrated for a week with 8000 youth from across Canada and around the world.  On the way home we spent a day on the Ottawa River, White Water Rafting down Class 3 and 4 Rapids, followed by a day at Canada's Wonderland in Toronto.  A trip the youth (and leaders) will relish for a lifetime.

2009 brought in our One Hundredth year of service to Scouting and community youth which was celebrated by Current and Alumni members alike sharing good food and memories at a Group Dinner held at St Mary Magdalene Church.  Lifetime Honorary member Nancy Allen (MLA - St Vital) along with Scouts Canada Manitoba Council executive and friends were on hand to help us mark this monumental event.

July 2011 members of our Venture group were part of the first Scouts Canada Mexico Challenge, a group of 4 Winnipeg Scout Groups that traveled to Mexico to build 4 homes for homeless families, setting the stage for a new National program for Ventures and Rovers to aspire to complete (See Spring 2012 Scouting Life Cover Page and Article Pages 8-10).   Further demonstrating community service, while providing our young adults an opportunity to see life beyond our borders and to become better World citizens.

What the Future Holds

The future is bright, as the group continues to attract new youth and leadership.  

The key to our continued survival/success as an organization is our Volunteers.

Be a Volunteer!

Become a Scouter (Advisor)

Share the adventure of a lifetime with your kids...

Make memories you'll keep forever.

§  Enjoy the outdoors

§  Learn new skills 

§  Make new friends

§  Be part of a team

§  Spend quality time with your children


It's easy...

We'll help you every step of the way.  You'll receive a personal interview, provide us with personal references, and apply for a Police Records Check.  You'll participate in orientation to learn all the basics to help you provide great programs for youth.

Once you become a leader, you're provided with further training and plenty of tools and support to help you on your way.  You can attend courses and workshops, you'll receive  Scouting Life magazine every month, and you can find lots of resources on the Scouts Canada web site.


It's interesting...

There is no limit to what you can learn!  Outdoor camping techniques, crafts, games, and leadership training are only a few of the valuable skills you'll gain as a leader.  

It's fun...

You'll meet other parents and be part of a world wide organization and team committed to providing safe, fun and interesting activities for kids. 
We need people just like you!

We need dedicated adults to help offer adventure and education for young people. If you can commit 12 - 14 hours per month, you can make a difference in the lives of many children, and help shape a better world for tomorrow.

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