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Scout-Guide Week in Orillia marked with flag raising

Flag raising ceremony was held outside Opera House; 'Scouts lets me have fun with my friends while learning new things and spending time outdoors,' says teen

On Feb. 24, 2020, youth from Orillia Scouting and Guiding joined Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke and Councillor Jay Fallis in raising the Scout-Guide Flag outside the Orillia Opera House, to mark the end of Scout-Guide week.

February is a special month for Scouts and Girl Guides worldwide. Each year, both movements celebrate Feb. 22, the birthday of Scouting’s founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell and his wife, the World Chief Guide, Lady Olave Baden-Powell.

Mayor Clarke remarked on his time as a 1st Orillia parent, helping prepare Santa baskets each year.

The first troop in Orillia was founded in 1909, and there are currently 122 Scouts and 60 Guides. Youth have an opportunity to learn by doing, and to become better citizens and leaders in the community. “Scouts lets me have fun with my friends while learning new things and spending time outdoors,” says Group Youth Commissioner Mira Duncan, 14.

For tens of thousands of children and youth across Canada, Scouts is the start of something great. Scouts Canada is the country's leading co-ed youth organization offering programs for children and youth aged 5 and up.

Girl Guides is a catalyst for girls empowering girls. They provide young women with the opportunity to try new experiences, challenge themselves and build their confidence, all within a safe environment. Youth in both organizations take part in service projects, camping and leadership challenges.

Registration is open year round for Scouts Canada at To register your child in Girl Guides, contact