History of the 58th Hamilton Scout Group
The original charter for the Group was issued in the early 1950’s and a Cub Pack and Scout Group operated for a few years at Van Wagner’s Beach School, now Baranga’s On the Beach Restaurant. As urban renewal resulted in neighbourhood homes and businesses being torn down, the school and Group closed.
In the fall of 1963, the Charter was issued to “The Men of Faith” at Faith Lutheran Church and a Scout Troop opened. The Cub Scout Pack opened the following year, in September 1964.
The remaining program sections opened over time, all operating out of Faith Lutheran Church. The first Venturer Scout Company opened in the fall of 1968. The Beaver Scout Colony opened in September 1975. The first Rover Scout Crew opened during the 1980’s.
In or about 1977, the East Hamilton Optimist Club became the sponsor of the Group, assuming the Charter from Faith Lutheran Church. The relationship with Faith Lutheran Church continues to be a strong one. The East Hamilton Optimist Club remains the Sponsor of the Group.
Over time, sections met in other locations. A “B” Cub Scout Pack operated at Briarwood Secondary School (now Brock University) and then Viscount Montgomery Public School from September 1998 to June 2001. Scouts and Venturer Scouts moved to Viscount Montgomery School. The 30th Hamilton Beaver Scouts at St. Columba Presbyterian Church became a part of the 58th Hamilton Scout Group for a year.
Hamilton-Wentworth Scouting started a combined Beaver Scout and Cub Scout Program at Joan of Arc Separate School in early 2001. The 58th Hamilton Scout Group agreed to take over the operation in the fall of 2001. The “B” Pack Scouters moved to Joan of Arc to operate the Cub Scout Pack and a leadership team was recruited to operate the Beaver Scout Colony. When Joan of Arc closed in June 2005, the sections moved to Lake Avenue Public School. Over time, the Scout Troop and Venturer Scout Group moved to Lake Avenue School and a new Rover Scout Crew opened.
Currently, all 5 Scouts Canada section programs operate out of Lake Avenue Public School and a Beaver Scout Colony and Cub Scout Pack operate at Faith Lutheran Church.
Scouting is all about Adventure. Our youth enjoy frequent camping and outdoor experiences in all seasons of the year. Adventures have taken youth camping all over Ontario and to the United States and they have enjoyed canoe experiences in our Provincial Parks, including Algonquin Park.
Adventure also includes participation in local, national and international events. Scouts and Venturer Scouts have attended the 1st Ontario Jamboree (Kelso Conservation Area, Milton, 1968), the Fourth Canadian Jamboree (C.J. ’77, Cabot Beach Park, P.E.I.), the Fifth Canadian Jamboree (C.J. ’81, Kananaskis Country, Alberta), the Sixth Canadian Jamboree (C.J. ’85, Guelph Lake Conservation Area, Ontario), the Seventh Canadian Jamboree (C.J. ’89, Fort Amherst, P.E.I), the Eighth Canadian Jamboree (C.J. ’93, Kananaskis Country, Alberta), the Ninth Canadian Jamboree (C.J. ’97, Thunder Bay, Ontario) and the Eleventh Canadian Jamboree (C.J. ’07, Camp Tamaracouta, Quebec). Over the years, Venturer Scouts have travelled to various Boy Scouts of America events in the northern United States. Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts regularly participate in Rover Moots.
In July 1974, 31 members of the 58th Hamilton Venturer Scouts, the 94th Hamilton Venturer Scouts and the 1st Stoney Creek Venturer Scouts spent 4 weeks travelling through 14 countries in Europe. It was an amazing experience for all concerned.
In 2015, 3 Venturer Scouts visited Ireland, England and Germany over 3 weeks. They connected with a scouting family in Bristol and participated in the leaving ceremony for Bristol Scouts who were attending the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan.
Recognition of Youth
Since the inception of the Group, youth have flourished in its programs. Scouts have earned the Queen’s Scout Award and Chief’s Scout Award and Venturer Scouts have earned the Queen’s Venturer Award. The new Scouts Canada program, The Canadian Path, provides top section awards in each section and youth have earned the North Star Award in Beaver Scouts, the Seeonee Award in Cub Scouts and the Canadian Rover Scout Award in Rover Scouts. Youth members have also earned the Medal of the Maple Award and have been recognized for meritorious conduct and outstanding service.
Recognition of Scouters
The youth of the Group have benefited from hundreds of dedicated Scouters over the years. Those Scouters have been recognized for long service, outstanding service and meritorious conduct.