Scouts and Guides in the Comox Valley

The winning First Aid Team at a Vancouver Island Mine Safety Association event, 1928. Left to right: Gladys Idiens, Lynn Hilton (captain), Ritsuko Uchiyama, Margaret Dunn and Dot Waterfield. Photo: 990.16.40

Camping and hiking have always been central activities for the Boy Scout and Girl Guide movements. Both originated in Great Britain and became popular locally during World War I. Early Guide groups camped at Comox Lake, Hornby Island and Rathtrevor Beach.

The campouts gave girls an opportunity to practice their skills in tenting, boating and first aid. Boy Scouts camped at local beach hot spots as well as at Croteau’s Camp on Forbidden Plateau. While on the plateau, they would hike, use a compass, fish and make cabin repairs.

Eugene Croteau gave his cabin to the Boy Scouts in 1944, after he retired. With their emphasis on skill building and community involvement, both groups have provided a firm foundation for many a local citizen.