History of Scouting, in Cornwall

Posted on: 3rd June 2016

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History of Scouting, in Cornwall is being compiled and needs your help!

Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service is launching a new project at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show.

Scouting for History’ , being run in partnership with Cornwall Scouts, is designed to create a Cornwall Scout archive to be housed at the new Kresen Kernow archive centre.

Over the next few years the project aims to collate, list and store documents, photos and memorabilia telling the story of Scouting in Cornwall. There will be opportunities for Scouts of all ages to get involved, learn about Scouting and Cornwall, and work towards badges for history and heritage.

The launch of the project coincides with the centenary of the foundation of Cubs in 2016.

While at the Show the Service is looking for Cornwall’s oldest Scout and the Scout who has travelled from the furthest away, and there are prizes to be won!

Visitors can also find out more about the project, learn knot-tying with strawberry bootlaces, meet our Cub Scout scarecrow and share their own Scouting memories.

Chloe Phillips, Learning Lead, says: “We know there have been many thousands of Cornish Scouts over the years, but our archive collections contain hardly any material about them. If you have some information you’d like to share, or you want to participate in our activities, then we look forward to seeing you at the Show!”

 The Archives and Cornish Studies Service, which will become Kresen Kernow in 2018 thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Council, will be found at stand number 87.

If you would like to contribute to the project please contact the Kresen Kernow Activity Team at Cornwall Record Office in Truro either by telephoning 01872 324321 or emailing cro@cornwall.gov.uk.