New Scouting Display Opens November 24

Port Moody Scouts march down St. John’s Street in the 1940 May Day parade.

Port Moody Scouts march down St. John’s Street in the 1940 May Day parade.

Scouting: History in the Making

Created in partnership with the 40th Canadian Baden-Powell Guild (Tri-Cities), the Port Moody Station Museum is proud to present Scouting: History in the Making. The display highlights the changes in the scouting movement over the past century.

Rope Making

Scouting was first established in Port Moody and much of North America in the 1920s. Since this time the movement has changed greatly. While the emphasis on community service remains a central part of the movement, how this service takes shape looks much different. Even staple activities like camping have been altered with the consideration of environmentalism. This interactive display illustrates these changes and what the scouting movement looked like then and now.

The display includes special program days for visitors to participate in scouting activities, both old and new. Wendy Williams, Guild Master of the 40th said, “We wanted the display to be engaging, keeping the OUT in scouting. So we included weekends and evenings of programs that show, hands-on how scouting has changed with the times.”

The display opens at the Museum November 24th with special pioneering activities for opening weekend.  Additional weekend and evening activities will take place for the duration of the display. For more details, check out our Upcoming Events page. Like scouting, the programs go on rain or shine. The display ends on March 10th, 2013.

Ioco Days Brings Out Community Spirit

Bruce Schroeder and the ladies of the Ioco Church celebrate the pie competition entries.

Bruce Schroeder and the ladies of the Ioco Church celebrate the pie competition entries.

Ioco Days Festival has become a hallmark event in Port Moody and you can tell by the efforts community members give to show their support. This year, Heritage Society member and professional baker Bruce Schroeder donated over $700 to show his support. Some of you may know Bruce as the pie contest judge from Ioco Ghost Town Day. Bruce spent 80 hours of his vacation time baking butter tarts and shortbread cookies. He sold these to friends, colleagues and neighbours raising money to support the event. Bruce has shown similar support in the past but went above and beyond this year by organizing this fundraising initiative all on his own. Thanks to Bruce, we were able to break even with this year’s Ghost Town Day event.

The barbershop quartet “Antique Gold” learns about wool from spinner Catherine Dumaine.

Bruce isn’t the only one to show his support. Over 20 community groups showed up in the pouring rain for Ioco Ghost Town Days. Despite the soggy weather, there were smiles on faces and warmth in people’s hearts. Visitors also didn’t shy away with over 200 people showing up.

A big thanks also to our local business sponsors Impact Canopies, Freybe’s Gourmet Foods, and Pacific Coast Terminals for donating thousands of dollars of in-kind services and money to support the event. We have relied on these sponsors for many years to make Ghost Town Days happen.

Expanding Horizons Home School Association was out in full force.

The spirit that the Port Moody and Tri Cities community shows for Ioco Days is remarkable. We should all take pride in the success of such a grass roots event and the attention it brings to the wonderful heritage site of Ioco.