Did You Know…Ottawa is the Birthplace of Scouting in America?

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On February 8, 1910, William D. Boyce of Ottawa incorporated the Boy Scouts of America – launching the organization which has since meant so much to generations of American youth.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nations largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

Ottawa is home to one of our nation’s premier Scouting museums, the Ottawa Scouting Museum, which commemorates the history of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire. It was founded to promote and preserve the colorful and proud traditions of Boy Scouting, Girl Scouting and Camp Fire, via exhibition of the past of these organizations with memorabilia from its vast collection, and the development of a variety of educational programs for all youth.

In June of 2010 more than 500 attendees help to make the Ottawa Scouting Museums “Scout Homecoming” a success celebrating 100 years of scouting.

The Ottawa Scouting Museum is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; all of these hours are currently staffed by volunteers and has an aggressive activity program consisting of 13 events for youth, a For Adults Only program, a Trail Ways System and annual fund raising events. (Most sessions are free to the public),

Activities offered by the museum are open to ALL youth in the community regardless of affiliation with scouting.

Upcoming event: Santa’s  Surprise Workshop: Dec. 4, 2010

Fee is $6.00/youth
Registration is required please call for more information.
Contact information: Ottawa Scouting Museum, 1100 Canal Street, Ottawa, IL 61350.
Call 815/431-9353 Executive Director Mollie Perrot,

You and your group/family are invited to participate in ALL the activities!

“Life is an Adventure… Live it Here!”

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