Scout Progam

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The Scout program at the Scout Brigade of Fort George is a unique one. Scouts camp and do activities in Regimental sub-camps.

We have 4 Regiments that were historically in battles at Fort George and the Niagara Frontier in the war of 1812:
-the Royal Newfoundland Regiment (RNR)
-the King’s 8th Regiment
-the 49th Regiment of Foot
-the US 6th Infantry Regiment

Each regiment has a distinct uniform, regimental Colours (flag) and history surrounding the Fort. Some regiments have traditions that they recreate for the youth at camp to extend their camp experience.

Although we camp and play in our large Regiment, each regiment is divided into smaller companies. Each company has a number of different scout groups they do program, eat and socialize with. New groups will often be assigned to a training company, with extra instructors so it’s easier for the group to integrate into the Regiment. The returning groups will guide new ones through the weekend.

Weekend Typical Scout Infantry Program

The following is only a brief outline of the programme for the weekend, a much more detailed outline will be available to you following registration.

Friday evening: arrival, set up camp, leader and youth meetings, visit friends at camp. There may be some program on Friday as well depending on schedules.

Saturday: a full day of morning and afternoon activities
Over the weekend, the Scouts do marching and musket drills, learn some of the history of the grounds we are camping on and much more. And of course participate in the world’s largest “cap gun / capture the flag” battles at Fort George.

After lunch, the Brigade parades into the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and a short free time to pillage in town

After dinner more Fun evening events with everyone at camp. Saturday evening typically has a full line up for Scouts and Venturers, such as our annual fudge parade (candy tuck shop), RC Church Service, Ghost Tours (optional extra cost programme), Badge/Patch trading and a Movie. For the adults there is an Officers Social Gathering. A Scout Shop is also set up on site all day Saturday. The on-site Lincoln & Welland Regimental Museum is also open during the weekend.

Sunday: morning activities and closing ceremonies with the whole camp.

Roles within the Regiment

us kids 2This is a living history camp. So we enjoy playing the parts! When you arrive at camp, you will notice that many adults and youth are dressed in British or US soldier period attire and no longer use their “Scouter” names.
Each Regimental Head Quarters will have a Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, Majors and Captains.
Each Company within the Regiment will have a Captain, a Lieutenant, Ensigns, Sergeants, Chosen men (Corporals), and enlisted men.
New recruits are often given field promotions for their actions during the weekend, and officers are promoted up the ranks from Ensign to major etc. by the Regimental Headquarter Staff.

Each Regiment may have flanking Companies, Lights & Grenadiers, which have specific functions during our battles, and some of the regiments have different infantry companies that fought on the Niagara frontier. They are the Glengarry Light Infantry & the Provincial Marines (Sea Scouts)
For specific history and guidelines for each regiment, click the regiment above.

You do not need to wear period soldier uniforms to attend! In the War of 1812, local inhabitants were enlisted from the fields and had no previous experience in military life. These were militia, formed partly from volunteers, and served a valuable part of the war for both the British and US military.

As this is a living history camp, you can play your part. Each Regiment has a specific 1812 military dress (no scout uniforms).
Military Units: regiment uniform coat, hand-made shako etc)
Militia Units: Dark pants, White shirts, Straw or floppy camp style hat
All units have period cap-gun muskets for youth

Don’t worry! We can help with loaning or renting uniforms and other props for the weekend.
See our Regimental pages for more details on what they look like and steps on how youth can make some parts themselves before camp.