The War of 1812 Magazine
Issue 5: December 2006
Scouts Re-enact War of 1812
By Terry Honour, Scouts Canada
In mid-September 2006 members of the 2nd Sidney Scout Troop traveled
During the event, we dressed in uniforms and clothing of the era and used cap-firing replica muskets for realism. The camp routine and military formations allowed us simulate a soldier's life in 1812, but fortunately the food was up to our standards of today. We were drilled by the Sergeants to teach us drill and formations and then it was off into Niagara-on-the-Lake for a parade through the streets under the watchful eyes of our officers and the town's mayor.
The Scout Brigade of Fort George operates an annual weekend scout
camp on the grounds of historic Fort George in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake . Always held on the third
full weekend of September, it is an historically themed scout
camporee which sees scouts from
Participants at the camp don mock uniforms and make other equipment of the period and engage in drills, parades and manoeuvres. The youth experience what life was like on the Niagara Frontier during the time when the border was being shaped by stepping back in history and joining the Scout Brigade. The opportunity to learn about this period of history is unsurpassed. The 2006 campaign saw over 2,100 scouts and their leaders participate.
The Brigade operates four sub-camps, each named after British and
American Regiments which were in the
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