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National Scout Museum

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The National Scout Museum is in the Conference Wing of the building complex at the "Blue Skies" Conference and Training Centre in Kaiapoi - North Canterbury.
It has a permanent display detailing the history of Scouting in New Zealand starting from Baden Powell's story and his founding of the movement, before covering the origins of Scouting in New Zealand. Kaiapoi features strongly in the New Zealand history of Scouting being where the first Scout Patrol is reputed to have been formed and early camps were held at Woodend where today a memorial cairn is located. There were many unique aspects that were introduced by Col D.Cossgrove (the first Dominion Chief Scout) who taught at the school in Tuahiwi, such as Peace Scouts, Bull Pups, and Empire Sentinels. It then covers the various age group sections and major activities of the movement. In addition to the permanent display, the museum has an extensive specialized collection of a wide array of Scouting material.
Queries and research within the collection is undertaken on request by a team of volunteer staff.

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Telephone number icon64-3-385 7599 (Graham Matheson)
Email address iconnationalscoutmuseum@scouts.org.nz

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Physical address icon12 Williams Street, Kaiapoi. (15 minutes north of Christchurch and the Airport), New Zealand
Hours of operation iconSunday from 1pm to 4pm or alternatively by arrangement. Guided tours can be provided, also by arrangement.
Charges iconDonations welcome

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1960's Rover Scout green woollen uniform1950's Tapu Te Ranga Rovers invitation card1999 to 2011 Scout Polo shirt uniforms1993 13th NZ Scout Jamboree - activity handstamps1935 - Page 6 of Lord Baden-Powell's scrapbook
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