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Cochrane history: Scout buildings

Because it’s fall, when indoor activities get going again, this week’s look at Cochrane history is about the Scouts and their two buildings.

The Scout Hall on Eleventh Ave. was built in the summer of 1985, and dedicated in September of that year,  when the organization was still the Boy Scouts.

Public library archivist Ardis Proulx-Chedore reads a quote from Mayor Ray Fortier, from a

“It’s a magnificent building and a fantastic achievement. It just shows what a group of public-spirited citizens can do when they make up their minds to reach a goal.”

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Fundraising took five years.  The hall replaced one in use since the 1950s.


It was ALSO the 1980s when Camp Marwick was built at Silver Queen Lake, on land donated to the Boy Scouts by Don Marwick.

It was the first facility in the Cochrane area designed to accommodate outdoor recreation programs.

As Proulx-Chedore reads from the Northland Post report on the camp’s dedication, building committee chairman Jim Smith said about 75 volunteers helped build it.

“Total cost of the facility was approximately $70,000, with a Wintario grant covering half. ‘Thank goodness for the Wintario grants,’ Mr. Smith said.”

Volunteers saved the scouts about 30-thousand dollars by donating their time and energy.

Thanks to the Cochrane Public Library for access to its archives.

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