Scout House maintains close ties to community
Preston Scout House Band Inc. is a non-profit corporation with registered charity status able to issue tax receipts to donors, incorporated under the Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario on November 29, 1956. Scout House values its standing in the community and works hard to earn the cooperation and support of agencies and individuals by participating in many Cambridge and Region of Waterloo events throughout the year.
Scout House Band Inc. units including the Preston Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps, the Scout House Band, the Silver Leaves Brass, the Heritage Drill Team and the Magic of Scout House winter guard. These units traditionally perform in hometown events at no charge to event organizers.
Preston Scout House Band Inc. is an award-winning member of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, receiving the inaugural Community Award in November 2013. The Community Awards program recognizes achievements of not-for-profit organizations, charities and services groups in Cambridge and North Dumfries.
Scout House also received a City of Cambridge cultural award for achievement in music shortly after the current Band’s performances began in 1999. Both the Preston Scout House Band and its founder Wilf Blum, are members of the City of Cambridge Hall of Fame.
Scout House’s city hall liaison group meets occasionally with City of Cambridge representatives, at the invitation of current Mayor Doug Craig, to discuss ideas and projects of mutual interest. Mayor Craig travelled on the bus with band members to attend the Cavalcade of Champions contest in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in July 2013. He participated in the centre field ceremony at that performance during which the mayor of Lewisburg declared Preston Scout House Day in Lewisburg in honor of the Band’s 75th anniversary season and its long history of Lewisburg performances.
Scout House has a particularly close relationship with community veterans through the South Waterloo Naval Veterans Association, the KW Naval Association and the Royal Canadian Legion branches in Cambridge. Band units participate each year in Preston’s Warriors’ Day ceremony, the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies each November 11 and most years, the Battle of Atlantic Sunday ceremonies in Waterloo the first Sunday in May.
One of the highlights of the Scout House performance schedule is the Preston Canada Day parade on July 1. Enthusiastic spectators line both sides of the parade route that begins near the Preston Scout House building, runs for a mile through the Preston Towne Centre downtown business district, and ends at Eagle Street, not far from Riverside Park where the Band made its first public performance in June of 1939.