Scout House Inc. maintains close ties to community
Scout House Inc. values its standing in the community and works hard to earn the cooperation and support of agencies and individuals by participating in many Cambridge events throughout the year. The Band and Cadets traditionally perform in hometown events at no charge to event organizers.
The Scout House Band 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. Awards were presented in 10 categories.
Scout House also received a City of Cambridge cultural award for achievement in music shortly after the alumni band began performing. The original Scout House Band and founder Wilf Blum are members of the City of Cambridge Hall of Fame.
Scout House’s city hall liaison group meets regularly with City of Cambridge representatives, at the invitation of 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 during which the mayor of Lewisburg declared Preston Scout House Day in Lewisburg in honour of the Band’s 75th anniversary season and its long history of Lewisburg performances.
Scout House has a particularly close relationship with Royal Canadian Legion branches in Cambridge, participating each year in Preston’s Warriors’ Day parade and tattoo and Remembrance Day ceremonies each November 11. Scout House also participates in Battle of Atlantic Sunday ceremonies in Waterloo the first Sunday in May.
One of the highlights of the various Scout House groups 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 downtown business district, and ends at Riverside Park where the Band made its first public performance years ago. Scout House Cadets and Band’s parade season usually winds up in late November with an evening Santa Claus parade.
The Spring Opening arena show is presented each April, with no admission charge, as Scout House’s way of saying thank you for community support and interest throughout the year. The 4th annual Scout House International Invitational Tattoo held in Waterloo’s University Stadium in August 2013 was the largest drum corps field show in the province.
Scout House coordinates activities with other marching music groups to promote the drum and bugle corps community. The Band has worked closely with Ventures and St. John’s winter guard organizations over the years, offering some financial assistance and providing performance opportunities for their members.