Scout House Inc. 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 events throughout the year.
Scout House Band Inc. units including Preston Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps, Scout House Band, Silver Leaves Brass, Heritage Drill Team and Magic of Scout House winter guard 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. 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 occasionally 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 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 Navy Club and Royal Canadian Legion branches in Cambridge and Waterloo, 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 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 downtown business district, and ends near Riverside Park where the Band made its first public performance in June, 1939. The parade season usually winds up in late November with Santa Claus parades in Cambridge and other nearby communities.