65th Toronto Scout

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65th Toronto Scout Group 65th-logo.jpg
Location Roncesvalles United Church
Established The 18th of January, 1923
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Necker Colours Red
Contact 65thtoronto@gmail.com

The 65th Toronto Toronto Scout Group serves western Toronto neighbourhoods including Roncesvalles, Parkdale, and High Park. It is part of the Old Mill Area in the Greater Toronto Council.

There are currently five sections: Beavers, Cubs, Sea Scouts, Sea Venturers, & Sea Rovers. The group meets in Roncesvalles United Church at 240 Roncesvalles Avenue in West Toronto. .

The group was founded in 1923 and is one of the oldest standing groups in Toronto.

The Scout Troop made a decision to become Sea Scouts in 2004.



The 65th Toronto Scout Group was founded in 1923 at High Park Presbyterian Church at Roncesvalles and Wright Avenue in western Toronto. Unfortunately, very little is known about the earliest history of the Group, but the earliest independent confirmation is found in early 1924. By the late 1920s the Group was running with a Scout Troop and a Cub Pack, the earliest known Rovers would not come around until 1961 and last for only three years before being revived over half a century later. In its early years, the 65th Toronto often took part in District and Divisional events and often finished as one of the top Groups in intertroop competitions. In 2000, the Scout Troop was left without a Scouter and was forced to shut down, four years later it was revived under a new Scouter, after consultation with the youth, it was decided to focus on Sea Scouting. In 2010 a Sea Venturer Company was formed and our Rovers revived as a Sea Rover Crew in 2014, 51 years after the original Crew was formed.

Notable Members

Jack King, Scouter - 1920s-30s (Later Parkdale Division Group Leader and Parkdale District Commissioner)

Robert F “Bud” Meredith, Scout -1920s-30s (Later District Commissioner for St Catherine’s and Area, over 75 years of service)

Captain Frederick F Slocombe MBE, Group Committee Member (Appointed a member of the Order of the British Empire for his service with the Merchant Navy whilst serving on the Group Committee)

Francis Clinton Croswell, Scouter and Group Committee Chair - 1950s-60s (Later Regional Commissioner for Greater Toronto Region and Deputy Provincial Commissioner, recipient of the Medal of the Maple)

Group Chairs/Commissioners

1942 - Mr F Hoskin

1944-1956 - Mr George Allen Fell

1965- Francis Clinton Croswell

1967 - Jim Jarvis

1968-1973 - James Lambie

1973-1977 - Mr Garfield Wilson

1977 - Mr Dietrich Pankatz

1979-1983 - Mr Jack Robertson

1989-1997 - Mr Donald Gill

1997 - Mr Michael Manley

2002 - Mr Bruce Schwartzentruber

2003-2005 - Mr Fred Kuglin

2005 - Ms Anne Serazin

2005-2007 - Mr Gerald Beirne

2008-2010 - Scott Christie

2012-2014 - Patrick Parent

2013-2015 - Leigh Meadows

2016 - No Group Commissioner

2017 - Spencer Julien

2017-Present - Patrick Sherlock

Notable Events

1949 - The First Canadian Jamboree

1953 - The Second Canadian Jamboree

1955 - The Eighth World Jamboree

2017 - The Thirteenth Canadian Jamboree


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