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Scottish Day
at Old Fort William

Countless Scouts and Scouters had the opportunity to visit Thunder Bay's Old Fort William during the nearby Canadian Jamboree. The Jamboree was held during the annual 10-day Great Rendezvous at the fort, so there were lots of exciting things happening all week. The day after the Jamboree's closing ceremony was Scottish Day at the fort, and there were still countless Scouting visitors checking out the site and the activities as you can see in these pictures.

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The Ode to the Haggis is recited, a necessary ceremony for any Robbie Burns day or special Scottish celebration. Burns' poem in the Scottish vernacular follows the piping-in of the traditional dish.
The Caber Toss in the Highland Games, one of several traditional Scottish athletics events demonstrated at the fort during Scottish Day.
Scouter Brian Wick examines furs on the scale. Fort William was the headquarters for the North West Company's fur-trading operations thoughout western Canada.
A memo and its accompanying writing instruments and paraphernalia show how a typical desk looked in the early 1800s.
Preparing square timers with an axe was a common activity in the early days of Ontario's European settlement. Many thousands of trees were shipped to England after being prepared this way.

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