Central Okanagan District scouts and cubs were given a glimpse back at local history when a time capsule sealed 25 years ago was removed from a stone monument and opened at Camp Dunlop in Kelowna.
The time capsule had been sealed 25 years ago to mark the 75th anniversary of the scout movement in the Central Okanagan, on Oct. 5, 1991, to be opened on the 100th anniversary this year.
When 1st Bear Scout Pack leader Ed Brierley asked the youngsters gathered together for the unveiling ceremony what they thought might be found inside the container, the responses varied from old uniforms and a newspaper to money and long johns.
After some effort to pop off the lid, which was sealed tight with silicon, what was discovered were a variety of items, among them a Cub cap and uniform, Ninja turtle, neon baseball cap, metal zipper, styrofoam cup, photos of the cub packs 25 years ago, juice box, Loonie, cub scarf and a wooden Kub Kar.
Brierley said some of the items will be returned to the original owners at their request, and the idea of filling another time capsule to be opened 25 years from now will likely come up for discussion next year.
“The timing would be good to do it because Scouts Canada is updating itself with new uniforms, new badges and new programs so a time capsule would be a great way to celebrate that,” Brierley said.
Camp Dunlop is located in Kelowna on Lakeshore Road in the Mission across from Okanagan Lake.