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National Scout Museum


The National Scout Museum is in the Conference Wing of the building complex at the "Blue Skies Group Accommodation and Outdoor Activities Centre" in Kaiapoi - North Canterbury.


It has a permanent display detailing the history of Scouting in New Zealand starting from Baden Powell's story and his founding of the movement, before covering the origins of Scouting in New Zealand. Kaiapoi features strongly in the New Zealand history of Scouting being where the first Scout Patrol is reputed to have been formed and early camps were held at Woodend where today a memorial cairn is located. There were many unique aspects that were introduced by Col D.Cossgrove (the first Dominion Chief Scout) who taught at the school in Tuahiwi, such as Peace Scouts, Bull Pups, and Empire Sentinels. It then covers the various age group sections and major activities of the movement. In addition to the permanent display, the museum has an extensive specialized collection of a wide array of Scouting material.


Queries and research within the collection is undertaken on request by a team of volunteer staff.


The museum is open on Tues­days from 10am – 4pm and on Sun­days from 1-​ 4pm or by prior arrangement.


Please con­tact Gra­ham Math­e­son on (03) 385 7599 for organ­ised group bookings.


Gold coin dona­tion requested.





12 Williams Street, Kaiapoi

Christchurch 7630

03 327 8007