Among the various uniformed groups in Hong Kong, the scouts must be the most well-known to most people. Not only does the Scout Association of Hong Kong boast a century-long history, it is also the largest uniformed group in Hong Kong. If you want to find out more about this group and its significant role in the city’s history, be sure to make your way to the Scout Gallery.
While the Scout Gallery is located on the 11/F of the Hong Kong Scout Centre, as soon as you step out of the lifts, you will catch sight of the Scout Shop. Perhaps that is the reason why so many young scouts can be spotted in the vicinity of the Gallery, which is next to the Scout Shop. Its array of display cabinets and installations made of wood, together with the ambient lighting, gives a sense of tranquility to the discreet space.
Founded in 1996, this is a gallery where the curators would regularly update the exhibits, as you can tell from the way they exhibited the souvenir badges from the Scout Centenary Gang Show. However, there is a lack of clarity in the way the exhibition is organised. Although the exhibits follow the timeline of the Scout Association’s development, it is not clear to the visitors where the starting point for the tour is. For those interested in uniformed groups, you will be sure to cherish the chance to view some valuable collections donated by members. Unfortunately, for those less familiar with the history of the scouts, you may find it harder to appreciate the contents of the exhibition. It is worth mentioning that the “Milestones of Hong Kong Scouting” exhibition invites the visitors to interact with the exhibits located on one side of the gallery. These exhibits offer a vivid narrative of the significant milestones of the Hong Kong Scout Movement. The displays of kudu horn and knotting are the children’s favourites.