Homer Last

For almost forty years, Charles S. Last, better know as Homer, was an integral part of the Opemikon Rover Crew and Camp Opemikon.

Homer's Scouting career started in London North, England in 1936.  There he acted as Pack and Troop Leader for 21 years before emigrating to Canada in 1957. During that period, he was also a very active member of the "Gang Show"; a Scout variety show.

After a year in Toronto, Homer moved to Ottawa where he was employed by the National Research Council as a glass blower. He lost no time in involving himself with Canadian Scouting by joining the 45th Ottawa Group as Scoutmaster. He also served as a District Scoutmaster, then was a Venture Service Team Coordinator.

In October 1959 the Opemikon Rover Crew was formed under the joint leadership of R.H. (Buster) Crabbe and Homer Last, and had six members. That fall the Crew catered to and supervised the work of what became the first of many work weekends. In January 1960 the crew operated the first winter weekend at camp. From the beginnings of the Crew in 1959 to Homer's death, he was the guiding spirit and never ending presence at Camp all year around. Generations of not only campers to Opemikon but also members of the Crew worked along side of Homer, always ensuring that the boy was placed first and then the interest of the Camp.

Over these years Homer became the most familiar figure at Camp to the youth and leaders alike. They could always count on Homer to be up at Camp on the weekend, provide a sing along for the boys and dispense his certain style of humor. Under the guidance of Homer the Crew assisted with the grounds and building maintenance, working in the Kitchen and clearing many sites including the location for the Chapel.

Homer earned his Troop Wood Badge trainer level, his Long, Faithful and Effective Service Medal, the Medal of Merit (received in England) and the Silver Acorn with Bar (both from the National Capital Region).  Most of all Homer was one of the best known and best loved Scouters in the Region.  He will be remembered for his long dedicated and devoted service to the Camp and the Crew.

Good night Homer.

Homer Last

January 10, 1918


May 15, 1998

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