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Scouting in Alaska

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Scouting in Alaska has a long history, from the 1920s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live. Alaska shares a communal Scout history, only being broken into smaller councils in the 1960s.

BSA in Alaska

BSA Councils

Scouting came to Alaska in the 1920s, and the Alaska Territorial Council was created in the 1930s. Western Alaska Council and Southeast Alaska Council merged to form the Great Alaska Council in January 2006.

There are two Boy Scouts of America local councils in Alaska.

  1. Great Alaska Council - southern part of Alaska - HQ in Anchorage
  2. Midnight Sun Council - northern and interior - HQ in Fairbanks

Alaska BSA Scout Camps

Camp Name Council Status Notes
Denali High Adventure Scout Base Great Alaska Council Active All new facility located near the entrance to Denali National Park.
Eagle River Scout Camp Great Alaska Council Active Complete with both Summer Camp program and many rare hi-adventure opportunities, it is Located on the waterfront in SE Alaska in the midst of the Tongass Rain Forest where scouts frequently see eagles, whales, sea lions and much more.
Gorsuch Scout Camp Great Alaska Council Active Summer Camp program and COPE Course located on Mirror Lake. Hosts Christmas Towne Alaska every December.
Lost Lake Scout Camp Midnight Sun Council Active 400 acres located 58.5 miles south of Fairbanks
Northern Lights High Adventure Base Midnight Sun Council Active

Alaska High Adventure Treks

Alaska Ultimate Adventures (Great Alaska Council) develops 100% customized High Adventure itineraries based on the interests of your Scouts.

What you get, is a turnkey adventure of a lifetime. Each trip includes all logistics, transportation, lodging, food and cooking equipment. On top of all that you get exceptional guides who love working with Scouts.


Trek Council Status Notes
Alaska Van Trek Great Alaska Council [Alaska Ultimate Guided tour of Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords whale watching, Charter fishing, Glacier Hike, River float

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Girl Scouting in Alaska

There are three Girl Scout council offices in Alaska.

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Farthest North Girl Scout Council

Web Site: http://www.fairbanksgirlscouts.org

The Farthest North Girl Scout Council serves the largest geographical area of any of the more than 300 Girl Scout Councils in the United States, serving everything from the 63rd parallel north of the Alaska range, more than 350,000 square miles.

This council was started in 1925 by a handful of girls in Fairbanks, Alaska headed by Jessie Bloom. Girl Scouting expanded to rural Alaska in 1945 with the establishment of the first troop in Nome. Since English was the not the predominantly spoken language, they learned the Girl Scout Promise in Yupik language and English.

Girl Scouts Susitna Council

Anchorage, Alaska Web Site: http://www.girlscouts.ak.org

Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council

Juneau, Alaska Web Site: http://www.tongassgirlscouts.org

See also