Quapaw Area Council

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Quapaw Area Council
Quapaw Area Council
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Location 3220 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72202
Country United States
Coordinates 34°45′47″N 92°18′40″W / 34.763°N 92.311°W / 34.763; -92.311 (Quapaw Area Council headquarters)
Founded 1927
Membership 18,000 youth
3,600 adults
Pulaski County Council

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The Quapaw Area Council is the largest Area Council in Arkansas in both area and members and is headquartered in Little Rock.[1] The council serves over 18,000 youth and 3,600 adults in thirty-nine counties divided into ten districts, and approximately 100 boys become Eagle Scouts each year.[2]


The Boy Scouts of America began in Arkansas in 1913, when the Little Rock Council was chartered by the National Boy Scout Council and was directed by a volunteer commissioner. In 1920, the Little Rock Council was reclassified and W. G. Moseley became the first council executive in 1921. Two years later, the Little Rock Council was renamed to the Pulaski County Council. [3]

In 1927, the Pulaski County Council was renamed the Quapaw Area Council and covered several counties. In 1934, the Kanawha Area Council of Jefferson County was split between the Quapaw Area Council and the De Soto Area Council, which had a council office in El Dorado (Union County).[3]

In May 2001, after years of struggling, it was decided that the Eastern Arkansas Area Council was no longer able to continue service. On October 8, 2001, the board of Quapaw Area Council voted to accept the merger proposal of the former EAAC, and the EAAC ceased to function, effective January 10, 2002. [4] This merger enlarged the Council from seventeen counties to thirty-three counties.

In 2011 the Ouachita Area Council[5], founded in 1938, proposed that it merge into the Quapaw Area Council. On October 26, 2011, Quapaw’s executive board approved a request and the Ouachita Area Council ceased to function, effective January 11, 2012.[5] This merger enlarged the Council from thirty-three counties to its current size of thirty-three counties. The Diamond Lake and Nischa Sipo districts were part of the Ouachita Area Council prior to the merger.

Council members who have received national honors include Dr. Raymond V. Biondo[6] and Dr. David Briscoe, both of whom received the Silver Buffalo Award.[7]


The council is divided into 10 districts.

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  •    Cherokee
  •    Delta
  •    Diamond Lake
  •    Foothills
  •    Mohawk
  •    Saracen
  •    Nischa Sipo
  •    Three Rivers
  •    Thunderbird
  •    White River


Gus Blass Scout Reservation

Gus Blass Scout Reservation
Camp Rockefeller
Gus Blass Scout Reservation Camp Rockefeller
Location Damascus, Arkansas
Coordinates 36°20′40″N 91°35′32″W / 36.34455°N 91.59223°W / 36.34455; -91.59223
Founded 1976
Founder Bolton Smith
Camp Ranger Terry Jones

Currently the Quapaw Area Council owns and operates the Gus Blass Scout Reservation, west of Damascus, Arkansas.

The Gus Blass Scout Reservation also includes the Donald W. Reynolds Scout Training Center. This facilities include a 320 seat dining hall with commercial kitchen, 88 person/28 room sleeping wing including two ADA compliant rooms,, 3 large classrooms, an area with a large fireplace, 2 large terraced areas and additional camping on the adjacent property.[8]

In 1975, the council acquired Camp Kiwanis, in order to accommodate more Scouts and camping activities. Camp Kiwanis was an unimproved site which included over 2,900 acres west of Damascus, Akransas. It was renamed the Cove Creek Scout Reservation and opened in 1976. Camp Quapaw was then closed and later sold.[1]

In 1981, the portion of Cove Creek that was used as a permanent summer camping was names Camp Montgomery, after Nile Montgomery a previous scout executive, and the lake was named Lake Butler, for Richard C. Butler Sr., a supporter of the local scouting program. [1]

In 2001, the Cove Creek Scout Reservation and Camp Nile Montgomery where renamed the Gus Blass Scout Reservation and Camp Rockefeller in honor of Gus Blass II and Lieutenant Governor Winthrop P. Rockefeller both of whom were supporters of the Boy Scout program for many years.[1]

Historic Camps

The first permanent camping facilities for the Quapaw council was Camp Quapaw, opened in 1925. It was located on the Saline River west of Benton in Saline County. This early facility was limited so between 1930 and 1931, fifty-five additional acres were purchased, and a mess hall was constructed. The numbers of scouts attending camp increased which lead to an overuse of the facilities. Additionally, the Army Corps of Engineers was considering a dam on the Saline River. This would have flooded a section of the camp. In 1976 when Camp Kiwanis was purchases, Camp Quapaw was then closed and later sold.[1]

In 2002, after the merger of the Eastern Arkansas Council, the council gained control of Camp Cedar Valley, which it promptly sold to a private owner. It is still is an active camp, and is located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.[9] It is situated on 777 acres just south of Viola , Arkansas on U.S. 412.[9]

Then in 2012, after the merger of Ouachita Area Council, the council gained control of The Rhodes Scout Reservation, a 16,000 + acre camp on Lake DeGray, located in Bismarck, Arkansas near Arkadelphia.[10] Again, this camp was promptly sold, this time to the Ouachita Camp Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ross Foundation, but is it available for use by the Troops of the Quapaw Area Council [10]

Program and activities

White River Canoe Race

The White River Canoe Race is the one High Adventure Scouting Event held in Arkansas

Ship 394

Ship 394
Age range 14 through 21 years[11]
Headquarters USS Razorback
Location North bank of the Arkansas River near I-30 Bridge, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Country United States
Coordinates 34°45′13″N 92°15′49″W / 34.75361°N 92.26361°W / 34.75361; -92.26361

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The Quapaw Area Council has a Sea Scout ship, despite the landlocked nature of Arkansas. Sea Scout Ship 394 meets aboard the USS Razorback, a a Balao-class submarine, that became part of the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum on 29 August 2004, and opened to the public on 15 May 2005. Sea Scouting, as part of the Venturing program, have a particular emphasis on water-based activities.

Quapaw Lodge Lodge

Quapaw Lodge
Quapaw Lodge
Founded June 1939
Membership 500
Lodge Chief Chris Mullen

The Order of the Arrow Quapaw Lodge 160 was formed with fifteen members in June 1939 and inducted sixty-two members during the summer of 1939. Today, the lodge has about 500 members[1]

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Quapaw Area Council of the Boy Scouts". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. The Central Arkansas Library System. http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=3754. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  2. "Quapaw Area Council - About the Council". Quapaw Area Council. 2000. http://www.quapawbsa.org/about/. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hook, James; Franck, Dave; Austin, Steve (1982). An Aid to Collecting Selected Council Shoulder Patches with Valuation. http://www.angelfire.com/tx6/patch/cspbook.html. 
  4. EAAC Historical Preservation Society
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Village-area council merges with Quapaw". Hot Springs Village Voice. Decemnber 28, 2011. http://www.hsvvoice.com/news/2011-12-28/News/Villagearea_council_merges_with_Quapaw.html. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  6. "Dr. Raymond V. Biondo - Obituary". Ruebel Funeral Home. 2008. http://www.ruebelfuneralhome.com/obituaryindividual.php?id=556. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  7. "Silver Buffalo Award Winners 2008-2000". Boy Scouts of America.. http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Awards/SilverBuffalo/Previouswinners/2008-2000.aspx. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  8. "Donald W. Reynolds Training Center". Quapaw Area Council. http://www.quapawbsa.org/facilities/blass/reynolds/. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 EAAC Historical Preservation Society - Camp Cedar Valley
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ross Rhodes Scout Reservation
  11. (PDF) Boy Scouts of America Youth Application. Boy Scouts of America. #28-406B. http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/28-406.pdf. Retrieved March 10, 2008. "Venturers and Sea Scouts registered in a crew or ship prior to their 21st birthday may continue as members after their 21st birthday until the crew or ship recharters or until they reach their 22nd birthday, whichever comes first."