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Scouting and Guiding in Arizona

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Scouting in Arizona has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live.

Early history (1910-1950)

Recent history (1950-1990)

Boy Scouting in Arizona

BSA Local Councils

There are five Boy Scouts of America local councils serving scouts in Arizona.


ID# Council Name Office Status OA Lodge Notes
001 xxx Catalina Council Tucson AZ Active Lodge Notes
002 010 Grand Canyon Council Phoenix AZ Active Wipala Wiki Lodge Notes
003 xxx Great Southwest Council New Mexico Active Lodge Notes
004 238 Las Vegas Area Council Las Vegas NV Active Lodge covers most of Southern Nevada plus plus the northeast corner of Arizona.
005 049 San Diego-Imperial Council San Diego CA Active Lodge Serves Yuma County

BSA Scout Camps

See also Scouting in California for many more nearby camps.

Camp Name Council Status Location Notes
Boulder Creek Scout Reservation
Del Webb High Adventure Base LVAC Summer Camp Zions National Park —located in the pines and aspens above Kolob Reservoir and Zion National Park in southern Utah
Fiesta Island Youth Aquatic Center SDIC Aquatics Base
Summer Camp
Mission Bay CA Sailing, oceanography, boating, surfing, kayaking, swimming and other aquatic activities are featured parts of this bayfront summer camp located in San Diego's famous Mission Bay Park.
Geronimo Scout Camp GCC Summer Camp Mongollon Rim 200 acre pine forest camp located north of Payson at the base of the magnificent Mogollon Rim. Over 5,000 acres of ponderosa pine forest surround the camp. Camp Geronimo is a year-round facility.
Heard Scout Pueblo GCC Day Camp Phoenix AZ at the base of South Mountain, with 120 acres including trails back into the mountain.
Kimball Scout Reservation LVAC Summer Camp Mount Potosi, NV traditional scout summer camp that resembles a wild west mining town, but much cooler than Las Vegas about 40 minutes away.
Lake Pleasant Camp GCC Aquatics Base Peoria AZ this aquatics base is secluded on a hillside of pristine Sonoran desert located at the Desert Outdoor Center on the east side of lake Pleasant, 20 miles northwest of the Valley.
Levi-Levi Scout Camp LVAC Summer Camp Hualapai Mountains Tall pine forests located south of Kingman AZ
Mataguay Scout Camp SDIC Wilderness Camp
Summer Camp
Santa Isabel CA Traditional wilderness camp and primary outdoor learning center of the council located in the mountains near Lake Henshaw. Their summer camp program is one of the few BSA facilities to feature glider flights and mountain biking courses. Shooting sports center is also most popular here.
Philmont Scout Ranch National BSA High Adventure Base Cimarron NM a large, rugged, wilderness ranch located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico. BSA's premier high-adventure and outdoor training program.
R-C Scout Ranch GCC Cub Resident Camp Payson AZ along the banks of Christopher Creek, R-C Scout Ranch occupies 75 acres of tall , cool ponderosa pine.
Raymond Scout Camp GCC Wilderness Camp Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area (Flagstaff AZ) more than 160 acers of ponderosa pine and scub oak forest. Camp Raymond offers an adventure program that a Scout will not soon forget.

Other Scout Associations in Arizona

  • 1st Arizona Baden-Powell Scouts Rover Troop 30 has established an Adult Scouter Group, a Rover Crew. This is an adult fraternal Scouting organization whose motto is simply "Service". As an organization, they are dedicated to support community projects and Troop 30's programs and equipment. Yet as a fraternal group of Scouters, they enjoy the activity of the "Open Air" and the fun of camping. The Crew believes that they can model the Patrol Method and Leadership Skills they expect their Boy Scout Group and Senior Scout Group to learn.

Girl Scouting in Arizona

There are two Girl Scout council offices in Arizona.

Scouting museums in Arizona

Arizona Scouting by County

Apache / Cochise / Coconino / Gila / Graham / Greenlee / La Paz / Maricopa / Mojave / Navajo / Pima / Pinal / Santa Cruz / Yavapai / Yuma

See also