Scouting and Guiding in Kentucky

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Scouting in Kentucky 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. Kentucky has a very early Scouting heritage, as the home state of Daniel Carter (Uncle Dan) Beard.

Early history (1908-1950)

Burnside, Kentucky, in south-central Kentucky, is believed to be home to the first Boy Scout troop in the United States. In 1908, two years before the Boy Scouts of America was officially organized, Mrs. Myra Greeno Bass organized a local troop of 15 boys, using official Boy Scout materials she had acquired from England. A sign at the edge of town declares Burnside "Birthplace of Boy Scouts of America", and an official state historical society marker commemorates the troop. Burnside is now part of the Blue Grass Council.

Most Girl Scouts of the USA units were originally segregated by race according to state and local laws and customs. By the 1950s, the GSUSA began significant national efforts to desegregate the camps and maintain racial balance. One of the first desegregations was Camp Shantituck in Kentucky, which was accomplished by Murray Walls in 1956.

Recent history (1950-1990)

The National Scouting Museum was located on the campus of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, before being relocated to the National BSA Headquarters in Irving, Texas. The state's youngest Scout to earn the BSA God & Country Medal was Steven Hamilton of Glasgow, Kentucky (Troop 606). Recognized by Governor Carrol in 1975, for this achievement, he was just 11 years old when awarded one of Scouting's highest religious honors.

Boy Scouting in Kentucky

There are seven Boy Scouts of America local councils in Kentucky. All of Kentucky lies within Southern Region, except for Kenton, Pendleton, Campbell, Bracken, Mason, Robertson, Lewis and Greenup counties, as part of Central Region.

Girl Scouting in Kentucky

There are three Girl Scout council offices in Kentucky.

Scout Activities by County

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