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Scouting and Guiding in Maryland

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Scouting in Maryland has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving millons of youth with activities that have adapted to the changing cultural environment but have always been rooted in an active outdoor program.

Early history (1910-1950)

The 1923 National Order of the Arrow Lodge Meeting was held at Baltimore, Maryland.

In the early 1920s, there were several camps named Rodney in the Del-Mar-Va Council area. However, the current Rodney Scout Reservation was established in 1921.

Camp Linstead on the Severn River near Annapolis was a Baltimore Area Council camp throughout the 1920's and 1930's until closing in 1941.

Recent history (1950-1990)

Scouting in Maryland today

There are six Boy Scouts of America local councils in Maryland, all within the Northeast Region.

Girl Scouting in Maryland

There is one Girl Scout council with headquarters in Maryland.

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Incorporated Baltimore, Maryland Web Site: http://www.gscm.org

It serves over 30,000 girls in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties.

It originated the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program that tries to maintain ties between female prisoners and their daughters by having them participate in Girl Scouts.[1] The program has been replicated in some 25 other Girl Scout Councils.

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council based in Delaware includes girls in all Maryland and Virginia eastern shore counties (east of the ]]Chesapeake Bay]].) The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital includes girls in several southern Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's, and St. Mary's

International Scouting in Maryland

An international Polish Scout Jamboree with several thousand participants took place in Maryland in the summer of 2006, composed primarily of Scouts-in-Exile from Canada and the United States. It was held at Baltimore Area Council's camp at Broad Creek Scout Reservation in an area known as Camp Spencer.