Scouting and Guiding in New Jersey

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Scouting in New Jersey 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. In fact, the second National BSA Headquarters was in North Brunswick.

Early history (1910-1950)

The first Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor ceremony was held in New Jersey by E. Urner Goodman using Scouts from the Treasure Island Scout Reservation. The 1925 and 1936 National Order of the Arrow Lodge Meetings were held at Treasure Island Scout reservation. Frank F. Gray (1869-1935) was one of the early Boy Scout founders and credited with starting Troop 4 Montclair, New Jersey. known as the "Lord Baden-Powell Troop".

Boy Scouting in New Jersey

There are eight Boy Scouts of America local councils in New Jersey.

Recent history (1950-1990)

Discontinued Councils

The following is a partial list of councils (and their districts) in New Jersey that have ceased to exist due to mergers with other councils.


Camp NoBeBoSco was used as the Original "Camp Crystal Lake" in the first "Friday the 13th" film. The sign used in the film still resides in the NoBe trading post to this day.

Girl Scouting in New Jersey

There are eleven Girl Scout council offices in New Jersey, but under the national plan they will soon be merged into 4.

International Scouting units in New Jersey

Külföldi Magyar Cserkészszövetség Hungarian Scouting maintains two troops each in Passaic, New Jersey and New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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