Scouting and Guiding in Oklahoma
Scouting in Oklahoma 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 (1909-1950)
The first Boy Scout troop in America is claimed to have been organized in Pawhuska, Oklahoma in May 1909 by Reverend John F. Mitchell. Pawhuska is in the Cherokee Area Council. See also: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/S/SC011.html
Recent history (1950-present)
- Cimarron Council was established in June of 2005 following the mergers of the Great Salt Plains Council (Enid) and the Will Rogers Council (Ponca City).
- In 1983, Eastern Oklahoma Council #478 merged with Indian Nations Council #488
- The former Black Beaver Council was absorbed into the Last Frontier Council in 1996
- Camp Sasakwa mentions that it used to belong to the Canadian Valley Council which was merged into the Last Frontier Council in 1948
- Choctaw Area Council OK based in McAlester, 1950s
Boy Scouting in Oklahoma
There are seven Boy Scouts of America local councils based in, or providing services within, the state of Oklahoma.
- Arbuckle Area Council
- Cherokee Area Council OK
- Cimarron Council
- Golden Spread Council
- Indian Nations Council
- Last Frontier Council
- NeTSeO Trails Council
Girl Scouting in Oklahoma
There are five Girl Scout council offices in Oklahoma.
- Girl Scouts - Bluestem Council, Inc. - Bartlesville, Oklahoma
- Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council, Inc. - Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Girl Scouts - Red Lands Council - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Sooner Girl Scout Council, Inc. - Chickasha, Oklahoma
- Girl Scouts Tiak Council, Inc. - Mcalester, Oklahoma
Scouting Museums in Oklahoma
- 2007 Oklahoma Centennial Camporee, Lawton, OK
- 2009 Historic Trails Camporee, Pawhuska, OK. July 3-5.
- "Boy Scouts" and "Girl Scouts," Vertical Files, Oklahoma Room, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
- Merle Milford Boyer, "The Administration of Boy Scout Work as an Agency in Citizenship Training" (M.A. thesis, University of Oklahoma, 1932).
- Helen Buckler, Wo-He-Lo: The Story of Camp Fire Girls, 1910-1960 (New York City: N.Y.: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1961).
- "Camp Fire U.S.A.," Vertical File, Research Division, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
- Citizens in Action: The Girl Scout Record, 1912-1947 (New York City, N.Y.: Girl Scouts National Organization, 1947).
- Lou Ann Feistel, "The Development of a Girl Scout Program in the High Plains Area of Oklahoma and Texas: January 1950-December 1952" (M.A. thesis, University of Oklahoma, 1954).
- Russell Freedman, Scouting with Baden-Powell (New York City, N.Y.: Holiday House, 1967).
- Ray R. Matoy, Thunderbird Tracks: Early History of the Will Rogers Council, Boy Scouts of America (Stillwater, Okla.: Prairie Imprints, 1987) ISBN: 9780961509859, ISBN10: 0961509856.
- Will Oursler, The Boy Scout Story (New York City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1955).
- "Scouting," Vertical File, Research Division, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
- Donald A. Wise, History of Scout Troop 104 (Broken Arrow, Okla.: D. A. Wise, 1991).
- Thiessen, Val. "Boy Scouts". Oklahoma Today. pg. 20-23. Vol. 11, No. 3. Summer 1961. http://digital.library.okstate.edu/oktoday/1960s/1961/oktdv11n3.pdf
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