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Scouting and Guiding in Washington

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Scouting in Washington 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)

Founded in 1919, Camp Parsons is the oldest Boy Scout camp west of the Mississippi River and the third oldest continually running Boy Scout camp in the United States on its original location. It sits on Jackson Cove, part of the Hood Canal, on the Olympic Peninsula, just north of Brinnon, Washington, and just south of Quilcene, Washington. The original land for the camp was donated by Reginald Parsons in 1918. Thousands of Boy Scouts come to Camp Parsons every summer. In addition to its normal week-long resident camping program, the camp runs a high adventure program in which Scouts spend a week hiking in the Olympic Mountains.

Recent history (1950-Present)

Camp Sheppard is a High Adventure Base located in the shadow of Mt. Rainier in Washington State, and is currently the top high adventure base in the nation. It offers treks ranging from basic mountaineering seminars, expedition climbs to the summit of Mt. Rainier, 50 - 100 mile hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail and in Mt. Rainier National Park, mountain bike descents, 100 mile adventure races and custom combo-treks. Camp Sheppard is also the only boy scout camp in the nation currently offering a summer camp style program at it winter camp sessions that are run from January through March, and offer a wide range of advancement opportunities.

Boy Scouting in Washington

There are seven Boy Scouts of America local councils in Washington.

Girl Scouting in Washington

There are three ??? Girl Scout council offices in Washington.

See also