Scouting and Guiding in Alaska
Scouting in Alaska has a long history, from the 1920s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live. Alaska shares a communal Scout history, only being broken into smaller councils in the 1960s.
BSA in Alaska
Scouting came to Alaska in the 1920s, and the Alaska Territorial Council was created in the 1930s. Western Alaska Council and Southeast Alaska Council merged to form the Great Alaska Council in January 2006.
There are two Boy Scouts of America local councils in Alaska.
- Great Alaska Council - southern part of Alaska - HQ in Anchorage
- Midnight Sun Council - northern and interior - HQ in Fairbanks
Alaska BSA Scout Camps
|Denali High Adventure Scout Base||Great Alaska Council||Active||All new facility located near the entrance to Denali National Park.|
|Eagle River Scout Camp||Great Alaska Council||Active||Complete with both Summer Camp program and many rare hi-adventure opportunities, it is Located on the waterfront in SE Alaska in the midst of the Tongass Rain Forest where scouts frequently see eagles, whales, sea lions and much more.|
|Gorsuch Scout Camp||Great Alaska Council||Active||Summer Camp program and COPE Course located on Mirror Lake. Hosts Christmas Towne Alaska every December.|
|Lost Lake Scout Camp||Midnight Sun Council||Active||400 acres located 58.5 miles south of Fairbanks|
|Northern Lights High Adventure Base||Midnight Sun Council||Active|
Alaska High Adventure Treks
Alaska Ultimate Adventures (Great Alaska Council) develops 100% customized High Adventure itineraries based on the interests of your Scouts.
What you get, is a turnkey adventure of a lifetime. Each trip includes all logistics, transportation, lodging, food and cooking equipment. On top of all that you get exceptional guides who love working with Scouts.
|Alaska Van Trek||Great Alaska Council||[Alaska Ultimate||Guided tour of Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords whale watching, Charter fishing, Glacier Hike, River float|
Girl Scouting in Alaska
There are three Girl Scout council offices in Alaska.
Farthest North Girl Scout Council
Web Site: http://www.fairbanksgirlscouts.org
The Farthest North Girl Scout Council serves the largest geographical area of any of the more than 300 Girl Scout Councils in the United States, serving everything from the 63rd parallel north of the Alaska range, more than 350,000 square miles.
This council was started in 1925 by a handful of girls in Fairbanks, Alaska headed by Jessie Bloom. Girl Scouting expanded to rural Alaska in 1945 with the establishment of the first troop in Nome. Since English was the not the predominantly spoken language, they learned the Girl Scout Promise in Yupik language and English.
Girl Scouts Susitna Council
Anchorage, Alaska Web Site: http://www.girlscouts.ak.org
Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council
Juneau, Alaska Web Site: http://www.tongassgirlscouts.org