Scouting and Guiding in Colorado
Scouting in Colorado has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the rugged, mountainous environment in which they live.
Early history (1910-1950)
The Colorado Springs Council was founded in 1916, and in 1922 changed its name to the El Paso and Teller Counties Council. That council in 1925 changed its name to Pikes Peak Council, which it remains to this day. Pikes Peak Council is home to the oldest continually-chartered troop in the state of Colorado, Troop 2, originally chartered to Colorado Springs' First Presbyterian Church in October, 1917.
The Greeley Council was founded in 1916, and in 1924 changed its name to the Weld and Morgan Counties Council. That council in 1928 changed its name to Longs Peak Council, which it remains to this day. The Fort Collins Council and Longmont Council, each founded in 1917, merged in 1919 into what is now the Longs Peak Council. The Boulder Council, also created in 1917, was merged into the ??? Council in 1920. The Southeastern Wyoming Council of Cheyenne merged into Longs Peak Council in 1928.
The Trinidad-Las Animas County Council, founded in 1917, changed its name to the Las Animas County Council in 1924. This and the Arkansas Valley Council, founded in 1924, merged in 1927 to become the Spanish Peaks Council. The Pueblo Council was founded in 1920, and in 1928 changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Council, which it remains to this day. The Spanish Peaks Council merged into Rocky Mountain Council in 1932.
The Western Colorado Council was founded in 1942, and is one of the very few councils that have not undergone a namechange or merger in their entire history.
During World War II, Japanese Americans interned at the Granada War Relocation Center set up a separate Amache District for Scouts at the camp, after the camp's unofficial name Camp Amache.
Recent history (1950-1990)
International Girl Scout gatherings named Senior Roundups were held every three years from 1956 until 1965. The National Girl Scouts of the USA Roundup was held from July 3 to July 12, 1959 adjacent to the site of the then-new United States Air Force Academy north of Colorado Springs, attended by 10,000 girls.
Pikes Peak Council served as host to the 1960 National Scout Jamboree, held north of Colorado Springs adjacent to the United States Air Force Academy, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America.
Boy Scouting in Colorado
There are six Boy Scouts of America local councils in Colorado.
- Denver Area Council
- Great Southwest Council
- Longs Peak Council
- Pikes Peak Council
- Rocky Mountain Council
- Western Colorado Council
Girl Scouting in Colorado
There are five Girl Scout councils in Colorado.
- Girl Scouts-Mile Hi Council
- Girl Scouts-Mountain Prairie Council
- Girl Scouts-Wagon Wheel Council
- Girl Scouts, Columbine Council
- Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council
International Scouting units in Colorado
In addition, there are large contingents of active Plast Ukrainian Scouts in Colorado.
Scouting Activities by County
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