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Scouting in Indiana 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)

Firecrafter was founded in Indianapolis, Indiana at Camp Belzer in the summer of 1920 by "Chief" Francis Oliver Belzer. Belzer also served as the first Scout Executive for the Indianapolis Council, later known as the Central Indiana Council.

In 1948 the National Order of the Arrow Conference was held at Indiana University Bloomington.

Recent history (1950-1990)

In 1950, 1956, 1961, 1965, 1969 and 1975, the National Order of the Arrow Conference was held at Indiana University, the most frequent venue for the event.

Boy Scouting in Indiana

There are ten??? Boy Scouts of America local councils in Indiana. All of Indiana lies within Central Region, except for Jefferson, Clark, Scott, Floyd and Washington counties, as part of Southern Region.

Girl Scouting in Indiana

There are 9 Girl Scout councils in Indiana.

On Aug. 26, 2006, Girl Scouts of the USA’s (GSUSA) national board of directors voted to endorse a plan to realign 312 councils into 109 high-capacity, community-based councils. The new structure will make the most effective use of resources to better serve the local community and create more opportunities in Girl Scouting for even more girls. Girl Scouts of Central Indiana was the first Girl Scout council in the nation to complete the merger process.

Scouts of The Calumet Council

Council office in Highland, IndianaGirl Scouts of The Calumet Council, Inc.

This council will merge in the Autumn of 2007 with several other councils to form Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

Drifting Dunes Girl Scout Council

Council office in Merrillville, Indiana[http://www.ddgsc.com Drifting Dunes Girl Scout Council, Inc.

This council will merge in the Autumn of 2007 with several other councils to form Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

Formed by the merger of Girl Scouts of Hoosier Capital Council, Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council, Girl Scouts of Treaty Line Council, Girl Scouts of Sycamore Council, and Girl Scouts of Wapephani Council.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana serves over 40,000 girls in 33 counties in Central Indiana. Council headquarters is Indianapolis, Indiana but service centers remain in cities that were the headquarters of former councils

Web Site: http://www.girlscoutsindiana.org/

Camps and cabins:

Proposed Indiana North council

This is a proposed council to be made up of Indiana Lakeland, Limberlost, and parts of Singing Sands and Tribal Trails councils. Merging will begin in October 2007 and should end in October 2008. Web site on the merger is at[1]

Indiana Lakeland Girl Scout Council

Headquarters is Goshen, IndianaIndiana Lakeland Girl Scout Council, Inc.

Girl Scouts of Limberlost Council

Headquarters is Fort Wayne, IndianaGirl Scouts of Limberlost Council, Inc.

Girl Scouts of Singing Sands Council

Headquarters is South Bend, IndianaGirl Scouts of Singing Sands Council, Inc.

Girl Scouts of Tribal Trails Council

Headquarters is Logansport, IndianaGirl Scouts of Tribal Trails Council, Inc.

Proposed Indiana South council

This proposed council is to be made up of Raintree and Tulip Trace councils.

Girl Scouts of Raintree Council, Inc.

Headquarters is Evansville, Indiana

Located in south-west Indiana and also a small part of Illinois. It was formed after a previous realignment in September 1957. Camps are Camp Koch in Cannelton, Indiana, Carmi Little House in Carmi, Indiana, and Camp Three Lakes. Camp Koch has a sycamore that is a "moon tree"; as a seed it was on the Apollo 14 mission to the moon.[2][3]

Girl Scouts of Tulip Trace Council

Headquarters is Bloomington, IndianaGirl Scouts of Tulip Trace Council, Inc.