Scouting and Guiding in Iowa

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Scouting in Iowa 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)

Recent history (1950-1990)

Boy Scouting in Iowa

There are eight Boy Scouts of America local councils in Iowa.

Girl Scouting in Iowa

Map of Girl Scout Councils in Iowa

There are six Girl Scout council offices in Iowa though by the end of 2007 there will be only two after the realignment is finished.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

As part of a national realignment the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois formed in April 2007 by combining four former councils. It serves some 20,000 girls.

The website for the new council is

Council headquarters is in Rock Island, Illinois with service centers at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dubuque, Iowa, Waterloo, Iowa, and West Burlington, Iowa.

The former councils are:

Conestoga Council of Girl Scouts
Waterloo, Iowa

Girl Scouts of Little Cloud Council, Inc.
Dubuque, Iowa

Girl Scouts of Mississippi Valley
Rock Island, Illinois and Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Girl Scouts of Shining Trail Council, Inc.
West Burlington, Iowa


The council has four camps:

Camp Conestoga is 340 acres (Template:Convert/sqkm) in New Liberty, Iowa. It was established in 1947.

Camp Little Cloud is 154 acres (Template:Convert/sqkm) in Epworth, Iowa.

Camp L-Kee-Ta established in 1945 is 150 acres (Template:Convert/sqkm) in Danville, Iowa

Camp Tahigwa is in Dorchestor in Allamakee County, Iowa has 315 acres (Template:Convert/sqkm) and was established in 1967.

The Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

Will be created October 2007 from the merger of

Girl Scouts of Lakota Council
Fort Dodge, Iowa[1]

Moingona Girl Scout Council
Des Moines, Iowa[2]

Nishnabotna Girl Scout Council of Southwest Iowa, Inc.
Council Bluffs, Iowa[3]

Girl Scout Council of North Iowa
Mason City, Iowa[4]

Sioux Trails Girl Scout Council
Sioux City, Iowa[5]

Headquarters will probably be Des Moines, Iowa.

Scout Activities by County

Linn / Polk / Pottawattamie / Scott / Story / Woodbury /