Scouting and Guiding in Kansas

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Scouting in Kansas 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)

The Brewer Scout Cabin in Solomon, Kansas is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Recent history (1950-1990)

In 1958 the National Order of the Arrow Conference was held at the University of Kansas.

In 1928 the Topeka Council took over thirty-nine counties across northern Kansas and became the Jayhawk Area Council.

Boy Scouting in Kansas

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

  1. Coronado Area Council
  2. Heart of America Council
  3. Jayhawk Area Council
  4. Ozark Trails Council
  5. Pony Express Council
  6. Quivira Council
  7. Santa Fe Trail Council

Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch

The Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch (SPSR) is located near Walsenburg, Colorado and borders the Spanish Peaks Wilderness. It is a local council camp of the Santa Fe Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America based out of Garden City, Kansas. The camp gives program geared toward outdoor education such as wilderness backpacking, climbing, and outdoor skills.

Spanish Peaks Staff Association

Spanish Peaks Staff Association (SPSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting current, former, and honorary staffers of Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch (SPSR). The organization was formed by like minded staff alumni committed to the continued support of SPSR and the love of outdoor education for youth. Although the Spanish Peaks Staff Association is not an alumni association the members have all worked with this Scout camp and are dedicated toward outdoor education for youth.


The Spanish Peaks Staff Association, although still in their infant stages, has adapted the purposes of:

(a) Demonstrating support for Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch and its continued value in the future.

(b) Providing vision and leadership for Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch.

(c) Raising volunteer and financial support for Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch improvement endeavors.

(d) Establishing an endowment that will guarantee the future stability of the SPSR independently of Santa Fe Trail Council operations.

(e) Establishing an endowment that insures continued funding of a full-time ranger at Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch.

(f) Providing a forum for past, present, and future staffers to gather, share ideas, and stay in contact.


The Spanish Peaks Staff Association (SPSA) is independent of the Santa Fe Trail Council and Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch. They are, however, dedicated to the youth of southwest Kansas and promotion of outdoor education. The organization was chartered in 2006 as a response to a struggling economy and the Santa Fe Trail Council's Board deficit. The lack of the council's ability to secure funds for operating expenses led to SPSA's motivation and primary goal of securing funds separate of the council.

Girl Scouting in Kansas

There are seven Girl Scout council offices in Kansas.

  1. Girl Scouts of Central Kansas, Inc., Salina, Kansas.
  2. Girl Scout Council of The Flint Hills, Inc., Emporia, Kansas.
  3. Girl Scouts of The Golden Plains Council, Inc., Wichita, Kansas.
  4. Girl Scouts of Kaw Valley Council, Inc., Topeka, Kansas.
  5. Girl Scouts of Sunflower Council, Inc., Hays, Kansas,
  6. Girl Scouts of Tumbleweed Council, Inc., Garden City, Kansas
  7. Girl Scouts Wheatbelt Council, Inc., Hutchinson, Kansas.

Scouting museums in Kansas

Scouts in Action

Scout Activities by County

Finney / Johnson / Saline / Sedgwick / Shawnee /

See also

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