Scouting and Guiding in Oklahoma

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Scouting in Oklahoma 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 (1909-1950)

The first Boy Scout troop in America is claimed to have been organized in Pawhuska, Oklahoma in May 1909 by Reverend John F. Mitchell. Pawhuska is in the Cherokee Area Council. See also:

Recent history (1950-present)

Boy Scouting in Oklahoma

There are seven Boy Scouts of America local councils based in, or providing services within, the state of Oklahoma.

Girl Scouting in Oklahoma

There are five Girl Scout council offices in Oklahoma.

  • Girl Scouts - Bluestem Council, Inc. - Bartlesville, Oklahoma[1]
  • Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council, Inc. - Tulsa, Oklahoma[2]
  • Girl Scouts - Red Lands Council - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma[3]
  • Sooner Girl Scout Council, Inc. - Chickasha, Oklahoma[4]
  • Girl Scouts Tiak Council, Inc. - Mcalester, Oklahoma[5]

Scouting Museums in Oklahoma

Scout Activites by County

Cleveland / Comanche / Oklahoma / Payne / Tulsa / Washington /

See Also


  • "Boy Scouts" and "Girl Scouts," Vertical Files, Oklahoma Room, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Merle Milford Boyer, "The Administration of Boy Scout Work as an Agency in Citizenship Training" (M.A. thesis, University of Oklahoma, 1932).
  • Helen Buckler, Wo-He-Lo: The Story of Camp Fire Girls, 1910-1960 (New York City: N.Y.: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1961).
  • "Camp Fire U.S.A.," Vertical File, Research Division, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Citizens in Action: The Girl Scout Record, 1912-1947 (New York City, N.Y.: Girl Scouts National Organization, 1947).
  • Lou Ann Feistel, "The Development of a Girl Scout Program in the High Plains Area of Oklahoma and Texas: January 1950-December 1952" (M.A. thesis, University of Oklahoma, 1954).
  • Russell Freedman, Scouting with Baden-Powell (New York City, N.Y.: Holiday House, 1967).
  • Ray R. Matoy, Thunderbird Tracks: Early History of the Will Rogers Council, Boy Scouts of America (Stillwater, Okla.: Prairie Imprints, 1987) ISBN: 9780961509859, ISBN10: 0961509856.
  • Will Oursler, The Boy Scout Story (New York City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1955).
  • "Scouting," Vertical File, Research Division, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Donald A. Wise, History of Scout Troop 104 (Broken Arrow, Okla.: D. A. Wise, 1991).
  • Thiessen, Val. "Boy Scouts". Oklahoma Today. pg. 20-23. Vol. 11, No. 3. Summer 1961.