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Scouting and Guiding in Rhode Island

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Scouting in Rhode Island 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)

Narragansett Council #546, Boy Scouts of America has existed since the early 1900s. The Rhode Island Boy Scouts (RIBS) was a rival organization to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) until its merger with BSA. The RIBS still exists as a trustee organization.

RIBS was founded as a volunteer association on September 6, 1910. RIBS was chartered under state law in 1911 as an organization to mirror the BSA. Between 1910 and 1917 RIBS managed the majority of Rhode Island, as BSA only managed Blackstone Valley, Newport, and Woonsocket. In 1917, RIBS merged with the BSA, with the BSA granting all members of RIBS back service.

RIBS kept its corporate identity after the merger, allowing it to continue receiving bequests, funds, and properties, creating the RIBS trustee organization. This trustee organization exists today, and owns most of the properties and camps operated by the Narragansett Council, excluding Camp Cachalot, which the Council owns outright as a result of a merger with the former Moby Dick Council.

Boy Scouting in Rhode Island

The Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America, serves all of the state of Rhode Island and some of Massachusetts.

Girl Scouting in Rhode Island

There is one Girl Scout council office in Rhode Island.