Scouting and Guiding in South Dakota

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Scouting in South Dakota 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 South Dakota

There are four Boy Scouts of America local councils serving South Dakota. All of South Dakota lies within Central Region, except for Harding, Butte, Lawrence, Pennington, Custer, Fall River, Meade, Shannon, Haakon, Jackson and Bennett counties, as part of Western Region.

Girl Scouting in South Dakota

On July 1, 2007 the three Girl Scout councils of South Dakota and the three in North Dakota will finish merging to form one council, Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons, which will serve girls in both those states and in several counties in north-western Minnesota. The headquarters will be in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The councils it will replace are:


  • Camp MOE - near Thief River Falls, North Dakota
  • Camp Tonweya - near Valley City, North Dakota
  • Camp Sakakawea -
  • Camp Ocankusa - near Mandan, North Dakota
  • Camp Neche - near Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Camp Owettii - near Minot, North Dakota
  • Camp Nyteepoeota - on Lake Kampeska in Watertown, South Dakota
  • Robin's Nest - near Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Tom and Danielle Aman Foundation Girl Scout Lodge - near Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Camp Wakpa-Puza - on the Missouri River near Pierre, South Dakota
  • Camp Woodlands - near Huron, South Dakota
  • Wall Lake

Scout Activities by County

Minnehaha / Pennington /