Scouting and Guiding in New Jersey
Scouting in New Jersey 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. In fact, the second National BSA Headquarters was in North Brunswick.
Early history (1910-1950)
The first Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor ceremony was held in New Jersey by E. Urner Goodman using Scouts from the Treasure Island Scout Reservation. The 1925 and 1936 National Order of the Arrow Lodge Meetings were held at Treasure Island Scout reservation. Frank F. Gray (1869-1935) was one of the early Boy Scout founders and credited with starting Troop 4 Montclair, New Jersey. known as the "Lord Baden-Powell Troop".
Boy Scouting in New Jersey
There are eight Boy Scouts of America local councils in New Jersey.
- Burlington County Council
- Central New Jersey Council
- Jersey Shore Council
- Minsi Trails Council
- Monmouth Council
- Northern New Jersey Council
- Patriots' Path Council
- Southern New Jersey Council
Recent history (1950-1990)
The following is a partial list of councils (and their districts) in New Jersey that have ceased to exist due to mergers with other councils.
- Aheka Council, 1939 - 1972
- Alexander Hamilton Council, ? - 1968
- Alhtaha Council, ? - ?
- Atlantic Area Council, 1926 - 1992
- Bayonne Council, 1918 - 1993
- Merged with Hudson Hamilton Council in 1993.
- Bergen Council, 1969 - 1998
- Camden County Council, 1921 - 1998
- Eagle Rock Council, 1931 - 1976
- Essex Council, 1976 - 1998
- George Washington Council, 1937 - 1999
- Hoboken Council, ? - ?
- Hudson Council, 1936 - 1968
- Hudson Hamilton Council, 1968 - 1993
- Became Hudson Liberty Council in 1993.
- Hudson Liberty Council, 1993 - 1998
- Jersey City Council, 1916 - 1936
- Middlesex Council, 1929 - 1969
- Morris-Sussex Area Council, 1936 - 1999
- New Brunswick Council, 1916 - 1929
- Became Middlesex Council in 1929.
- Newark Area Council, ? - ?
- North Hudson Council, ? - ?
- Ocean County Council, 1940 - 1992
- Orange Mountain Council, ? - 1976
- Passaic Valley Council, 1973 - 1998
- Perth Amboy Council, 1919 - 1927
- Became Raritan Council in 1927.
- Piasa Bird Council, 1930 - 1991
- Raritan Council, 1927 - 1969
- Ridgewood-Glen Rock Council, 1922 - 1997
- Robert Treat Council, ? - 1976
- Tamarack Council, 1935 - 1986
- Thomas A. Edison Council, 1969 - 1999
- Trenton and Mercer Council, ? - ?
- Trenton, Mercer and Warren Area Council, ? - ?
- Union Council, 1928 - 1980
- Merged with Watchung Area Council in 1980.
- Upper Mohawk Council, 1937 - 1981
- Watchung Area Council, 1926 - 1999
- West Hudson Council, ? - 1936
Camp NoBeBoSco was used as the Original "Camp Crystal Lake" in the first "Friday the 13th" film. The sign used in the film still resides in the NoBe trading post to this day.
Girl Scouting in New Jersey
There are eleven Girl Scout council offices in New Jersey, but under the national plan they will soon be merged into 4.
- Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey
- Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey
- Girl Scout Council of Greater Essex and Hudson Counties
International Scouting units in New Jersey
Külföldi Magyar Cserkészszövetség Hungarian Scouting maintains two troops each in Passaic, New Jersey and New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Scouting by County