Scouting in Washington (state)
Scouting in Washington 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)
Camp Black Mountain, located on the beautiful shores of Silver Lake an hour drive east of Bellingham, is the oldest existing camp in Washington State. Interviews with Hugh Eldridge Carr and General Floyd Hansen, Bellingham Eagle Scouts from the early 1920s, indicate the camp was active prior to 1919. The land was used by permission of owner H. P. Jukes (the council treasurer) prior to transferring ownership to the BSA in 1927. It was originally used by the Bellingham Council as Camp H. P. Jukes and has been in continuous use since that time with the exception of two seasons during WWII (1943 and 1944). Upon first use the camp was used for troop and district events, but became a fully organized resort in 1925. During the 1920s, the camp was supported by the Order of the Blue Knot, an honor camper's society that later became Quilshan Lodge, Order of the Arrow. Programs from the 1925 and 1926 seasons provide insight into early camp activities and vintage photographs of this cherished property.
In 1910, a Spokane, Washington Boy Scout leader, the Reverend David Ferry, created a troop under the name of Girl Guides of America. The Girl Guides did not expand much beyond the local area. In 1911, the Girl Scouts of America (Des Moines, Iowa and to be confused with the current Girl Scouts of the USA) and the Girl Guides planned to merge with the Camp Fire Girls to form the Girl Pioneers of America, but relationships fractured and the merger failed.
Founded in 1919, Camp Parsons is the oldest continuous running Boy Scout camp west of the Mississippi River and one of the oldest continually running Boy Scout camp in the United States on its original location. It sits on Jackson Cove, part of the Hood Canal, on the Olympic Peninsula, just north of Brinnon, Washington, and just south of Quilcene, Washington. The original land for the camp was donated by Reginald Parsons in 1918. Thousands of Scouts come to Camp Parsons every summer.
Recent history (1950–present)
Camp Sheppard is a camp outside of Enumclaw, Washington. Sheppard does not run a resident Scout camping program, but does run several other Scout programs including a Winter Camp program for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA. Since 2011, Sheppard has been the location for the Council's National Youth Leadership Training, usually holding two or more sessions every year in the summer.
Until 2009, Camp Sheppard was a High Adventure base, where it offered programs in mountaineering, mountain biking, and backpacking.
Until 2014, it hosted the "Mom & Me/Dad & Me" Cub Scout camping programs, after which they were moved to Camp Edward.
The camp also does winter camping during the first two months of the year.
Boy Scouts of America in Washington today
Blue Mountain Council
The U.S. Scouting Service Project has created a link to all known websites (districts, troops, packs, Venturing crews, O.A. lodge and chapter, etc. websites) located within the Blue Mountain Council which can be found at Scout Site Search.
- Columbia River District serves Kennewick and Finley, Washington
- Eastern Oregon District serves Baker, Wallowa, Union, Grant, and Wheeler counties, Oregon
- Oregon Trail District serves Umatilla, Wheeler, Gilliam, and Morrow counties, Oregon
- Pioneer District serves Walla Walla and Columbia Counties, Washington
- Rattlesnake Ridge District serves Richland, West Richland, and Benton City, Washington
- White Bluffs District serves Franklin County, Washington
The Council does not operate a summer camp.
The U.S. Scouting Service Project also maintains the ScoutCamp.org website which provides general information and a place for leader comments on the two camps operated by the Blue Mountain Council at Martin Scout Camp and Camp Wallowa
Order of the Arrow lodge
Cascade Pacific Council
Cascade Pacific Council serves Scouts in Oregon and Washington.
Chief Seattle Council
Order of the Arrow lodge
Grand Columbia Council
Located in central Washington and based in Yakima, the Grand Columbia Council serves the Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Okanogan, Yakima and portions of Adams, Benton, Ferry and Klickitat Counties. The Grand Columbia Council maintains two service centers in Yakima and Wenatchee.
The U.S. Scouting Service Project has created a link to all known websites (districts, troops, packs, Venturing crews, O.A. lodge and chapter, etc. websites) located within the Grand Columbia Council which can be found at Scout Site Search.
- Apple Valley District – Wenatchee area
- Chief Kamiakin District – Prosser, Sunnyside, Zillah and Toppenish area
- Columbia Basin District – Quincy, Ephrata, Moses Lake, Coulee City area
- Okanogan Valley District – Okanagon Valley area
- Saddle Mountain District – Ritzville, Othello and Mattawa area
- Skookum District – Kittitas County and Yakima area
Order of the Arrow lodge
Inland Northwest Council
The U.S. Scouting Service Project has created a link to all known websites (districts, troops, packs, Venturing crews, O.A. lodge and chapter, etc. websites) located within the Inland Northwest Council which can be found at Scout Site Search.
Order of the Arrow lodge
- Thunderbird District- North Spokane County
- Chinook District- South Spokane County and Lincoln County
- Old Missions District- Kootenai County
- David Thompson District- Pend Oreille in Washington; Bonner and Boundary Counties in Idaho
- Grizzly District- Spokane Valley
- Stevens District- Stevens County
- Chief Kamiakin District- Latah and Whitman Counties
- Lewis-Clark Trails District- Asotin, Garfield, Nez Perce, Clearwater, and Idaho Counties
The Inland Northwest Council provides the communities and volunteers with three council service centers. Each council service center has a Scout Shop and staff to answer questions, provide training and resources, and is able to take registrations for summer camp or events. Besides the headquarters office in Spokane there are service centers in Hayden Lake, ID and Clarkston, WA.
- Camp Easton in Harrison, Idaho
- Camp Grizzly in Harvard, Idaho
- Cowles Scout Reservation in Newport, Washington
- North Idaho High Adventure Base in Harrison, Idaho
The U.S. Scouting Service Project also maintains the ScoutCamp.org website which provides general information and a place for leader comments on all of the camps operated by the Inland Northwest Council: North Idaho High Adventure Base, Camp Grizzly, Camp Easton, Camp Cowles Scout Reservation.
The U.S. Scouting Service Project has created a link to all known websites (districts, troops, packs, Venturing crews, O.A. lodge and chapter, etc. websites) located within the Mt. Baker Council which can be found at Scout Site Search.
Order of the Arrow lodge
The council's Order of the Arrow Lodge is #338 Sikhs Mox Lamonti which was created in 1995 through the merger of Kelcema Lodge #305 and Quilshan #325. Sikhs Mox Lamonti translates to "Friends of two mountains", which is a reference to the Mount Baker Council's camps Black Mountain and Fire Mountain.
- Klahaya District Cathcart, Clearview, Echo Lake, Gold Bar, Index, Lake Stevens, Maltby, Monroe, Seattle Hill, Skykomish, Snohomish, Sultan
- Puget Sound District Lynnwood and Southwest Snohomish County
- Tillikum District Serves Everett and Mukilteo School Distract
- Skagit District Serves Skagit County
- Tyee District Serving Arlington, Camano Island, Darrington, Granite Falls, Lakewood, Marysville, and Stanwood
- Island District Comprises the islands of Whidbey, Fidalgo, and the San Juans
- Whatcom District Serves Whatcom County
- Fire Mountain Scout Reservation in Mt. Vernon, Washington
- Camp Black Mountain in Maple Falls, Washington was sold in 2015 and no longer operates as a Council Camp.
The U.S. Scouting Service Project also maintains the ScoutCamp.org website which provides general information and a place for leader comments on all of the camps operated by the Mt. Baker Council: Fire Mountain Scout Reservation.
The Pacific Harbors Council of serves the scouts in the Pierce, King, Mason, Thurston, Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties of Washington State. The council operates one Scout camp: Camp Thunderbird. In 1994 the Mount Rainier Council, Tumwater Area Council, and Twin Harbors Council merged to form the Pacific Harbors Council. The council operates two service centers. The main office is located in Tacoma, Washington and the other is located in Tumwater, Washington.
The U.S. Scouting Service Project has created a link to all known websites (districts, troops, packs, Venturing crews, O.A. lodge and chapter, etc. websites) located within the Pacific Harbors Council which can be found at Scout Site Search.
1994 - 2004 (9 Districts)
- Narrows View - North Tacoma, Gig Harbor and Key Center.
- Wapato - South Tacoma, Fircrest and University Place.
- Nopi Soki - Fife, Federal Way and North Tacoma.
- Lakes - Lakewood, Steilacoom, Dupont, Fort Lewis and McChord AFB.
- Valley Mt. - Puyallup, Edgewood, Sumner, Orting, Buckley, Enumclaw & Black Diamond.
- Mountain - Parkland, Spanaway, Graham, Yelm, Roy, McKenna, and Eatonville.
- Twin Harbors - All of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties including Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Raymond, South Bend, Long Beach, Westport, Ocean Shores & Elma.
- Black Hills - Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Shelton, Tenino and Rainier.
- Evergreen - Chehalis, Centralia, Morton, Rochester and all of Lewis County.
2005 - 2009 (3 Districts)
- Thunderbird - Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Federal Way, Dupont, University Place, Fircrest, Ft. Lewis, McChord AFB, Auburn, Des Moines, Fife, and Milton.
- Sasquatch - Thurston County, Mason County, Lewis County, Grays Harbor County, Pacific County, and McKenna.
- Sleeping Giant - Parkland, Spanaway, Eatonville, Roy, Puyallup, Edgewood, Orting, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Lake Tapps, Buckley, Wilkeson, Carbonado, Enumclaw and Black Diamond.
July 2009 - December 31, 2018 (6 Districts)
- Capital Area - Griffin, North Thurston, Olympia, Rainier, Shelton, Southside Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm, Lacey LDS Stake, and Olympia LDS Stake
- Coastal Waters - Aberdeen, Elma, Hood Canal, Hoquiam, Lake Quinault, McCleary, Montesano, Mary Knight, Naselle-Grays, North Beach, North River, Oakville, Ocean Beach, Ocosta, Pioneer, Raymond, Satsop, South Bend, Taholah, Willapa Valley, Wishkah, and Elma LDS Stake
- Glacier View - Lakewood, Bethel, Clover Park, Eatonville, Franklin Pierce, Steilacoom, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Graham LDS Stake, and Lakewood LDS Stake
- Mt. Tahoma - Carbonado, Dieringer, Enumclaw, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner, White River, Puyallup LDS Stake, and Puyallup South Hill LDS Stake
- Puget Sound - Tacoma, Gig Harbor, University Place, Fircrest, Tacoma North LDS Stake, Tacoma South LDS Stake, and Gig Harbor LDS Stake
- Timberline - Adna, Boistfort, Centralia, Chehalis, Evaline, Morton, Mossyrock, Napavine, Onalaska, Packwood, Pe Ell, Randle, Rochester, Toledo, Vader, White Pass, Winlock, and Centralia LDS Stake
- Lexas (LEXAS District covers the entire council and all districts with Learning for Life, Exploring, Scout-reach, and Outdoor Education)
2011 - December 31, 2018 (7 Districts)
- Hylebos - Federal Way, part of Auburn, Fife, Milton, Northeast Tacoma, and Federal Way LDS Stake (Split off of Puget Sound District bringing the total number of districts up to 7)
January 1, 2019 - Present (2 Districts)
- 2 Districts. District names have not yet been decided on as of February 2019.
- Camp Thunderbird in Olympia, Washington
- Camp Delezenne in Elma, Washington no longer operates as a Council Camp was decommissioned 2016. Currently the camp is in a waiting period for being returned to Weyerhaeuser.
- Camp Hahobas in Tahuya, Washington no longer operates as a Council Camp since 2016. Currently being sold by the Pacific Harbors Council.
- Camp Kilworth in Federal Way, Washington no longer operates as a Council Camp since 2016. Pacific Harbors Council's board voted 10/18/16 to give the Camp back to the Kilworth Foundation. The Vote was 14 to 2 with John Ohlson & Morris Clark being the only "NO" votes.
- Camp Curran no longer operates as a Council Camp since 2016.
The U.S. Scouting Service Project also maintains the ScoutCamp.org website which provides general information and a place for leader comments on all of the camps operated by the Pacific Harbors Council: Camp Thunderbird.
Girl Scouting in Washington
There are three Girl Scout councils serving Washington.
Girl Scouts of Western Washington
This council was formed by the merger of Pacific Peaks and Totem Councils on October 1, 2007. Administrative offices are located in Seattle, Washington. The new council serves over 26,000 girls.
Mission: To build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
- DuPont Girl Scout Center, serving South Puget Sound, in DuPont, Washington
- Snohomish County Regional Office in Marysville, Washington
- East King County Regional Office in Bellevue, Washington
- Peninsula Regional Office in Bremerton, Washington
- Greater Seattle Regional Office in Seattle, Washington
- Southern Counties Regional Office in Longview, Washington
- South King County Regional Office in Renton, Washington
Information about each Regional Office may be found at http://www.GirlScoutsWW.org/aboutus/locations.
- Girl Scout Camp Evergreen is 76 acres (310,000 m2) near Longview, Washington
- Girl Scout Camp Klahanee is 78 acres (320,000 m2) near Hoquiam, Washington
- Girl Scout Camp Lyle McLeod is 60 acres (240,000 m2) near Belfair, Washington
- Girl Scout Camp River Ranch is 430 forested acres in Carnation, Washington including Lake Langlois and is by the Tolt River
- Girl Scout Camp Robbinswold is 540 acres (2.2 km2) on the Hood Canal near Lilliwaup, Washington
- Girl Scout Camp St. Albans is 414 acres (1.68 km2) near Belfair, Washington
Information about all Girl Scout Camps in Western Washington can be found at http://www.GirlScoutsWW.org/aboutus/camp_properties.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho
This is a new council formed May 1, 2007 by the merger of Inland Empire and Mid-Columbia councils. It serves more than 8,000 girls in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and 3 counties in northern Oregon.
- Camp 4 Echos is 230 acres (0.93 km2) on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho.
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