- Scouting in South Dakota
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)
couting in South Dakota today
There are two
Boy Scouts of Americalocal 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.
Black Hills Area Council
It is the mission of the Black Hills Area Council, Boy Scouts of America to support and organize chartered partners. The Council through its districts, camp facilities, and service center provides the training, communications, programs, activities, recognition and professional resources necessary for the successful application of Scouting methods and achievement of Scouting aims.
The Black Hills Area Council was granted a charter by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America in 1930, charged with the responsibility of organizing and supporting successful Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams, Venturing Crews, Explorer Posts and Learning for Life Groups within its 30,000 square mile geographical boundaries. We serve over 3,700 youth members in Western South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming and are one of the largest youth serving organizations in our community. Our Council is composed of three districts:
1. Bear Butte District serves the Northern Hills Area of South Dakota and Sundance and Moorcroft, Wyoming.
2. Penjahame District serves the South Dakota Counties of Pennington, Jackson, Haakon and Southern Meade.
3. Pine Tree District serves the Southern Hills area of South Dakota and Newcastle, Wyoming.
In 1976 the Black Hills Area Council established Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch our year-round camping facility which hosts both unit and family groups.
Mid America Council
The Mid-America Council of the
Boy Scouts of Americaoffers programs in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowaand South Dakota. [http://www.mac-bsa.org/ Mid America Council]
Northern Lights Council
As of 2006, Northern Lights Council serves
North Dakota, and counties in South Dakota, northwest Minnesotaand northeast Montana. [http://www.nlcbsa.org/ Northern Lights Council]
Sioux Council serves Scouts in South Dakota,
Iowaand Minnesota. Sioux Council operates the Lewis & Clark Scout Camp at Yankton, SD; Camp Iyataka at Wilmot, SD; Newton Hills Camp south of Sioux Falls, SD; and Camp Shetek at Currie, MN. [http://www.siouxbsa.org/ Sioux Council]
*Buffalo Ridge District
*Five Rivers District
*Lewis and Clark Trail District
*Newton Hills District
*North Star District
*Prairie Coteau District
*Prairie Winds District
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:
Girl Scouts of The Black Hills Council, Inc
Rapid City, South Dakota[http://www.girlscouts-blackhills.org]
Girl Scouts of Minn-Ia-kota
Sioux Falls, South Dakota[http://www.gsmik.org]
Girl Scouts of Nyoda Council
Huron, South Dakota[http://www.nyodagirlscouts.org]
Girl Scouts of Northwest North Dakota Inc
Minot, North Dakota[http://www.nwndgirlscouts.org]
Girl Scouts-Pine to Prairie Council
Grand Forks, North Dakota[http://www.girlscoutsptpc.org]
Girl Scouts of Sakakawea Council
Bismarck, North Dakota[http://www.dakotagirlscouts.org]
*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 Rivernear Pierre, South Dakota
*Camp Woodlands - near
Huron, South Dakota
* [http://blackhillsareacouncil.com/ Black Hills Area Council]
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