Great Southwest Council is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America and provides Scouting to youth in northern New Mexico, northeast Arizona, Utah south of the Colorado River, and the Durango and Mesa Verde areas of Colorado.

See also Scouting in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona.

Districts Edit

Each District coordinates scout leader training. activities and other resources for community based scouting programs. This council is divided into 9 Districts:

Council Camps Edit

Great Southwest Council Camps feature many resources for organizing exciting outdoor adventure group activities and are available for rental by scout groups, families and other youth groups. Some camps feature an organized week long campership program during summer months.

The Great Southwest Council's summer camp program is based at the

  1. Gorham Scout Ranch located near Chimayo, New Mexico features the summer camp program for this council.
  1. Great Southwest Council is home to Cimarron, New Mexico's Philmont Scout Ranch, the oldest of the national high-adventure bases operated by the Boy Scouts of America.

Although the Mesa Verde District of the Great Southwest Council includes San Juan County, Colorado, the council no longer owns or operate the Cascade Scout Camp located in the San Juan National Forest, north of Durango, Colorado, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Council Special Events Edit

  • Council Scout Fair
  • Wood Badge
  • University of Scouting

Order of the Arrow Edit


Order of the Arrow is the National Honor Society of Scouting and recognized those who uphold the scouting ideals of camping, service and citizenship.

Yah-Tah-Hey-Si-Kess Lodge is the OA Lodge for this council.

Eagles Nest Edit

Noteworthy scouts and service projects of the council:

External Links Edit

  • - Great Southwest Council Official Website

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