Ozark Trails Council is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1942, and is headquartered in Grand Junction, Kansas. Ozark Trails Council serves over 4,000 youth members and over 1,000 volunteer leaders through Scout units in fifteen counties of northwest Kansas. See also Scouting in Kansas.

History Edit

Scouting the Joplin, Missouri area has been a very strong part of the community, dating back to 1913 when the Webb City YMCA sponsored a troop. IN 1916 the troop moved to The First Presbyterian Church of Joplin also chartered a troop in 1916. It should be noted that both Springfield, Missouri and Joplin applied for Scout Troops in 1913. Joplin not only received permission to start troops but to have a Council. The Joplin Charter is dated October 18, 1916 and started the Scouting movement in southwest Missouri.

Districts Edit

Each District coordinates scout leader training. activities and other resources for community based scouting programs. This council is divided into 3 Districts:

  1. Blazing Trails OTC District
  2. Frontier OTC District
  3. Mo-Kan OTC District
  4. Nih-Ka-Ga-Hah OTC District
  5. Osage Hills OTC District
  6. Pathfinder OTC District
  7. River Trails OTC District

Council Camps Edit

Ozark Trails 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.

  1. Camp Arrowhead is in Marshfield, Missouri located in Southwest Missouri. The camp was started in 1924, and is the oldest continually operating Boy Scout Camp west of the Mississippi River.
  2. Frank Childress Scout Reservation, located 4 miles (6 km) south of I-44 and west of Diamond, MO on V Highway. FCSR is home to our Cub World Cub Scout Resident Camp. The camp includes a large swimming pool designed specifically for Cubs, dining hall, Pirate Ship, Old West Fort, Gold Mine Indian Village and a stocked trout pond for fishing.

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.

Eagles Nest Edit

Noteworthy scouts and service projects of the council:

External Links Edit

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