Scouting in Utah

History Edit

BSA History Edit


Utah has one of the longest running scouting legacies in the country. The first known Boy Scout Troop was the Episcopalian Troop One led by Reverend Rice, a missionary to Utah. This troop assembled in 1907 and continued their meetings and camp-outs up through 1910. The second known Boy Scout Troop got its start in Logan, Utah in 1910. On 21 May 1913, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 15-month-old "Mutual Improvement Association Scout" program was officially invited to join the Boy Scouts of America. This started the first widespread movement in Utah Scouting. By 1928, the LDS Church had designated Scouting as the official activity program for its young men.

The Ogden Council was in existence in 1919. In 1920, Scout Executive, G.A. Goates, led 85 boys and scoutmasters on a 14-day hike through Yellowstone National Park. According to the Department of the Interior, 3,800 feet of motion picture film was taken of the trip.

In 1919 the Great Salt Lake and Lake Bonneville Councils were formed. Later, in 1921 the Utah County Council was formed. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remains a major sponsor of scouting in Utah, however churches of other faiths, and other non profit organizations are sponsors of Utah scouting programs. Most, if not all troops welcome those of all faiths to their program.

Up until the 1980s or 1990s, the Lake Bonneville Council and Cache Valley Council covered northern Utah. Those councils are now part of the Trapper Trails Council.

Scouting Councils Edit

BSA Councils Edit

  1. Great Salt Lake Council 2010
    Great Salt Lake Council - Salt Lake City UT - serves the central Utah counties of Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit, as well as much of Davis County. Home to the El-Ku-Ta Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, founded at Camp Steiner in June 1956.
  2. Gswcpatch
    Great Southwest Council - Albuquerque NM - 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.
  3. Patch 13832
    Snake River Council - headquarters Idaho Falls ID - Nevada, Idaho and Northwest corner of Utah.  Home of the Ma-I-Shu Lodge of the Order of the Arrow. Since 1956 they have owned and operated Camp Bradley for their summer camp program which includes horseback riding, whitewater rafting and other outdoor adventures.  That camp had a close scare in 2012 and 2013 when a pair of major wildfires burned too close.
  4. Trapper Trails Council S07d
    Trapper Trails Council - One of the largest scouting councils in America with some 20 districts covering much of Northern Utah.
  5. Utah National Parks Council S03
    Utah National Parks Council - Also one of the largest BSA councils, with some 20 districts covering much of Southern Utah. Named for the high adventure available for the five national parks found in its territory.

GSA Councils Edit

  1. Girls Scouts of Utah - Covers most of the state
  2. Arizona Cactus Pine Council - includes southeast corner of Utah.

Youth Camps & Facilities Edit

High Adventure Edit

National Parks, Monuments and Forests Edit


National Forests in Utah

Regional Adventures Edit

References Edit