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Scouting in Utah

Scouting in Utah has a long history,[1] from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live.


Utah has one of the longest running scouting legacies in the country. The first known Boy Scout Troop was the Mutual Improvement Association Scout" program was officially invited to join the Boy Scouts of America.[4] 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,[5] 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.

Boy Scouting in Utah today

There are five Boy Scouts of America local councils in Utah.

Great Salt Lake Council

Great Salt Lake Council serves northern Utah.

Great Southwest Council

The Great Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 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.[6]

Snake River Council

Snake River Council serves Scouts in Idaho and Nevada.[7]

Trapper Trails Council

Trapper Trails Council serves Scouts in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho.[8]

  • Arrowhead District
  • Bear Lake District
  • Bear River District
  • Bird Haven District
  • Bonneville Shores District[9]
  • Bridger Valley District
  • Elk Horn District
  • Francis Peak District
  • Franklin District
  • Golden Spike District
  • Island View District
  • Lakeview District
  • Mount Ogden District
  • Mountain View District
  • Old Ephriam District[10]
  • Old Juniper District
  • Old Ephriam District
  • Pilot Butte District
  • Platte River District
  • Snow Horse District
  • Weber View District
  • Wyuta District


  • Camp Bartlett is located at southeastern Idaho 4 miles (6.4 km) up the road from Cache National Forest
  • Camp Aspen Ridge is located near Preston, Idaho.
  • Camp Hunt is located on Bear Lake near Garden City.
  • Camp Kiesel is located about 25 miles (40 km) east of Ogden, Utah.
  • Camp Fife is located on the Bear River near Cutler Dam, just outside of Fielding, Utah
  • Camp New Fork is located on the lower New Fork lake just outside of Cora, Wyoming.
  • Camp Browning is located in Huntsville, Utah, about 67.12 miles (108.02 km) from Salt Lake City.

Utah National Parks Council

  • Alpine District
  • Beaver District
  • Bridal Veil Falls District[13]
  • Buckhorn District
  • Carbon District
  • Cascade District[14]
  • Cathedral Gorge District
  • Cedar Breaks District
  • Deseret District
  • Fishlake District
  • Grand District
  • Hobble Creek District
  • King's Peak District
  • Lehi District[15]
  • Millard District
  • Mount Nebo District
  • Palmyra District - Boundaries include the communities of Spanish Fork, Salem, Woodland Hills, Palmyra, Benjamin, Lake Shore, and Leland.
  • Panguitch District
  • Paria River District
  • Pilot Peak District
  • Pony Express District[16]
  • Powell Point District
  • Porter Rockwell District
  • Provo District - Covers roughly the "southern half" of Provo.
  • Provo Cascade District - Covers roughly the "northern half" of Provo, Utah.
  • San Juan District
  • Sanpete District-Covers the entirety of Sanpete County, in Central Utah.
  • Silver Lake District
  • Snow Canyon District
  • Squaw Peak District
  • Timpanogos District
  • Uintah District
  • Utah Lake District[17]
  • Virgin River District
  • Wasatch District
  • Wayne District

Girl Scouting in Utah

Map of Girl Scout Councils in Utah

Two Girl Scout councils serve Utah.


Girl Scouting in Utah started in 1920 in Ogden, Utah and the first troops registered in Salt Lake City in 1921. In 1961 the current major council in Utah, Girl Scouts of Utah, was founded by the merging of several smaller councils.

Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council

In Utah, Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, serves girls living in the Navajo Nation in southern Utah.[18]

Girl Scouts of Utah

Girls Scouts of Utah, headquartered in Salt Lake City, serves over 9,000 girls in Utah and West Wendover, Nevada.[19]

Service Centers
  • Camp Cloud Rim is 27 acres (0.11 km2) at over 9,000 feet (2,700 m) by Lake Brimhall in the Wasatch Mountains near Park City, Utah. It was built by the Utah Works Progress Administration in the early 1930s. Originally named Camp Pinar, it was renamed to Camp Cloud Rim in 1937. The Lodge was destroyed by fire in 1992 but rebuilt and named the Janet Quinney Lawson Lodge. The new lodge was dedicated on August 14, 1999, and Janet Quinney Lawson was in attendance for the ceremony.[20] In 2013, the Girl Scouts of Utah council officially bought 236 acres of land just south of Cloud Rim from Silver Islet Lake Partners. The land has a conservation easement on all but 18 acres, so the Girl Scouts plan to build some rustic cabins, but will mostly preserve the land.[21]
  • Trefoil Ranch is 123 acres (0.50 km2) near Provo, Utah. It was built in 1943 by volunteers. In 2002, a new lodge was built and dedicated in 2003 featuring new restrooms, a classroom facility, and a new showerhouse.[22]

Executive pay controversy

In 2007 it was disclosed that the leader of the Great Salt Lake Council received more than $200,000 a year in compensation.[23][24] Executive pay became an issue again in 2011 during the annual Friends of Scouting campaign.[25][26] During that time, a scout leader in an LDS ward distributed a disclaimer that the Friends of Scouting monies do not directly benefit the local Scout troop, but are used to pay expenses at the council and national level, including executive pay which he felt was excessive. The leader was subsequently removed from his scouting role by his ecclesiastical leaders.[27]

See also


  1. ^ Arave, Lynn (10 July 2003), "Scouting celebrates rich anniversary",  
  2. ^ Lindblad, Victor (1971), History of the Boy Scout movement in the Cache Valley Council area: 1909-1928, p. ,  
  3. ^ Moulton, Kristen (13 March 2010). "Century-old Boy Scout troop in Logan celebrates longevity".  
  4. ^ Swensen, Jason (27 February 2010). "Scouting reaches its centennial anniversary: Church has partnered with the BSA since its early years".  
  5. ^ Moulton, Kristen (24 February 2010). "From Great Britain to Great Basin: A brief look at history of Scouting".  
  6. ^ "Great Southwest Council". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Snake River Council". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  8. ^ "Trapper Trails Council". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  9. ^ "Bonneville Shores District". 
  10. ^ "Old Ephriam District". 
  11. ^ Arave, Lynn (30 June 2008). "Scout camp still stuck in winter".  
  12. ^ "Camp Tour 2001". Scout Camps USA. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  13. ^ "Bridal Veil Falls District". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  14. ^ "Cascade District". 
  15. ^ "Lehi District". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  16. ^ "Pony Express District". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  17. ^ "Utah Lake District". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  18. ^ "Girl Scouts-Arizona". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  19. ^ "Girls Scouts of Utah". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  20. ^ Palmer, Douglas (August 14, 2999). "Girl Scouts dedicating new $3 million lodge". The Deseret News. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  21. ^ O'Donoghue, Amy Joi (January 5, 2013). "Utah Girl Scouts complete historic land purchase, preserving neighboring open space". The Deseret News. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Trefoil Ranch History". Girl Scouts of Utah. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  23. ^ Davidson, Lee (11 November 2007). "Scouts may be thrifty, but some leaders are well paid".  
  24. ^ "Boy Scout council leader defends $214,000 compensation".  
  25. ^ Davidson, Lee (6 August 2011). "Utah Boy Scouts fundraiser kicks off — with high-pressure tactics".  
  26. ^ "Q-and-A with Boy Scout councils".  
  27. ^ Davidson, Lee (21 September 2011). "LDS leader dismissed after criticizing Friends of Scouting".  

Further reading

  • Boren, Kerry Ross (2008). Lest We Forget: A Historical Review of the Great Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America. BSA Great Salt Lake Council. 
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