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Scouting in Alaska

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Scouting in Alaska has a long history, from the 1920s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live. Alaska shares a communal Scout history, only being broken into smaller councils in the 1960s.

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Early history (1920s-1950)

Scouting came to Alaska in the 1920s, and the Alaska Territorial Council was created in the 1930s.

Scouting in Alaska today

There are two Boy Scouts of America local councils in Alaska.

Great Alaska Council

The Western Alaska Council and Southeast Alaska Council merged to form the Great Alaska Council in January, 2006. The combined Supercouncil has 3,000 volunteers serving 16,000 youth. The Western Alaska Council was formed in 1954 from a part of the Seattle Council, which had absorbed the Alaska Council in 1954.

Scouts in the Russian oblast of Magadan have a relationship with the Great Alaska Council.

Organization

  • Aleutian District
  • Bear Paw District
  • Bering Sea District
  • Maritime District (formerly of Southeast Alaska Council)
  • Denali District
  • Eklutna District
  • Totem District (formerly of Southeast Alaska Council, comprises Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan, Metlakatla, Prince of Wales Island, and environs)
  • Shiskeenue District (formerly of Southeast Alaska Council)
  • Tustumena District
  • Y-K Delta District
  • Rural District
  • Order of the Arow

    Nanuk Lodge #355 absorbed Kootz Lodge #523 when Western Alaska Council merged with Southeast Alaska Council.

    Nanuk Lodge was created in 1947, and is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2007.

    Midnight Sun Council

    The Midnight Sun Council serves interior and northern Alaska, and is headquartered in Fairbanks.

    Organization

  • Tanana Valley District
  • Bush District
  • Camps

  • Lost Lake Scout Camp
  • Northern Lights High Adventure
  • Order of the Arrow

    Toontuk Lodge was founded in 1961. The lodge is named after the barren ground caribou, which is known to the Yupik Eskimo people of Western Alaska as Toontuk. Toontuk Lodge was recognized with the National Service Grant in 1997. The money was used to rehabilitate the waterfront at Lost Lake Scout Camp with sand and a lifeguard tower. In 2006, Toontuk Lodge celebrated its 45th anniversary. Among its projects that year, the Lodge gave the Council a large amphitheater sited on Lost Lake at Lost Lake Camp.

    Girl Scouting in Alaska

    As of October 2009 two Girl Scout councils exist in Alaska.

    Farthest North Girl Scout Council

    The Farthest North Girl Scout Council serves the largest geographical area of any of the more than 300 Girl Scout Councils in the United States, serving everything from the 63rd parallel north of the Alaska Range, more than 350,000 square miles (910,000 km2).

    This council was started in 1925 by a handful of girls in Fairbanks, Alaska headed by Jessie Bloom. Girl Scouting expanded to rural Alaska in 1945 with the establishment of the first troop in Nome. Since English was the not the predominantly spoken language, they learned the Girl Scout Promise in Yup'ik and English.

    Girl Scouts of Alaska

    Girl Scouts of Alaska was formed on October 1, 2009 by the merger of Girl Scouts Susitna Council and Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council and serves all of Alaska south of the 63 North.

    Camps

    Camp Togowoods in Wasilla near Anchorage and Camp Singing Hills in Peters Creek whose only building burned down in July 2009.

    References

    Scouting in Alaska Wikipedia


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