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Scouting in West Virginia

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Scouting in West Virginia

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

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Early history (1909-1950)

In 1920, the Fairmont Council was founded. It closed in 1922.

In 1921, the Morgantown Council was founded. It closed in 1923.

In 1922, the Grafton Council was founded. It closed in 1923.

In 1923, the New River District Council (#615) was founded. It closed in 1923.

In 1928, the Mountaineer Area Council was founded.

In 1925, the McDowell County Council (#707) was founded. It changed its name to the Southern West Virginia Council (#707) in 1928.

In 1925, the Charleston Council (#617) was founded. It changed its name to the Charleston Area Council (#617) in 1929.

In 1926, the Logan County Council (#756) was founded. It changed its name to the Logan-Boone Area Council (#756) in 1930. It merged into the Logan-Boone-Mingo Area Council (#756) in 1935.

In 1930, the Kentucky-West Virginia Council (#626) was founded. It merged into the Logan-Boone-Mingo Area Council (#756) in 1934. It changed its name to the Cornstalk Council (#756) in 1953. It changed its name to the Chief Cornstalk Council (#756) in 1954. It merged into the Buckskin Council (#617) in 1990.

In 1929, the Charleston Area Council (#617) was founded. It changed its name to the Buckskin Council (#617) in 1949.

In 1946, the Appalachian Council (#673) was founded. It merged into the Southern West Virginia Council (#707) in 1955. It changed its name to the Appalachian Council (#707) in 1956. In 1991, the council merged into the Buckskin Council (#617).

In 1949, the Buckskin Council (#617) was founded.

In 1919, the Parkersburg Council (#618) was founded. It changed its name to the Kootaga Area Council (#618) in 1933. In 1990, it merged into the Allohak Council (#618).

In 1916, the Clarksburg Council (#616) was founded. It changed its name to the Clarksburg Area Council (#616) in 1936. It changed its name to the Central West Virginia Council (#616) in 1941. In 1990, it merged into the Allohak Council (#618).

In 1916, the Wheeling Council (#619) was founded. It changed its name to the Wheeling and Moundsville Council (#619) in 1923. It changed its name to the Wheeling Area Council (#619) in 1925. It changed its name to the Huroquois Council (#619) in 1926. It changed its name to the National Trail Council (#619) in 1966. It changed its name to the Ohio River Valley Council (#619) in 1991.

In 1919, the Huntington Council (#672) was founded. It changed its name to the Huntington Area Council (#672) in 1924. It changed its name to the Tri-State Area Council (#672) in 1935.

Recent history (1950-present)

In 1990, the Allohak Council (#618) was created from the merger of the Central West Virginia Council (#616) and the Kootaga Area Council (#618).

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, often shortened as Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) and The Summit, located in Mount Hope, West Virginia, near Beckley, is one of four facilities managed by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The Summit is the home of the national Scout jamboree, The Summit High Adventure Base, and the National Center for Scouting Excellence. It is 10,600 acres (43 km2) in size. The facility hosted the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

Boy Scouting in West Virginia today

There are nine Boy Scouts of America local councils in West Virginia. Most of West Virginia lies within the BSA's Central Region, Mineral, Hardy, Hampshire, are part of the Northeast Region. Pendleton, Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties, are part of the Southern Region.

Allohak Council

The Allohak Council was created in 1990. It is composed of six districts and serves West Virginia and Ohio. The council headquarters is in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Organization

  • Blennerhassett District - Counties of Ritchie, Wood (except Williamstown), and Belpre, Ohio.
  • Highland District - Counties of Barbour, Upsher, Randolph, Tucker
  • Hock Hocking District - Athens County, Ohio.
  • Little Kanawha District - Counties of Calhoun, Jackson, Roane, and Wirt.
  • Stonewall Jackson District - Counties of Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, and Lewis.
  • Washington District - Counties of Pleasants, Washington County, Ohio (except Belpre), and Williamstown.
  • Camps

    Camp Kootaga is located in Wirt County, WV. It serves as the summer camp for the Allohak Council. The camp is located on approximately 600 acres of forest land along the Hughes River. Each year 5 weeks of summer camp are conducted at Camp Kootaga. Camp Kootaga has 14 campsites.

    The property known as Camp Kootaga was purchased in 1922 by Don B. Lowe under the Gim-O-Gash tribe of the Boy Scouts of America. The first long-term summer camp was held that year on the banks of the Hughes River in the Kootaga region. This camp consisted of one or two Troops from the Parkersburg area with Don B. Lowe as the Camp Director during the early years. In 1929 Col. R. L. Cole brought a Kiowa Indian named J. Dougannah to help with the camp program. He gave Indian names to the Leaders and named the Boy Scout camp "Kootaga" which means "Good Friends." Through the years, Camp Kootaga has gone through many changes, but one thing has remained constant: helping develop young men into upstanding citizens and outstanding individuals.

    Camp Mahonegon, sitting of approximately 500 acres in Upsher County, is the second camp in the Allohak Council. Though no longer used as an active summer camp, Mahonegon has remained an active part of the council. It is used for many council events yearly, and continues to be a focal point for scouting activity. The First Summer Camp was held in 1948. The last Summer Camp was held in 1980.

    Buckeye Council

    Buckeye Council serves Scouts in Ohio and West Virginia.

    Buckskin Council

    Buckskin Council serves Scouts in Scouts in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

    Organization

    The council is divided into several districts:

  • Chief Cornstalk District
  • Mountain Dominion District
  • Elk River District
  • Pioneer District
  • Seneca District
  • Cardinal District
  • MGM District
  • Muguyoh District
  • Mountaineer Area Council

    The Mountaineer Area Council serves Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers of Monongalia, Marion, Preston, and Taylor counties in North Central West Virginia. It is the only council in the state to exclusively serve counties of West Virginia.

    History

    The Mountaineer Area Council (#615) was founded 1928.

    Organization

  • Pierpont serving Marion and Taylor Counties
  • Mon/Preston serving Monongalia and Preston Counties
  • Camps

  • Camp Mountaineer is located in Morgantown, WV. It is the summer camp for the Mountaineer Area Council. Opening in 1956, Camp Mountaineer is a premiere year-round camping facility encompassing over 1,000 acres of West Virginia foliage and fauna. Hidden in the hills of Monongalia County, this serene Boy Scout Camp has a variety of campsites and program areas near picturesque Strawn Lake. The Summer Camps include Boy Scout Resident Camp, Cub Scout Resident Camp, Cub Scout Day Camp, and High Adventure Camp for Boy Scouts and Venturers. From the youngest Boy Scouts in the Mountain Man program learning new skills, to the advanced leadership building skills of the C.O.P.E. and High Adventure Programs, there is truly an adventure for everyone. The state of the art Shooting Sports facilities with specialized rifle, shotgun and archery ranges, High Ropes C.O.P.E. course, and two climbing & rappelling towers offer unique opportunities for all scouts.
  • Camp Lynn is located at 39°30'22.8"N 79°52'21.0"W. It is 168 acres of rustic camping just 2.6 miles from Camp Mountaineer on Boy Scout Rd. Camp Lynn is remote with limited access by vehicle. With many natural streams, a large field, and hard wood and pine forests surrounding it, it is the perfect location for backpacking, trail excursions or primitive camping.
  • Order of the Arrow

    Menawngihella Lodge #550

    Ohio River Valley Council

    Ohio River Valley Council serves Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing in West Virginia and Ohio.

    Districts

  • Two Chiefs serves Harrison County, OH, Jefferson County, OH, Brooke County, WV Hancock County, WV
  • National Trail serves Belmont County, OH, Ohio County, WV
  • Mountaineer serves Monroe County, OH, Marshall County, WV, Wetzel County, WV, Tyler County, WV
  • Camps

  • Fort Steuben Scout Reservation - Freeport, Ohio
  • Sandscrest Scout Reservation - Wheeling, WV
  • Order of the Arrow

    Onondaga Lodge 36

    Laurel Highlands Council

    Laurel Highlands Council served Scouts in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

    Shenandoah Area Council

    Shenandoah Area Council serves Scouts in Virginia and West Virginia.

    Stonewall Jackson Area Council

    Stonewall Jackson Area Council serves Scouts in the Shenandoah Valley and Charlottesville areas of Virginia and Pendleton County, West Virginia.

    Organization

    The council is part of Area 7 of the Southern Region of the BSA. The council service center is in Waynesboro, Virginia and employs seven paid professional Scouters and an office staff. SJAC is divided into four districts:

  • Massanutten District: Harrisonburg; Rockingham and Pendleton counties
  • Monticello District: Charlottesville; Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties
  • Southern District: Buena Vista, Covington, Clifton Forge, Lexington; Alleghany, Bath and Rockbridge counties
  • Valley District: Staunton, Waynesboro; Augusta and Highland counties
  • Girl Scouting in West Viriginia

    There are two Girl Scout councils in West Virginia.

    Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital

    In October 2009 the old Shawnee Council of West Virginia joined with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital as part of the nationwide reorganization.

    West Virginia Service Center: Martinsburg, West Virginia

    Other Girl Scout Camps

    The Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania has Camp Roy Weller in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. It is 792 acres (3.21 km2) and besides lodges and camping areas has the Eberly Family Learning Center.

    Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council

    Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council serves more than 20,000 girls in 59 counties in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland.

    Field Offices

  • Athens, Ohio - Appalachian Field Office shared with Girl Scouts - Seal of Ohio
  • Steubenville, Ohio
  • Beckley, WV
  • Bluefield, WV
  • Chapmanville, WV
  • Huntington, WV
  • Fairmont, WV
  • Lewisburg, WV
  • Morgantown, WV
  • Parkersburg, WV
  • Walton, WV
  • Weston, WV
  • Wheeling, WV
  • Camps

  • Camp Giscowheco in Triadelphia, West Virginia
  • Camp Sandy Bend in Elizabeth, West Virginia
  • Camp Mamie Flynn in Logan, West Virginia
  • Camp Rocky Ledges in Milton, West Virginia
  • References

    Scouting in West Virginia Wikipedia


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