Scouting in New Mexico
Scouting in New Mexico has had a rich and colorful history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live. The state is home to the Philmont Scout Ranch.
- 1 Early history (1910–1950)
- 2 Recent history (1950–1990)
- 3 Scouting in New Mexico today
- 4 Girl Scouting in New Mexico
- 5 Scouting museums in New Mexico
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early history (1910–1950)
On May 11, 1941, the Boy Scouts of America honored Major Frederick Russell Burnham on his eightieth birthday, at Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico. Burnham had only recently returned from Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge which he had dedicated with the Boy Scouts in Arizona after a long campaign to save the Desert Bighorn Sheep.
Recent history (1950–1990)
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Scouting in New Mexico today
There are five Boy Scouts of America local councils in New Mexico.
Located in southeast New Mexico, the Conquistador Council office is in Roswell, New Mexico. The Kwahadi Lodge #78 of the Order of the Arrow serves local Arrowmen.
- Chisum Trail District
- El Llano Grande District
- Oil Patch District
- Rio Hondo District
Grand Canyon Council
Grand Canyon Council serves Scouts in Arizona and New Mexico.
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.
Although the Mesa Verde District of the Great Southwest Council includes San Juan County, Colorado, the council no longer owns or operate the Cascade Scout Camp located in the San Juan National Forest, north of Durango, Colorado, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Anasazi District
- El Valle Manzano District
- Encantado District
- Mesa Verde District
- Northern New Mexico District
- Sandia District
- Santa Fe District
- Zuni Mountain District
South Plains Council
South Plains Council serves Scouts in Texas and New Mexico.
Yucca Council serves Scouts in Texas and New Mexico.
Girl Scouting in New Mexico
Three Girl Scout Councils serve New Mexico.
Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails serves some 5,000 girls in 23 counties in northern and central New Mexico.
It was formed in November 2007 by the merger of the two previous councils of Sangre de Cristo and Chaparral.
- Camp Elliott Barker located near Angel Fire, NM
- Rancho del Chaparral located in the Jemez Mountains
Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest – Southern New Mexico & West Texas
Formed from the May 1, 2009 merger of Zia, Permian Basin and Rio Grande Councils.
Headquarters: El Paso, TX
Service Centers in New Mexico
Camps in New Mexico
- Camp Pioneer
Scouting museums in New Mexico
The Scouting Museum of New Mexico, run by Dennis Downing at 400 South First Street in Raton, New Mexico, is open daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm from June through August, and by appointment from September through May. Privately owned at a private facility, displays include Wood Badge, Philmont, Order of the Arrow, National Jamboree, international Scouting, Scout books and magazines, videos, reference library, and also rotates loaned exhibits, in the summers only. Admission is free.
- Edward H. Saxton (March 1978). "Saving the Desert Bighorns". Desert Magazine 41 (3). Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- Boy Scout Camp Program, Great Southwest Council, 2009. Accessed 2009-02-24.
- Year-Round Use of Camp, Great Southwest Council, 2008. Accessed 2009-02-24.
- Map to Camp, Great Southwest Council, 2009. Accessed 2009-02-24.
- Mesa Verde District, Mesa Verde District of Great Southwest Council, 2009. Accessed 2010-01-30.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
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