Scouting in Rhode Island
Scouting in Rhode Island 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.
Early history (1910-1950)
Rhode Island Boy Scouts
Boy Scouts of America
In 1910 the First Providence Troop was organized in Washington Park, Providence, Rhode Island. On October 24, 1910 the troop was formally recognized by Scout headquarters. Troop meetings were held at the Broad Street School. The first Scoutmaster was Herbert R. Dean, a retired Army general. The first charter listed sixty-four boys.
Four BSA councils were formed in the state. The first council, Providence Council (546), was organized in 1916 based in Providence. The second was Pawtucket RI Council (Council # 548) in 1917 and ended in 1920. From 1918 to 1924, (Council # 547) Newport RI Council existed. In 1924, Woonsocket RI (#549) formed a council.
In 1917, Rhode Island Boy Scouts merged with Providence Council to form the Greater Providence Council and recognized its existence back to 1910. In 1922, Pawtucket RI Council was reorganized into Pawtucket & Central Falls Council. In 1924, Newport Council became Newport County Council. In 1926, the Greater Providence Area Council was created from the merger of Greater Providence Council and Newport County Council. In the years 1929 and 1930, the three Rhode Island councils merged into Narragansett Council. The present Narragansett Council was formed as the result of a 2001 merger between the Moby Dick Council and the Narragansett Council.
Scouting in Rhode Island today
Girl Scouting in Rhode Island
The first Girl Scout troop in Rhode Island was started in 1914 and the first council in 1919. In 1962 the then existing 9 Rhode Island councils merged to form Girl Scouts of Rhode Island.
Girl Scouts of Rhode Island
Girl Scouts of Rhode Island is the sole council supporting Rhode Island. It also includes 13 communities in Massachusetts (see Scouting in Massachusetts for map) and Pawcatuck, Connecticut. In 2007 it had 13,595 girls.
- Camp Cookie is in Glocester, RI.
- Camp Hoffman is 75 acres (304,000 m2) in West Kingston, RI on the shores of Larkin Pond. It was established in 1921.
- Camp Narrow River is in North Kingstown, RI
- Camp Nokewa is in North Kingstown, RI
- Camp Promising Acres is in Swansea, Massachusetts
- Camp Rocky Farm is 5 acres (20,000 m2) in Newport, RI
The Girl Scouts of Rhode Island have a museum at Camp Hoffman, and, their headquarters is a restored canal house in Providence.
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