Scouting in Nebraska

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Scouting in Nebraska 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.

Boy Scouts of America[edit]

Early history (1910-1950)[edit]

The first Eagle Scout in Nebraska was Alva R. Fitch of Norfolk.

The Nebraska Panhandle Area Council was founded in 1929, and in 1935 changed its name to the Scottsbluff Area Council. That council in 1936 changed its name to Wyo-Braska Council, which it remained until it merged into Longs Peak Council in 1975.

Recent history (1950-1990)[edit]

The 1967 National Order of the Arrow Conference was held at the University of Nebraska.

Scouting in Nebraska today[edit]

There are four Boy Scouts of America local councils in Nebraska. All of Nebraska lies within Central Region, except for Sioux, Scotts Bluff, Banner, Kimball, Cheyenne, Dawes, Box Butte, Morrill, Cheyenne, Sheridan, Garden, Deuel and Grant counties, as part of Western Region.

Cornhusker Council[edit]

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Cornhusker Council (324) serves eastern Nebraska, with headquarters in Lincoln and its main offices in Walton at the Outdoor Education Center (OEC). The council camp is Camp Cornhusker, located south of Humboldt, Nebraska; its mailing address is in DuBois. The Order of the Arrow lodge is the Golden Sun Lodge, #492.

  • Salt Valley District (Lancaster County)
  • Seven Feathers District
  • Prairie Winds District

Longs Peak Council[edit]

The Longs Peak Council (62) is headquartered in Greeley, Colorado. Named after the tallest peak in the council territory, Longs Peak Council serves Scouting youth in northeastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and western Nebraska. The WyoBraska Council of Scottsbluff merged into the Longs Peak Council in 1973. The council camps are Ben Delatour Scout Ranch near Fort Collins, Colorado and Camp Laramie Peak near Wheatland, Wyoming.

Mid-America Council[edit]

The Mid-America Council offers programs in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.

Overland Trails Council[edit]

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Overland Trails Council (322) serves youth in western Nebraska, with headquarters in Grand Island. The Tri-Trails Council of North Platte was subsumed into this council in 1994. The council camp is Camp Augustine, located in Grand Island, although its address is in Doniphan. The Order of the Arrow Lodge is "Tatanka Anpetu-Wi, #94"

  • Covered Wagon
  • Pawnee
  • Pony Express
  • Buffalo Bill
  • Republican Valley

Girl Scouts of the USA[edit]

Girl Scout Councils in Nebraska

There are two Girl Scout councils in Nebraska.

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa[edit]

Serves Dakota County, Nebraska.

Headquarters: Des Moines, Iowa

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska[edit]

Spirit of Nebraska council serves over 18,000 girls and has 6,000 adult volunteers in Nebraska, except Dakota County, and also the town of Carter Lake, Iowa (due to a change in the course of the Mississippi river, Carter Lake is surrounded by Nebraska and across the river from the rest of Iowa).

It was formed on May 1, 2008 by the merger of Girl Scouts Goldenrod Council, Girl Scouts — Great Plains Council, Guiding Star Girl Scout Council of Nebraska, Girl Scouts — Homestead Council, and Girl Scouts, Prairie Hills Council of Nebraska.

Headquarters: Omaha, Nebraska

Service Centers:


American Heritage Girls[edit]

American Heritage Girls operates one unit in Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

Trail Life[edit]

Trail Life USA has units in the cities of Omaha,[2] McCook, Nebraska City, and Benkelman.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AHG Troop Locations". American Heritage Girls.
  2. ^ "Trail Life USA Troop 812".
  3. ^ "Troop Locator". Archived from the original on 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  4. ^ "Boy Scouts alternative springing up in Nebraska".

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