Scouting in Nebraska
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
Early history (1910-1950)
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)
Scouting in Nebraska today
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.
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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
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.
Overland Trails Council
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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
- Pony Express
- Buffalo Bill
- Republican Valley
Girl Scouts of the USA
There are two Girl Scout councils in Nebraska.
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Serves Dakota County, Nebraska.
Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
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.
- Columbus, Nebraska
- Grand Island, Nebraska
- Hastings, Nebraska
- Kearney, Nebraska
- Lincoln, Nebraska
- McCook, Nebraska
- Ogallala, Nebraska
- Omaha, Nebraska
- Camp Maha is 52 acres (210,000 m2) on the Platte River just south of Papillion, Nebraska. It was leased by the Omaha Girl Scouts from 1933 to 1945 and bought in 1945.
- Camp Catron is 67 acres (270,000 m2) outside Nebraska City, Nebraska. It was established in 1946 and named for Henry Catron who donated the land to the Girl Scouts.
- Camp Crossed Arrows is 150 acres (0.61 km2) on the east bank of the Elkhorn River near Nickerson, Nebraska. It was acquired in 1963.
- Camp Cosmopolitan (aka Camp Cosmo) is 32 acres (130,000 m2) outside Grand Island, Nebraska
- Lakeview is 20 acres (81,000 m2) on Lake Maloney outside North Platte, Nebraska
- Hidden Oaks is a cabin near Valentine, Nebraska
- Hilltop is 32 acres (130,000 m2) in Lincoln, Nebraska
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