Rhode Island Boy Scouts

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Rhode Island Boy Scouts
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LocationRhode Island
CountryUnited States
FoundedAugust 29, 1910
FounderCol. Charles E. Mulhearn
Membership1200 (10/1911)
AffiliationAmerican Boy Scouts (1910-1911)
Boy Scouts of America (1917-present)
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The Rhode Island Boy Scouts (RIBS), was an early American Scouting organization that split off from the American Boy Scouts in 1910 and merged with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 1917. RIBS still exists as a trustee organization.


The American Boy Scouts of Rhode Island was founded by Charles E. Mulhearn on August 29, 1910 with the meeting of an executive committee. The next day, the committee requested a charter from the New England Department Headquarters of the American Boy Scouts. At a September 8, 1910 executive committee meeting, the organization selected its first officers. On March 12, 1911, the organization voted to break away from the American Boy Scouts and was renamed as the Rhode Island Boy Scouts.[1] The State issued a state charter to the RIBS as a state institution.[2]

In 1917 RIBS merged with the BSA granting all members of RIBS back service.[3]

RIBS kept its corporate identity after the merger allowing it to continue receiving bequests, funds, and properties.[3] RIBS owns many of the properties operated by Narragansett Council with the exceptions of Cachalot Scout Reservation, acquired through a 2002 merger with Moby Dick Council and Camp Norse which was acquired in 2015 through a merger with Annawon Council.[4]

Chief officers[edit]

Chief Scout

Chief Commissioner

  • G. Edward Buxton (September 6, 1910 – April 12, 1911)
  • John R. Rathom (April 12, 1911 - 1917)[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Rhode Island Boy Scouts". Boys' Life. George S. Barton & Co. 1 (8): 36. October 1911. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Rhode Island Boy Scouts: The only Boy Scout Organization existing under a State Charter as a State Institution". Boys' Life. George S. Barton & Co. 2 (2): 36. April 1912. ISSN 0006-8608. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "History of the Council" (PDF). Narragansett Council.
  4. ^ "A Brief History of the Boy Scouts of America 1910 to Today". Adventure Troop 97.