Scouting in Rhode Island

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Scouting in Rhode Island
Dining hall at Camp Medicine Bow, Yawgoog Scout Reservation.jpg
Dining hall at Camp Medicine Bow, Yawgoog Scout Reservation
Yawgoog gate
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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)[edit]

Rhode Island Boy Scouts[edit]

The Rhode Island Boy Scouts (RIBS), formerly American Boy Scouts of Rhode Island , was a Scouting organization in the United States from 1910 until its merger with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 1917.[1] RIBS still exists as a trustee organization.[2]

Boy Scouts of America[edit]

In 1910 the First Providence Troop was organized in Washington Park. 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.[3]

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 Council (#548) in 1917 and ended in 1920. From 1918 to 1924, Newport Council (#547) existed. In 1924, Woonsocket Council (#549) formed a council.[4]

In 1917, Rhode Island Boy Scouts merged with Providence Council to form the Greater Providence Area Council (#546) and recognized its existence back to 1910.[5] In 1922, Pawtucket Council was reorganized into Pawtucket & Central Falls Council (#548). In 1924, Newport Council became Newport County Council (#547). 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.[4][5] The present Narragansett Council was formed as the result of a 2001 merger between the Moby Dick Council and the Narragansett Council.[6]

Scouting in Rhode Island today[edit]

Main article: Narragansett Council
Narragansett Council
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters East Providence
Location Rhode Island, Massachusetts
Country United States
Founded 1916
Scout Executive John Mosby
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The Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America serves all of the state of Rhode Island and some of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Its several camps include Camp Yawgoog and Camp Cachalot.

Girl Scouting in Rhode Island[edit]

Girl Scouting in Rhode Island
Map of Girl Scout Council in Rhode Island
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Casper, Wyoming
Country United States
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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.[7]

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island[edit]

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island is the council serving Rhode Island.[8] It also includes 13 communities in Massachusetts (see Scouting in Massachusetts for map) and Pawcatuck, Connecticut. In 2007 it had 13,595 girls.


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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