Scouting in South Dakota

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Scouting in South Dakota
Sioux Council.jpg
Sioux Council Office
 Scouting portal

Scouting in South Dakota has a long history, from the 1910s to the present, and serves thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live.

Early history (1910-1950)[edit]

In 1917 the Centerville Council was founded. It folded in 1918.

In 1917 the Mitchell Council was founded. It folded in 1920.

In 1920 the Yankton Council (#555) was founded. It folded in 1924.

In 1930 the Black Hills Area Council (#695) was founded.

In 1920 the Huron Council (#693) was founded. It reformed as the Huron Area Council in 1925, changing its name to the Central South Dakota Council in 1928. In 1942 it changed its name to Pheasant Council (#693).

In 1925 the Southern South Dakota Council (#716) was founded. In 1927 it merged into the Sioux Council.

In 1926 the Hiawatha Council (#733) was founded. In 1927 it merged into the Sioux Council.

In 1925 the Aberdeen Area Council (#703) was founded. In 1928 it changed its name to Northern South Dakota Council, changing the name again in 1931 to the Dasota Council. In 1933, the Dasota Council splt, with half of the council going to Central South Dakota and half going to Arrowhead.

In 1934 the Arrowhead Council (#703) was founded. In 1942 the Pheasant Council (#693) was founded. In 1943 Arrowhead merged into Pheasant.

In 1927 the Sioux Council (#733) was founded.[1]

Recent history (1950-1990)[edit]

In 1978, the Pheasant Council (#693) merged into the Sioux Council (#733).[1]

Scouting in South Dakota today[edit]

There are two Boy Scouts of America local councils serving South Dakota. All of South Dakota lies within Central Region, except for Harding, Butte, Lawrence, Pennington, Custer, Fall River, Meade, Shannon, Haakon, Jackson and Bennett counties, as part of Western Region.

Black Hills Area Council[edit]

Black Hills Area Council (#695)
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Rapid City
Country United States
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The Black Hills Area Council was granted a charter by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America in 1930, charged with the responsibility of organizing and supporting successful Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams, Venturing Crews, Explorer Posts and Learning for Life Groups within its 30,000-square-mile (78,000 km2) geographical boundaries. It serves over 3,700 youth members in Western South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming and are one of the largest youth serving organizations in our community.


Until 2014 the Council was composed of three districts:

  • Bear Butte District serves the Northern Hills Area of South Dakota and Sundance and Moorcroft, Wyoming.
  • Penjahame District serves the South Dakota Counties of Pennington, Jackson, Haakon and Southern Meade.
  • Pine Tree District serves the Southern Hills area of South Dakota and Newcastle, Wyoming.

Since August 2014, the Black Hills Area Council is now 1 district, the Rushmore District.


In 1976 the Black Hills Area Council established Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch, its year-round camping facility which hosts both unit and family groups.[citation needed]

Mid America Council[edit]

The Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America offers programs in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. The Mid-America Council was formed from a merger of the Covered Wagon Council and the Southwest Iowa Council in 1965. The first recorded Scouting in the area was in 1918 as the Omaha Council. In 2000 the council merged with the Prairie Gold Council in Sioux City, Iowa.

Northern Lights Council[edit]

The Northern Lights Council serves North Dakota, and counties in South Dakota, northwest Minnesota and northeast Montana.

Sioux Council[edit]

Sioux Council (#733)
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Sioux Falls, SD
Country United States
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Sioux Council serves Scouts in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.


  • Buffalo Ridge District
  • Five Rivers District
  • Lewis and Clark Trail District
  • North Star District
  • Pheasant District
  • Prairie Hills District


Sioux Council operates the Lewis & Clark Scout Camp at Tabor, SD; Camp Iyataka at Wilmot, SD; Newton Hills Camp south of Canton, SD; and Camp Shetek at Currie, MN.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

Tetonwana Lodge #105
Founded October 6, 1937
Membership 421
Lodge Chief Anthony Chida
Tetonwana Lodge
 Scouting portal

Tetonwana Lodge is the local lodge of the Order of the Arrow for Sioux Council. The Tetonwana Lodge was chartered in 1937 and serves Boy Scouts in the states of South Dakota, Minnesota. and Iowa.

On January 1, 1978, Tetonwana Lodge #105 and Iyatonka Lodge #460 merged. This merger was the result of a merger between Sioux Council and Pheasant Council.

Girl Scouting in South Dakota[edit]

Girl Scouting in South Dakota
Map of Girl Scout Council in North Dakota, South Dakota, and part of Minnesota
 Scouting portal

Two Girl Scout Councils serve South Dakota.

Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons[edit]

Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons
Headquarters Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Country United States
 Scouting portal

Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons serves 11,000 girls and has 4,100 adult volunteers in North and South Dakota and in thirteen counties in north-western Minnesota and Lyon County, Iowa. The council is divided into four geographic areas and has seven offices. Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.[2]


On July 1, 2007 the three Girl Scout councils of South Dakota and the three in North Dakota merged to form the current council. The councils it replaces are:

  • Girl Scouts of The Black Hills Council;
  • Girl Scouts of Minn-Ia-kota;
  • Girl Scouts of Nyoda Council;
  • Girl Scouts of Northwest North Dakota;
  • Girl Scouts of Sakakawea Council; and
  • Girl Scouts-Pine to Prairie Council.

District Offices[edit]

District Field Offices:


Former Camps:

  • Camp PahaSapa was near Rapid City, South Dakota

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa[edit]

Serves South Dakota girls in Union and part of Clay counties.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]