Scouting in South Dakota
|Scouting in South Dakota|
Sioux Council Office
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.
- 1 Early history (1910-1950)
- 2 Recent history (1950-1990)
- 3 Scouting in South Dakota today
- 4 Girl Scouting in South Dakota
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Early history (1910-1950)
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 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.
Recent history (1950-1990)
Scouting in South Dakota today
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
|Black Hills Area Council (#695)|
|Owner||Boy Scouts of America|
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 of 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.
Mid America Council
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
|Sioux Council (#733)|
|Owner||Boy Scouts of America|
|Headquarters||Sioux Falls, SD|
- Buffalo Ridge District
- Five Rivers District
- Lewis and Clark Trail District
- North Star District
- Pheasant District
- Prairie Hills District
Order of the Arrow
|Tetonwana Lodge #105|
|Founded||October 6, 1937|
|Lodge Chief||Christopher Loutsch|
|Past Chief||Jacob Huber|
|Lodge Adviser||Mike Drotzman|
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
|Girl Scouting in South Dakota|
Map of Girl Scout Council in North Dakota, South Dakota, and part of Minnesota
Two Girl Scout Councils serve South Dakota.
Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons
|Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons|
|Headquarters||Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
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.
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.
- Bismarck, North Dakota - Northwest District
- Fargo, North Dakota - Northeast District
- Rapid City, South Dakota - Southwest District
- Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Southeast District
District Field Offices:
- Camp MOE - near Thief River Falls, Minnesota
- Camp Neche - near Bismarck, North Dakota
- Camp Ocankasa - near Mandan, North Dakota
- Camp Owetti - near Minot, ND
- Camp Sakakawea - near Pick City, North Dakota
- Camp Tonweya is north of Valley City, North Dakota
- Wall Lake Camp is near Sioux Falls, SD
- Camp Nyteepeota - on Lake Kampeska in Watertown, South Dakota
- Camp Arroya is near Mitchell, SD
- Camp Woodlands - near Huron, South Dakota
- Robin's Nest is near Aberdeen, SD
- TDAF (Tom and Danielle Aman Foundation) Lodge is near Aberdeen, SD
- Cedar Canyon Camp is near Rapid City, SD
- Camp PahaSapa was near Rapid City, South Dakota
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Serves South Dakota girls in Union and part of Clay counties.
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- Hook, James; Franck, Dave; Austin, Steve (1982). An Aid to Collecting Selected Council Shoulder Patches with Valuation.