Buckeye Council

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Buckeye Council
2017 Buckeye Council CSP.jpg
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
Headquarters2301 13th Street NW Canton, OH 44708
CountryUnited States
Coordinates40°48′42.7″N 81°23′55.7″W / 40.811861°N 81.398806°W / 40.811861; -81.398806Coordinates: 40°48′42.7″N 81°23′55.7″W / 40.811861°N 81.398806°W / 40.811861; -81.398806
PresidentGene Thorn
Council CommissionerJohn Fehrenbach
Scout ExecutiveJesse Roper II
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The Buckeye Council is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America that serves Ohio and parts of northern West Virginia. Headquartered in Canton, Ohio, Buckeye Council serves more than 10,000 scouts and has more than 4,000 campers participate in its successful summer camp programs.


The council headquarters is in Canton, Ohio and is administered through seven districts:



Buckeye Council operates three council camps - Seven Ranges Scout Reservation, Camp McKinley, and Camp Rodman. When the Buckeye Area Council merged with McKinley Area Council in 1958, Camp Buckeye and Tuscazoar were operated by the Buckeye Council until 1978 when Camp Buckeye was closed and subsequently sold in 1984.[1] When Camp Tuscazoar was outgrown, the camp was closed and sold in 1986 and Seven Ranges Scout Reservation was opened in 1987.

Seven Ranges Scout Reservation[edit]

Seven Ranges Scout Reservation
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Frank G. Hoover dining hall and parade grounds before flag raising
LocationKensington, Ohio

Seven Ranges Scout Reservation is almost 1,000 acres near Kensington, Ohio known for its Pipestone Camp Honor Program. The Reservation is composed of Camp Algonkin, Camp Calumet, and Camp Akela. Camp Algonkin features 24 campsites, the I. W. Delp Ecology Center, a waterfront area on Lake Don Brown with swimming and boating (Canoeing, Kayaking, Row-boating), a handicraft center, a field sports area (Includes Tomahawk throwing, archery, rifle shooting, and shotgun shooting), and an outdoor skills area. Other special locations in Camp Algonkin are Thunderbird Hill (The highest point in Carroll County), Bridge Builder's Amphitheater which features the Seven Ranges Radio Station, an outdoor, lakeside chapel, a large Order of the Arrow Ceremonies Ring, and the Frank G. Hoover Dining Hall which can accommodate 1,200 scouts at one time for a meal.

Camp Akela is Seven Ranges Cub Scout Area. This features a small amphitheater, a fishing pond, and the COPE course for the entire camp. Summer programs at Camp Akela feature a 4 day-3 night Cub resident camp experience with BB guns, Archery, nature lore, crafts, fishing and the H.A.W.K. (Honor Akela With Knowledge) award.

Camp Calumet is an outpost camp across Lake Don Brown. Troops can choose to outpost camp as part of their summer camp experience - using the patrol cooking method to prepare their own meals in their site, yet still participate in the many advancement and program opportunities in the Seven Ranges summer camp.

The Pipestone Camp Honor Program was founded in Camp Tuscazoar, Zoar, Ohio in the summer of 1926 by George M. Deaver, Scout Executive of the Council; C. L. Riley, a teacher at Canton McKinley High School, who was serving as Camp Director at the time; I. W. Delp, Principal of Lehman High School in Canton; and Charles E. Mills, a Scouter who was skilled in theatrical production. The program sought to reward Scouts who excelled in advancement and Scouting spirit while at the camp. The Native Americans of the Tuscarawas valley inspired the ceremonies of the program. The success of the program led its founders to set it as a five-year series, which was the average number of summer camps attended by a Scout in the late 1920s. Scouts are required to complete the program for five years to earn the highest level Pipestone token.

In order to earn pipestone, a Scout must complete the Swimming Requirement, a Good Turn Service Project for the Camp, have Camp Spirit, complete at least one merit badge or advance in rank at camp, complete the ecology requirement (1st-3rd year only), Earn Leadership Points (4th and 5th year only), Complete a Leadership Project (4th and 5th only), and turn in a bundle of a cubic foot of barkless, straight, hardwood (1st-4th year only). The wood is burned in fires during the pipestone ceremonies.

Camp McKinley[edit]

Camp McKinley has been owned and operated by various Councils with the Boy Scouts of America since 1934. The camp is located in Columbiana County, just outside the city of Lisbon, Ohio. Camp McKinley currently occupies approximately 196 acres (0.8 km2) and is operated by the Buckeye Council as an off season camp.

From 1972 to 1991, the Columbiana Council operated Camp McKinley as its full-time summer camp. Columbiana council previously used Camp Twin Spruce as its summer camp until it sold the lease in 1971. The Stone Mansion, known as the McKinley Homestead, became the home of the camp ranger, and is located at the entrance of camp. In 1991, with the merger of Columbiana and Buckeye Council, Camp McKinley was closed as a Boy Scout summer camp in favor of newly built Seven Ranges Scout Reservation. In 1997 Buckeye Council began operating the Scaroyadii Trail (named for the Order of the Arrow Lodge of the dissolved Columbiana Council). This 18-mile (29 km) trail between Seven Ranges and McKinley follows portions of U.S. Route 30 and the abandoned Sandy Beaver Canal.

Camp Rodman[edit]

Camp Rodman is a small primitive camp on the outskirts of Alliance Ohio owned by the Rodman Foundation but operated and maintained by the Buckeye Council.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

Sipp-O Lodge #377 is the Order of the Arrow Lodge that supports the council.


  1. ^ http://www.tuscazoar.org/campbuckeye.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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