Scouting in Utah

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Scouting in Utah has a long history,[1] from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live.


The first known Boy Scout Troop was the Episcopalian Troop One led by Reverend Rice, a missionary to Utah. This troop assembled in 1907 and continued their meetings and camp-outs through 1910.[2] The second known Boy Scout Troop got its start in Logan, Utah in 1910.[3][4] On 21 May 1913, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 15-month-old "Mutual Improvement Association Scout" program was officially invited to join the Boy Scouts of America.[5] This started the first widespread movement in Utah Scouting. By 1928, the LDS Church had designated Scouting as the official activity program for its young men.

The Ogden Council was in existence in 1919. In 1920, Scout Executive, G.A. Goates, led 85 boys and Scoutmasters on a 14-day hike through Yellowstone National Park. According to the Department of the Interior, 3,800 feet of motion picture film was taken of the trip.[6]

In 1919 the Great Salt Lake and Lake Bonneville Councils were formed. Later, in 1921 the Utah County Council was formed. Until 2019, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will remain a major sponsor of Scouting in Utah,[7] however churches of other faiths, and other non-profit organizations are sponsors of Utah Scouting programs. Most, if not all troops welcome those of all faiths to their program.

Until 1993, the Lake Bonneville Council and Cache Valley Council covered northern Utah. Those councils are now part of the Trapper Trails Council.

Boy Scouting in Utah today[edit]

There are five Boy Scouts of America (BSA) local councils in Utah.

Great Salt Lake Council[edit]

Great Salt Lake Council serves northern Utah.

Great Southwest Council[edit]

The Great Southwest Council of BSA is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and provides Scouting to youth in northern New Mexico, northeast Arizona, Utah south of the Colorado River, and the Durango and Mesa Verde areas of Colorado.[8]

Snake River Council[edit]

Snake River Council serves Scouts in Idaho and Nevada, as well as Utah.[9]

Trapper Trails Council[edit]

Trapper Trails Council serves Scouts in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho.[10]

  • Arrowhead District
  • Bear Lake District
  • Bear River District
  • Bird Haven District
  • Bonneville Shores District[11]
  • Bridger Valley District
  • Elk Horn District
  • Francis Peak District
  • Franklin District
  • Golden Spike District
  • Island View District
  • Lakeview District
  • Mount Ogden District
  • Mountain View District
  • Old Ephriam District[12]
  • Old Juniper District
  • Old Ephriam District
  • Pilot Butte District
  • Platte River District
  • Snow Horse District
  • Weber View District
  • Wyuta District


  • Camp Loll is located on Lake of the Woods in Wyoming near Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.[13][14]
  • Camp Bartlett is located at southeastern Idaho 4 miles (6.4 km) up the road from Cache National Forest
  • Hull Valley Scout Reservation is located near Preston, Idaho.
  • Camp Hunt is located on Bear Lake near Garden City.
  • Camp Kiesel is located about 25 miles (40 km) east of Ogden, Utah.
  • Camp Fife is located on the Bear River near Cutler Dam, just outside Fielding, Utah
  • Camp New Fork is located on the lower New Fork lake just outside Cora, Wyoming.
  • Camp Browning is located in Huntsville, Utah, about 67.12 miles (108.02 km) from Salt Lake City.

Utah National Parks Council[edit]

District list: [15]

  • Alpine
  • Arapeen
  • Baden-Powell Unit Service Area
  • Black Diamond
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Cathedral Gorge
  • Cedar Breaks
  • High Uintah
  • Hobble Creek
  • Iron Horse
  • Mount Nebo
  • Orem
  • Porter Rockwell
  • Provo Peak
  • San Juan
  • Snow Canyon
  • Tavaputs
  • Timpanogos
  • Wasatch
  • Zion

Girl Scouting in Utah[edit]

Map of Girl Scout Councils in Utah

Two Girl Scout councils serve Utah.


Girl Scouting in Utah started in 1920 in Ogden, Utah and the first troops registered in Salt Lake City in 1921. In 1961 the current major council in Utah, Girl Scouts of Utah, was founded by the merging of several smaller councils.

Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council[edit]

In Utah, Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, serves girls living on the Navajo Nation in southern Utah.[16]

Girl Scouts of Utah[edit]

Girls Scouts of Utah, headquartered in Salt Lake City, serves over 9,000 girls in Utah and West Wendover, Nevada.[17]

Service Centers
  • Camp Cloud Rim is 27 acres (0.11 km2) at over 9,000 feet (2,700 m) by Lake Brimhall in the Wasatch Mountains near Park City, Utah. It was built by the Utah Works Progress Administration in the early 1930s. Originally named Camp Pinar, it was renamed to Camp Cloud Rim in 1937. The Lodge was destroyed by fire in 1992 but rebuilt and named the Janet Quinney Lawson Lodge. The new lodge was dedicated on August 14, 1999, and Janet Quinney Lawson was in attendance for the ceremony.[18] In 2013, the Girl Scouts of Utah council officially bought 236 acres of land just south of Cloud Rim from Silver Islet Lake Partners. The land has a conservation easement on all but 18 acres, so the Girl Scouts plan to build some rustic cabins, but will mostly preserve the land.[19]
  • Trefoil Ranch is 123 acres (0.50 km2) near Provo, Utah. It was built in 1943 by volunteers. In 2002, a new lodge was built and dedicated in 2003 featuring new restrooms, a classroom facility, and a new showerhouse.[20]

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ Arave, Lynn (10 July 2003), "Scouting celebrates rich anniversary", Deseret News, retrieved 2012-05-03
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  3. ^ Lindblad, Victor (1971), History of the Boy Scout movement in the Cache Valley Council area: 1909-1928, p. [page needed], OCLC 6715476
  4. ^ Moulton, Kristen (13 March 2010). "Century-old Boy Scout troop in Logan celebrates longevity". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  5. ^ Swensen, Jason (27 February 2010). "Scouting reaches its centennial anniversary: Church has partnered with the BSA since its early years". Church News. LDS Church. Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  6. ^ "Scout Camp Adventures in Utah". November 28, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  7. ^ Moulton, Kristen (24 February 2010). "From Great Britain to Great Basin: A brief look at history of Scouting". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  8. ^ "Great Southwest Council". Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  9. ^ "Snake River Council". Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  10. ^ "Trapper Trails Council". Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  11. ^ "Bonneville Shores District". Archived from the original on June 3, 2011.
  12. ^ "Old Ephriam District". Archived from the original on September 8, 2010.
  13. ^ Arave, Lynn (30 June 2008). "Scout camp still stuck in winter". Deseret News. Retrieved 2011-10-12.
  14. ^ "Camp Tour 2001: Camp Loll, Trapper Trails Council, near Ashton, Idah". Scout Camps USA. Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  15. ^ "UNPC Districts and Boundaries". Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  16. ^ "Girl Scouts-Arizona". Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  17. ^ "Girls Scouts of Utah". Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  18. ^ Palmer, Douglas (August 14, 1999). "Girl Scouts dedicating new $3 million lodge". The Deseret News. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  19. ^ O'Donoghue, Amy Joi (January 5, 2013). "Utah Girl Scouts complete historic land purchase, preserving neighboring open space". The Deseret News. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  20. ^ "Trefoil Ranch History". Girl Scouts of Utah. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boren, Kerry Ross (2008). Lest We Forget: A Historical Review of the Great Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America. BSA Great Salt Lake Council.

External links[edit]

Media related to Scouting in Utah at Wikimedia Commons