Scouting in Indiana facts for kids
Scouting in Indiana 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)
- Recent history (1950-2010)
- Girl Scouting in Indiana
Early history (1910-1950)
Indianapolis is home to Troop 9, founded by "Chief" Francis Oliver Belzer in 1910, one of the first Scout troops in America.
Belzer founded Firecrafter at Camp Chank-Tun-Un-Gi (now called Camp Belzer) in the summer of 1920. Belzer also served as the first Scout Executive for the Indianapolis Council, later known as the Central Indiana Council.
The first National Order of the Arrow Conference was held at Indiana University in 1948.
Recent history (1950-2010)
In 1950, 1956, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1990, 2002 and 2009, the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) was held at Indiana University in Bloomington, the most frequent venue for the event. In 1994, NOAC was held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. NOAC 2018 will be held at Indiana University.
Girl Scouting in Indiana
There are 5 Girl Scout councils that serve Indiana.
On Aug. 26, 2006, Girl Scouts of the USA’s (GSUSA) national board of directors voted to endorse a plan to realign 312 councils into 109 high-capacity, community-based councils. The new structure will make the most effective use of resources to better serve the local community and create more opportunities in Girl Scouting for even more girls. Girl Scouts of Central Indiana was the first Girl Scout council in the nation to complete the merger process.
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
Formed by the merger of Girl Scouts of Hoosier Capital Council, Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council, Girl Scouts of Treaty Line Council, Girl Scouts of Sycamore Council, and Girl Scouts of Wapephani Council, and the addition of Howard and Carroll Counties from Girl Scouts of Tribal Trails Council.
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana serves over 36,000 girls in 45 counties in Central Indiana. Council headquarters is Indianapolis, Indiana but service centers remain in cities that were the headquarters of former councils
Web Site: http://www.girlscoutsindiana.org/
Camps and cabins
- Camp Sycamore Valley near Lafayette is 160 acres (0.65 km2) on Wildcat creek.
- Camp Na Wa Ka in Poland, Indiana is 259 acres (1.05 km2)
- Camp Gallahue in Morgantown
- Camp Dellwood in Indianapolis
- Girl Scout Cabin in Marion
- Camp Ada in Spiceland
- Girl Scout Cabin in Rushville
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
See Scouting in Illinois for more information. The former Scouts of The Calumet Council and Drifting Dunes Girl Scout Council became part of this council.
Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
See Scouting in Kentucky for more information. Serves many counties in southern Indiana
Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana
This is a new council includes more than 18.240 Girl Scouts in northern Indiana (Adams, Allen, Cass, DeKalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Miami, Noble, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley) and two counties, Berien and Cass, in southwest Michigan.
Formed by the merger of Indiana Lakeland Girl Scout Council, Girl Scouts of Limberlost Council, Girl Scouts of Singing Sands Council (except for a part that joined Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan), and Girl Scouts of Tribal Trails Council (except for a part that joined Girl Scouts of Central Indiana).
- Camp Logan - 220 acres (0.89 km2) near Syracuse, Indiana
- Camp Shawadasee — near Lawton, Michigan
- Camp Singing Hills - 240 acres (0.97 km2) near Middlebury, Indiana
- Camp Soni Springs - 156 acres (0.63 km2) near Three Oaks, Michigan
- McMillen Program Center - 103 acres (0.42 km2) in northeast Indiana
- Wildwood Program Center - 40 acres (160,000 m2) in Logansport, Indiana
Girl Scouts of River Bluffs Council
Headquarters is Glen Carbon, Illinois
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Headquarters is Cincinnati, Ohio
See Scouting in Ohio for more information
Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana
Headquarters is Evansville, Indiana. It serves Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer, Perry, Posey, Gibson, Martin, Pike, Daviess, and Dubois Counties in Indiana and White County in Illinois.
website is http://www.girlscouts-gssi.org/
Located in south-west Indiana and also a small part of Illinois. It was formed after a previous realignment in September 1957.
- Camp Koch in Cannelton, Indiana
- Carmi Little House in Carmi, Indiana
- Camp Three Lakes
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