Scouting in Arizona

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Scouting in Arizona 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

The founding of the Boy Scouts in Arizona

Boy Scouting was founded by Robert Baden Powell in England and co-founded by the American Scout Major Frederick Russell Burnham.[1] Boy Scouting was brought to the United Stated by William D. Boyce. He incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910. The Boy Scouts of America was chartered by Congress on June 15, 1916, This is the same year as the first Boy Scout Council in Arizona was formed in Prescott.[2] Burnham served as the Honorary President of the Arizona Boy Scouts throughout the 1940s until his death in 1947.[3]

The first two Boy Scout troops in Arizona Territory were organized in Prescott, in September 1910 and in Tombstone at almost the same time.[4] In Prescott, E.P. Cole of Whipple Barracks was the first scoutmaster.[2] Arizona Territorial Historian Sharlot Hall was an honorary member of the Tombstone troop.[4] Scouting came to Phoenix in the fall 1910 with Clarence R. Craig as the scoutmaster.[2] Other scout troops were formed; in Bisbee in early 1911.[4] and in St. Joseph and Snowflake about the same time.[5]

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