Scouting in Alaska

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Scouting in Alaska has a long history, from the 1920s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live. Alaska shares a communal Scout history, only being broken into smaller councils in the 1960s.


Early history (1920s-1950)

Scouting came to Alaska in the 1920s, and the Alaska Territorial Council was created in the 1930s.

Recent history (1950–1990)

Scouting in Alaska today

There are two Boy Scouts of America local councils in Alaska.

Great Alaska Council

The Western Alaska Council and Southeast Alaska Council merged to form the Great Alaska Council in January, 2006. The combined Supercouncil has 3,000 volunteers serving 16,000 youth.

Scouts in the Russian oblast of Magadan have a relationship with the Great Alaska Council.

  • Aleutian District
  • Bear Paw District
  • Bering Sea District
  • Maritime District (formerly of Southeast Alaska Council)
  • Denali District
  • Eklutna District
  • Totem District (formerly of Southeast Alaska Council, comprises Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan, Metlakatla, Prince of Wales Island, and environs)
  • Shiskeenue District (formerly of Southeast Alaska Council)
  • Tustumena District
  • Y-K Delta District
  • Rural District[citation needed]

Order of the Arrow Nanuk Lodge #355 (absorbed Kootz Lodge #523 when Western Alaska Council merged with Southeast Alaska Council.)

Nanuk Lodge was created in 1947, and is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2007.

Midnight Sun Council

The Midnight Sun Council serves interior and northern Alaska, and is headquartered in Fairbanks.

OA lodge: Toontuk Lodge #549

Toontuk Lodge was founded in 1961. The lodge is named after the barrenland caribou, which is known to the Gwich'in Athabascans as Toontuk. Toontuk Lodge has been recognized with the National Service Grant in 1997, where the money was used to rehabilitate the waterfront at Lost Lake with sand and a lifeguard tower. In 2006, Toontuk Lodge celebrated its 45th anniversary. Among its projects that year, the Lodge gave the Council a large amphitheater sited on Lost Lake at Lost Lake Camp.

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