Scouting History

Scouting History in the Heart of America Council - December 2014

by Andy Dubill, Council Historian


History of Summer Camps in the Heart of America Council  

One of the most frequent questions that I am asked has to do with where the official summer camps for our council were held in the years since 1910. Council and camp names have changed several times throughout the years. After significant research and the help of many "old time" Scouters, the following is a list of the summer camp locations for our council (as well as the predecessor councils that made up our council)

Heart of America Council Historical Summer Camp List

Kansas City, KS & MO Council (1910-1918)
-Dallas, MO 1911
-Overland Park, KS 1912
-Camp Elk 1913-1917
*No Council Camp 1918

Kansas City, KS and Wyandotte Area Councils (1919-1928)
-Camp Alden 1919-1925                                                      
-Camp Theodore Naish 1926-1928

Kaw Council (1929-1974)
-Camp Theodore Naish 1929-1974

Kansas City Council, MO (1919-1923)
-Camp Naish Reservation 1919
-Osage Scout Camp 1920
-Camp Ginger Blue 1921
-Camp Dan Sayre 1922-1923

Jackson County Council (1923-1925)
-Camp Dan Sayre 1923-1925

Kansas City Area Council (1925-1974)
-Camp Dan Sayre 1925-1929
-Camp Osceola 1930-1962
----Camp Wigwam 1955-1962
----Camp Sawmill 1955-1962
----Camp Frontier 1962
-Rotary Camp 1930-Present
-Camp Ernst #1 1949-1953
-Camp Ernst #2 1954-1964
-Powell Scout Reservation 1966-1983
-H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation 1962-1974 (*1)
----Camp Wigwam 1962-1974
----Camp Sawmill 1962-1974
----Camp Frontier 1962-1974

Heart of America Council (1974-Present) (*2)
-H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation 1974-Present
----Camp Wigwam 1974-1978
----Camp Lone Star 1979-Present *3
----Camp Sawmill 1974-Present
----Camp Frontier 1974-1991
----Camp Piercing Arrow 1991-Present *4 
-Theodore Naish Scout Reservation 1974-Present

*Camp Listing Footnotes:
1. Camp Osceola renamed the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in 1962
2. Heart of America Council formed through the merger of the Kaw (Kansas) Council with the Kansas City Area Council (Missouri) in 1974
3. Camp Wigwam renamed Camp Lone Star in 1979
4. Camp Frontier renamed Camp Piercing Arrow in 1991

If you have enjoyed the historical articles that we have published on a monthly basis you may want to learn more about the exciting history of our council. The Heart of America Council has a few copies left of the history book that was published in 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our council. 

The last copies of In The Woods: One Hundred Years of Camping in the Heart of America Council are available at the Council Service Center. This 210-page coffee table book of stories, pictures and historical facts about each of the camps that our Scouts have enjoyed will bring those memories to life. Relive the first campout in 1910, early council camps that took place at Camp Elk in the Ozarks, the history of segregated camping, Rotary Camp experiences and other camps no longer used by our council. See how the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation and H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation have grown to serve the thousands of Scouts in our area.

Each book is $29.95 and they can be shipped for an additional $5.00. Don’t miss the chance to give this book to your favorite Scouter for the holidays – or enjoy reading about the history of the Scouts of Kansas City yourself! All proceeds from the book go to the Camp Staff Scholarship Fund in the Heart of America Council. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the history of our council. Reserve your copy by calling (816) 942-9333.

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