The state of Colorado is served by five of the BSA's 251 local "councils". It is these councils that are directly responsible for the BSA program within their assigned territories. Far southwestern Colorado is assigned to the Great Southwest Council (Albuquerque, New Mexico). Most of the rest of the "West Slope" (Colorado west of the Continental Divide) was formerly in the Western Colorado Council, which merged into the Denver Area Council in May, 2019. The Colorado "Front Range" plus the state's eastern plains are divided into four councils, from north to south: Longs Peak Council, Denver Area Council (now including the West Slope), Pikes Peak Council, and Rocky Mountain Council. Of the four councils headquartered in Colorado, only Longs Peak Council extends beyond the state borders, covering much of Wyoming plus the Nebraska panhandle [see below for information about the 2021 merger of the Greater Wyoming Council and Longs Peak Council].
Colorado Scout Council Summary (listed from north to south)
Membership numbers will definitely fluctuate over the next couple of years, with the loss of the involvement of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and with an unknown number of girls joining Cub Scout packs (since 2018) and Scout troops (since 2019), not to mention losses during the 2020-21 Covid pandemic. Youth membership shown covers traditional Scouting (Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturers/Sea Scouts) plus the non-traditional work-based Explorers; the non-traditional in-school Learning for Life program is not shown (and apparently only still exists in Longs Peak Council), and the non-traditional STEM Scouts program is not shown since it is still in limited pilot phase. As of 21 July 2021, two of the five Councils serving Colorado are still delaying release of their 2020 annual reports (noted below), so we have estimated those Councils' 2020 numbers based on the numbers from the Councils that have released their 2020 reports.
Since two of the five Councils serving Colorado have membership in multiple states, and do not report their membership by state, I'm forced to 'guesstimate' the total number of BSA youth members (Cub Scouts, Scouts, Sea Scouts/Venturers, & Explorers) in Colorado at almost 22 000 (with Denver Area Council representing just over half the total).
Since Troop 97 is in Longs Peak Council, here's a little additional information about our local council, which is named after the highest peak in the council's area (4346 m/14 259 feet). For administrative purposes, most councils sub-divide their territory into several geographic "districts". As of early 2021 Longs Peak has five districts (Troop 97 is in the Bighorn district). [Note that we will update this information once the combined Greater Wyoming-Longs Peak Council has selected a new Council name and the addition of Greater Wyoming Council's two districts covering almost 11 counties.]
Council-owned Camping Properties
(district information on Longs Peak Council website; the new Bighorn district is the combination of the former Cache La Poudre and Rocky Mountain districts, effective 1/1/2019)
For comparison, the state of Colorado is served by a single Girl Scout Council, headquarters in Denver. Since Girl Scouts report their numbers as of September 30, I have made another 'guesstimate' of the number of Colorado Girl Scout youth members as of 12/2020, estimated & pro-rated from their 9/2020 annual report, at about 17 000.
Last Revision to This Page: 21 July 2021
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