The state of Colorado is served by four of the BSA's 250 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 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 three councils, from north to south: Greater Wyoming-Longs Peak Council (May 2021 merger of Longs Peak Council [Greeley, CO] and Greater Wyoming Council [Casper, WY], new name pending), Denver Area Council (now including the West Slope, but apparently not going to choose a more descriptive new name), and Pathway to the Rockies Council (August 2021 merger of Pikes Peak Council [Colorado Springs, CO] and Rocky Mountain Council [Pueblo, CO]). Of the three councils headquartered in Colorado, only Greater Wyoming-Longs Peak Council extends beyond the state borders, covering much of Wyoming plus the Nebraska panhandle.
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), plus recovering from the 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 24 September 2021, neither Great Southwest Council nor the former Rocky Mountain Council have released their 2020 annual reports, so we have estimated those Councils' 2020 numbers based on the numbers & trends from nearby Councils. [Rocky Mountain Council merged into the Pikes Peak Council in August 2021, and the struggling Great Southwest Council is likely looking for a merger partner.]
Since two of the four Councils serving Colorado have membership in multiple states, and do not report their membership by state, we've 'guesstimated' 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).
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: 30 September 2021
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