National Scouting Historian Summit

The first ever National Scouting Historian Summit is designed to engage youth and adult Scouting historians and provide them with knowledge on how to promote the importance of our Scouting heritage back home, in their councils, camps and OA lodges.  The week-long event is jointly sponsored by the Order of the Arrow and the National Scouting Museum and promises to immerse participants in the Rules, Tools, and Strategies for capturing and preserving Scouting’s rich heritage, while focusing on how to create a robust local history program.

Whether you are a beginner or expert, collector or academic, the program will surely help you do a better job of discovering, assembling and telling the Scouting story.

Interesting and innovative courses led by Scouting historian experts will provide usable and comprehensive information for advanced and beginner historians alike, in a thematic flow over the week that puts “all the puzzle pieces together” into a formula for success. Courses are designed into four essential skill areas needed by all Scouting historians:

  • Research – What and where to gather the information you need to document your history.
  • Storytelling – How to keep it interesting and communicate in ways that engage other people.
  • Inventory, Archiving and Preservation (IAP) – Everything you need to keep your collections organized, stored and protected.
  • Sharing – How to get your history “out there” in books, social networking, web sites, museums, and displays.

Within each theme, there will be core classes and electives, allowing each participant to customize their experience to meet their individual interests and needs. We’re also looking forward to some behind the scenes time at the brand-new National Scouting Museum.

And you can bring the whole family!  Philmont Training Center has a full schedule of fun activities including hikes, tours, evening events and a complete program for kids and significant others. Is there a better way to kick off summer than a week at Philmont in the Southern Rockies where the air is clean and the stars are bright? 

Registration is open to Scouters and Scouts age 14 and older. Of special note, through the generosity of The “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Foundation the National Scouting Historian Summit will award a limited number of grants to assist youth Scouts committed to attending the Summit and serving the BSA in the important role of a local council/lodge/camp/troop historian.

To learn more, please visit the Summit’s website at www.HistorianSummit.com where discussions, updated information and the form to apply for the “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Foundation grant is available.


Week 1: June 9-15 

Adult Registration for the National Scouting Historian Summit is now FULL.

Adults wanting to attend are encouraged to sign up on the Adult registration Waitlist. There are no deposit required to sign up on the Adult registration waitlist. The sooner you sign up, the higher your priority. 

To leave this page and go to the waitlist directly. click here: ADULT WAITLIST 

Youth Registration for the National Scouting Historical Summit is currently OPEN. Fee $495.

For Youth registration, continue here: YOUTH REGISTRATION 

Each registrant will receive this special patch.