National scouting Historian Summit
June 9-15, 2019

Scouting's first-ever event about protecting, preserving and sharing the rich heritage of the BSA.   

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Youth Registration SOLD OUT

For all Scouts ages 14-20 at the time of the National Scouting Historian Summit, registration is FULL. 

Adult Registration SOLD OUT

Adult registration for the National Scouting Historian Summit is FULL. 

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Participants will receive this patch

Summit Theme: Our Story

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Customized Learning Tracks

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Sign-ups begin late March 2019

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About the Summit


The first ever week-long summit for Scouting Historians at Philmont, jointly sponsored by the Order of the Arrow and the National Scouting Museum, will 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.

Registration open to Scouters and all Scouts age 14 and older.

Educational Themes


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. Themes include:

• 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.

Family Activities


If 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. 

Can you think of a better way to kick off summer than a week in the Southern Rockies where the air is clean and the stars are bright? 

(We hear the food 

is pretty good too)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

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Top Five Reasons to Attend the National Scouting Historian Summit 

  1. Five action-packed days of instruction from handpicked Scouting historian experts in relevant topics that provide the Rules, Tools, and Strategies needed to be an effective Scouting historian.

2. Meet, network, and interact with over one hundred fellow Scouting historians and National Scouting Museum staff.

3. Be among the fortunate to participate in the largest National OA and 

National Scouting Museum events next summer 2019. (OA membership not required).

4. Spend a week in the Southern Rockies at Philmont Scout Ranch in June. (Need we say more?) 

5. The National Scouting Historian Summit is going to be AWESOME!

Individual Course Sign-ups begin mid March, 2019

Summit Theme


         Participants at the National Scouting 

      Historian Summit will receive this patch

"Our Story"

   109 years of Scouting. Tens of millions of Americans involved in the Scouting movement.        This is OUR STORY! 

    We all share a common experience in the ideals and experiences of Scouting. Just the same, we all share our common history from local communities to the national movement. OUR STORY embodies how Scouting history transcends generations and programs. 

   During this extraordinary week, participants will learn how to research, preserve, craft, and share our story through the four thematic elements – Research; Storytelling; Inventory, Archiving, & Preservation; and Sharing

   Be a part of sharing our past, present, and future. It is going to be an incredible week. This is OUR STORY and ours to tell.


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Scouting Historian Summit 2019

Philmont Scout Ranch, 17 Deer Run Rd, Cimarron, New Mexico 87714, United States

Philmont Training Center (PTC) Southern Rockies Travel by car or air travel through Denver, Colorado Springs, or Albuquerque

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