Since 1910, Scouting has helped mold the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes and, through nearly a century of experience, understands that helping youth puts us on a path toward a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Scouting, with programs for young men and women, helps meet these six essential needs of the young people growing up in our society:

The local Minsi Trails Council, BSA serves nearly 11,000 youth through the leadership of 5,000 adult volunteers.  The Council provides programs to youth throughout the Anthracite Region, Pocono Mountains and Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania along with western New Jersey and serves six-counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Luzerne, and Warren counties.  The local Scouting heritage dates back 100 years to 1910 when the council’s first Scout troops were established in Allentown and Easton areas.

The Minsi Trails Council has three Scout Camps located in the Pocono Mountains: Akelaland Cub Scout Camp and Settlers Camp at Trexler Scout Reservation in Jonas, PA and Camp Minsi in Pocono Summit, PA.  Combined, these camps serve more than 4,000 campers annually.

Who We Serve:

  • 11,000 local youth members
  • 5,000 local adult leaders
  • Nearly 350 packs, troops and crews
  • More than 375 Chartered Organizations



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Scouts in the News

Local Boy Scouts Dedicate Flag Pole 
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Scouts hold Jambo at Kutztown University
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Local Cub Scouts participate in the cardboard box derby
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Preparing Our Boys To Be Men of High Character
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Local Cub Scouts get Hooked on Hockey with former Philadelphia Flyers' Bob "The Hound" Kelly.
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