Proudly serving more than 14,500 youth and their families encompassing 31,000 square miles across the Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon counties of Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington in Idaho as well as Harney and Malheur in Oregon.
Scouting in Idaho has roots dating back to 1914 when a handful of troops were organized by local churches. The Ore-Ida Council of today represents the rich history of two councils serving our region. In 1968, board members elected to merge the Mountain View Council (formerly known as the Boise Area Council) with the Ore-Ida Council (formerly known as the Western Idaho Council). With the merger followed a ballot vote to confirm the newly merged council as Ore-Ida Council to serve the youth of Western Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Throughout the years the name of the council’s patch may have changed but one thing has remained steadfast – the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. As we embark on the Second Century of Scouting, our values of leadership, responsibility, patriotism, morals and service to others remains our top priority in growing future leaders.
A major part of the Scouting program is our Duty to God, Duty to Country and Duty to Family. For some this has diminished over the years; however they remain steadfastly prominent in the work of the Boy Scouts of America and the Ore-Ida Council.