Founded in 1910 on the principles of making a difference through civic service, Scouting provides quality youth programs that build good character and leadership skills, while building better communities. The Denver Area Council (DAC), Boy Scouts of America, was established in 1916 and settled into its current location in Lakewood, Colorado, in 2009. Through the years the mission has remained the same, to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. As our community continues to grow and diversify, we remain committed to growing all youth into future leaders.
Scouting builds character and community through a variety of programs and activities including camping, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, community service projects, and more. These activities instill a sense of confidence, preparedness, and honor in our youth.
Scouting offers a unique experience for today’s youth through the following programs:
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
The Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, is a leading advocate for youth and the foremost provider of character development and values-based leadership training in our community.
“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
A Scout is:
On May 1, 2019, the Western Colorado Council headquartered in Grand Junction, Colorado, merged with the DAC. The merger allows youth and adults on the Western Slope to continue their participation in the Boy Scouts of America programs by providing financial stability and enhanced resources.
Serving the Denver Metro and Western Slope service areas, the DAC offers programs in the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Jefferson, Mesa, Moffat, Ouray, Park, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Miguel, and Summit.
The DAC takes great pride in our camping programs and facilities. The Charles S. McNeil Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch (PV) encompasses more than 350 acres and is in Elbert, Colorado. PV is 65 miles southeast of Denver and home to Camp Cris Dobbins, Camp Cortland Dietler, Webelos Extreme Scouting Trek (W.E.S.T.), and Magness Adventure Camp.
Our other outdoor camp, Tahosa High Adventure Base, is nestled in the Rocky Mountains near the town of Ward, at an elevation of nearly 9,000 feet, making it one of the highest Scout camps in the United States. Tahosa is home to Eagle Point Base Camp, Tahosa Trek, Alpine Adventure Camp, Mountaineer, National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), and Angel Fire.