The Mo Kan Council 

Scouting the Joplin, Missouri area has been a very strong part of the community, dating back to 1913 when the Webb City YMCA sponsored a troop. IN 1916 the troop moved to The First Presbyterian Church of Joplin also chartered a troop in 1916. It should be noted that both Springfield, Missouri and Joplin applied for Scout Troops in 1913. Joplin not only received permission to start troops but to have a Council. The Joplin Charter is dated October 18, 1916 and started the Scouting movement in southwest Missouri.

The Ozark Council 

The Council has functioned under several names over the years. Prior to 1922 the Council was known as the Springfield Area Council. IN 1922 the name was changed to the Greater Springfield Council. IN 1941 the Council was known as the Ozark Empire Council. In 1985 the Council became the Ozarks Trails Council

Scouting has long had its place in the Ozarks and has been an integral part of the area for many years. The Boy Scouts movement sparked in Springfield, Missouri on the afternoon of Saturday January 27, 1912, when nine neighborhood children met and were “organized” as a troop at the home of their parents. Not long after, a student at Draughon Business College secured credentials and permission for the National Boy Scout Headquarters in New York City to form troops in Springfield. Five days after, the first troop, named the Bob White Patrol No. 1, was organized in Springfield, and the founder of the Boy Scouts, British General Lord Robert Baden-Powell, arrived in America. While on a world tour to promote Scouting, Powell truly sparked the Scouting movement and stated that, “If the government will give us the price of a dreadnaught (battleship), we will make dreadnaughts unnecessary.” This truly sparked the excitement of supporting Scouting and sparked kids all over the nation to experience Scouting first hand.

The Merger and Creation of Ozark Trails Council

As the two Councils moved into the 1990s, they began to see common linkages as well as missed areas between the two. The two were serving a combined 31 counties and were achieving great things individually but began to see the possible synergy and greater achievements the two could accomplish as one, large, Council. Therefore, at the end of 1993, at the request of the Mo-Kan Area Council of Joplin, Missouri and the Ozarks Council of Springfield, Missouri, there was a resolution that established a study committee to investigate merging the two Councils. The study committee was charged with reviewing the options available in regard to merging the 23 counties of the Ozarks Council and eight counties of the Mo-Kan Area Council into a single, larger council.