State’s two largest Boy Scouts councils to merge, effective next month

Natural State Council CEO Shanna Richardson, far right, speaks during an event hosted by the Boy Scouts of America announcing the merger of the Quapaw and Westark Area Councils into the Natural State Council at Murray Park on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Colin Murphey)
Natural State Council CEO Shanna Richardson, far right, speaks during an event hosted by the Boy Scouts of America announcing the merger of the Quapaw and Westark Area Councils into the Natural State Council at Murray Park on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Colin Murphey)


Arkansas' two main Boy Scouts of America groups, the Quapaw Area and Westark Area councils, announced Tuesday a historic merger into one group in an effort to make sure that scouting in the state "stays attainable and affordable for all youth."

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