The Lake Huron Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was formed as a result a series of mergers involving various BSA councils in central and northern Michigan. The Bay City Council was chartered in 1917 and became known as the Summer Trails Council in 1929. The Valley Trails Council, chartered in 1944, merged with the Summer Trails Council in 1961 to form the Saginaw Bay Area Council. Finally, in 1971, the Saginaw Bay Area Council merged with northern Michigan's Paul Bunyan Council and part of the Scenic Trails Council to form the Lake Huron Area Council. As of 2000, this council served the counties of Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Bay, Clare, Crawford, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Saginaw, and Tuscola.
Judge Ira W. Butterfield was a lawyer and an Executive Board Member of the Summer Trails and Saginaw Bay Area Councils.