first BCHA convention was held in Kalispell, MT on
March 17-18, 1979 where a constitution and by-laws were
has now expanded its influence to 25 states and one
chapter in British Columbia.
second Idaho chapter, the Panhandle BCH (Coeur d'Alene)
was formed in early 1983. When the states of California & Washington
agreed to bring their respective organizations on board
with BCHA in 1985, BCHI was formed with Salmon River BCH
and Panhandle BCH as charter members.
1986 the BCH of North Central Idaho (Grangeville) and
Priest River Valley
BCH groups doubled the number of chapters, joined soon
after by Heartland BCH (Donnelly).
Two years later Twin
River BCH (Lewiston) and Eagle Rock BCH (Idaho Falls)
joined the ranks.
1992 there were five new chapters added, Sawtooth BCH
(Wood River Valley), Squaw Butte BCH (Emmett), High Desert
BCH (Twin Falls), Cache Peak BCH (Burley) & Treasure
Valley BCH (Nampa/Caldwell).
Since that time, North Idaho BCH (Sandpoint), Boise BCH
(Meridian), & the Selkirk Valley BCH (Bonners Ferry) were formed. North
Idaho BCH dissolved in 2013.
In 2014 two new chapters were formed, Palouse BCH (Moscow) and Portneuf BCH (Pocatello).