Scouting in North Carolina

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Scouting in North Carolina
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Camp Raven Knob
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Scouting in North Carolina has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live.

Early history (1910-1950)[edit]

The Boy Scout program began in England under the leadership of Robert Baden-Powell. Baden-Powell gained fame in Britain through his leadership of British troops during the siege of Mafeking during the Boer War in South Africa in 1899–1900. Following this event a military training manual he wrote called "Aids to Scouting" gained popularity amongst boys in Britain. In the early 1900s Baden-Powell began developing the concepts of scouting and he put his theories to the test during the summer of 1907. He took a group of 22 boys to Brownsea Island where he conducted the first Boy Scout camp. He divided the boys into four groups and established the "patrol method". In 1908 Baden-Powell published "Scouting for Boys", the first Boy Scout handbook.[citation needed]

Scouting came to the United States a short time later. There were already boy organizations in the US under the leadership of Daniel Carter Beard (Sons of Daniel Boone), Ernest Thompson Seton (Woodcraft Indians) and the YMCA. Chicago publisher William D. Boyce learned about Scouting during a visit to London in 1909. A young boy assisted Mr. Boyce to his destination and declined a tip offered to him saying that he was a Scout. Boyce was impressed by the young man and visited the London headquarters of the Boy Scouts. He studied the British model and felt that boys in the US could benefit from this program. On February 8, 1910, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was incorporated. A National Office was established in New York City and James E. West was hired to lead the new organization.[citation needed]

Boy Scout troops were formed in North Carolina as early as 1910. Troops were formed at schools and churches in Greensboro, Raleigh, Burlington, Durham, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and other communities. Adult volunteers in each area worked with boys in teaching outdoor skills, first aid, athletics, swimming, citizenship and leadership. These troops registered with the BSA and as communities established multiple Boy Scout troops the volunteers began seeking professional leadership. Boy Scout Councils were chartered through the BSA as "Scout Executives" were hired.[citation needed]

Initially, Scouting groups in the major cities formed councils. There was the Greensboro Area Council (1918), Winston-Salem Council (1919), Raleigh Council, and Durham Council. Over the next few years as Scouting spread throughout the counties the small councils consolidated and changed their names. By 1950 North Carolina was served by thirteen Boy Scout councils:[1]

Council Name Headquarters Date Formed
Cape Fear Council Wilmington 1930
Central NC Council Albemarle 1937
Cherokee Council Reidsville 1923
Daniel Boone Council Asheville 1925
East Carolina Council Kinston 1932
General Greene Council Greensboro 1947
Mecklenburg County Council Charlotte 1942
Occoneechee Council Raleigh 1929
Old Hickory Council Winston-Salem 1942
Piedmont Council Gastonia 1924
Tidewater Council Virginia Beach, VA 1935
Tuscarora Council Goldsboro 1923
Uwharrie Council High Point 1923

Camping was an emphasis for the councils from their formation. Each council purchased or leased land for establishing Boy Scout camps. During the summer each camp was open for several weeks with a trained staff of older boys and adults to teach the Scouts various Scouting skills. In the mid-1930s most councils began holding annual "camporees." These events were held over a weekend with Scouts camping by troop with their patrols competing and demonstrating various Scouting skills.[citation needed]

The Uwharrie, General Greene, and Cherokee councils would all later merge to form the Old North State Council,[1] leaving the eleven councils still serving the state as of 2022.

BSA Councils located in North Carolina[edit]

There are eleven Boy Scouts of America (BSA) councils in North Carolina. Ten of them exclusively cover North Carolina, while one includes communities in both Virginia and North Carolina.

Cape Fear Council[edit]

Cape Fear Council (#425)
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersWilmington, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
Founded1989
Website
www.capefearcouncilbsa.org
 Scouting portal

The Cape Fear Council was founded in 1989 and serves the southeastern corner of North Carolina. The council offices are located in Wilmington.

History[edit]

The Wilmington Council (#425) was founded in 1916, changing its name to the New Hanover County Council (#425) in 1926. New Hanover County changed its name to the Cape Fear Area Council (#425) in 1930. The Cape Fear Area Council changed its name to the Cape Fear Council (#425) in 1989.[1]

Organization[edit]

Districts

Camps[edit]

The council operates two camp properties: Camp Bowers, which houses the annual BSA summer camp, and Camp John A. McNeil, which hosts events and programs for Cub Scouts. Both are located on the Cape Fear Scout Reservation near White Oak, North Carolina, and have sites available for year-round camping as well.[citation needed]

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The council is served by the Order of the Arrow through Klahican Lodge 331.

Central North Carolina Council[edit]

Central North Carolina Council (#416)
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersAlbemarle, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
Founded1937
Website
www.centralnccouncilbsa.com
 Scouting portal

The Central North Carolina Council (#416) was founded in 1937. The council covers the south-central portion of North Carolina. The Council offices are located in Albemarle.

History[edit]

1917 saw the founding of the Concord Council, which folded the next year. The Charlotte Council (#416) was founded in 1915, changing its name to the Central North Carolina Council (#416) in 1937.[1]

Organization[edit]

Districts

Camps[edit]

The council operates Camp Barnhardt, which houses the annual BSA summer camp and various programs throughout the year, including year-round camping opportunities. It is located on the William C. Cannon Scout Reservation, located between Badin and New London along Badin Lake.[citation needed]

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The council is served by the Order of the Arrow through Itibapishe iti Hollo Lodge 188.[2]

Daniel Boone Council[edit]

Daniel Boone Council (#414)
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersAsheville, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
Founded1925
Website
www.danielboonecouncil.org
 Scouting portal

Founded in 1925, the Daniel Boone Council (#414) covers the western North Carolina. The council offices are located in Asheville.

History[edit]

The Asheville Council (#418) was founded in 1919, changing its name to the Buncombe County Council (#414) in 1922.[1] Buncombe County changed its name to the Daniel Boone Council (#414) in 1925.[1]

Organization[edit]

Districts

Camps[edit]

The council operates Camp Daniel Boone, which houses the annual BSA summer camp, Boonseboro Village, a living history museum operated by scouts, a high-adventure camp, and various programs throughout the year, including year-round camping opportunities. It is located in the mountains south of Canton, North Carolina.[citation needed]

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The council is served by the Order of the Arrow through Tsali Lodge 134.

East Carolina Council[edit]

East Carolina Council (#426)
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersKinston, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
Founded1932
Website
www.eccbsa.org
 Scouting portal

The East Carolina Council was founded in 1932 and covers east-central North Carolina. The council offices are located in Kinston.

History[edit]

The Rocky Mount Council (#422) was founded in 1919, changing its name to the Tar Heel Area Council (#422) in 1923. The Tar Heel Area Council merged into the East Carolina Council (#426) in 1934. The Pamlico Council (#686) was founded in 1924, and merged into the Wilson County Council (#426) in 1930. The Neuse Council (#415) was founded in 1928, and merged into the Wilson County Council (#426) in 1930. The Wilson County Council (#426) was founded in 1924, changing its name to the East Carolina Council (#426) in 1932.[1]

Organization[edit]

Districts

Camps[edit]

The council operates a number of BSA camp properties including the East Carolina Scout Reservation (Camp Boddie and Pamlico Sea Base) located in Blounts Creek, North Carolina, along the southern bank of the Pamlico River across from Little Washington, the Herbert C. Bonner Scout Reservation (Camp Bonner and Camp Hannah Bonner) located along the northern bank of the Pamlico, in Little Washington, Camp Charles, located near Bailey, North Carolina, and Camp Sam Hatcher, located along Bogue Sound near Morehead City. BSA Summer Camp is run through Camp Boddie, while Sea Scouts programs are run through Pamlico Sea Base. All of the other properties run periodic programs and are available for weekend camping.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The council is served by the Order of the Arrow through Croatan Lodge 117.

Mecklenburg County Council[edit]

Mecklenburg County Council (#415)
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
Founded1942
Website
www.mccscouting.org
 Scouting portal

The Mecklenburg County Council serves Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The offices are located in Charlotte.

History[edit]

The Charlotte Council (#415) was founded in 1940, changing its name to the Mecklenburg County Council (#415) in 1942.[1]

Organization[edit]

Districts
  • Apache District: Southwestern Mecklenburg County
  • Etowah District: Southeastern Mecklenburg County
  • Hornets Nest District: Northern Mecklenburg County

Camps[edit]

It operates two camp facilities, locally Belk Scout Camp (Formerly Clear Creek Scout Camp) in Midland, North Carolina is available for weekend camping, and Camp Grimes at Mecklenburg Scout Reservation, located outside of the council near Marion, North Carolina, but owned by it, runs a summer camp and weekend programs as well.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The council is served by the Order of the Arrow through Catawba Lodge 459.

Occoneechee Council[edit]

Occoneechee Council (#421)
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersRaleigh, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
Founded1929
Website
www.ocscouts.org
 Scouting portal

The Occoneechee Council was founded in 1929 and covers the Research Triangle and Sandhills regions in the central part of North Carolina. The council offices are located in Raleigh.

History[edit]

The Southern Pines Council (#423) was founded in 1919, closing in 1924. The Raleigh Council (#421) was founded in 1919, changing its name to the Wake County Council (#421) in 1925. The Durham County Council (#626) was founded in 1925. The Walter Hines Page Council (#423) was founded in 1924. In 1929, the Wake County, Durham County, and Walter Hines Page councils merged into the Occoneechee Council.[1]

Organization[edit]

Districts

Camps[edit]

Occoneechee Scout Reservation, located in Moore County near Carthage houses Camp Durant, used for summer camping and Camp Reeves, which has more primitive facilities. Camp Campbell, located out-of-council in Clarksville, Virginia also features primitive facilities. All three camps are available year-round for weekend camping.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The council is served by the Order of the Arrow through Occoneechee Lodge 104.

Old Hickory Council[edit]

Old Hickory Council (#427)
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersWinston-Salem, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
Founded1942
Website
www.oldhickorycouncil.org
 Scouting portal

The Old Hickory Council was founded in 1917 and covers the western Piedmont Triad and Yadkin Valley regions, located in the northwestern part of the state. The council offices are in Winston-Salem.

History[edit]

The Winston-Salem Area Council (#427) was founded in 1917, changing its name to the Old Hickory Council (#427) in 1942.[1]

Organization[edit]

Districts

Camps[edit]

The council operates Raven Knob Scout Reservation, which houses Camp Raven Knob, the summer camp program and is available for weekend camping. They also own Raven Point, a small site with a cabin and deepwater dock located on High Rock Lake.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The council is served by the Order of the Arrow through Wahissa Lodge 118.

Old North State Council[edit]

Old North State Council (#070)
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersGreensboro, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
Founded1992
Website
Official website
 Scouting portal

The Old North State Council serves the eastern Piedmont Triad region. The council's name is taken from the state's official song, The Old North State. It covers the counties of Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Person, Randolph, and Rockingham.[3] Old North State Council's Order of the Arrow counterpart is Tsoiotsi Tsogalii Lodge (#70).[4] Camp facilities include Cherokee Scout Reservation, located in Yanceyville which is home to the annual summer camp, Woodfield Scout Camp, located in Trinity, North Carolina, which allows weekend camping, Hemric Scout Reservation, located on an island on Kerr Lake and is only accessible by boat, and Hagan Sea Base, located on High Rock Lake, and runs Sea Scouts programs.[5]

Piedmont Council[edit]

Piedmont Council (#420)
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersGastonia, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
Founded1924
Website
www.piedmontcouncilbsa.org
 Scouting portal

The Piedmont Council (#420) was founded in 1924.[1] It serves the central and southern Piedmont regions of North Carolina. The council offices are in Gastonia.

History[edit]

1917 saw the founding of the Gastonia Council, which closed in 1918. The Catawba River Council (#415) was founded in 1923, merging with Piedmont in 1927.[1]

Organization[edit]

Districts

Camps[edit]

It runs Camp Bud Schiele (formerly Camp Natomi), located on the Schiele Scout Reservation near Rutherfordton, for summer camp programs and weekend camping. Previously, camps were held near Tryon, North Carolina.[6]

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The council is served by the Order of the Arrow through Eswau Huppeday Lodge 560.[7]

Tidewater Council[edit]

Tidewater Council (#596)
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersVirginia Beach, Virginia
CountryUnited States
Founded1911
Scout ExecutiveJames Parnell
Website
http://www.tidewaterbsa.com/
 Scouting portal

The Tidewater Council serves southeastern Virginia and north-eastern North Carolina. This region is often referred to as South Hampton Roads or the Tidewater or Tidewater Virginia area; hence the name of the council. Its Order of the Arrow counterpart is the Blue Heron Lodge, which was founded in 1946 when a team from Octoraro Lodge in Pennsylvania inducted the first members of Blue Heron Lodge. The North Carolina counties of Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Perquimans, and Pasquotank make up the Albemarle District. Camping facilities are located at Pipsico Scout Reservation in Surry County, Virginia.

Tuscarora Council[edit]

Tuscarora Council (#424)
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersGoldsboro, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
Founded1923
Website
www.bsanc.org
 Scouting portal

The Tuscarora Council (#424) was founded in 1923 and serves four counties in the east-central portion of North Carolina.

History[edit]

The Tuscarora Council (#424) was founded in 1923 in Goldsboro, North Carolina.[1]

Organization[edit]

Districts
  • Neusiok District: Johnston County, Sampson County
  • Torhunta District: Wayne County, Duplin County

Camps[edit]

Camping facilities are located at Camp Tuscarora, between Four Oaks and Newton Grove.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The council is served by the Order of the Arrow through Nayawin Rar Lodge 296.

Girl Scouting in North Carolina[edit]

Girl Scouts of the USA was formed in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low after she met Lord Baden-Powell and was inspired by the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in England.[8] It is believed that the first Girl Scout troop in North Carolina was started in 1914, though it is not clear where it was located.[9] Another early North Carolinian troop was started in 1918 in Southern Pines, and its main purpose seemed to be aiding the war effort during World War I.[9] Girl Scouts spread quickly throughout North Carolina during the 1930s, and the first councils were organized around urban centers.[9] Eventually, these small councils merged into eight.[9] Because of a nationwide consolidation of Girl Scout councils in the late 2000s, there are now four Girl Scout councils in North Carolina.[10]

Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast[edit]

Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast
OwnerGSUSA
HeadquartersColfax, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
Website
www.gsccc.org
 Scouting portal

This council serves nearly 8,000 girls in southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina, and has more than 4,000 adult volunteers. In North Carolina, it serves the counties of Hertford, Gates, Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank, Chowan, Bertie, Washington, Tyrrell, Manteo, Perquimans, Hyde, and Dare.

This council's five camps are located in Virginia.

Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines[edit]

Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines
OwnerGSUSA
HeadquartersRaleigh, North Carolina]
CountryUnited States
Founded2007
Website
www.nccoastalpines.com
 Scouting portal

Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines was formed by the merger of Girl Scout Council of Coastal Carolina and Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council on October 1, 2007. It serves over 32,000 girls and has nearly 10,000 adult volunteers in the counties of Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson.[11]

It operates service centers in Raleigh, NC, Fayetteville, NC, Goldsboro, NC, and Wilmington, NC.[12]

Camps[edit]

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont[edit]

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont
OwnerGSUSA
HeadquartersVirginia Beach, Virginia
CountryUnited States
Founded2009
PresidentCarolyn Brickey
Chief Executive OfficerJennifer Wilcox
Website
www.girlscoutsp2p.org
 Scouting portal

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont officially began on October 1, 2009. It was created from the merger of four councils in western North Carolina: Girl Scout Council of the Catawba Valley Area, Girl Scouts, Tarheel Triad Council, Girl Scouts of the Pioneer Council, and Girl Scouts of Western North Carolina, Pisgah Council. The council operates service centers in Asheville, NC, Colfax, NC, Gastonia, NC and Hickory, NC. It serves the counties of Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Caswell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Graham, Guilford, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Randolph, Rockingham, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey.[13]

Camps[edit]

Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council[edit]

Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council
OwnerGSUSA
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
Founded1935
Website
www.hngirlscouts.org
 Scouting portal

The Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was chartered in 1935.[19] It serves 19,000 girls in the counties of Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York, South Carolina.[19]

Camps[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Itibapishe Iti Hollo Lodge". Central North Carolina Council.
  3. ^ "Areas Served". Old North State Council Boy Scouts. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  4. ^ "History". Tsoiotsi Tsogalii. Old North Council.
  5. ^ "Camping". Old North Council.
  6. ^ "Camp Bud Schiele".
  7. ^ "Lodge #560". Eswau Huppeday.
  8. ^ "Juliette Gordon Low".
  9. ^ a b c d "Girl Scouts of the U.S.A | NCpedia".
  10. ^ "Girl Scout Council Finder Search Results". Archived from the original on 2015-02-21. Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  11. ^ "About Our Council | Girl Scouts of NC Coastal Pines".
  12. ^ "Contact Us | Web-to-case Template".
  13. ^ "About Us".
  14. ^ "Keyauwee Program Center".
  15. ^ "Camp Pisgah".
  16. ^ "Camp Pisgah".
  17. ^ "2016 Camp Book" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-05-20.
  18. ^ "Camp Ginger Cascades".
  19. ^ a b "About Us | About Hornets' Nest | Girl Scouts of Hornets' Nest".
  20. ^ "Camp Holly Hut".
  21. ^ "Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs".
  22. ^ "GSHNC Service Center/POD Village".

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