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The Occoneechee Council (421) of the Boy Scouts of America serves some 20,000 youths and 7,000 adults in central North Carolina, USA. The Occoneechee Council is the largest Boy Scout council in North Carolina and serves Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Vance, Wake and Warren counties. These twelve counties are divided into thirteen districts.
The Council headquarters is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, in the Highwoods Office Complex. Occoneechee Council operates three year-round camping properties, available for use by the units and districts of the Council and non-Scouting groups. The Occoneechee Scout Reservation, which includes Camp Durant and Camp Reeves, is a 2,400-acre (9.7 km2) wilderness property in Moore County. Camp Campbell, a primitive camping facility, is located on Kerr Lake in Virginia.
The Council derives its name from the Occaneechi Indian tribe, a band of the Saponi Nation, which lived throughout the North Carolina Piedmont and still maintains a community in Hillsbourough, a town served by the Occoneechee Council.
The twelve counties that comprise the Occoneechee Council are divided into twelve districts. Each district is led by a volunteer District Chairman, a volunteer District Commissioner and a professional District Executive, employed by the Occoneechee Council. The districts of the Occoneechee Council are organized as follows:
- Cape Fear District: Harnett County
- Crosswinds District: Northern Cary, Apex and Morrisville in Wake County
- Great Northern District: Franklin County, Granville County, Vance County, Warren County
- Hemlock District: Garner, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina in Wake County
- Impeesa District: Central, North, and West Raleigh in Wake County
- Kia Kima District: Cumberland County
- Mawat District: Durham County
- Moore District: Moore County
- Neuse River District: North and East Raleigh, Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, Wake Forest, and Rolesville in Wake County
- Orange District: Orange County
- Three Rivers District: Lee County, Chatham County
- Tuocs District: Fort Bragg in Cumberland County
The Occoneechee Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The Executive Committee of the Executive Board serves as trustees and officers of the corporation. The annual budget of the Occoneechee Council is $3.5 million. Of this, $1.25 million is raised through the annual Friends of Scouting giving campaign. The Council also participates in the annual popcorn product sale, which generates $1.5 million to support Scouting programs in the Council.
The Occoneechee Council is in the final stages of the $8.6 million “Come With Us and Build Leaders” Capital Campaign to improve the physical plant of Camp Durant and Camp Campbell. The highlight of the campaign is the fully air-conditioned Grand Lodge Dining Hall at Camp Durant, which opened in 2009. The Capital Campaign also included a complete renovation of each program area at Camp Durant, and the construction of the Charlie Sullivan Lodge Building, to serve as the headquarters of Order of the Arrow Occoneechee Lodge, #104. The Come With Us and Build Leaders Capital Campaign is chaired by O. Temple Sloan, Jr., the Chairman of General Parts, Inc., which owns CarQuest Auto Parts.
Camp Durant is the primary summer camping facility of the Occoneechee Council. Camp Durant is a part of the Occoneechee Scout Reservation, a 2,400-acre (9.7 km2) tract in northwestern Moore County, North Carolina. The property straddles the geographic division of the Piedmont and Sandhills regions of North Carolina.
Camp Durant operates as a full-service summer camp for the Scouts of the Occoneechee Council during the months of June, July and August. The Council currently offers five weeks of summer camp but will expand as the attendance increases.
As a result of the “Come with Us and Build Men” Capital Campaign, the Occoneechee Council has completed a complete renovation of the camp. The hallmark of the campaign is the completion of the 700-seat Grand Lodge Dining Hall. This fully air conditioned dining hall will seat the entire camp population at one setting, and boasts four serving lines and a full-service Trading Post and Grill below. Other facilities improvements include:
- Rawls Ecology Center
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Activity Field
- Simmons Trailblazer Area
- C. Harrison Smith Aquatics Center
- Charlie Sullivan Order of the Arrow Lodge Building
- Preston Health Lodge
- Handicrafts Area
Camp Durant has fourteen campsites, each divided into two sides. Each campsite also has a shower house, complete with three hot/cold showers and three flushing toilets. These shower houses also allow for electric power during summer camp. The entire camp has also been wired with fiber optic cables, which allows for both wired and wireless highspeed internet connections.
Situated on the remainder of the Occoneechee Scout Reservation, Camp Reeves provides primitive facilities for unit and district camping. The camp has several large Jamboree-style camping fields, as well as unit campsites and several buildings. Camp Reeves was the original summer camp for the Occoneechee Council after the Moore County property was purchased.
Camp Campbell is the most primitive of the camping properties operated by the Occoneechee Council. Located on Kerr Lake, in Townsville, Virginia, just north of Henderson, North Carolina, Camp Campbell offers Scouting units access to Kerr Lake.
The Occoneechee Council is the home council of Occoneechee Lodge #104, the local branch of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society. Occoneechee Lodge 104 is regarded as the best Lodge in the country by many of its members and is also one of the biggest in the country. The Occoneechee Lodge has more than 2,000 members and meets several times a year at Camp Durant for fellowship and service. They recently hosted the largest Conclave the Order of the Arrow has ever seen.
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