Old North State Council

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Old North State Council
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Greensboro, North Carolina
Country United States
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The Old North State Council (ONSC) is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America that serves the eastern and southern portions of the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. The council is headquartered at the Royce Reynolds Family Scout Office in Greensboro, North Carolina and operates four camps; one of which is outside the council boundaries. The Old North State Council was formed from the merger of three smaller councils in the mid-1990s: General Greene Council, Uwharrie Council, and Cherokee Council. The ONSC represents Boy Scouting in Davie, Davidson, Randolph, Guilford, Alamance, Rockingham, Caswell, and Person counties of North Carolina. The council's name is derived from the state's official song, The Old North State.

Council camps[edit]

Cherokee Scout Reservation[edit]

A portrait of Allan "Doc" Lewis rests within the OA Lodge Building named in his honor.

Cherokee Scout Reservation (CSR) is a Boy Scout camp in central Caswell County, North Carolina near the town of Yanceyville. It is situated on over 1,700 acres (6.9 km2) of hardwood forest and is the headquarters for the Tsoiotsi Tsogalii Lodge. The camp was founded in the 1960s by Allan "Doc" Lewis and associates and was named after the local Cherokee tribe. It hosts the council's largest summer camp, which is usually held each week for about seven weeks each summer. (36°21′04″N 79°23′02″W / 36.351°N 79.384°W / 36.351; -79.384)

The aquatics staff found here is believed to be the best in comparison to most, if not all other camps. In addition the Dining Hall staff keeps the entire place running with their amazing service and good food in comparison to other North Carolina Camps

History of Cherokee Scout Reservation

The original Camp Cherokee was located in Rockingham County, near the town of Wentworth. Established around 1940, this camp functioned for several years until growth made it obvious that a larger facility would be necessary. For one year, 1967, the camp functioned at a different facility. In 1968 Cherokee (current location) opened to campers, and has been welcoming scouts every summer since.

Eyes of Cherokee[edit]

The camp's official camp song is "The Eyes of Cherokee", which was written by Doc Lewis and is sung to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad". The song's lyrics are as follows:

The eyes of Cherokee are upon you,
All the live-long day.
The eyes of Cherokee are upon you,
You cannot get away.
Do not try to escape them
At night or early in the morn.
The eyes of Cherokee are upon you,
'Til Gabriel blows his horn.

This song is sung multiple times during the year at CSR, most notably by the summer camp staff at the Thursday night campfire. The song has been sung at many world landmarks as well, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Gateway Arch, and the Wright Brothers Memorial.

Woodfield Scout Preservation[edit]

Woodfield Scout Preservation (commonly known as Camp Woodfield) is an 800-acre (3.2 km2) Boy Scout camp in western Randolph County, North Carolina between the municipalities of Asheboro, Trinity, and Denton (35°43′52″N 79°58′36″W / 35.7312°N 79.9768°W / 35.7312; -79.9768). It is situated along the banks of the Uwharrie River in the Uwharrie Mountains. Camp Woodfield is mainly used for Cub Scout events, but numerous Boy Scout and Order of the Arrow events are also held there. The camp is divided into three sections: Woodfield East (the largest with most amenities), Woodfield West (more primitive), and Primitive Camp (most primitive). The camp was donated by Elliot S. Wood and Mary Webb Wood in 1989.

Hagan Sea Base[edit]

Charles T. Hagan Sea Scout Base (or just Hagan Sea Base) is an Old North State Council camp on the Davidson County, North Carolina shores of High Rock Lake. It is located just south of Southmont off North Carolina State Highway 8 (35°38′23″N 80°15′56″W / 35.639717°N 80.265533°W / 35.639717; -80.265533). The camp was renovated and upgraded in the early 2000s from a primitive-style camp, to a functioning summer camp with restrooms and offices. Hagan specializes in water activities for Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts, including canoeing, sailing, fishing and motorboating. 50 Mile Canoe Treks are held at Hagan, as are Whitewater Merit Badge and Canoeing Merit Badge classes.[1]

Hemrick Scout Reservation[edit]

H. Clay Hemrick Scout Reservation is an Old North State Council operated camp outside the council boundaries on an island in Kerr Lake near Clarksville, Virginia. It is the least used of the ONSC camps and can only be accessed by watercraft.[2] Facilities on the island include latrines, a small dining hall, a boating dock, and a lodge building.


The Old North State Council is divided into seven districts for more locally-tailored programs and local leadership. The districts are listed below along with the regions they represent:

  • General Greene District - represents southeastern Guilford county.
  • Alamance District - represents all of Alamance County.
  • Battlefield District - represents northwestern Guilford County.
  • Cherokee District - represents all of Rockingham, Caswell, and Person counties.
  • Akela District - represents Greater High Point in Guilford County, the towns of Archdale and Trinity in Randolph County, and the northeastern portion of Davidson County.
  • Randolph District - represents all of Randolph County, excluding the towns of Archdale and Trinity.
  • Uwharrie District - represents the majority of Davidson County and all of Davie County.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

Tsoiotsi Tsogalii members at the National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University in 2006. A picket sign of the Lodge's S1 flap is shown in the background.

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