Scouting in North Carolina
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) 
The Boy Scout program began in England under the leadership of Robert Stephenson Smyth 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.
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.
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.
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:
|Council Name||Headquarters||Date Formed|
|Cape Fear Council||Wilmington||1930|
|Central NC Council||Albemarle||1937|
|Daniel Boone Council||Asheville||1925|
|East Carolina Council||Kinston||1932|
|General Greene Council||Greensboro||1947|
|Mecklenburg County Council||Charlotte||1942|
|Old Hickory Council||Winston-Salem||1942|
|Tidewater Council||Virginia Beach, VA||1935|
|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.
Until 1948, some southern councils of the Boy Scouts of America were racially segregated. Colored Troops, as they were officially known, were given little support from Districts and Councils. Some Scouting executives and leaders believed that Colored Scouts and Leaders would be less able to live up to the ideals of the Boy Scouts. The National Office began a program of integrating local councils in 1940, a process which lasted until 1974.
Recent history (1950-1990) 
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Boy Scouting in North Carolina today 
There are eleven Boy Scouts of America councils in North Carolina.
Served by the Order of the Arrow through Klahican Lodge 331
- Brunswick District
- Central District
- Lakes District
- Masonboro District
- Northeast Cape Fear District
- Western District
Counties served: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Hoke, New Hanover, Pender, Robeson, and Scotland.
- Anson District
- Concord District
- Kannapolis District
- Montgomery District
- Richmond District
- Rowan District
- Stanley District
- Union District
Counties served: Anson, Cabarrus, Montgomery, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly, and Union.
- Nantahala District
- Cataloochee District
- SoQua District
- Terrora District
- Toe River District
Counties served: Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.
- Blackbeard District
- Caswell District
- Croatan Trails District
- Neuse Basin District
- Pitt District
- Tar River District
- Tri-County District
- White Oak River District
- Wilson District
Counties served: Beaufort, Bertie, Carteret, Craven, Craven, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, and Wilson.
- Apache District
- Etowah District
- Hornets Nest District
- Pueblo District
- Waholi District
- Wunita District
Counties served: Mecklenburg.
- Cape Fear District
- Crosswinds District (includes portions of former Dan Beard District)
- Great Northern District
- Hemlock District (includes portions of former Dan Beard District)
- Impeesa District (includes former Falls and Baden Powell Districts)
- Kia Kima District
- Mawat District
- Moore District
- Neuse River District
- Orange District
- Three Rivers District
- Tuocs District
Counties served: Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Vance, Wake, and Warren.
Old Hickory Council 
- Blue Ridge District
- Dogwood District
- Hanging Rock District
- Laurel District
- Piedmont District
- Salem District
- Wilkes District
Counties served: Alleghany, Ashe, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin. Alleghany District was merged into Laurel District in late 2010.
Old North State Council 
The Old North State Council is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America that serves the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. The council's name is taken from the state's official song, The Old North State. Old North State Council's Order of the Arrow counterpart is Tsoiotsi Tsogalii Lodge (#70).
Counties served: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Person, Randolph, and Rockingham.
Piedmont Council 
Served by Eswau Huppeday Lodge, 560
- Two Rivers District 
- Heartland District
- Gemstone District
- Polk District (now Chimney Rock District)
- Thermal District (now Chimney Rock District)
- Battleground District
- Foothills District
- Lakeland District
- Tablerock District
- Swamp Fox District
Counties served: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford.
Tidewater Council 
Tidewater Council is the local council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that 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.
Counties served: Camden, Chowan, Dare, Gates, Perquimans, and Pasquotank.
Tuscarora Council 
316 E. Walnut Street Goldsboro, North Carolina (919) 734-1714
Visit the Tuscarora Council online http://www.bsanc.org
Serving the youth of Duplin, Johnston, Sampson, and Wayne Counties.
- Coharie District - Sampson & Duplin Counties
- Neusiok District - Johnston County
- Torhunta District - Wayne County
Boy Scout Camps in North Carolina 
The following Boy Scout camps are in North Carolina:
|Council Name||Camp Name||Date Started|
|Cape Fear Council||Camp Bowers||June 5, 1982|
|Central NC Council||Camp John J. Barnhardt||?|
|Daniel Boone Council||Camp Daniel Boone||?|
|East Carolina Council||Camp Boddie||?|
|Mecklenburg County Council||Camp Grimes||?|
|Occoneechee Council||Camp Durant||?|
|Old Hickory Council||Camp Raven Knob||1954|
|Old North State Council||Cherokee Scout Reservation||1968|
|Tidewater Council||Pipsico Scout Reservation||1958|
|Tuscarora Council||Camp Tuscarora||?|
Girl Scouting in North Carolina 
There are seven Girl Scout councils in North Carolina; however, five will merge in the near future.
Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast 
See Scouting in Virginia.
Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines 
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 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties.
- Camp Graham is 155 acres (0.63 km2) on Kerr Lake
- Camp Hardee is 95 acres (380,000 m2) on the Pamlico River near Washington, NC
- The Homestead Girl Scout Camp is 110 acres (0.45 km2) in Franklin County, NC
- Camp Mary Atkinson is 262 acres (1.06 km2) in Johnston County, NC
- Camp Mu-Sha-Ni is 843 acres (3.41 km2) in Richmond County, NC
- Camp Pretty Pond is near Wilmington, NC
Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont 
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, Colfax, Gastonia and Hickory.
Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council 
The Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have been in talks for several years to merge with Peaks to Piedmont.
See also 
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- Cape Fear Council
- Central North Carolina Council
- East Carolina Council
- Daniel Boone Council
- Mecklenburg Council
- Occoneechee Council
- Old Hickory Council
- Old North State Council
- Piedmont Council
- Tidewater Council
- Tuscarora Council
- East Carolina Council