Scouting in Mississippi

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Scouting in Mississippi 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]

In 1914, the BSA gave local councils the power to ban African Americans from Scouting. 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, which was largely complete in 1948. However, until 1974, some Southern councils of the Boy Scouts of America were still racially segregated.

Recent history (1950-1990)[edit]

Scouting in Mississippi today[edit]

There are eight Boy Scouts of America local councils in Mississippi.

Andrew Jackson Council[edit]

Andrew Jackson Council (#303)
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Andrew Jackson Council CSP
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Jackson, MS
Country United States
 Scouting portal

Andrew Jackson Council serves Scouts in the area surrounding the state capital.



  • Hood Scout Reservation

Order of the Arrow[edit]

Chickasaw Council[edit]

Main article: Chickasaw Council

Chickasaw Council serves Scouts in Tennessee and Arkansas, as well as Mississippi. The Delta Area Council of west Mississippi and their Koi Hatachie lodge 345, Order of the Arrow, merged into Chickasaw Council in the early 1990s.

Choctaw Area Council[edit]

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Choctaw Area Council serves youth in east Mississippi and west Alabama, with the council office located in Meridian, Mississippi. The Choctaw Area Council camp is Camp Binachi, and the council's name refers to the Choctaw nation.

OA lodge: Ashwanchi Kinta Lodge

Istrouma Area Council[edit]

Main article: Scouting in Louisiana

Istrouma Area Council serves Scouts in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Pine Burr Area Council[edit]

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Pine Burr Area Council serves youth in 17 counties in southeast and southern Mississippi, from headquarters in Hattiesburg.

  • Biloxi Bay District
  • Singing River District
  • Spanish Trail District
  • Tall Pine District
  • Tung Belt District
  • Silver Cloud District
  • Twin Rivers District

Scoutreach Division

Pushmataha Area Council[edit]

Pushmataha Area Council serves Calhoun, Chickasaw, Monroe, Webster, Oktibbeha, Clay, Lowndes, Winston, Choctaw and Noxubee counties in north Mississippi. Camp Seminole is the Pushmataha Area Council camp.

  • Chickasaw District
  • Choctaw District

Southeast Louisiana Council[edit]

Main article: Scouting in Louisiana

The Southeast Louisiana Council serves Scouting in Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemine, Saint John the Baptist, Saint Bernard, Saint Charles, Saint James, Saint Tammany, and Terrebonne Parishes in Louisiana. The 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) camp property known as Salmen Scout Reservation is located in Kiln, Mississippi.

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Yocona Area Council[edit]

Main article: Yocona Area Council

The Yocona Area Council of northeast Mississippi is headquartered in Tupelo. It serves Alcorn, Tishomingo, Prentiss, Itawamba, Lee, Pontotoc, Tippah, Union, Benton, Marshall, Lafayette, and Yalobusha counties. The Chicksa Lodge serves local Arrowmen.

  • Apilachi District
  • Chicksa District
  • Jacinto District
  • Tallahatchie District

Girl Scouting in Mississippi[edit]

There are three Girl Scout council offices in Mississippi. However two will be merging in 2009 probably on October 1.

Proposed Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi[edit]

Girl Scouts of Gulf Pines Council[edit]

Headquarters: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Service centers:


  • Camp Meridale is 160 acres (0.6 km2) near Meridian, MS
  • Camp Iti Kana is 339 acres (1.4 km2) near Wiggins, MS. Its name is from the Choctaw language and means friendship.

Girl Scout Council of Middle Mississippi[edit]

Headquarters: Jackson, Mississippi

Service Center


Girl Scouts Heart of the South[edit]

See Scouting in Tennessee. In Mississippi serves girls in northern counties.

Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee

Mississippi service centers:

Mississippi camps

  • Camp Cedar Point is 150 acres (0.6 km2) on Grenada Lake
  • Camp Tik-A-Witha is 310 acres (1.3 km2) (including a 20 acres (81,000 m2) lake) of woods and sand dunes near Van Vleet, MS

See also[edit]

External links[edit]