Scouting in Alabama

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Scouting in Alabama
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Scouting in Alabama 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 1918 a council was formed in Selma, only to be dissolved in 1920.[1] That area would be served later by the Tukabatchee Area Council.

Until 1948, some councils of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) were racially segregated. The National Office began a program of integrating local councils in 1940, which was largely complete in 1948.[citation needed]

Recent history (1950-1990)[edit]

Circa 1960, the BSA renumbered all local Councils in alphabetical order by state and headquarters city. That numbering system remains in use today. In this sequence, Council "Number 1" (not the 'oldest BSA Council') was the Council originally was called the Choccolocco Council that was headquartered in Anniston, Alabama. That Council, combined with two others, now forms the Greater Alabama Council, headquartered from Birmingham, Alabama.

Scouts BSA in Alabama today[edit]

In the 1990s, the Boy Scouts of America went through a restructuring in an attempt to reduce manpower, and in several states small historic Councils were merged into a larger supercouncil. The new Greater Alabama Council is an example of such a supercouncil. There are eight BSA local councils serving Scouts in Alabama today.[1]

As of Feb 1, 2019, The "Boy Scouts" program under the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) changed its name to "Scouts BSA." This change was reflective of the organization's acceptance of girls as members of the program who wanted to experience the outdoor leadership program enjoyed by boys for over 100 years, including the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. [2]


Alabama-Florida Council[edit]

Alabama-Florida Council (#003)
LocationDothan, Alabama
CountryUnited States
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The eponymously named Alabama-Florida Council serves Scouts in Alabama and Florida, with the council office located in Dothan, Alabama. It was founded in 1935 as the Southeast Alabama Council and changed its name in 1963 to its current name.[1]


  • Menawa District
  • Muskoke District


Order of the Arrow[edit]

  • Cowikee Lodge #224

Black Warrior Council[edit]

Black Warrior Council (#006)
LocationTuscaloosa, Alabama
CountryUnited States
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The Black Warrior Council office is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the council's name refers to Chief Tuskaloosa whose name means Black Warrior.[3]

In 1925, and again in 1932, the Walker-Lamar Council was formed in Jasper. In 1938 that council was reformed into the current Black Warrior Council.[1]


  • Chickasaw District - Tuscaloosa County (North of the River), Fayette, Pickens and Lamar Counties
  • Choctaw District - Tuscaloosa County (South of the River), Bibb County and the City of Moundville
  • Mountain District - Walker, Winston and Marion Counties
  • Prairie District - Marengo, Sumter, Hale and Greene Counties


  • Camp Horne
  • Camp O'Rear
  • White Bluff Scout Reservation

Order of the Arrow[edit]

  • Aracoma Lodge #481

Chattahoochee Council[edit]

Chattahoochee Council serves Scouts in Georgia and Alabama, with the Council office located in Columbus, Georgia. The council's name refers to the Chattahoochee River, which flows through Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

Choctaw Area Council[edit]

Choctaw Area Council serves Scouts in Mississippi and Alabama, with the council office located in Meridian, Mississippi. The council's name refers to the Choctaw nation.

Greater Alabama Council[edit]

Greater Alabama Council (#001)
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LocationBirmingham, Alabama
CountryUnited States
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The Greater Alabama Council is located in northern and central Alabama. The new council is an example of such a supercouncil. The council office is located in Birmingham, Alabama.


The Greater Alabama Council was formed by a merger of the Choccolocco Council, Tennessee Valley Council and the Central Alabama Council in 1998. The Choccolocco Council was formed in 1921. The Etowah County Council was formed in 1919 and changed its name to Northeastern Alabama in 1925; the council merged into Choccolocco in 1933. The Central Alabama council was formed as the Birmingham Area Council in 1915, changing its name in 1996. The Tennessee Valley Council was formed in 1924. Tennessee Valley absorbed Muscle Shoals Council in 1928 and the Andrew Jackson Council in 1930.[1]


The Greater Alabama Council is divided into 14 districts[4]:

  • Arrowhead District
  • Birmingham District
  • Cheaha District
  • Cherokee District
  • Choccolocco District
  • Etowah District
  • Mountain Lakes District
  • Mulberry District
  • Sequoyah District
  • Shelby District
  • Talakto District
  • Three Rivers District
  • Vulcan District
  • Westmoreland District: Encompasses Franklin County, Colbert County, and Lauderdale County. The district is based in Florence, Alabama in Lauderdale County. Westmoreland District is named after Camp Westmoreland.


Camp Westmoreland, a historic BSA summer camp located in Lauderdale County. This is one of the oldest operating camps in the Southeastern United States; it first opened in the 1920s. Camp Westmoreland ceased operations as a summer camp in the 1980s, but it is still widely used to this day for both council and district activities. Camp Westmoreland's old Order of the Arrow lodge was once home to Kaskanampo Lodge 310, which merged with Coosa Lodge 50 in the year 1999. Westmoreland District was once a part of the Tennessee Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America before this council was merged with two other councils to form the Greater Alabama Council.[5] Link to camp:

  • "Camp Comer".
  • "Camp Jack Wright".
  • "Camp Jackson".
  • "Camp Sequoyah".

Order of the Arrow[edit]

Coosa Lodge #50 is the Order of the Arrow lodge associated with the Greater Alabama Council. As of November 2011, the lodge has 12 chapters:[6]

  • Achunanchi Chapter, Choccolocco District
  • Cahaba Chapter, Birmingham District
  • Cheaha Chapter, Cheaha District
  • Cherokee Chapter, Cherokee District
  • Kaskanampo Chapter, Talakto District
  • Koasati Chapter, Mountain Lake District
  • Lookout Mountain Chapter, Lookout Mountain District
  • Muscogee Chapter, Shelby District
  • Nacha Sipo Chapter, Three Rivers District
  • Nischamawat Chapter, Arrowhead District
  • Nunne Hi Chapter, Vulcan District
  • Yuchi Chapter, Westmoreland District

Gulf Coast Council[edit]

Gulf Coast Council serves Scouts in Florida and Alabama, with the council office located in Pensacola, Florida. The council's name refers to the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Mobile Area Council[edit]

Mobile Area Council (#004)
LocationMobile, Alabama
CountryUnited States
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The Mobile Area Council office is located in Mobile, Alabama. The council was formed in 1919 as the Mobile Council. It changed its name to Mobile Area in 1924.[1] In 1926 the name was changed to Mobile and Baldwin Counties, and in 1927 changed back to Mobile Area.


  • Baldwin District
  • Choctaw District
  • Maubila District
  • Spanish Trail District


The council owns and operates one long term summer camp at the Maubila Scout Reservation.[7] This also servers as a week-end camping, Cub Scout event and training facility. Camp Maubila has 680 acres (2.8 km2) including a swimming pool and private lake.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

  • Woa Cholena Lodge #322

Tukabatchee Area Council[edit]

Tukabatchee Area Council (#005)
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LocationMontgomery, Alabama
CountryUnited States
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Formed in 1919 as the Montgomery Council, the council would change its name to Montgomery County in 1923, and then to Tukabatchee Area in 1946.[1]


As of 2015, the Council consists of:[8]

  • Crane District
  • Ecunchatee District
  • Frontier District
  • Muskogee District

In addition, the Council's Exploring program is considered a district for organizational purposes, though it consists solely of Exploring and Venturing units and not traditional Scouting Troops or Packs.


  • Warner Scout Reservation
    • Camp Tukabatchee
    • Camp Dexter C. Hobbs

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The Council's Order of the Arrow Lodge, and Alabama's oldest lodge, Alibamu #179, was formally chartered in 1940 and is home to the 1999 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow, Will Parker, and the 2007 National Vice Chief, Larry Newton.[9] As of 2019, the lodge has 5 chapters:

  • Cahaba Chapter, Crane District
  • Chilitauga Chapter, Frontier District
  • Cholocco Litabixie Chapter, College students and others living outside council boundaries
  • Pinhoti Chapter, Muscogee District
  • Towassa Chapter, Ecunchatee District

Girl Scouting in Alabama today[edit]

There are two Girl Scout councils with headquarters in Alabama. In addition Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia serves Russell County, Alabama.

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama[edit]

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
LocationBirmingham, Alabama
CountryUnited States
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The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Council serves over 3,500 girls. It owns and operates six camps. Camp Gertrude Coleman, established in 1925, is a 140-acre (0.57 km2) site located east of Trussville on the Cahaba River in Jefferson County. Kanahala Program Center (KPC) is a 600-acre (2.4 km2) site with a 45-acre (0.18 km2) lake, called Lake Alice. KPC is located in Shelby County. Camp Trico is a beautiful 109-acre (0.44 km2) wooded lot on the shore of Lake Guntersville. Camp Anderel, near Rogersville is a wooded 187-acre (0.76 km2) site nestled between Anderson Creek and the Elk River. Camp Tombigbee in Greene County was purchased in 2001, and has a beautiful 97-acre (0.39 km2) site. Camp Cottaquilla is located in Calhoun County.

The Fehr Fowler Service Center serves as headquarters and include the Council's shop. It is located in the Inverness area of Birmingham. The Council also operates service centers in Anniston, Huntsville, Gadsden, Florence and Tuscaloosa.

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama[edit]

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama
CountryUnited States
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Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama covers 30 counties and serves over 9,000 girl members.

GSSA runs four campsites: Camp Scoutshire Woods, Camp Humming Hills, Camp Sid Edmonds and Kamp Kiwanis. There are two resident camps in the summer at Kamp Kiwanis and Camp Scoutshire Woods. Camp Scoutshire Woods is located on 56 acres (0.23 km2) of rolling wooded hills about 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Mobile. Kamp Kiwanis is located on 110 acres (0.45 km2) 45 minutes north of Montgomery, on Lake Martin. Both camps have boating and swimming areas.

There are two Service Centers. One is located in Mobile, the other in Montgomery and each has a shop.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Hook, James; Franck, Dave; Austin, Steve (1982). An Aid to Collecting Selected Council Shoulder Patches with Valuation.
  2. ^ "Family Scouting" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Black Warrior Council #6".
  4. ^ "GAC".
  5. ^ "Westmoreland District Website". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  6. ^ "Chapters". Coosa Lodge 50, WWW. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  7. ^ "Camp Maubila". Mobile Area Council. Retrieved 2007-10-22.
  8. ^ "Tukabatcheebsa". Tukabatchee Area Council. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  9. ^ "History | Alibamu Lodge 179 | Tukabatchee Area Council | Alabama".

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