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 1909, Dr. Cran, the Local Episcopal Minister, and Mr. C.H. Hamilton organized Troop 19 in Brookhaven, Mississippi. In 1910, the unit was officially recognized by the local scout office in Vicksburg. Troop 19 became Troop 119 after the Andrew Jackson Council was formed. It was sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church until 1938/39 when it was then sponsored by "The Men's Bible Class" First United Methodist church where it has remained. The Troop has been continuously chartered since 1910 and is as old as the incorporated Boy Scouts of America.

In 1912, one year after the Boy Scout movement came from England to the United States, George F. Maynard, Sr. founded the first troop in Tupelo — Troop 1. Scout units were soon founded in other cities such as Picayune, Corinth and Oxford.

Recent history (1950-1990)[edit]

Scouting in Mississippi today[edit]

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

Andrew Jackson Council[edit]

Andrew Jackson Council (#303)
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Andrew Jackson Council CSP
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersJackson, MS
CountryUnited States
 Scouting portal

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



Order of the Arrow[edit]

Chickasaw Council[edit]

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]

Istrouma Area Council serves Scouts in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Pine Burr Area Council[edit]

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


  • Singing River District
  • Spanish Trail District
  • Tall Pine District
  • Tung Belt District
  • Twin Rivers District
  • Chickasawhay District

Scoutreach Division


Camp Tiak

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]

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.

Yocona Area Council[edit]

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]

Girl Scouts of the USA council map with service centers and camps for the state of Mississippi

There are two Girl Scout councils in Mississippi.

Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi[edit]

Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi serves some 10,000 members in 45 counties of south and central Mississippi.[2]

It was formed by the merger of Girl Scouts of Gulf Pines Council and Girl Scout Council of Middle Mississippi in 2009.

Headquarters: Jackson, Mississippi

Service centers:


  • Camp Iti Kana is 339 acres (137.2 ha) including a 55 acres (22 ha) lake near Wiggins, MS. Its name is from the Choctaw language and means friendship.
  • Camp Wahi is 150 acres (61 ha) in Brandon, MS

Girl Scouts Heart of the South[edit]

See Scouting in Tennessee for full information. In Mississippi serves girls in northern counties.

Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee

Mississippi service centers:

Mississippi camps

  • Camp Tik-A-Witha is 310 acres (125.5 ha) (including a 20 acres (8.1 ha) lake) of woods and sand dunes near Van Vleet, MS

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "District Directory".
  2. ^ "About us". Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi. Retrieved 6 September 2016.