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)
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)
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Scouting in Mississippi today
Andrew Jackson Council
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Andrew Jackson Council serves Scouts in the area surrounding the state capital.
- Natchez Trace District: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties
- Big Creek District: Copiah, Lawrence, Lincoln, Pike, and Walthall Counties
- Strong River District: Scott, Rankin and Simpson Counties
- Four Rivers District: Hinds, Issquena, Sharkey, and Warren Counties
- North Trace District: Attala, Holmes, Leake, Madison and Yazoo Counties
Order of the Arrow
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
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.
- Bobashela District
- Seminole District
OA lodge: Ashwanchi Kinta Lodge
Istrouma Area Council
Istrouma Area Council serves Scouts in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Pine Burr Area Council
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
Pushmataha Area Council
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
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
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
There are two Girl Scout councils in Mississippi.
Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi
Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi serves some 10,000 members in 45 counties of south and central Mississippi.
It was formed by the merger of Girl Scouts of Gulf Pines Council and Girl Scout Council of Middle Mississippi in 2009.
- 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
See Scouting in Tennessee for full information. In Mississippi serves girls in northern counties.
Mississippi service centers:
- 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
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- Andrew Jackson Council
- Choctaw Area Council
- Pine Burr Area Council
- Pushmataha Area Council
- Yocona Area Council
- The Waveland Project, Tulpe Lodge of the Order of the Arrow has been to Waveland, Mississippi, as part of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.