Scouting in Georgia (U.S. state)

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Scouting in Georgia
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Scouting in Georgia 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. The state is home to many milestones for the Scouting movement. The Girl Scout Birthplace is located in Savannah, and President Jimmy Carter served as a Scoutmaster in Plains, Georgia.

Boy Scouts of America[edit]


Dating back to 1920, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was prominent in Georgia. Until 1974, some southern councils were racially segregated. (The Old Hickory council did not integrate until 1974.) 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 Scouting.[citation needed]

Historic councils[edit]

Council Name[1] Active dates Notes
Start End
Augusta Council 1920 1925 Changed name to Richmond County Council #93
Augusta Area Council 1929 1941 Changed name to Georgia-Carolina #93
Aumuckalie Council 1921 1922 Disbanded 1922. Believed based in Americus, Georgia and absorbed by Nochaway #100 (later Chehaw in 1922).
Chatham County Council 1923 1942 Changed name to Coastal Empire #99 in 1942.
Chattahoochee Council 1923 1950 Changed name to George H. Lanier #94 in 1950.
Cherokee Council 1923 1923 Changed name to Floyd County #95 in 1923.
Columbus Georgia Council 1919 1928
Columbus Area Council 1929 1929 Function merged into Direct Service 1930.
Coastal Empire Council 1921 1922 Merged with Okefenokee Area Council to become the Coastal Georgia Council in 2014[2]
Floyd County Council 1919 1923 Changed name to Cherokee #95 in 1923.
Floyd County Council 1923 1925 Disbanded in 1925. Absorbed into Atlanta 92 in 1929.
Gainesville Area Council 1928 1932 Function merged into Direct Service July 1933.
George H. Lanier Council 1950 1989 Merged into Chattahoochee #91 in 1989.
Georgia-Alabama Council 1934 1964 Merged into Chattahoochee #91 in 1964.
Griffin Area Council 1927 1930 Changed name to Flint River #95 in 1930.
Macon Council 1919 1923 Changed name to Central Georgia #96 in 1923.
Mcintosh County Council 1922 1923 Disbanded in 1923. Merged into Chattahoochee Council in 1923.
Muscogee County Council 1923 1925 Changed name to Columbus Area #98 in 1925.
Nochaway Council 1921 1929 Disbanded in 1929 & the counties were run from the national office then in New York City. Rechartered as Chehaw #97 in 1939. Spelled Notchoway in some BSA records and Notchaway in some other places but Nochaway in actual records of the council.
Northeast Georgia Council 1922 1931 Changed name to Gainesville Area #428 in 1931.
Ococah Council 1922 1924 Changed name to Northeast Georgia #101 in 1924.
Okefenokee Council 1921 1922 Disbanded 1922.
Okefenokee Area Council 1921 1922 Merged with Coastal Empire Council to become Coastal Georgia Council in 2014[2]
Richmond County Council 1925 1929 Changed name to Augusta Area #93 in 1929.
Savannah Council 1920 1923 Merged into Chatham County #99 in 1923.
West Georgia Council 1946 1964 Merged into Chattahoochee #91 in 1964.
Withlacocchee Council 1926 1930 Changed name to Okefenokee Area #758 in 1930.

Boy Scouts of America today[edit]

There are eleven active local BSA councils that serve Scouts in Georgia. Active councils, districts, and lodges are shown in green.

Atlanta Area Council[edit]

The Atlanta Area Council encompasses 13 counties in northern Georgia. The council office is currently located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Central Georgia Council[edit]

The Central Georgia Council serves 24 counties in central Georgia.[3]

Chattahoochee Council[edit]

Chattahoochee Council serves Scouts in Georgia and Alabama, with the Council office located in Columbus, Georgia. Active from 1964 to present, the council's name refers to the Chattahoochee River, which flows through Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

OA lodge: Chattahoochee Lodge #204 chartered 1941 and still active. Absorbed Hiawassee Lodge #333 (West Georgia Council) in 1963. Absorbed Wehadkee Lodge #273 (George H. Lanier Council, West Point) in both 1964 and 1990.

  • Alapaha
  • Apatschin
  • Hiawassee
  • Si-tan-mico
  • Wehadkee
  • Weracoba
  • Wischixin

Cherokee Area Council[edit]

Cherokee Area Council serves Scouts in Tennessee and Georgia, with the council office located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The John Ross District serves Northwest Georgia Walker, Catoosa and Dade Counties. Website: Skymont Scout Reservation offers year-round and summer camping opportunities,

Coastal Georgia Council[edit]

The Council office of the Coastal Georgia Council is located in Savannah, Georgia. It was formed on March 1, 2014 when the Coastal Empire Council and the Okefenokee Area Council merged. [4]

  • Altamaha
  • Coastal
  • Twin Rivers
  • Satilla
  • Atlantic
OA lodge[edit]

Tomo-Chi-Chi Lodge #119 chartered 1938 and merged with Pithlako Lodge with the 2014 merger into I-Tsu-La Lodge.[5]

  • Blue Heron
  • Canoochee
  • Creek
  • Ogeechee
  • Allogagan
  • Guale
  • Tomo Chi Chi

Flint River Council[edit]

Flint River Council is headquartered in Griffin, Georgia.

Georgia-Carolina Council[edit]

Name active from 1941 to currently active. Council office located in Augusta, Georgia, includes districts in South Carolina and Georgia. Website: [1]

  • Creek River District
  • Kiokee River District
  • Yamasee District

OA lodge: Bob White Lodge #87 chartered 1936 and still active.

  • Creek River
  • Kiokee River
  • Yamasee

Northeast Georgia Council[edit]

Name active from 1935 to currently active. Council office located in Pendergrass, Georgia.



  • Apalachee District serves northern Gwinnett County;
  • Chattahoochee District serves Barrow, Hall, and Jackson counties;
  • Cherokee district serves Hart, Elbert, Franklin, Madison, Clarke, Oglethorpe, Oconee, Morgan, and Greene counties;
  • Currahee District serves Banks, Habersham, Rabun, Stephens, and White counties;
  • Etowah District serves Forsyth, Dawson, and Lumpkin counties;
  • Mountain District serves Gilmer, Fannin, Towns, and Union counties;
  • Sweetwater District serves Walton and southern Gwinnett counties.

OA lodge: Mowogo Lodge #243 chartered in 1943 and still active.

  • Ani-gatogewi
  • Canantutlaga
  • Japeechen
  • Jutaculla
  • Lau In Nih
  • Machque
  • Yonah-hi


  • Rainey Mountain
  • Scoutland
  • Rotary

Northwest Georgia Council[edit]

Northwest Georgia Council serves Scouts in northwest Georgia.

South Georgia Council[edit]

Suwannee River Area Council[edit]

The Suwannee River Area Council, active from 1924 to present, encompasses 13 counties in north Florida and south Georgia. The Council Service Center and central headquarters are in Tallahassee, Florida.

Girl Scouting today[edit]

Girl Scouting in Georgia
Map of Girl Scout Councils in Georgia
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The Girl Scout Birthplace is located in Savannah, Georgia, which was the Gordon family home that now provides tours to thousands of Scouts every year. Upon Juliette Gordon Low's death in 1927, she willed her carriage house, eventually named The Girl Scout First Headquarters, to the local Savannah Girl Scouts for continued use.[6]

In 2008 the eight Girl Scout Councils in Georgia merged to form two councils. In addition Girl Scouts of Moccasin Bend headquartered in Tennessee covers Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker Counties in northwestern Georgia.[7]

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia[edit]

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia was formed on May 1, 2008 by the merger of eight previous councils: Girl Scouts, Central Savannah River Council; Girl Scouts of Concharty Council; Girl Scouts of Middle Georgia; Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia; Girl Scouts of Southwest Georgia; and The Girl Scout Council of Savannah, Georgia. Though some counties in these old councils were moved to Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. This council also covers part of South Carolina and Russell County in Alabama.

Headquarters: Lizella, Georgia


  • Camp Low is on a 300-acre (120 ha) barrier island, Rose Dhu Island, near Savannah
  • Camp Martha Johnston is 165 acres (67 ha) in Lizella, Georgia and has been owned by the Girl Scouts since 1922.
  • Camp Robert Lewis is 40 acres (16 ha) by Mulberry Falls near the Chattahoochee River.
  • Camp Tanglewood is 184 acres (74 ha) in Augusta, Georgia

The following camps were closed in 2016 and either sold or their lease ended[8]

  • Camp Concharty was 190 acres (77 ha) at the base of Pine Mountain in Shiloh, Georgia.
  • Camp Lanier is 88 acres (36 ha) on Lake Lanier in Forsyth County (leased)
  • Camp Okitayakani is 338 acres (137 ha) in Cuthbert, Georgia
  • Camp Otaki is 56 acres (23 ha) on Lake Hartwell in Hart County. (leased)
  • Camp Manipines is 38 acres (15 ha) on Lake Sinclair in Putnam County. It is leased from the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta[edit]

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta serves about 42,000 girls and 17,000 adult volunteers in 34 counties of Greater Atlanta and a portion of Polk County Tennessee. It was formed in 2008 by the merger of Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia and Girl Scouts of Pine Valley Council.

Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hook, James; Franck, Dave; Austin, Steve (1982). An Aid to Collecting Selected Council Shoulder Patches with Valuation. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  2. ^ a b "Two Boy Scouts councils merge". WTOC News. 2014-03-04. Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  3. ^ "About Us". Central Georgia Council. Archived from the original on 2014-07-29. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Scouting councils merge into Coastal Georgia Council". Savannah Morning News. Archived from the original on 2015-04-09. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  6. ^ Trefoil Round the World (11 ed.). World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. 2002. ISBN 0900827750.
  7. ^ Myrie, Stephanie. "The Girl Scouts: Uncharted Territory". Nonprofit Quarterly. Archived from the original on 2018-11-20. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  8. ^ "She Will". Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. Archived from the original on 2016-09-01. Retrieved 1 September 2016.

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