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.
Until 1948, some southern councils of the Boy Scouts of America were racially segregated. 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.
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.
OA lodge: Cowikee Lodge #224
Council districts are:
OA lodge: Aracoma Lodge #481
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.
OA lodge: Chattahoochee Lodge #204
OA lodge: Ashwanchi Kinta Lodge #193
The Greater Alabama Council is located in northern and central Alabama. 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 council is an example of such a supercouncil. The council office is located in Birmingham, Alabama.
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The Greater Alabama Council is divided into 14 districts:
Coosa Lodge #50 is the Order of the Arrow lodge associated with the Greater Alabama Council. It has 14 chapters (each corresponds with a district of the GAC [where chapter name differs from district name, both the chapter name and district name are provided]):
The Mobile Area Council office is located in Mobile, Alabama. Camp Pushmataha, the council's weekend primitive facility, was at one time the Council Camp. It is located in Citronelle. The council owns and operates one long term summer camp at the Maubila Scout Reservation. Camp Maubila has 680 acres (2.8 km2) including a swimming pool and private lake. The Mobile Area Council operates both summer camp and winter camp.
OA lodge: Woa Cholena Lodge #322
There are two Girl Scout councils with headquarters in Alabama. In addition Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia serves Russell County, Alabama.
The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Council serves 13,000 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. Kanawahala Program Center (KPC) is a 600-acre (2.4 km2) site with a 45-acre (0.18 km2) lake, 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 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.