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Scouting in Virginia 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.


Boy Scouts of America

Early history (1910-1950)

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 as Scout executives and leaders believed that colored Scouts and leaders would be less able to live up to the ideals of Boy Scouting. The National Council began a program of integrating local councils in 1940, a process which lasted until 1974.

Recent history (1950-1990)


Since the 1981 National Scout Jamboree, all Jamborees have been held at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. There are ten Boy Scouts of America local councils in Virginia. All of Virginia lies within Southern Region, except for Tazewell, Bland and Giles counties, as part of Central Region, and Loudoun, Fairfax, Stafford, Prince William, King George, Westmoreland and Northumberland counties, as part of Northeast Region.

Blue Ridge Mountains Council

The Blue Ridge Mountains Council (BRMC) serves Scouts in southwest and south central Virginia.

Buckskin Council

Buckskin Council serves Scouts in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Giles, Bland and Tazewell Counties in Virginia.

Colonial Virginia Council

Served by the Wahunsenakah Lodge of the Order of the Arrow.

  • Chesapeake Bay District
  • Colonial Trail District
  • First Colony District
  • Heritage District
  • James River District
  • Siouan District

Del-Mar-Va Council

Del-Mar-Va Council serves Scouts in Delaware, Maryland and Northampton and Accomack Counties in Virginia.

Heart of Virginia Council

Formerly Robert E. Lee Council, this council was renamed in 2003.

National Capital Area Council

The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) services Scouts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Loudon, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Stafford, King George, Caroline, Spotsylvania and Culpepper Counties in Virginia. NCAC operates two council camps: Goshen Scout Reservation, in Goshen, Virginia (physically within the Stonewall Jackson Area Council) and Camp Snyder in Haymarket, Virginia.

Sequoyah Council

Sequoyah Council serves Scouts in Tennessee and Virginia.

Shenandoah Area Council

Shenandoah Area Council headquarters is in Winchester, Virginia and serves Scouts in Clarke, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and Warren counties in Virginia and Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson Counties in West Virginia.

Camp Rock Enon was established in 1944, and is located at Rock Enon Springs near Gore, Virginia. The Order of the Arrow is represented by the Shenshawpotoo Lodge.

  • Camp Rock Enon
Order of the Arrow
  • Shenshawopotoo Lodge #276, established in 1944. Shenshawpotoo is a composite word, made up of the first syllables of the Council name, and the three

districts in the council at the time the lodge was formed - Shawnee, Potomac, and Two Rivers.

Stonewall Jackson Area Council

Tidewater Council

Tidewater Council is the local council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that serves southeastern Virginia and north-eastern North Carolina. This region is often referred to as South Hampton Roads or the Tidewater or Tidewater Virginia area; hence the name of the council. Tidewater Council traces its origin to 1911, one year after the establishment of the Scouting movement in America by William Boyce of Chicago and only three years after the founding of the movement itself by Sir Robert Baden-Powell in England. However, it was several years later, on January 29, 1914, that the local council was issued a second-class charter without a professional scout executive.

On September 21, 1911, 28 of Norfolk's most prominent businessmen met to form the Norfolk Council, BSA. The first council president was Richard L. Dobie. Other officers elected included Harvey M. Dickerson, vice president; J.G. Holladay, secretary; and W.W. Marr, treasurer. Thomas Sparrow became the Norfolk Council's first scout executive on October 1, 1919.

Its Order of the Arrow counterpart is the Blue Heron Lodge, which was founded in 1946 when a team from Octoraro Lodge in Pennsylvania inducted the first members of Blue Heron Lodge.

Girl Scouts of the USA

Map of Girl Scout Councils in Virginia

There are seven Girl Scout councils serving girls in Virginia but only 3 are headquartered in the state.

Girl Scouts of The Appalachian Council

See Scouting in Tennessee. Serves Virginia girls in the extreme southwest of Virginia.

Headquarters; Johnson City, Tennessee

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council

See Scouting in West Virginia. Serves Virginia girls in Bland, Buchanan, and Tazewell counties.

Headquarters: Charleston, West Virginia

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council

See Scouting in Delaware. Serves Virginia girls on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Headquarters: Newark, Delaware

Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast

Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast serves over 16,500 girls with 5,500 adult volunteers in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. It was established in 1981.

Headquarters: Chesapeake, Virginia


Girl Scout Commonwealth Council of Virginia

The Girl Scout Commonwealth Council of Virginia serves more than 16,000 girls and has about 5,700 adult volunteers in 30 central Virginia counties. It was chartered in 1963 when 3 smaller councils serving Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Southside Virginia merged. In 2007 Surry county was moved from this council to Colonial Coast. The first troop formed in central Virginia was Troop #1, Highland Springs in 1913.[2][3]

In 1932 the first African-American troop in the South, Girl Scout Troop 101, was founded in Richmond by Lena B. Watson and led initially by Lavnia Banks, a teacher from Armstrong High School. It first met in Hartshorn Hall, Virginia Union University. In 2008 a tree was planted in commemoration at Hartshorn Hall.[4]

In 1922 Girl Scouts of Richmond was chartered. In 1942 Petersburg Girl Scout Council was formed and in 1944, Hopewell Girl Scout Council. In 1953 Petersburg and Hopewell merged to form Southside. In 1963 Southside, Richmond, and Fredericksburg councils merged to form the current council.

Headquarters: Mechanicsville, Virginia


  • Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp is 240 acres (0.97 km2) in Hanover, Virginia along the banks of the Pamunkey River. It was opened in 1996.
  • Camp Kittamaqund is 387 acres (1.57 km2) and 5 miles (8.0 km) of shoreline on the Northern Neck. It was acquired in 1964. In 2006 the council attempted to sell the property but the sale fell through due to zoning regulations.

Earlier camps include Camp Pocahontas acquired in 1928; Camp Pinoaka created in 1936 for "Negro Girl Scouts"; Camp Holly Dell in 1951 (sold in 1996).

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital

See Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. Serves girls in northern Virginia

Headquarters: Washington, D.C. Website:

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council

This council serves about 10,500 girls in 36 Virginia counties. It was established in 1963.

Headquarters: Roanoke, Virginia


Scouting museums in Virginia

See also

  • President Hoover's Camp Rapidan: Use by Boy Scouts

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