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Greater Alabama Council is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America and serves in northern and central Alabama. See also Scouting in Alabama.


History Edit

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.

The Greater Alabama Council was formed by a merger of the Choccolocco Council, Tennessee Valley Council and the Central Alabama Council in 1998. The Choccolocco Council was formed in 1921. The Etowah County Council was formed in 1919 and changed it name to Northeastern Alabama in 1925; the council merged into Choccolocco in 1933. The Central Alabama council was formed as the Birmingham Area Council in 1915, changing its name in 1996. The Tennessee Valley Council was formed in 1924. Tennessee Valley absorbed Muscle Shoals Council in 1928 and the Andrew Jackson Council in 1930.

Districts Edit

Each District coordinates scout leader training. activities and other resources for community based scouting programs. This council is divided into 12 Districts:

  1. Arrowhead District
  2. Birmingham District
  3. Cheaha District
  4. Cherokee District
  5. Choccolocco District
  6. Mountain Lake District
  7. Three Rivers District
  8. Lookout Mountain District
  9. Shelby District
  10. Talakto District
  11. Vulcan District
  12. Westmoreland District: Encompasses Franklin County, Colbert, and Lauderdale County. The district is based in Florence, Alabama in Lauderdale County. Westmoreland District is named after Camp Westmoreland.

Council Camps Edit

Greater Alabama Council Camps feature many resources for organizing exciting outdoor adventure group activities and are available for rental by scout groups, families and other youth groups. Some camps feature an organized week long campership program during summer months.

  1. Camp Westmoreland, a historic Boy Scout summer camp located in Lauderdale County, Alabama. This is one of the oldest operating camps in the Southeastern United States; it first opened in the 1920s. Camp Westmoreland ceased operations as a summer camp in the 1980s, but it is still widely used to this day for both council and district activities. Camp Westmoreland's old Order of the Arrow lodge was once home to Kaskanampo Lodge 310, which merged with Coosa Lodge 50 in the year 1999.
  2. Camp Comer
  3. Camp Jack Wright
  4. Camp Jackson
  5. Camp Sequoyah

Council Special Events Edit

  • Council Scout Fair
  • Wood Badge
  • University of Scouting

Order of the Arrow Edit

Orderofthearrow

Order of the Arrow is the National Honor Society of Scouting and recognized those who uphold the scouting ideals of camping, service and citizenship.

  • Coosa Lodge - Is the OA Lodge for this council - As of November 2011, the lodge has 12 chapters.

Eagles Nest Edit

Noteworthy scouts and service projects of the council:

External Links Edit

  • 1bsa.org - Official Website of Greater Alabama Council

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