Gulf Coast Council is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America and s serves over 20,000 youth in traditional Scouting and in Learning for Life programs 11 counties of the Florida panhandle and 3 counties in Alabama. See also Scouting in Alabama and Scouting in Florida.

History Edit

In 1920, the Webb County Council (#700) formed. In 1924, the Laredo Council formed, merging into Webb County Council in 1922. In 1925, Webb County Council changed its name to the Aztec Council (#700) in 1927. In 1933, the Aztec Council (#700) merged into Gulf Coast Council. In 1929, the Gulf Coast Council (#577) formed. In 1924, the Nueces Valley Council formed, merging into Gulf Coast Council in 1929.

Districts Edit

Each District coordinates scout leader training. activities and other resources for community based scouting programs. This council is divided into 4 Districts:

  1. Alabama-Florida District
  2. Choctawhatchee District
  3. Pensacola Bay District
  4. Lake Sands District

Council Camps Edit

Gulf Coast 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.

In 1961, the Spanish Trail Scout Reservation was founded in the Gulf Coast Council. STSR is one of the largest Scout reservations in the southeast. It offers a full range of facilities including: a 40-acre (160,000 m2) lake for swimming, canoeing, and fishing; a dining hall; and many places to camp. There are two camps on the STSR, Camp Euchee and Camp Jambo, each with full camping facilities.

Council Special Events Edit

  • Council Scout Fair
  • Wood Badge
  • University of Scouting

Order of the Arrow Edit


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

  • Yustaga Lodge - Is the OA Lodge for this council. Yustaga Lodge was founded in 1948 by Ted Childress and Norman Savellea. A chief and eleven braves from the Alibamu Lodge, Tukabatchee Area Council of Montgomery, Alabama came to the Gulf Coast Council’s Camp Big Heart on May 21–22, 1948 and inducted 24 new arrowmen. The Yustaga Lodge also has a wide variety of patches. Some of its lodge flaps and other patches can be seen here. The word Yustaga means the "Drinkers of the Fire Water."

Eagles Nest Edit

Noteworthy scouts and service projects of the council:

External Links Edit

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