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All BSA Local Councils
The first PDF file below lists all 250 current local Councils of the Boy Scouts of America (plus nine official "sub-Councils"), based on the BSA's latest release of their National Service Territory Maps (9/2021). The second PDF file lists most former as well as current BSA Councils (just over 2000 Councils!). [See further below for a PDF file listing all current Councils of the Girl Scouts of the USA.]
- Michigan Crossroads Council (#780) covers most of Michigan, and consists of four "Field Service" Councils that each function like separate Councils under the direction of Michigan Crossroads Council.
President Ford (#781)
Water and Woods (#782)
Southern Shores (#783)
Great Lakes (#784)
- The Greater New York Councils (#640) covers New York City, and consists of five sub-Councils, each covering one of the city's five boroughs under the direction of the Greater New York Councils.
- BSA treats the two "mega" Councils as single Councils and treats the nine sub-Councils as divisions of the "mega" Councils.
Five US territories have permanent non-military populations:
Territories in the Caribbean Sea
- Puerto Rico is its own Council
- US Virgin Islands are part of the National Capital Area Council
Territories in the Pacific Ocean (all part of Hawaii's Aloha Council)
- American Samoa
- Northern Mariana Islands
One Council is split into two sections that are separated by another Council. The west and east sections of the Laurel Highlands Council (Pittsburgh, PA) are separated by the Westmoreland-Fayette Council. [The east section was formerly the Potomac Council (Cumberland, MD), which merged into Laurel Highlands in 2014. More commonly, Councils merge with an adjacent Council.]
Councils that cover exactly one state (no more, no less)
- Green Mountain Council covers Vermont.
- Daniel Webster Council covers New Hampshire.
- Also Puerto Rico Council covers the island territory of Puerto Rico.
Councils that cover an entire state plus more
- Aloha Council covers Hawaii plus American Samoa, Guam, & Northern Mariana Islands.
- Del-Mar-Va Council covers Delaware plus parts of Maryland & Virginia.
- Narragansett Council covers Rhode Island plus parts of Connecticut & Massachusetts.
- Northern Lights Council covers North Dakota plus parts of Minnesota, Montana, & South Dakota.
Councils that cover the most states
- Crossroads of the West (Ogden, UT)—parts of 5 states (most of UT plus chunks of AZ, ID, NV, WY)
- Buckskin (Charleston, WV)—parts of 4 states (much of WV plus bits of KY, OH, VA)
- Great Southwest (Albuquerque, NM)—parts of 4 states (much of NM plus Four Corners area of AZ, CO, UT)
- Northern Lights (Fargo, ND)—parts of 4 states (all of ND plus some of MN, MT, SD)
States with the most Councils
- California—all or parts of 22 Councils
- Pennsylvania—all or parts of 21 Councils
- Texas—all or parts of 17 Councils
- New York—all or parts of 14 Councils (or 19 if you count Greater New York Councils as "5-in-1")
The only State that doesn't have an in-state Council Headquarters
- Wyoming—has no Council headquarters. The state is divided among five Councils headquartered in five adjacent states (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Utah).
Council Name Facts (interesting or otherwise)
Longest Council Name
- Silicon Valley Monterey Bay (24 letters +3 spaces)
Shortest Council Names
- Aloha, Marin, Sioux, Yucca (5 letters each)
Council Names that are Too Popular (four pairs of Councils have identical or near-identical names)
- Cherokee Area (Bartlesville OK) & Cherokee Area (Chattanooga TN)
- Piedmont (Piedmont CA) & Piedmont (Gastonia NC)
- Sequoia (Fresno CA; named after the tree) & Sequoyah (Johnson City TN; named after the creator of the Cherokee syllabary)—different spelling, different meaning, but same pronunciation
- Blue Ridge (Greenville SC) & Blue Ridge Mountains (Roanoke VA) are confusingly similar
Most Common Words
- area—part of 48 Council names
- great or greater—part of 13 Council names (plus one 'Field Service Council')
- trail or trails—part of 11 Council names
Compass Directions (most popular points of the compass)
- north—part of 13 names
- west—part of 13 names
- south—part of 9 names
- east—part of 8 names
Most Popular Numbers
- three—used in 3 Council names
- five—used in 1 Council name
- ten—used in 1 Council name
Most Popular Colors
- black—part of 4 Council names
- blue—part of 4 Council names
- green—part of 1 Council name [2 if you count Greenwich]
- orange—part of 1 Council name
- red (redwood)—part of 1 Council name
People or Places Named for People
- 12 frontiersmen, explorers, & various 18th & 19th century Americans (Matthew Arbuckle [Oklahoma's Arbuckle Mountains are named arter this US general], Joseph Baker [British 3rd Lieutenant w/ Vancouver Expedition], Daniel Boone, Hernando de Soto, Jeremiah Dixon & Charles Mason [whose names are forever linked by the Mason-Dixon Line], Sam Houston, Henry Hudson, Simon Kenton, Sieur de la Salle, Anthony Wayne, and Daniel Webster)
- 8 people with states named after them (King Charles I, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Henrietta Maria [wife of Charles I], King George II, King Louis XIV, William Penn, Thomas West [3rd Baron De La Warr], and future King James II [at the time, he was Duke of York])
- 7 American Indians (Black Hawk, Chief Cornplanter, Chief Marin, Samoset, Chief Seattle, Sequoyah, and Tecumseh)
- 4 US Presidents (Andrew Jackson [twice], Abraham Lincoln [twice], Teddy Roosevelt [also a strong Scouting supporter], and George Washington)
- 3 early Scouting Founders (Baden-Powell, Dan Beard, and W.D. Boyce)
- 2 fictitious people (Evangeline [Louisiana parish named after title character in Longfellow poem 'Evangeline'] and Rip Van Winkle [title character in Washington Irving short story])
Councils, Regions, Areas, & NST's
At first, the national BSA office supported troops directly, while allowing any group of men to form a local council to meet the needs of their community. In 1913, BSA began issuing charters to 'First Class' and 'Second Class' councils. First Class councils served areas with large populations and could afford to pay a full-time Scout Executive. Second Class councils were run by volunteers. By 1949 there were 543 local councils. The trend ever since has been to consolidate, with 250 councils as of September 2021.
To coodinate councils and build Scouting, the national office first created 8 large Sections covering the continental US in 1913:
- Eastern States Section
- Southeastern States Section
- Middle West Section
- Northwest Section
- Southern Central States Section
- Mountain States Section
- Southern Pacific States Section
- Northern Pacific States Section
In 1921, the Sections were reorganized into 12 Regions, which coincided with the twelve US Federal Reserve districts. These regions were numbered rather than named, using roman numerals I through XII.
In 1972, the twelve regions were consolidated into six named Regions:
- East Central
- North Central
- South Central
In 1992, the six regions were further consolidated into four named Regions:
Finally in 2021, BSA consolidated/reorganized the 27 areas of those four regions into 16 numbered National Service Territories.
Girl Scout Councils
The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) also divide the country into Councils. Here is a PDF file showing all 112 current local GSUSA Councils & headquarters city/state.
Last Revision to This Page: 24 September 2021
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