Scouting in Arkansas

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Scouting in Arkansas 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.


Early history (1910-1950)

The Arkadelphia Boy Scout Hut in Arkadelphia is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1914, the BSA gave local councils the power to ban African Americans from Scouting. (Macleod, David Irving. Building Character in the American Boy: The Boy Scouts, YMCA, and Their Forerunners, 1870-1920. University of Wisconsin Press: Madison, WI, 1983. P 213.) Until 1974, some southern councils of the Boy Scouts of America were still racially segregated. (The Old Hickory council did not integrate until 1974. See "Camp Timeless; Raven Knob Marks 50 Years as Boy Scouts Still Enjoy Its Wonder." Winston-Salem Journal, 17 July 2005, B1.) Previous entries that claimed segregated Scouting ended in 1948 are false. The 1974 settlement between the BSA and the NAACP over racial discrimination required the BSA to issue its first non-discrimination policy regarding race (Stipulation and Order, NAACP, et al. v. Boy Scouts of America, et al. (Civil No. C-74-329): U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division, 1974.)

Recent history (1950-1990)

Scouting in Arkansas today

There are six Boy Scouts of America local councils in Arkansas.

Chickasaw Council

Chickasaw Council serves Scouts in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Caddo Area Council

Caddo Area Council serves Scouts in Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas.

  • Caddo Area Council official website:
  • Operates Camp Pioneer in Hatfield, Arkansas, a regional Boy Scout Resident Summer Camp. See
  • Operates Camp Preston Hunt near Texarkana, Arkansas, a Cub Scout and Webelos Resident Camp, and year-round camping facility.
  • Home of Akela Wahinapay Lodge #232, Order of the Arrow. See
  • Council Service Center located at 24 Lynnwood Drive, Texarkana, Texas 75503

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