Scouting in Mississippi

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Scouting in Mississippi 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)

In 1914, the BSA gave local councils the power to ban African Americans from Scouting. Colored Troops, as they were officially known, were given little support from Districts and Councils. Some Scouting executives and leaders believed that Colored Scouts and Leaders would be less able to live up to the ideals of the Boy Scouts. The National Office began a program of integrating local councils in 1940, which was largely complete in 1948. However, until 1974, some Southern councils of the Boy Scouts of America were still racially segregated.

Recent history (1950-1990)

Scouting in Mississippi today

There are eight Boy Scouts of America local councils in Mississippi.

Andrew Jackson Council

Andrew Jackson Council serves Scouts in the area surrounding the state capital.

  • Central District: most of Madison County and a portion of Hinds County
  • Eastern District: Attala, Holmes, Leake, Scott, Simpson, Rankin, and portions of Hinds and Madison Counties
  • Southern District: Adams, Amite, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Pike, and Walthall Counties
  • Western District: Clairborne, Copiah, Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren, Yazoo, and a portion of Hinds County

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