Scouting and Guiding in South Carolina
Scouting in South Carolina 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)
Until 1948, some southern councils of the Boy Scouts of America were racially segregated. 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.
Recent history (1950-1990)
Boy Scouting in South Carolina
There are six Boy Scouts of America local councils in South Carolina.
Girl Scouting in South Carolina
As of January 2007 there are five Girl Scout council offices in South Carolina; however, Girl Scouts is in the process of realigning councils mostly by merging old councils.
In addition three councils headquartered in other states serve girls in South Carolina.
- Girl Scouts Hornets' Nest Council in North Carolina includes York, South Carolina
- Girl Scouting, Savannah Council in Georgia includes Jasper and Hampton counties
- Central Savannah River Council in Georgia includes Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell Edgefield, and McCormick counties.