Tidewater Council


What is a Council and a District?

The Boy Scouts of America charters approximately 300 local councils, which oversee the Scouting programs in specific geographic areas. These councils are voluntary associations of citizens who function with guidance from a group of professional Scouters led by the Scout Executive.

Much of the council’s work is done through districts, which are administrative units of the council. The district’s work is carried out by a volunteer district committee and commissioner staff, both of which are supported by a professional Scouter called a District Executive.

Pack and Troop 164 are members of the Albemarle District which is one of four Districts that comprise the Tidewater Council.

The Districts of The Tidewater Council

The Tidewater Council Executive board has chosen to create four administrative areas known as districts.

Bayside District (North): All areas of Virginia Beach north of I-264, and Norfolk excluding Southside Norfolk

Princess Anne (East): All areas of Virginia Beach lying south of I-264 and Knotts Island, NC

Three Rivers (West): All of Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Southside Norfolk

Albemarle (South): Gates, Chowan, Perquimans, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Dare and Currituck (less Knotts Island) Counties, North Carolina


A Brief History of Tidewater Council

Tidewater Council traces its origin to 1911, two years after the establishment of the Scouting movement in America by William Boyce of Chicago and only three years after the founding of the movement itself by Sir Robert Baden-Powell in England. However, it was several years later, on January 29, 1914, that the local council was issued a second-class charter without a professional scout executive.

On September 21, 1911, 28 of Norfolk’s most prominent businessmen met to form the Norfolk Council, BSA. The first council president was Richard L. Dobie. Other officers elected included Harvey M. Dickerson, vice president; J.G. Holladay, secretary; and W.W. Marr, treasurer. Thomas Sparrow became the Norfolk Council’s first scout executive on October 1, 1919.

In 1934, the Cub Scout program was formally adopted by the Norfolk Council. The challenge of the day was “new ambition for greater service to more boys throughout America.”

In January 1935, the council was given its present name, The Tidewater Council, Inc., BSA. The North Carolina counties of Currituck, Camden, Gates, Perquimans, Pasquotank and Chowan were accepted as part of the council. Dare County, N.C., was added in January 1942.

The council has been realigned many times to reach its current strength of seven districts serving seven counties in Northeastern North Carolina and the Virginia cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

From those first days, with a handful of boys, the values of Scouting have directly influenced literally hundreds of thousands of lives here in the Tidewater Council. Many of them have gone on to distinguish themselves as leaders. Today the council serves more than 9,000 boys and girls through 365 crews, groups, packs, posts, ships, teams, and troops through a force of adult volunteer Scouters numbering 4,100.  Please note our membership levels shift up and down throughout the year, the figures given here are a good faith estimate.