Tidewater Council

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Tidewater Council (#596)
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Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Virginia Beach, Virginia
CountryUnited States
Scout ExecutiveJames Parnell
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Tidewater Council is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It serves the region of southeastern Virginia and north-eastern North Carolina. This region is often referred to as South Hampton Roads or the Tidewater or Tidewater Virginia area; hence the name of the council. Its Order of the Arrow counterpart is the Blue Heron Lodge; which was founded in 1946 when a team from Octoraro Lodge in Pennsylvania inducted the first members of Blue Heron Lodge. [1]



Tidewater Council is divided into four districts:

DistrictArea served
BaysideAll areas of Virginia Beach north of I-264, and Norfolk excluding Southside Norfolk
Princess AnneAll areas of Virginia Beach lying south of I-264 and Knotts Island, NC
Three RiversAll of Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Southside Norfolk
AlbemarleGates, Chowan, Perquimans, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Dare and Currituck (less Knotts Island) Counties, North Carolina


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Pipsico's Gregson Center and Museum

The Tidewater Council was founded in 1911 as the Norfolk Council, changing its name in 1935 to its current name. [2] In 1916, the Portsmouth Council (#597) was founded, changing its name to the Portsmouth Area Council in 1924. Portsmouth merged with the Norfolk Council in 1930.

Pipsico Scout Reservation

Pipsico Scout Reservation
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LocationSpring Grove, VA
Reservation DirectorEvan Sommerfeld
Vice President of CampingWes Parker

Pipsico Scout Reservation is located in Surry County, Virginia between Surry and Spring Grove on the banks of the James River. Pipsico is subdivided into four camps: Camp Lions, Camp Kiwanis, Camp Rotary and Camp Powhatan. [3]


Pipsico offers year-round Scouting opportunities in one of our four Scout camps as well as a summer camp and high adventure experience during the summer. Summer camp activities include: Scoutcraft, climbing and rappelling tower, shooting sports, aquatics, hiking trails, a 17th-century archaeological dig site and handicrafts. In October 2008, Pipsico celebrated its 50th anniversary and included staff members from 1958 to 2008 as part of the celebration.

The James River Adventure Base at Pipsico Scout Reservation programs include a week-long scuba diving program, a week-long sailing program, and the ultimate experience of a week-long adventure program called PEX.

Order of the Arrow

Blue Heron Lodge
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Lodge ChiefDavid Gosik
Lodge AdviserJeff Bobrow
Staff AdviserChristy Cooper

Blue Heron Lodge #349 is the local chapter of the Order of the Arrow affiliated with Tidewater Council. In 1946, the council formed an Order of the Arrow lodge when ceremonialists from Octoraro Lodge #22 inducted the first members. In 1947, the totem of a blue heron was selected and the lodge was named Blue Heron Lodge #349. [4]

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  1. "Blue Heron Lodge #349". Blue Heron Lodge. Retrieved January 8, 2007.
  2. "A brief history of Tidewater Council". Tidewater Council. Retrieved January 8, 2007.
  3. "Pipsico Scout Reservation". Tidewater Council. Retrieved January 8, 2007.
  4. "The Founding of Blue Heron Lodge". Blue Heron Lodge. Archived from the original on November 4, 2005. Retrieved January 8, 2007.