Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America at a Glance


The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916 ? is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.

Chartered Organizations

Community-based organizations receive national charters to use the Scouting program as a part of their own youth work. These groups, which have goals compatible with those of the BSA, include religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, and labor organizations; governmental bodies; corporations; professional associations; and citizens' groups.

Volunteer Leaders

Volunteer adult leaders serve at all levels of Scouting in more than 300 local councils, 28 areas, and 4 regions, and nationally with volunteer executive boards and committees providing guidance.

Each autonomous local council is chartered by the BSA, which provides program and training aids along the guidelines established by the National Executive Board and the national charter from Congress.

Atlanta Area Council

Serves youth in 13 Metro-Atlanta Counties: Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, and Rockdale

Receives support and direction from a volunteer Executive Board and Advisory Board comprised of more than 150 leaders of business, industry, education, and religion.

Supplies information via the Volunteer Service Center, which is the catalyst for volunteer support, planning, training, and information. 

The Atlanta Area Council offers three year-round camping facilities: Bert Adams Scout Reservation, Robert W. Woodruff Scout Reservation, Allatoona Aquatics and Wilderness Base.  These camps are for year round weekend use and long-term summer camps, adult volunteer training courses, unit activites, District camping events, Order of the Arrow special events and other Scouting activities through the year. 

A trained staff of 40 professional Scouters who provide training, guidance, support and direct unit service to volunteers and chartered organizations. 

The Council promotes outreach programs to serve more young people and families of all races, religions, and economic levels.  These programs include the Latino Emphasis, Scoutreach, and Learning for Life which is an in-school character education program.