Scouting for Southern Mississippi

First organized in 1927 with eight boys from Picayune, Mississippi, today's Pine Burr Area Council now serves thousands of youth across the 17 counties of south Mississippi.

After outgrowing Camp Towanda in Stone County around 1950, the council, through the help of Mr. L.O. Crosby of Picayune and Mr. Bill Blain Sr. of Mt. Olive, assembled 1,200 acres of land north of Wiggins and in 1955 opened Camp Tiak, which now offers 12 campsites, a 300-person dining hall, a health lodge, a shooting sports area, and an aquatics area.

In recent years, the Council has made a commitment to reach youth from all neighborhoods of our territory, officially launching out ScoutReach Initiative in 1998 to bring scouting to areas with large populations of minority youth. In 10 years, the program grew from 47 youth to more than 800.

The Pine Burr Area Council continues to expand its programs and in 2016 was selected as one of just 20 councils across the country to participate in a STEM Scouts pilot through the Boy Scouts of America Nation Office. STEM Scouts is a co-ed program for youth in 3rd through 12th grades with activities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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