|Owner||Boy Scouts of America|
|Headquarters||Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Scout Executive||Bill Deany|
Tidewater Council is the local council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that serves 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.
Tidewater Council is divided into four districts:
|North||All areas of Virginia Beach north of I-264, and Norfolk excluding Southside Norfolk|
|Princess Anne||All areas of Virginia Beach lying south of I-264 and Knotts Island, NC|
|Three Rivers||All of Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Southside Norfolk|
|South||Gates, Chowan, Perquimans, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Dare and Currituck (less Knotts Island) Counties, North Carolina|
Tidewater Council was founded in 1911.
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.
Pipsico Scout Reservation
|Pipsico Scout Reservation|
|Location||Spring Grove, VA|
|Reservation Director||Evan Sommerfeld|
|Camping Chair||Wes 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 4 camps, Camp Lions, Camp Kiwanis, Camp Rotary and Camp Powhatan.
Pipsico offers year-round Scouting in Camp Lions, Camp Kiwanis, Camp Rotary and Camp Powhatan, and summer camp in Camp Lions, which was renovated and reopened in 1988 with a new swimming pool, dining hall, and various support buildings. Summer camp activities include: Scoutcraft, climbing and rappelling tower, shooting sports, aquatics, hiking trails, a 17th century archaeological dig site and handicrafts. October 10 to the 12th, Pipsico celebrated its 50th anniversary and included staff members from 1958 to 2008 as part of the celebration.
New for the Summer of 2011, The James River Adventure Base at Pipsico Scout Reservation. Participants will be able to sign up provisionally or as a unit to participate in one of the six new exciting high adventure programs that will be offered. More information can be found at PipsicoBSA.com
Blue Heron Lodge
|Blue Heron Lodge|
|Lodge Chief||A.J. Kelly|
|Lodge Adviser||John Donat|
|Staff Adviser||Evan Sommerfeld|
Blue Heron Lodge #349 is the local chapter of the Order of the Arrow affiliated with Tidewater Council, BSA, in Virginia Beach,Virginia, USA. Blue Heron Lodge #349 supports Pipsco Scout Reservation, including Camps Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, and Powhatan with thousands of annual volunteer hours of service and multiple fundraisers throughout the year. The purpose of Blue Heron Lodge #349 is to support camping throughout Tidewater Council.
- "Blue Heron Lodge #349". Blue Heron Lodge. Retrieved 2007-01-08.
- "A brief history of Tidewater Council". Tidewater Council. Retrieved 2007-01-08.
- "The Founding of Blue Heron Lodge". Blue Heron Lodge. Retrieved 2007-01-08.[dead link]
- "Pipsico Scout Reservation". Tidewater Council. Retrieved 2007-01-08.
- Tidewater Council official site
- Albemarle District official site
- Cape Henry District official site
- Chowanoc District official site
- Elizabeth River District official site
- Kempsville District official site
- Merrimac District official site
- Powhatan District official site
- Blue Heron Lodge official site