About Us

North Florida Council General Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and
moral choices in their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scouts Oath and Law.

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

The North Florida Council         

The Thompson S. Baker Scout Service Center, located at 521 S. Edgewood Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida, serves as the operations base for all of the Council's activities throughout the year.  The Scout Service Center is the catalyst for policy, planning, information, and most significantly, the stimulation and inspiration that mobilizes our tremendous volunteer organization.  The Scout Service Center enables key volunteer leadership and community resources to promote and enrich the Scouting program for thousands of youth and adult members in our seventeen counties of service. 

The North Florida Council encompasses the 17 counties of northeast Florida: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. John's, Suwannee, and Union. Through almost 2,400 volunteers the council serves over 7,356 youth in over 244 units.  The North Florida Council owns, maintains and operates two camps: Camp Shands in Hawthorne, FL and St. Johns River Base at Echockotee, home of Aquatics Camp in Orange Park, FL. 

You can call the 904-388-0591 to reach our receptionist between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM Monday-Friday. You may also dial our TOLL FREE line at 1-800-232-0845 from anywhere within the council.  

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