First founded as the Knox County Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1915, today’s Great Smoky Mountain Council serves more than 10,000 young people annually across 21 counties, creating a resounding positive impact on East Tennessee.
Some 3,300 registered and trained adult volunteers work with 393 Cub Scout Packs, Scout BSA Troops, STEM Scout Labs, Explorer Posts, Venturing Crews and Sea Scouting Ships chartered to neighborhood churches, community organizations, and civic clubs, preparing our youth to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of Scout Oath and Law.
In 2016, minority youth and adult volunteers made up 17 percent of the council’s membership. Co-ed programs like Exploring, Venturing, and STEM & Sea Scouts make the Scouting experience available to young men and women from 14 to 20 years of age. And low costs — combined with a variety of assistance options — mean no one misses out on Scouting for financial reasons.
The council’s two camps — Camp Buck Toms on Watts Bar Lake in Roane County and Camp Pellissippi on Norris Lake in Anderson County — stay busy year-round. In 2016, more than three-fourth’s of the council’s Scouts attended a week-long summer camp or high adventure experience.