One of the most important documents in the history of Galveston and Brazoria counties is preserved not in a museum or a library but in the Galveston Island headquarters of the Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Dated March 28, 1919, the document is a report from the Galveston Rotary Club to its officers and members with a recommendation to form a Boy Scout Movement in Galveston.
The three-page document still survives to this day and is now commonly referred to as the Bay Area Council's "charter letter." As early as 1920, the Daily News, the oldest newspaper in Texas, carried a regular column called "The Scout Roundup."
On August 14, 1962, Mrs. Mary Moody Northen donated a check for $100,000 to the Bay Area Council to build the Council's new headquarters (where we are still housed today.) She made the donation in honor of her late husband, Edwin C. Northen, a longtime Scouter who was active in the Council.
Today, the Bay Area Council serves more than 6,000 youth through the leadership of more than 2,000 adult volunteers.
Who We Serve
+ 6,132 local youth members
+ 2,177 local adult leaders
+ Nearly 164 packs, troops and crews
+ More than 52 Chartered Organizations