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South Florida Council

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Headquarters  Miami Lakes, Florida
Phone  +1 305-364-0020
Country  United States
Owner  Boy Scouts of America
Address  15255 NW 82nd Ave, Hialeah, FL 33016, USA
Hours  Closed now Monday8:30AM–5PMTuesday8:30AM–5PMWednesday8:30AM–5PMThursday8:30AM–5PMFriday8:30AM–5PMSaturdayClosedSundayClosedSuggest an edit

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The South Florida Council serves Boy Scouts in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties in South Florida. As of 2008 the South Florida Council serves more than 45,000 men and women.


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The council is divided into nine districts:

  • Buccaneer District serves Monroe County.
  • Fireball District serves Medley, Miami Lakes, Miami Springs, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens and Virginia Gardens.
  • Hurricane District serves south-central Miami-Dade County.
  • Lighthouse District serves Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, Margate, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes and Tamarac.
  • Pine Island District serves Broward County in the area between Oakland Park Boulevard and Griffin Road.
  • Biscayne Bay District serves Aventura, Bay Harbor Islands, Biscayne Park, Miami Beach, Miami Shores, El Portal, Norland, North Bay Village, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Ojus, Opa-Locka, Sunny Isles Beach and Surfside.
  • Seminole District serves southern Broward County.
  • Tequesta District serves Central Miami-Dade County.
  • Thunderbird District serves Cutler Bay, Goulds, Homestead, Leisure City, Naranja, Perrine, and South Miami Heights, Florida
  • Camps

    South Florida Council has three camps.

    Camp Jackson Sawyer, Edward B Knight Scout Reservation

    A ten-acre site located on Scout Key in the lower Florida Keys with the Atlantic Ocean on the east shore and the Gulf of Mexico directly to the west. Activities include: swimming, snorkeling, fishing and boating. There are four tropical campsites right on the Atlantic Ocean.

    Camp Everglades

    Camp Everglades is owned by the South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America. The 253-acre (102 ha) campground is located within the Everglades National Park. The campground is primarily pine rockland forest with eight primitive campsites, a main campfire arena, a main covered shelter, and pitcher pump wells.

    Camp Elmore, Downright Engineering Scout Reservation

    Camp Seminole was closed after effects from Hurricane Wilma. When the camp was re-opened in the summer of 2012, it was renamed Camp Elmore and the property as a whole was named the Downright Engineering Scout Reservation. Ten campsites are available. Nine of them are named for the chapters of O Shot Caw Lodge 265: Elgixin, Gokhos, Paldani, Pooca Tooka, O-Shot-Co-Chee, Tomoka, Hnu-Ra-Con, To Hopki Lagi, and Nok Su. One of the campsites within Camp Elmore is named Camp Seminole, in remembrance of the past, when many South Florida Scouts and Scouters spent their time at Camp Seminole.

    O-Shot-Caw Lodge

    O-Shot-Caw Lodge #265 is the Order of the Arrow Lodge of the South Florida Council. It is one of eight lodges of Section S-4, which covers the state of Florida (except the Panhandle). O-Shot-Caw Lodge was the best lodge all around in 1973, 1985-1986, 1993, 1999-2007, and 2010-2011.


    On June 20, 1944 the National Lodge of the Order of the Arrow chartered the lodge for the South Florida Council as Ala-paw-tah 265. Ala-paw-tah 265 was discontinued on September 8, 1949.

    In April 1955 the director of Camp Snapper Creek, Tom Gato visited Section Conference and reported back to the Scout Executive of the South Florida Council. The Scout Executive approved of a new Order of the Arrow lodge. On June 28, 1955 the National Lodge of the Order of the Arrow chartered the lodge as O-Shot-Caw 265. The National Office chartered O-Shot-Caw Lodge 265 on June 28, 1955. On August 5, 1955 22 candidates gathered at Camp Snapper Creek for their ordeal. Only a year later O-Shot-Caw had grown to more than 125 members.

    Section S-4 Events

    O-Shot-Caw Lodge has hosted section events a number of times for Section S-4. O-Shot-Caw has hosted Section Conference in: 1959, 1963, 1971, 1979, 1987, 1996, 2005, and 2016 (recognized nationally as the "Best Order of the Arrow S-4 Section Conference"). O-Shot-Caw also hosted Section Seminars in: 1977, 1978, 1985, and 1995.

    Affiliated Chapters

    Like the Districts, O-Shot-Caw has 8 Chapters, one Chapter associated with their respective Districts:

  • Hurricane District - Hnu-Ra-Con Chapter
  • Tequesta District - O-Shot-Co-Chee Chapter
  • Thunderbird District - To-Hopki-Logi Chapter
  • Buccaneer District - Nok Su Chapter
  • Biscayne Bay District - Tomoka Chapter
  • Fireball District - Pooca Tooka Chapter
  • Seminole District - Paldani Chapter
  • Pine Island District - Gokhos Chapter
  • Lighthouse District - Elgixin Chapter
  • Adjacent Councils

  • Gulf Stream Council (North)
  • Southwest Florida Council (Northwest)
  • References

    South Florida Council Wikipedia

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