Chief Seattle Council

Chief Seattle Council
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Country United States
Membership 40,000+
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Originally called Seattle Area Council, Chief Seattle Council is the organization governing the Scouting activities of the Boy Scouts of America in a large part of the Puget Sound and Seattle area, including almost all of the Olympic Peninsula.



The council is divided into districts:


  • Camp Brinkley in Snohomish, Washington[1]
  • Camp Pigott in Snohomish, Washington[2]
  • Camp Sheppard in Enumclaw, Washington[3]

Camp Parsons

Camp Parsons

Founded in 1919, Camp Parsons is the oldest continuous running Boy Scout camp west of the Mississippi River and one of the oldest continually running Boy Scout camp in the United States on its original location.[4] It sits on Jackson Cove, part of the Hood Canal, on the Olympic Peninsula, just north of Brinnon, Washington, and just south of Quilcene, Washington. The site of the camp was chosen by Professor Edmund Meany, Major Edward Ingraham and members of the Seattle Area Council. It was purchased from John Strom in May of 1919 and named after the first council president, Reginald H. Parsons. Booth Hall (the current Silver Marmot Grill) was constructed in May and June of 1919 and continues to be used today. On July 7, 1919, 100 scouts arrived at Camp Parsons for its first season that ran 6 weeks and has not stopped since. A separate camp for Cub Scouts was developed on the property in 1937 and named Camp Meany in honor of the late Professor Edmund Meany, first Scout commissioner for Seattle. This camp was merged into Camp Parsons in 1941 and that camp's dining hall served as the dining hall for Camp Parsons ever since.

Thousands of Scouts from the Pacific Northwest and throughout the United States and Canada attend camp each summer. Camp Parsons is the only Boy Scout camp in the United States that uses a salt water beach for all its aquatics activities. Camp Parsons also has hiking treks for Scouts to explore the Olympic Mountains and Kayak treks to explore the Hood Canal.

Order of the Arrow

Chief Seattle Council

The Order of the Arrow is served by the T'kope Kwiskwis Lodge. The name translates to Silver Marmot and refers to the council's original honor society, the Silver Marmot.


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