About Our Organization

Our Mission, Oath and Law

Mission: To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

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.

Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

About the Council

The Yocona Area Council, Boy Scouts of America serves 12 counties in Northeast Mississippi including: Alcorn, Benton, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Marshall, Prentiss, Pontotoc, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, and Yalobusha. The council headquarters is located in Tupelo, MS.  

The Yocona Area Council, supported by 1,100 volunteers, and 130 chartered partners, serves over 4,000 youth annually in one of five programs: Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturing, Learning for Life, and Exploring.

The Yocona Area Council is a chartered council of the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement

Vision Statement
Executive Committee
Council Officers
Council Staff
Contact Information

United Way

Council Map
Our Vision

The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

In the future Scouting will continue to

  • Offer young people responsible fun and adventure;
  • Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law;
  • Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership;
  • Serve America's communities and families with its quality, values-based program


Executive Committee and Board of Directors

The Yocona Area Council is governed by an executive board of business and community leaders, representing all areas within the council's boundaries. The board guides local council policy, oversees the fiscal management of the council and hires a scout executive and staff responsible for the day-to-day operations of the council and for recruiting volunteers to make these operations successful.

2020 Council Officers and Chairman

Council President: Sean Akins

Council Commissioner: Rusty Rasberry

Vice Presidents: Kyle Smith, Ronnie Bell, Lindsey Leake, Bob Glover, Johnny Price, John Mulkey, Greg Burks, Fred Fortier

Treasurer: Brian Reithel

National Council Representative: Randy Long

International Scouting Representative:  Mark Lovil

Council Committee Chairman: Britt Smith, David Rumbarger, Donnie Kisner, Lynn Bryan, Aubrey Patterson, Debbie Dabbs, Greg Wall, Robin McGraw

OA Lodge Advisor: Vance Perkins

OA Lodge Lodge Chief (Youth Member): Dylan Colucci

Scout Executive: 

National/Regional Board Members from the Yocona Area Council: Marshall Hollis and David Rumbarger


Address: 505 Air Park Road, Tupelo, MS 38801
Contact Name: Rick Wise
Email: rick.wise@scouting.org
Phone: 662-842-2871
Fax: (662) 842-2875


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