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Camp Warriner, Mississippi in Alcorn County

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Camp Warriner was a Boy Scout Camp in the Yocona Area Council. The Yocona Area Council of 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 in Tupelo.

In 1943 a separate division, headed up by E.S. Bishop, was created for the council's African American scouts. Later that year the first scout camp was held for black troops. In 1947, Camp Warriner was conceived, established and developed through the leadership of Corinth Scouters. Dr. R.B. Warriner, Sr., was instrumental in securing a site and in developing the facilities as the Council's camp for black troops.

In 1951 the council hired its first black district executive, Palmer Foster, who was one of the first African American executives in the south. During the first five months of 1969, the integration movement was underway and Camp Warriner was used less and less. In 1976, Camp Warriner was sold and the money was put into the Yocona Area Council Trust Fund.

GPS: 34.868333, -88.515556

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