Indian Waters Council & Pee Dee Area Council

We are merging with Pee Dee Area Council on August 1st, 2022.

Proposed Merger Overview – Final

The respective volunteer boards of the Indian Waters Council (headquartered in Columbia, SC) and the Pee Dee Area Council (headquartered in Florence, SC) are strongly considering a merge to better serve Scouting youth and families in their 19-county territory in South Carolina’s Midlands and Pee Dee regions.

By combining volunteer and program resources and by consolidating operational functions (membership registration, fundraising and program support, retail, and bookkeeping) more resources will be put towards growing Scouting and supporting its constituents. Both councils have been supporting Scouting for about a century and their combined resources will strengthen it for the next 100 years.

A Special Meeting of the voting membership will take place in both councils via Zoom on Monday, July 11, 2022. The proposed effective date of the merger is August 1, 2022. The voting membership includes chartered organization representatives and council members-at-large in each council. Following extensive research on the merger, the executive boards of both councils have voted to approve the merger.

The combined council’s leadership will continue its work building the new foundation of Scouting throughout 2022, including adding professional staff, increasing volunteer training, bolstering its programming, membership support, and fundraising capacity, as well as continued youth leadership development through a strengthened Order of the Arrow program.

Each council has had volunteers represented on a “Merge Plan Committee.” They were charged with working through the legal, program, financial and operational considerations to better serve our Scouts, families, volunteers, and communities.

  • Both camp properties – Camp Barstow and Camp Coker – will continue to be open and operating.
  • The combined Order of the Arrow lodge will use the Muscogee Lodge (#221) name with the creation of the Santee Chapter for the Pee Dee Area Council counties.
  • Both council offices and Scout shops will continue to be open and operating.
  • As of August 1, 2022, the combined councils will be known as the Indian Waters Council (#553).

Representing Indian WatersRepresenting Pee Dee Area
Mike Harris, IWC PresidentPhil Bethune, PDAC President
Jason Millman, IWC CommissionerDiane Bauer, PDAC Commissioner
Bill Eisele, IWC VP PropertiesWalt Barefoot, PDAC Legal Counsel
Mason Thomas, IWC VP ProgramWebb Jones, PDAC VP Endowment
Wesley Peel, IWC Legal CounselPorter Stewart, PDAC Board Member
Chip Payne, IWC VP OperationsDavid Lee, PDAC Board Member
Robert Stewart, IWC Advisory BoardDavid Warner, PDAC Board Member
Greg McDaniel, IWC VP CampingKenneth McIver, PDAC Board Member
Ron Hill, IWC VP MarketingJD Chaplin, PDAC Board Member
Smitty Harrison, IWC EVPTim Norwood, PDAC Board Member
Brad Hutto, IWC Board MemberMichael Hesbach, PDAC Board Member
Doug Stone, IWC Scout Executive 


Contacts for Merger Questions
Merger Questions for PDAC Phil Bethune (843) 655-4562
Merger Questions for IWC Mike Harris (803) 446-3160
Columbia Office Doug Stone (803) 750-9868
Florence Office Diane Wheeler (843) 954-3122
Camp Barstow Bill Eisele (803) 609-3774
Camp Coker David Warner (858) 740-8600
BSA Territory 15 Rodney Carpenter (919) 802-3886