Council Information

About Us

The Pee Dee Area Council is chartered by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to deliver the Scouting programs to the families in the eleven northeast counties of South Carolina. “The Pee Dee Area Council was organized in 1928 and incorporated in South Carolina in 1943.  It is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.”

The Council operates out of the Henry Johnson Service Center in Florence, SC. It owns and operates Camp Coker located in Chesterfield County. It employs a staff of full time employees and various seasonal employees during the summer camping season. The full time staff includes a Scout Executive/CEO, District Executives, Office Manager/Accounting Specialist, Registrar, and Camp Ranger.

The Pee Dee Area Council is lead by a volunteer Executive Board that includes a Council President, Council Commissioner, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Program, Vice President of Fund Development, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Properties, and Council Treasurer.

Scout Shop

The Pee Dee Area Council has a store at the service center in Florence called the “Scout Shop” or “Trading Post”. The Scout Shop is your local source for all of your Scouting and outdoor related needs. From uniforms, badges, pinewood derby car kits to handbooks. The Scout Shop is also a great place to start your holiday or birthday present shopping. Why not surprise you Cub Scout with a new uniform or backpack for his birthday. We carry a big supply of Scouting T-shirts and handicrafts project kits too. Whatever your needs, check with the Scout Shop first. The Scout Shop can be contacted by calling the council service center at 843-662-6306. The Scout Shop’s hours of operation are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Pee Dee Area Council Staff Members

  Michael Hesbach, Scout Executive

(843) 662-6306 Ext 303 |

Charles Pienkos,  District Executive (Chicora District)

(614) 371-6272 |

Tara Holberg, District Executive (Henry Shelor District)

(843) 206-2983. |

Mary Lou Hord,  Office Manager/Accounting Specialist

(843) 662-6306 Ext. 302 |

Diane Wheeler, Registrar

(843) 662-6306 Ext. 305 |

Nick Newton, Camp Ranger

(843) 858-2818 |

Marquita Gaither, Scoutreach Director

(843) 855-5858 |

Pee Dee Area Council Executive Board Members

Council President: Porter Stewart
Council Immediate Past President: Walt Barefoot
Council President Elect: Phil Bethune
Council Commissioner: Diane Bauer
Council Treasurer: Doug Floyd
Council Secretary: Micheal Hesbach



Operations: Phil Bethune
Membership: Ed Suggs
Finance: Wayne Grantham
Program: Chip Powell
Properties: David Lee
Endowment: Dr. Webb Jones

Atakwa District Chair: Dr. Kyle Wagner
Chicora District Chair: Chris Tyrrell
Henry Shelor District Chair: Helen Roodman


Walt Barefoot
Diane Bauer
Phil Bethune
Shawn Carraway
Dr. Carl Chelen
Andrew Clendenin
Edward Drayton
Greg Duckworth
Earl Dutton
Gilford Edwards
Charles Firmbach
Doug Floyd
Robin Fowler
Wayne Grantham
Larry Green
Ed Hoffman
Will Holmes
Gabe Gainey – OA Lodge Chief
Jay Hupfer
Rondal Johnson
Dr. Webb Jones
David Lee
Kevin Mahoney
Dr. Thomas McDonald
Cecilia Meggs
Tim Norwood
Joe Perry
James Prescott
Dr. Brian Sang
Dr. Carl Sloan
Barry Spivey
Porter Stewart
Ed Suggs
Carlos Washington
Glynn Willis
Dave Yeager
Dr. Robert Youngblood
Kenneth McIver