Scholars believe that Boy Scouting began around 1906 in England by General Robert Baden-Powell. He wrote a military guidebook called Aids to Scouting. The publication became extremely popular with youth. This prompted Baden-Powell to rewrite the guidebook in 1907 and test the philosophy of its contents with youth on Brownsea Island. This experiment was very successful, and Powell named the second published guidebook Scouting for Boys. Scouting quickly became popular worldwide and was brought to the United States in 1910.
The East Carolina Council was founded in Kinston, North Carolina in 1932. It was the eighth council to form in North Carolina, in which there are thirteen that currently exist. These include the Cape Fear Council (Wilmington, 1930), Central N.C. Council (Albemarle, 1937), Cherokee Council (Reidsville, 1923), Daniel Boone Council (Asheville, 1925), East Carolina Council (Kinston, 1932), General Greene Council (Greensboro, 1947), Mecklenburg County Council (Charlotte, 1942), Occoneechee Council (Raleigh, 1929), Old Hickory Council (Winston-Salem, 1942), Piedmont Council (Gastonia, 1924), Tidewater Council (Virginia Beach, VA, 1935, encompasses several districts which are in North Carolina), Tuscarora Council (Goldsboro, 1923), and the Uwharrie Council (High Point, 1923).
The East Carolina Council itself encompasses nine districts, which include the Blackbeard, Caswell, Croatan Trails, Neuse Basin, Pitt, Tar River, Tri-County, White Oak River, and the Wilson districts. The East Carolina Council also has a Venturing and Exploring unit.