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Scouting in California

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Scouting in California has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live.

Early history (1910-1950)

Many Scouts in California prior to the charter of the BSA were the youth auxiliary of the California Highway Patrol (similar to Law Enforcement Explorers, while others belonged to the Peace Scouts of California, another pre-BSA Scouting association.

Recent history (1950-1990)

The 1953 National Scout Jamboree was held at Irvine Ranch, California. Jamboree Road in Newport Beach, California, commemorates the site of the 1953 Jamboree.

The 1973 National Order of the Arrow Conference was held at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

On May 1, 2006, Old Baldy Council merged into the San Gabriel Valley Council and the California Inland Empire Council.

Boy Scouting in California today

BSA Councils in California

Camp Cherry Valley on California's Santa Catalina Island.

There are twenty-four Boy Scouts of America local councils in California.

  • See also California Eagles Nest - individuals who have made significant contributions to scouting in California.

BSA Scout Camps in California

Camp Name Council Status Location Notes
Ahwahnee Scout Reservation
Anza Scout Camp
Arataba Scout Camp California Inland Empire Council Closed Barton Flats CA closed in 1960
Berrysea Scout Camp
Balboa Scout Camp San Diego-Imperial Council Cub Camp San Diego CA Urban setting in scenic Balboa Park, adjacent to San Diego Zoo and other popular nearby attractions. (Council HQ)
Camp Big Horn Greater Los Angeles Area Council Active Summer Camp Program Lake Arrowhead Large traditional mountain summer camp with shooting sports and equestrian ranch.
Boulder Creek Scout Reservation
Cabrillo Beach Youth Waterfront Sports Center Greater Los Angeles Area Council Aquatics Center San Pedro CA provides a unique aquatics and beach camping experience
Cedarbrook Scout Camp Alameda Council Closed Closed in 1999.
Chanwanakee
Chesebrough Scout Reservation Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council Active Santa Cruz Mountains Also called Camp Chesebrough is a 544 acre (2.2 km²) Boy Scouts of America camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, California.
Circle B Scout Ranch Old Baldy Area Council Closed Lake Isabella Open from the late 1950's until 1974,
Cutter Scout Reservation
Cherry Valley Greater Los Angeles Area Council Aquatic Base
Summer Camp
Santa Catalina Island Located on the leeward side two coves north of Two Harbors at Cherry Cove.
Conestoga
Crescent M
Dimond-O
Echo
Ed Barrer
Emerald Bay Western Los Angeles County Council Aquatic Base
Summer Camp
Catalina Island operating since 1925
Emerson Scout Camp California Inland Empire Council Summer Camp Idyllwild CA Operated since 1919 - Oldest operating Scout Camp in California.
Fiesta Island Youth Aquatic Center San Diego-Imperial Council Summer Camp San Diego CA Popular Sea Base located adjacent to Sea World San Diego in Mission Bay, San Diego
Firestone Scout Reservation Greater Los Angeles Area Council Active Diamond Bar CA Cubland and Scout World camping facilities and shooting ranges.
Forest Lawn Scout Reservation Greater Los Angeles Area Council Active Lake Arrowhead AKA Camp Big Horn.
Fleischmann
French
Harvey West
Helendade Scout Camp California Inland Empire Council Closed 2018 Running Springs CA Partially burned in the California October 2007 fires
Herms
Hi-Sierra Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council Active Tuolumne County Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. This camp is at notably high altitude, with the majority of its buildings standing at approximately 4,800 feet and the highest point of the mountain standing over a mile high at 5,300 feet.
Holcomb Valley Scout Camp Greater Los Angeles Area Council Active Big Bear Located north of Big Bear Lake in the old mining district of Belleville on the site of the old Hitchcock Ranch and close to the Pacific Crest Trail.
Hubert Eaton Scout Reservation Greater Los Angeles Area Council Active Lake Arrowhead AKA Camp Big Horn.
Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Orange County Council Active
I-Yee-Que
Josepho Western Los Angeles County Council Active Opened in 1941, Rhe 110-acre camp is located in the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles County.
Jubilee Scout Ranch Western Los Angeles County Council Closed Closed in 2003
Log Cabin Wilderness Camp Los Angeles Area Council Active Inyo N.F. A high adventure base camp located in the Inyo National Forest, near the Tioga Pass Road on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada bordering the Hoover Wilderness and Yosemite National Park.
Kern Scout Camp
Kit Carson Scout Camp
Lassen Scout Camp Golden Empire Council Active Norther Butte Co. Overnight horse treks in the Sierra Nevadas.
Lindblad (cub?)
Log Cabin Wilderness Camp Greater Los Angeles Area Council Hi-Adventure Base Lee Vining CA Eastern Sierra adventure base camp.
Long Beach Sea Base Long Beach Area Council Sea Base Long Beach CA hosts traditional aquatics summer camp and many Sea Scouting adventure treks. Frequent host of the International Sea Scout Cup Race.
Makualla Scout Camp Crater Lake Council Active Summer Camp
Hi-Adventure Base
Crater Lake OR Features both a traditional summer camp program and hi-adventure whitewater rafting, caving, mountain biking and several tall mountain hikes.
Marin-Sierra
Masonite Navarro Redwood Empire Council Active Navarro CA Located near Navarro in Mendocino County, CA.
Mataguay Scout Camp San Diego-Imperial Council Active Summer Camp NE San Diego County Located near Palomar Mountain and Lake Henshaw. Popular features include Glider rides, equestrian trips and quick access to backpacking on Pacific Crest Trail.
McConnell Scout Camp Greater Yosemite Council Active Livingston CA Located on the banks of the beautiful Merced River and used for Council Trainings, Cub Resident Camps and Unit Campouts. Home of the Yosemite Klondike Derby.
Mensinger Scout Camp Greater Yosemite Council Summer Camp Stanislaus National Forest Features deep Merit Badge classes in all-day format instead of traditional hour-by-hour program.
Camp Minkalo
Camp Mirimichi HA Base
Camp Mirimichi
Camp Nejedly
Camp Noyo Redwood Empire Council Active Mendocino County Located on the Noyo River in Mendocino County, CA.
Camp O'Hara
Camp Okihi
Camp Oljato Pacific Skyline Council Active Huntington Lake Located at Huntington Lake in Lakeshore, CA and was founded in 1941 as a Jewish boys' singing camp.
Camp Pacifico
Camp Pahatsi
Pardee Scout Sea Base Western Los Angeles County Council Active Marina Del Rey
Pendola Scout Reservation Greater Yosemite Council Active Stanislaus National Forest Home of Camp Mensinger and Pendola Sierra Adventure Base.
Camp Pico Blanco
Camp Pomponio
Rancho Alegre
Rancho Los Mochos
Camp Riggs
(AKA: Elk River Scout Camp)
Crater Lake Council Primitive Camp Eureka CA former logging camp located in the redwoods near Eureka California
Camp Robert Cole Golden Empire Council Active Truckee Lake Beautiful High Sierra wilderness adventure camp near Lake Truckee.
Camp Rokili
Camp Royaneh
Sierra North HA
Camp Silverado
Soap Creek Greater Yosemite Council Sierra Adventure Base Stanislaus N.F. Backpacking, BMX and Canoe Treks in the .
Stockton Sea Scout Base
Tahquitz Scout Camp Long Beach Area Council Summer Camp San Bernardino Mountains sits on one square mile of pristine forest land next Mount San Gorgonio, tallest mountain peak in SoCal.
Camp Tamarancho (cub?)
Three Falls Camp
Trask Scout Reservation Greater Los Angeles Area Council Wilderness Camp Monrovia Canyon
Verdugo Pines
Camp Whitsett Western Los Angeles County Council Active Sequoia National Forest
Winton Scout Camp Golden Empire Council Summer Camp Bear River Combination wilderness and aquatic camp with overnight canoe treks on Bear River Reservoir in the Central Sierra Nevada mountains.
Camp Wolfeboro
Camp Wolverton Western Los Angeles County Council Active Located in the Sequoia National Park
Wente Scout Reservation San Fransico Bay Area Council Active 2200 Acres located in hills outside of Willits, CA
Will J. Reid Reservation Long Beach Area Council Closed Sold to developer in 2013.

Girl Scouting in California

International Scouting in California

California Hi-Adventure

Camp Name Council Status Location Notes
Cherry Valley Greater Los Angeles Area Council Aquatic Base
Summer Camp
Santa Catalina Island Located on the leeward side two coves north of Two Harbors at Cherry Cove.
Fiesta Island Youth Aquatic Center San Diego-Imperial Council Summer Camp San Diego CA Popular Sea Base located adjacent to Sea World San Diego in Mission Bay, San Diego
Lava Beds National Monument Volcano Modoc County located in northeastern California, on the northeastern flank of Medicine Lake Volcano and has the largest total area covered by a volcano in the Cascade Range. Here are found numerous lava tube caves, with 25 having marked entrances and developed trails for public access and exploration.
Pacific Crest Trail 3000 mile trail California From Mexican border, up the length of California, across Oregon and Washington, to the Canadian border. It provides numerous opportunities for both shorter and longer backpacking trips and high adventure training.
Redwood National and State Parks Nature Park Humboldt County a group of four parks, together, protect 45% of all remaining coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) old-growth forests. These trees are the tallest and one of the most massive tree species on Earth.
Camp Winton Golden Empire Council BSA Aquatics Base Bear River Combination wilderness and aquatic camp with overnight canoe treks on Bear River Reservoir in the Central Sierra Nevada mountains.

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