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Scouting and Guiding 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.


California Scouting and the 2020 Pandemic

The Governor of the State of California has canceled his "Stay-At-Home" orders and has allowed the following facilities to open. However closures may still be in effect for Los Angeles County, the Bay Area and select other locals.

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)

Camp Cherry Valley on California's Santa Catalina Island.

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

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BSA Councils Active in California

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

ID# Council Name Office Status FB Link OA Lodge Notes
001 045 California Inland Empire Council Inland Empire Active FB Link Cahuilla Lodge 127] all of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
002 491 Crater Lake Council Central Point OR Active FB OA Southern & Central Oregon and Northern parts of California. (Redwood, Siskiyou and Modoc Counties)
003 047 Golden Empire Council Sacramento Valley Active FB Link Amangi Nacha 047 serves a large section of Northern California, primarily the Sacramento Valley and the northern Sierra Nevada mountains.
004 xxx Golden Gate Area Council San Francisco Bay Area Active FB Link OA Lodge New in 2020 from Merger of San Francisco, Mount Silverado and Alameda Councils.
005 033 Greater Los Angeles Area Council Los Angeles Active FB Tuku'ut Lodge 141 Combines the LA region and the San Gabriel Valley in 2015.
006 059 Greater Yosemite Council Modesto Active FB Link Toloma Lodge 64 Modesto, Stockton, Calaveras and San Joaquin Regions.
007 238 Las Vegas Area Council Las Vegas Active FB Nebagamon Lodge 312 Covers Southeastern corner of California including Needles and Blythe.
008 032 Long Beach Area Council Long Beach Active FB Tribe of Tahquitz
009 053 Los Padres Council Santa Barbara Active FB Chumash Lodge Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties on the Central Coast.
010 035 Marin Council Marin Co Active FB Talako Lodge North SF Bay Area
011 239 Nevada Area Council Reno NV Active FB Tannu Lodge covers Northeastern California and most of Northern Nevada
012 039 Orange County Council So. Calif Active FB Wiatava Lodge
013 031 Pacific Skyline Council San Mateo County Active FB Ohlone Lodge serving youth in the San Mateo County and Santa Clara County regions. It was created in 1994 from a merger of the San Mateo and Stanford Area Councils.
014 042 Piedmont Council Piedmont CA Active FB Hungteetsepoppi Lodge Not to be confused with Piedmont County NC in North Carolina of the same name.
015 041 Redwood Empire Council Santa Rosa CA Active FB Orca Lodge Covers Sonoma and Mendocino Counties in Northern California. Founded 1919.
016 049 San Diego-Imperial Council San Diego Active FB Tiwahe Lodge covers all of San Diego and Imperial Counties.
017 027 Sequoia Council Fresno CA Active FB Tah-Heetch Lodge The Sequoia Council covers Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare Counties.
018 055 Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council Monterey CA Active FB Saklan Lodge serving Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, and Monterey County.
019 030 Southern Sierra Council Bakersfield CA Active FB Yowlumne Lodge Covers Kern, Inyo and Mono Counties.
020 057 Ventura County Council Camarillo CA Active FB Topa Topa Lodge
021 058 Verdugo Hills Council Glendale CA Active FB Spe-Le-Yai Lodge
022 051 Western Los Angeles County Council Van Nuys CA Active FB Malibu Lodge Covers Northern and Western L.A. County

Discontinued BSA Councils

BSA Scout Camps

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Girl Scouting in California

GSUSA Scout Councils

GSUSA Scout Camps

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International Scouting in California

Hi-Adventure Treks

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Scouting by County

Alameda / Alpine / Amador / Butte / Calaveras / Colusa / Contra Costa / Del Norte / El Dorado / Fresno / Glenn / Humboldt / Imperial / Inyo / Kern / Kings / Lake / Lassen / Los Angeles / Madera / Marin / Mariposa / Mendocino / Merced / Modoc / Mono / Monterey / Napa / Nevada / Orange / Placer / Plumas / Riverside / Sacramento / San Benito / San Bernardino / San Diego / San Francisco / San Joaquin / San Luis Obispo / San Mateo / Santa Barbara / Santa Clara / Santa Cruz / Shasta / Sierra / Siskiyou / Solano / Sonoma / Stanislaus / Sutter / Tehema / Trinity / Tulare / Tuolumne / Ventura / Yolo / Ventura

See also

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