Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council

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Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council #055
Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council #055
Location 970 W Julian, San Jose, CA 95126

Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council is a local council (#055) of the Boy Scouts of America located in Southern Bay Area of California. It covers Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, and Monterey County.


Headquartered in San Jose, California. In 2004, the previous two councils served over 11,000 youth in over 400 Boy Scout troops, Cub Scout packs, Venturing crews, and Explorer posts. In 2012, the Monterey Bay Area Council announced that after 89 years as a separate council, it had agreed to merge back into the Santa Clara County Council. As of 2013, the council served 13,000 youth in four different counties.

Santa Clara County Council

The San Jose Council of the Boy Scouts of America was founded on August 20, 1920 by John Crummey (president of Bean Spray and Pump Company, later known as Food Machinery Corporation), Robert Bentley, Jr. (president of Muirson Label Company) and Archer Bowden (San Jose attorney). Bentley served as the first council president, Julius Rainwater was the first scout executive, and Edmund Richmond was the first council commissioner.

In 1922, the council changed its name to Santa Clara County Council, and took over administration for all of Santa Clara County. The council was incorporated in 1923, and oversight of San Benito County was added the same year. Monterey and Santa Cruz counties were added in 1927.

In 1933 San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties were split off to form the Monterey Bay Area Council. In 1939 the area around Palo Alto split off to form its own council, the now-defunct Stanford Area Council. That council, which had been one of the smaller BSA councils in the nation by area, merged with San Mateo County Council in the 1990s to form Pacific Skyline Council.

Monterey Bay Area Council

The Monterey Bay Area Council was formed in 1933, when San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties were split off from the Santa Clara County Council.[1] The council grew and was given the land for Camp Pico Blanco in 1948 by William Randolph Hearst.[2] After the separation, they shared borders on two sides.


The Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council is divided into seven geographical areas, known at districts. Each district serves youth programs, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venture Scouts. In addition, two other programs serve the entire council – Learning for Life and Outreach.

  1. Coyote Creek District -serves the City of Milpitas south into East San Jose.
  2. Loma Prieta District - Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola,
  3. Pioneer District - Santa Clara and West San Jose.
  4. Polaris District - Sunnyvale, Cupertino and Saratoga.
  5. Quicksilver District - Gilroy, Morgan Hill and South San Jose.
  6. San Benito District - County of San Benito, including the cities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista.
  7. Santa Lucia District - serves all of Monterey County.


  1. Camp Hi-Sierra (Scout Summer Camp Program)- Set in a historical logging camp, Hi-Sierra embraces this living history opportunity by immersing Scouts in a fully themed mountain man town.
  2. Camp Pico Blanco (Scout Summer Camp Program) - beautiful coastal forest setting near Big Sur.
  3. Chesebrough Scout Reservation is a wilderness backpacking facility located adjacent to Castle Rock State Park and Long Ridge Open Space Preserve.

Order of the Arrow

Saklan Lodge - Order of the Arrow This Council is served by this Order of the Arrow Lodge.

See Also


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  2. Bowles, Jim. "Camp Totocano". Retrieved November 15, 2009.