Southern Sierra Council
|Southern Sierra Council #030|
|Location||2417 M Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301|
Southern Sierra Council History - In March 1914, L. S. Robinson organized Troop 1, the first troop in the council, and possibly the first in California. One of the First Scoutmasters was Arthur H. Meyer.
In 1919 a group of men met in Bakersfield and organized Bakersfield Council. At that time Scout troops populated in Taft, Delano, Wasco, and other outlying communities totaling approximately 450 boys. W. J. Schultz was the first president of the Council and Roland Dye was the first Scout Executive.
The Bakersfield Council became the Kern County Council in 1921. In the 1920s a popular good turn was “Stop the Puncture”. Scouts all over the County removed nails and other metal debris from the roads because the damage they would do to tires. They piled the collection of sharp objects in store windows to show what Scouting was worth to the community. 1922 was the first Annual Dinner that is currently held the last Saturday in January.
In the 30’s Kern County Council acquired the Kern River Country Club. It was eventually sold to Kern County to fund building a Council Office. In 1936 The first Cub Scout Pack was organized in Taft.
The current Council office at 2417 M. Street was built in 1952. The Kern County Council started being confused with the local Kern County Government. Inyo and Mono Counties also joined the Kern County Council so it was time to change their name. There was a contest in February 1965. Scouts, Scouters, and anyone with a good idea used their creativity to come up with the new name of the Kern County Council. The best entries were taken to the Executive Board for a final decision. January 1, 1966, we became the Southern Sierra Council. At this time it was also appropriate for the Council newsletter “Kern O Gram” to change to “Sierra Scouter”.
- Camp Kern -At Camp Kern, Scouts experience a magnificent environment where they can create happy memories, develop interests and skills, experience personal growth, build friendships, and develop confidence; all while advancing in Scouting, learning, and thriving in our beautiful outdoor playground of Huntington Lake, California. Scouts spend quality time outside learning new skills and enjoying engaging outdoor adventures with new and old friends. Camp Kern is a place where Scouts experience a traditional summer camp life as Scouts have since 1939.
- See Also Scout Camps in California.
Order of the Arrow
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- California Scouts - Facebook Discussion Board for California Scouting Activities and Civic Service.