California Inland Empire Council

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California Inland Empire Council #045
California Inland Empire Council #045
Totem Rattlesnake
Location 1230 Indiana Ct, Redlands CA 92374
Executive Matt Myers

The California Inland Empire Council (CIEC) is local council (#045) of the Boy Scouts of America. They serve youth in all of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties of California.

Council History

The Riverside Area Council (#045) was founded in 1919 as the Riverside Council. In 1927, the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley Council (#028) merged into Riverside Area Council (#045). In 1944, the council changed its name to Riverside County and Redlands, and in 1945 back to Riverside County. The Grayback Council (#024) was founded in 1945 as the Redlands Area Council. It changed its name in 1952. The Arrowhead Area (#048) council was formed in 1922 as the San Bernardino Valley council. Prior to adopting the name Arrowhead Area in 1933, the council was known as the San Bernardino District from 1923 to 1933.

CIEC was formed in 1973 through the merger of the Arrowhead Area (#048) and Riverside Area Councils (#045). In 1974 Grayback Council (#024) also merged into the new council. In 2006, the council acquired the San Bernardino County portions of Old Baldy Council (#043). The council territory includes all of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.



Council Camps

  • Camp Emerson - in Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California. Council operated since 1919, largely on land donated to the former Riverside County Council by developer and humanitarian Lee Emerson.
  • Camp Helendade - Closed in 2018 due to fire damage?
  • Camp Arataba (Closed), part of the history of Arrowhead Area Council since the 1920s, was the victim of a lodge fire in 1960. The loss inspired the Davises to donate the land for a camp to the Boy Scouts.
  • Circle B Scout Ranch (Closed), formerly part of Old Baldy Council.

Local Camping

High Adventure

Local opportunities for mountain, desert and river treks and council approved high adventure patches:

  • Palomar Mountain State Park
  • Lower Colorado River Valley
  • Pacific Crest Trail - which runs 3000 miles 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.
  • Cleveland National Forest - access trails to the three tallest peaks in San Diego County (all over 6,100 feet tall) - Mount Laguna, Cuyamaca Peak and Palomar Mountain - as well as many trailheads to the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • San Bernardino National Forest - covers much of the nearby the San Bernardino, San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains. There are also many trailheads to the Pacific Crest Trail. Home to three of SoCal's tallest mountain peaks # San Gorgonio Mountain (11,503 ft), San Jacinto Peak (10,834 ft) amd Sugarloaf Mountain (9,956 ft).


Scouting Attractions

Local Adventures

Local Hiking Trails

Community Service

  • See also list of Scout Unit Charter Org partners (above)

Eagles Nest

Listing of outstanding Community Service Projects:

OA Lodge

Cahuilla Lodge 127 - Order of the Arrow -

The Council is served by the Cahuilla Lodge #127. It currently has nine chapters, roughly one serving each district (the High Desert District has two chapters due to its large geographic size). "[It] was formed January 1, 1973 from the merger of Tahquitz Lodge # 127 and Wisumahi Lodge # 478. In 1974, the Lodge welcomed A-tsa Lodge # 380 into the family to make the territory of the Lodge as we know it today." With the merger of the Old Baldy Council, Navajo Lodge #98 also was merged into the Cahuilla Lodge. The Lodge has received many awards, local and national, in its history, including the National Service Award (2001), the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award (most recently in 2006), and the Section W4B Spirit Award (17 times in 29 years; most recently in 2006 (tie)).

See Also