Golden Gate Area Council Scout Camping & Meeting Facilities

Established in 1930, Camp Herms is located in the hills at the edge of El Cerrito. The camp overlooks the entire San Francisco Bay Area. The camp is open year-round for council, district, and unit activities including training courses, Cub Scout camps, and unit camping. It can be used as the hub for visits to local historical sites, San Francisco and the surrounding area. The facilities include a large meeting lodge with kitchen, campsites, sleeping shelters, and shooting ranges (archery & BB guns). Camp Herms is also the starting point for the Fages (Fa-Hace) Historic Trail.

Camp Herms Map

Established in 1944, Rancho Los Mochos is located in the scenic oak-studded hills of southeastern Alameda County, up a winding canyon road above Livermore. It has several large rustic campsite areas, making it ideal for unit camping or District Camporees. The Camp sites feature fire rings, picnic tables, and piped drinking water. The central camp area has a small dining hall with kitchen, a modern bathroom shower building, a modest program building, an outdoor pool, and a large flat field for programs or games. There also are shooting ranges (archery, rifle, and shotgun).

Ranchos Los Mochos Campsites

Established in 1925, Camp Royaneh is a Nationally Accredited Boy Scout camp in the coastal redwoods near Cazadero in Sonoma County. The weather at Royaneh is moderately warm in the afternoons and cool in the evenings. Royaneh has a large dining hall, campsites that offer open cabin and tent camping, shooting ranges (archery, rifle, shotgun, and black powder), COPE course (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) outdoor swimming in an Olympic-size pool, and a horsemanship program.

Camp Royaneh Campsites
Camp Royaneh Map

Established in 1959, Wente Scout Reservation is a Nationally Accredited Boy Scout camp in the foothills near Willits, CA in Mendocino County. With 2200 acres, Wente is one of the largest Scout Camps on the West Coast and offers a wide variety of programs. Wente Scout Reservation has a modern dining hall, campsites with platform tents, shooting ranges (archery, rifle, shotgun, and black powder). The 80-acre lake offers outstanding swimming, boating, and fishing. Wente Scout Reservation offers a world class mountain biking program and a horsemanship program.

Wente Scout Reservation Map

Established in 1928, Camp Wolfeboro is a Nationally Accredited Boy Scout Camp in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains on the North Fork of the Stanislaus River off Hwy4 about 20 miles east of Arnold in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. The waterfront is positioned along an improved section of the river offering swimming, boating, and fishing. Wolfeboro offers shooting ranges (archery, rifle, and shotgun), an expansive rock-climbing program, an introductory backpacking trip for first year Scouts, a 3-Day Wilderness Trek + other high adventure program for older scouts, & STEM. Units must provide their own tents pitched on the ground. Meals are served in a dining hall serving-line style.

Wolfeboro sign at camp entrance
Camp Wolfeboro 2021 Camp map UPDATED
Camp Wolfeboro Map

How to verify an out of Council Merit Badge Counselor.

First, try to connect the Scout and counselor in Scoutbook. If that is successful, the counselor is registered and qualified. If unsuccessful, go to the counselor’s home council and search for their Advancement Administrators. Most will have an email address for either the Council Advancement Committee or Professional Advisor. Send an email asking if the counselor has been registered and qualified for the merit badge(s) in question and the status of their Youth Protection Training. Ask California councils if the counselor has completed AB506 training and LiveScan. The unit leader’s “blue card” signature verifies their counselor credentials verification.


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