Golden Empire Council
|Golden Empire Council (#047)|
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The Golden Empire Council (GEC) is a division of the Boy Scouts of America that serves a large section of Northern California, primarily the Sacramento Valley and the northern Sierra Nevada mountains. Its boundaries range north to south from Redding, CA to Elk Grove, CA and west to east from Vacaville, CA to Pollock Pines, CA. Its council headquarters and Service Center is located in Sacramento, CA. The council also operates a field office in Chico, CA. Scout Shops selling BSA merchandise are located in both Sacramento and Chico.
Golden Empire Council serves over 15,000 youth members as of 2017.
The Golden Empire Council was founded in 1920 as the Sacramento Council. The council changed its name to the Sacramento Area Council in 1933, and to Golden Empire in 1937. In 1927, the Kit Carson Council (#46), founded in 1924, merged into the council. In 1969, the Tahoe Area Council (#048), founded in 1924, merged into the council. In 1992, the Mount Lassen Area Council (#036) and Buttes Area Council, both founded in 1924, merged into the council. The Mount Lassen Area Council had absorbed the Mount Shasta Area Council (#037), founded in 1923, in 1926.
GEC is organized into 12 separate districts that cover 16 different counties, each operated by a professional District Executive and volunteer leadership.
Pioneer Express: Covers communities in the Northern Sacramento area. Includes the communities of Natomas, North Highlands, Carmichael, and Fair Oaks, CA.
GEC also owns and operates four camp properties, including Camp Winton, Camp Lassen, Camp Robert L. Cole, and the Yuba County Leadership and Adventure Camp.
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