Golden Empire Council

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Golden Empire Council (#047)
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Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Sacramento, California
Country United States
Founded 1917
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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.[1]

Golden Empire Council serves over 15,000 youth members as of 2017.[2]


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.[citation needed]


GEC is organized into 12 separate districts that cover 16 different counties, each operated by a professional District Executive and volunteer leadership.

Amador: Covers Amador County. Includes Jackson, CA and Sutter Creek, CA.

Buttes Area: Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba Counties. Includes the communities of Yuba City, CA and Marysville, CA.

Capital City: Yolo and Sacramento Counties. Includes the communities of West Sacramento, CA, South Sacramento, and Rancho Cordova, CA.

Discovery: Covers Placer county. Includes the towns of Roseville, CA, Rocklin, CA, and Lincoln, CA.

El Dorado: El Dorado County and eastern Sacramento County. Include Placerville, CA, El Dorado Hills, CA, and Folsom, CA.

Gold Country: Portions of Nevada and Placer Counties. Includes Nevada City, CA, Auburn, CA, Colfax, CA, and Grass Valley, CA.

Northern Rivers: Shasta and parts of Tehama Counties. Includes Redding, CA and Red Bluff, CA.

Pioneer Express: Covers communities in the Northern Sacramento area. Includes the communities of Natomas, North Highlands, Carmichael, and Fair Oaks, CA.

Ranchero West: Buttes, Glenn, and parts of Tehama County. Includes Chico, CA and Orland, CA.

Soaring Eagle: Covers communities throughout south Sacramento County. Includes Elk Grove, CA, Wilton, CA, and Rio Vista, CA.

Trailblazer: Dixon, CA and Vacaville, CA in Solano County.

Yolo: Covers Yolo County. Includes Davis, CA and Woodland, 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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