Greater Yosemite Council

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Greater Yosemite Council (#059)
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Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Modesto, California
Country United States
Founded 1917
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The Greater Yosemite Council (#059) was founded in 1920 as the Modesto Council. In 1921 Modesto changed its name to the Stanislaus County Council, and in 1922 to the Yosemite Area. In 1998, the council changed its name to the Greater Yosemite Council. In 1997, the Forty Niner Council (#052) merged with the GYC.

The Forty Niner Council was founded in 1918 as the Stockton Council. In 1922 Stockton changed its name to San Joaquin, and in 1929 to San Joaquin-Calaveras Council. In 1957, San Joaquin-Calaveras Council changed its name to Forty Niner Council.[1]


The council reorganized seven districts into three in 2011. The 49er District (originally the 49er Council), and the Big Valley District were combined into the Gold Country District. The Chief Tenaya District and the El Capitan District formed the Sierra Valley District. The Golden Heritage District, Waukeen District, and Wawona District became the Rio Del Oro District.


  • Camp John Mensinger[2]
  • Camp McConnell
  • Camp Isom

Former Camps[edit]

  • Camp 49er, near Arnold (operated by 49er Council)
  • Camp Bob MacBride, east side of Pinecrest Lake (operated by Yosemite Area Council)

Order of the Arrow[edit]

  • Toloma Lodge #64[3]

See also[edit]