Los Angeles Area Council

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Los Angeles Area Council (#033)
Los Angeles Area Council CSP.png
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
CountryUnited States
DefunctJuly 2015
 Scouting portal

Founded in 1915,[1] the Los Angeles Area Council (LAAC) (#033) served most of the City of Los Angeles as well as several other cities in the greater Los Angeles area. It was one of five Boy Scouts of America councils in Los Angeles County, California. Since its founding in 1915, the Los Angeles Area Council has brought its purpose and values to millions of youth. The Council served 54,567 youth in the Greater Los Angeles Area in 2008 alone.[1]

Greater Los Angeles Area Council (GLAAC) is a new Boy Scouts of America Council made from the merger of the Los Angeles Area Council and the San Gabriel Valley Council. The vote to merge was held on March 21, 2015.[2] The new name for the Council, Greater Los Angeles Area Council, was announced on June 11, 2015. The new Council will continue with Scouting Service centers in Los Angeles and Pasadena. GLAAC has three Scout shops in Los Angeles, San Pedro and Pasadena.[3] GLAAC operates eight BSA Camps in the greater Los Angeles area.[4][5] Due to the large size of the two original councils, the merger is a process that will be completed over a time span.


The Los Angeles Area Council was founded in 1915 as the Centinela Council, changing its name in 1925 to the Los Angeles Council. In 1934 the San Antonio District (#046), founded in 1922; and the South Pasadena Council (#067), founded in 1927 merged into the LAC, with the name of the organization changing to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Council. The council name changed to LAAC in 1945. The LAAC was one of the first councils organized in the United States and is one of the largest councils still in existence.

Cubmaster Don Murphy organized the first pinewood derby, which was raced on May 15, 1953 in Manhattan Beach, California,[6] by Pack 280C.


The following are the districts and the communities they serve:[7]


In 1946, the LAAC leased the Cabrillo Camp property. It is located at the base of the cliffs directly below Fort MacArthur. The camp was open to both Scouts and other youth groups. The camp utilized the old military Quonset huts and portable trailers.[8]
In the late 70s, the Port of Los Angeles granted the Scouts a long-term lease.
With money donated by Steven Spielberg in 1987, the Spielberg Center opened a swimming pool, campgrounds, dining area, craft center, Scout Shop, staff quarters, boat house and amphitheater. The facility is 12.3 acres (0.019 sq mi; 0.050 km2) and the building is 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of Spanish and Mediterranean architecture.[8]


Log Cabin Wilderness Camp[edit]

Log Cabin Wilderness Camp
OwnerLos Angeles Area Council
Coordinates37°58′36″N 119°10′26″W / 37.9767°N 119.174°W / 37.9767; -119.174 (Log Cabin Wilderness Camp)

Log Cabin Wilderness Camp is a Boy Scout camp operated by the Los Angeles Area Council and is located in the Inyo National Forest.

"Log Cabin" is a high adventure camp. The camp is near the Tioga Pass Road on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada bordering the Hoover Wilderness and Yosemite National Park. It is the highest Boy Scout camp in the country, at approximately 9,800 feet (3,000 m) above sea level. It was originally the site of the Log Cabin Gold Mine, which operated in the early 20th century. The mine was donated to Council in 1971. Programs offered at Log Cabin include High Country Gateway backpacking, Sierra Nevada Mountain Man, Peak Bagging, ranger training and COPE

National Youth Leader Training[edit]

The council offers National Youth Leadership Training.[17] Formerly known as Brownsea 22 Junior Leader Training, NYLT is an intense six-day outdoor experience for Boy Scout Troop youth leaders ages 13–17.. The Los Angeles Area Council holds an NYLT encampment each August on the Forest Lawn Scout Reservation.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. The OA provides leadership and service experience to OA Scouts.

Siwinis Lodge is the local lodge of the Order of the Arrow. Siwinis Lodge was founded in December 1943 a BSA charter was granted in April 1944 as Lodge #252. The name Siwinis, means "Big Pine". The name came from a summer camp song.[18]

  • Siwinis Chapters - Districts:
Lakota - Pacifica
Apache - North Star
Hopi - Thunderbird
Wappo - Frontier
Wiyot - Rio Hondo

On March 16, 2016 the Ta Tanka OA Lodge of the San Gabriel Valley Council and the Siwinis OA Lodge of the Los Angeles Area Council voted and agreed on a new Lodge name and totem for the new Lodge of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council. The new Lodge is Tuku'ut and the totem is the Saber-Toothed Cat.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Boy Scouts of America, Los Angeles Area Council
  2. ^ scoutsunited.org, SGVC/LAAC UNITED - UPDATES
  3. ^ Los Angeles, San Pedro Scout Shops
  4. ^ SGVC BSA camps
  5. ^ LACC BSA Camps Archived 2015-09-05 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ National Scouting Museum: Exhibits: History of Pinewood Derby Archived 2008-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Boy Scouts of America, Los Angeles Area Council
  8. ^ a b Cabrillo Youth Camp Home Page
  9. ^ http://www.flsrlaac.org/ Forest Lawn Scout Reservation
  10. ^ American Forests: Afterburn
  11. ^ USSSP
  12. ^ Circle X Ranch
  13. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1987-03-14/local/me-9468_1_scout-camp
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ http://www.boyscoutsla.org/website/circle_x_ranch
  17. ^ LAAC National Youth Leadership Training
  18. ^ Siwinis Lodge (O/A)
  19. ^ GLAAC Order of the Arrow