A Brief Overview of Alameda Council BSA
Alameda Council, Boy Scouts of America partners with 20 chartered organizations to serve over 1,000 BSA youth members throughout the year under the leadership of more than 300 adult volunteers.
Our council includes 34 BSA units, including Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships. We also have several Explorer posts and Learning for Life education-based programs. The council provides leadership training, ongoing support, program materials, unit service, insurance protection, and various resources essential to quality Scouting programs. Our chartered organizations provide the unit meeting places and approve volunteer leadership.
Alameda Council was organized in December 1916, and chartered by BSA in January 1917, with 7 Boy Scout troops organized in the first few months. Since then, we have added Sea Scout ships in the 1920’s, Cub Scout packs in the 1930’s, Explorer posts in the 1940’s, Varsity Scout teams in the 1980’s, and Venturing crews and Learning for Life groups in the 1990’s. Because most Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, Explorer posts, and Learning for Life groups are co-educational, we are pleased to include over 300 girls among the more than 1,000 youth we serve annually.
Over 19 percent of available youth in Alameda are BSA youth members (available youth being all boys grades 1-8, and girls and boys in grades 9-12). We are the largest youth-serving non-profit organization in the city of Alameda. Alameda Council has earned the BSA Journey to Excellence Gold Award for four consecutive years (2011 to 2014), meaning that collectively our programs rank in the top 20 percent of all BSA councils for youth membership, quality program, youth development, and volunteer leadership.
We continually invite interested youth, adults, and families to join an age-appropriate Scouting program that helps all of us develop and grow under the guidance of the principles of the BSA Scout Oath and Scout Law.
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