San Francisco Bay Area Council Invests $1.1 Million in Camp Properties

The San Francisco Bay Area Council over the past two summers has invested $1,145,600 in capital improvements at their three camps.

At Wente Scout Reservation these improvements have included new waterlines, the Wishbone shower house with flush toilets, renovation of the Handicraft building, replacement of ten tent platforms, building a new nature building and seating for merit badge classes, a new ranger warehouse and shop, new shade structures at the waterfront, new storage racks for the kayaks, the new Madrone shower house, enclosing the dining hall, adding swamp coolers, a new patio, new trash enclosure, new tables and benches in the dining hall, new septic system for Madrone, Wishbone, and Palfreyman shower houses.

At Camp Royaneh the swimming pool and the Trading Post were renovated, the old septic system was replaced, three new Village cabins were built, camp site improvements were made, a new staff cabin was built, improvements were made to nature glen and a new camp pick up truck was purchased.

At Rancho Los Mochos the swimming pool was renovated with a new liner and the kitchen has been remodeled.

“Much of the labor for these projects has been made possible by the efforts of countless hours by volunteers”, said, Dr. Bert Groat, council Properties Committee Chair. He added, “Their help is priceless!”

New Projects Planned for Summer 2009
To continue to make their facilities the best Boy Scout camps in Northern California for Scouts, parents and leaders to enjoy, many projects are underway. At Ranchos Los Mochos the newly renovated Dining Hall is almost complete and work will begin this spring on the kitchen fire suppression system and upgrading of the electrical service to the dining hall and pool pump house.

At Wente Scout Reservation a new staff cabin, life guard tower restoration, road repairs, and added Mountain Bike Trails are close to completion. The Dining Hall septic system upgrade, kitchen fire suppression system, Mountain Bike building, and five new tent platforms will all be ready by next summer. Much of the construction on the new staff cabin was done by Dave Manly and Mike Cornwall and volunteers from McGuire & Hester Construction from Oakland. Much of the Mountain Bike trail work was designed and constructed by Kevin Smallman and Blair Brown. Photos of the project can be seen at

At Royaneh the addition of three more Village Cabins at Frontiersman camp site and construction of new tables for the Dining Hall is well underway. The manpower for these projects is being provided
by the skilled help of the Royaneh Stakeholders group. The relocating of the water tower, finishing the waterlines and five new tent platforms will all be completed this spring in time for summer camp.

“All of these many improvements in our camp properties along with a quality staff are good reasons for every Troop in the San Francisco Bay Area Council to attend our Boy Scout camps.” said, Rich Schempp, Council Camping Chair.

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This is GREAT to hear! I run a camp in Los Angeles called Aloha Beach Camp, so I try to keep up with what’s going on in the world of camp. In this day and age of various camps cutting back on their budgets and many even closing their doors forever, it’s wonderful to hear you’re investing in your camps so more kids can have a wonderful camp experience. Thanks for this cool post!

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