It Takes A Village

It Takes A Village was founded in March 2020, initially to make PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for healthcare workers, and now to support the medically underserved.  Thanks to the help of Bay Area scouts and their families, and hundreds of other volunteers we have donated over 200,000 pieces of PPE.   We have two initiatives that we […]

Welcome Mike Hale

Mike Hale, new GGAC Scout Executive, signs his offer paper at Camp Herms.

The Golden Gate Area Council’s (GGAC) Scout Executive Selection Committee unanimously recommended the hiring of Mike Hale as our next Scout Executive. We are excited about the depth of Mike’s professional Scouting experience and look forward to the leadership and commitment he brings to sharing the values of Scouting with the young men and women […]

Yerba Buena Lodge Vigil Induction

Yerba Buena OA Lodge pocket flpa showing a whale breaching with the Golden Gate bridge as a background.

Congratulations to the 13 new Vigil members of Yerba Buena Lodge! The members completed their Vigil weekend at Rancho Los Mochos. This was one of the largest induction ceremonies held by either Achewon Nimat, Kaweah, or Ut-in Selica Legacy Lodges. Special thanks to the cook crew that provided a COVID-19 safe dining experience and shoutout to the staff […]

YPT Udate

YPT update

Youth Protection Training Update All GGAC adult volunteers must be registered with the BSA and be Youth Protection Trained (YPT) to ensure that all adults know how to recognize and correctly report behaviors suspicious for grooming and abuse. On May 19, 2021 the GGAC Executive Board adopted a YPT policy to reinforce our awareness of […]

Office Sale Update

Under the leadership of Rick Kopf and a group of volunteers with real estate expertise, the Office Ad Hoc Committee is working to complete the sale of the San Leandro office. The Golden Gate Area Council (GGAC) Executive Board approved exploring the sale of our San Leandro and Pleasant Hill offices to keep local Scouting […]

COVID Update

Graphic "Say goodbye to COVID"

We have updated STEP 3 on the COVID page of the Council website with specific information relating to Events, Activities, and Meetings for Units, Districts, and Council. Check these links for more information and guidance for overnight camps   GGAC COVID Update Information   State of California – Guideline for Outdoor Camps

VOA – New Volunteer Advisor

Recognition banner for Patrick Jaime named VOA Advisor

The GGAC Venturing Officers’ Association (VOA) is proud and excited to announce that Patrick Jaime has been appointed to serve as the Council VOA Volunteer Advisor as of May 7, 2021!   The purpose of the VOA is to provide support and guidance to maintain and grow the Venturing program.  A VOA consists of a […]

Troop 1, San Francisco – Little Masters

Vote For The Troop 1 Movie   A movie about Troop 1 of San Francisco has been entered as a documentary film at the Hollywood Screenings Film Festival.   Months before the pandemic, a movie maker came to Troop 1 to film how Asian American teenagers participate in different activities at the Scouts of America […]

WR Venturing Leadership Award

Image of 2021 Western Region VLA Recipients.

Congratulations to Patrick Jaime and Melody Fewx on being awarded the Western Region Venturing Leadership Award for 2021!   The Venturing Leadership Award (VLA) honors Venturers and Venturing Advisors who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The VLA may be awarded in the Council. Area, Region, […]

Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. (1925-2021) Eagle Scout

Stephen Bechtel shaking hands with Scouts

Distinguished Eagle Scout and Silver Buffalo recipient Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. died peacefully at home on March 15, 2021. He was 95. His company remains a powerhouse in the corporate world while he was known for his business acumen and engineering skills. Many of his ideas changed the face of the world. Mr. Bechtel was the […]

COVID-19 Update – 01/26/21

COVID virus image

January 26, 2021: All Council camps and service centers are closed to visitors. Considering the current increase of COVID cases and the imminent triggering of the Order, GGAC recommends no in-person unit meetings or activities. If in-person meetings or activities are needed and permitted by the Order and local authority (city or county), units should […]