Sarah McNamara

Welcome Sarah McNamara District Executive for Diablo Sunrise Please join me in welcoming Sarah McNamara to our team. Sarah started with us on May 1 and serves as the Diablo Sunrise District Director.   Sarah McNamara has over 25 years’ experience in HR, organizational development, instruction, marketing, and project management.  After graduating from SFSU with […]

SAR Eagle Awards

Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Awards The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all Eagle Scouts interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Contest. The contest is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit […]

Claire H – Eagle Scout

How an Alameda teen became the Island’s first female Eagle Scout Claire Howell, 17, is the first Alameda girl to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America’s national Scouts BSA program. Her Troop 1015 and the Golden Gate Area Council of the Scouts BSA awarded her the […]

Euan M earns 138 Merit Badges!

Scout holding a plaque recognizing his accomplishment of earning all 138 merit badges.

Brentwood Scout Euan McManus Earns All 138 Merit Badges Euan, an Eagle Scout with Troop 21 in Brentwood, has just completed his 138th merit badge to join a small group of just over 520* Scouts who have earned every current merit badge offered since the founding of BSA (Boy Scouts of America) in 1910. Since […]

Scoutbook – Advancement Update

Temporary Changes to Advancement Requirements Expire February 28, 2022 On March 1, 2022, all temporary changes to Scouts BSA advancement requirements will expire, and Scouts will return to the original, unmodified requirements. Note that Scoutbook will be modified around March 1 to restore the requirements that were deferred due to COVID. If the rank has already […]

Council Commissioner – Michael Allison

Picture of Michael Allison, GGAC Commissioner

Michael Allison Selected as Golden Gate Area Council Commissioner The Golden Gate Area Council is excited to announce that Michael Allison will serve as the Council Commissioner. In this role, Michael gives leadership to the Assistant Council Commissioners and District Commissioners. Michael started his scouting career in 1969 as a Cub Scout in Pack 3230, […]

Program Conference

Mural in the dining hall at Camp Royaneh depicting camp scenes and the Thunderbird logo.

Bill Johansen’s summary The Program group has been very active since camp ended planning the Outdoor Program Conference which took place at Camp Royaneh last weekend. We hosted 81 participants across every district and program discipline in the Council. The main goal of the weekend was to build a calendar of Council-level events for the […]

Council Awards – 2021

Nominate Your District’s Deserving Scouters! For Presentation at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner Due by November 29, 2021 It is that time of the year – the time to nominate fellow scouters for their outstanding efforts on behalf of Scouting in the Golden Gate Area Council.  There are many awards to recognize the unique contributions made […]

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 […]