Alameda Council

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Alameda Council (#022)
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Council shoulder patch
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Council Office
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersAlameda, California
CountryUnited States
FoundedJanuary 19, 1917[1]
FounderW. Barclay Stephens, [2]
PresidentBen Reyes
Scout ExecutiveBrian Fasci[3]
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Alameda Council is one of the three smallest Boy Scout councils in the United States,[4] serving youth in the city of Alameda. It was first organized in December 1916, shortly after the organization of BSA councils in Berkeley and Oakland, making it the third oldest BSA council in Northern California. It is one of six BSA councils that serve the San Francisco Bay area.[5]


In 1916, a group of community leaders led by Barclay Stephens, [2] approached the Boy Scouts about having a council for their community. This occurred at the same time that the Oakland-Piedmont Council (#021) was chartered. The residents of Alameda felt that they should have their own council separate from Oakland. The council was founded with seven troops.[1]

The council no longer has any camps of its own, having sold both of its properties (Cedarbrook and Stephens). Given its small size, the council has focused on its youth programs and developing adult leaders. One of these, the Order of the Solo Hiker, was a local award meant to honor dedicated volunteers.[6]


Order of the Arrow[edit]

The Kaweah Lodge was founded by council president and founder, Barclay Stephens, [2] In July 1947, the first candidates were tapped out and inducted into the order by members of another lodge at Camp Stephens.

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  1. ^ a b "Scouts Celebrate Century". Alameda Sun. February 16, 2017. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  2. ^ a b c Cordes, Frederick (June 1962). "In Memoriam - W. Barclay Stephens, MD" (Vol. 41 No. 2). California Historical Society Quarterly. Vol. 41 No. 2: University of California Press. 41 (2): 179. doi:10.2307/25155482. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  3. ^ "BRIAN FASCI ANNOUNCED AS SCOUT EXECUTIVE OF THE ALAMEDA COUNCIL". Scouting Wire. Boy Scouts of America. 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  4. ^ Zimmerman, Stephen (2017-10-17). "Alameda Council of BSA's rich legacy: More than 900 Eagle Scouts". East Bay Times. MediaNews Group, Inc. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  5. ^ Hook, James; Franck, Dave; Austin, Steve (1982). An Aid to Collecting Selected Council Shoulder Patches with Valuation.
  6. ^ Eby, David L. "Order of the Solo Hiker". U.S. Scouting Service Project. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  7. ^ Varvayanis, Charles, ed. (2018). "Camp Ceaderbrook - Former Alameda Boy Scouts Foundation Property". Sierra Park I.O.O.F. - Sierra Camp Subdivision. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  8. ^ Brejla, Terry; Marvin, Judith (January 2017). "HISTORIC STRUCTURE REPORT" (PDF). Mount Diablo Silverado Council. p. 5. Retrieved 2019-08-07. On the Summit District at Pinecrest Lake, Camp Stephens (now Camp Oski, operated by the California Alumni Association) was opened in 1925 by the Alameda Boy Scouts on a site formerly permitted to the Stockton Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks