Location Name
Small group (less than 12 total)
Medium sized group (12 to 24 total)
Large sized group (24 to 60 total)
Area has strict restrictions on group size
Backpacking
Car camping
Boating activities
High adventure
Younger Scout programs
Older Scout programs
All age groups of Scouts
Weekend camping
Long term camping (week long)
50 Miler
Patrol camping
Cycling in and camping
Mountain Biking
Shooting Sports
Distance
Notes
Alice Eastwood group campsite   x x   x x         x x             Less than 50 miles away Moderate - Detailed maps and briefing the drivers
  ahead of time is advised
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: bethmbg@gmail.com
Fun place to hike/backpack in to from various
  trailheads on Mt. Tam. Can make the hike in easier or more difficult
  depending on the scouts. Drivers need to know gate code.
American Southwest     x     x         x   x   x       More than 200 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "One of our best trips ever!"
Contact: krick_scouting@yahoo.com
Took Amtrak from Oakland to LA and overnighted at
  Cabrillo Beach Scout Camp in San Pedro. 
  Spent the next day sightseeing in the Port of Los Angeles and then
  boarded Amtrak to Flagstaff, AZ. 
  Rented cars in Flagstaff and drove to the South Rim of the Grand
  Canyon.  Camped in the National
  Park and day hiked the Canyon. 
  Drove to Monument Valley, UT for more day hiking and camped at
  Goulding's.  Drove to Mesa Verde,
  CO to explore the cliff dwellings and camped at the National Park.  From there, drove via Taos, NM to
  Eagles Nest Lake State Park for the evening.  Philmont Scout Ranch is in close proximity and some of the
  participants then went on to Philmont while the others returned to Flagstaff
  airport via El Morro National Monument where they hiked and then camped that
  evening.
Angel Island x                             x     Less than 50 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "One of our best trips ever!"
Contact: djanssen_99@yahoo.com
Campsites for weekends in summer book up within 30
  seconds, 6 months out.
Angel Island x x     x   x       x x             Less than 50 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "One of our best trips ever!"
Contact: bethmbg@gmail.com
We take the ferry to Angel Island and backpack in.
  It's possible to kayak there from Tiburon or Sausalito. It's one of our
  favorite foul-weather outings in December.
Angel Island   x     x       x x x x     x       Less than 50 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "You should go once, but once is enough"
Contact: Nedbluesky@hotmail.com
This campsite does not have water close by. 10
  minute round trip for water and restrooms. Water drains through middle of
  came after rain.
Angel Island State Park     x   x   x       x x     x x x   Less than 50 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: krick_scouting@yahoo.com
Angel Island State Park is a great destination via
  the Ferry or when combined with a sail aboard Ship 1's "Spirit of
  Gilwell."  Once on the
  island, there are opportunities for 10 mile day hikes, bike trips to satisfy
  Cycling merit badge requirements, and backpacking.  Be sure to explore the historical buildings on the
  island.  One note of caution:  the last ferry from Tiburon on
  Fridays departs at 3:30 pm and other times it will only run for groups of 25
  or more.  Contact the ferry and
  the State Park for group discounts.
Boggs Demonstration State Forest, in Cobb
  CA
  x       x         x x     x   x   50 to 100 miles away Moderate - Detailed maps and briefing the drivers
  ahead of time is advised
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: drempe@comcast.net
Many many single track trails for mountain biking
  and good fire roads. NO WATER, bring your own. All skill levels can be
  accommodated in different groups and trails. Group site with fire ring and
  tables is available up to 24 people.
Castle Crags       x x x   x         x   x       More than 200 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "One of our best trips ever!"
Contact: krick_scouting@yahoo.com
This trip is accessible via Amtrak from
  Oakland/Emeryville to Dunsmuir. 
  From Dunsmuir, Scouts can backpack to Castle Crags State Park which is
  a good base camp to summit Castle Crags.  From there, the surrounding National Forest provides ample
  opportunities to trail camp backpack.
catalina island emerald bay     x       x           x   x   x x More than 200 miles away Water Sports
Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: sknordstrom@gmail.com
great great trip war canoe having the boys act as
  waiters for meals great hiking silver peak challenge
China Camp x       x x   x x x x x     x x     Less than 50 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: apbauer@aol.com
Grouse Ridge/Black Buttes   x     x     x   x   x x x x   x   100 to 200 miles away Lots of lake swimming
Moderate - Detailed maps and briefing the drivers
  ahead of time is advised
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: chris.stickle@gmail.com
Rocknasium
  Indoor Climbing
    x               x               50 to 100 miles away Indoor Climbing
Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: nrozell@yahoo.com
They are prepared to teach everything required for
  the merit badge, but even after getting the MB, our scouts go year after year
  for climbing and other games that can be done at the facility.
KOA Olema     x     x           x     x   x   Less than 50 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "You should go once, but once is enough"
Contact: scoutmastertroop1@gmail.com
Laguna Seca County Park, Monterrey, CA.     x     x     x x x x             100 to 200 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: martysfo@yahoo.com
Great base to explore the Monterey Peninsula. Close
  to the aquarium, tide pooling in Pacifica. And it is in the middle of an
  active race track. We have gone 3 times and it is one of our troop's favorite
  trips.
Lake Sonoma   x     x   x   x x x x x x x x x   50 to 100 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: budwerner@me.com
Lost Coast       x x     x                     More than 200 miles away Difficult - Special 4wd vehicles may be necessary
Rating: "One of our best trips ever!"
Contact: krick_scouting@yahoo.com
Bear Vaults required along with permits from
  BLM.  Need to be cognizant of the
  tides in order to complete the hike safely.  Roads to/from the trailheads can be rough and you may need
  to ford a stream.  Fresh water is
  abundant in the spring but requires purification.  The hike crosses many streams and at times requires
  wading.  No services or cell
  signal for the duration of the hike.
Moaning Cavern / Calaveras Big Trees
  State Park / Columbia State Historic Park Labyrinth
      x   x   x     x x     x       100 to 200 miles away Spelunking, rappelling, bouldering
Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: krick_scouting@yahoo.com
Call well in advance for Moaning Cavern reservations
  for their spelunking Adventure Tour. 
  Depending on the group size, they may require the group to be split
  into multiple smaller groups. 
  Rappelling into the cave is a Scout favorite but be cognizant of the
  age and weight restrictions. 
  There are no reservations required for camping at Calaveras Big Trees
  State Park in the off-season; however, as it's first-come, first-served, the
  group site is usually taken when driving up on Friday.  The remains of the hydraulic mining  (aka the Labyrinth) outside of
  Columbia State Historic Park make for a nice stop on the way home.  The Scouts enjoy exploring the maze
  of rocks and doing some bouldering.
Mount Diablo State Park x x     x x                   x     Less than 50 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it"
Contact: bethmbg@gmail.com
Mt. Diablo can be used for car camping, bike-in
  camping or backpack-in camping. Be careful, though. Some of our gear was
  stolen when we were away from camp.
Mount Tamalpais Backpacking       x x           x               Less than 50 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: krick_scouting@yahoo.com
Using the two Mount Tamalpais State Parks
  campgrounds, Pantoll and Boot Jack, and the myriad trails on the mountain,
  Scouts can use this location to accomplish some of the Backpacking Merit
  Badge requirements.  Be aware
  that campsites are first-come, first-served.
Mount Tamalpais to Lagunitas     x               x           x   Less than 50 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: krick_scouting@yahoo.com
A great mountain biking trip that satisfies the
  final requirement for Cycling Merit badge.  Start at Rock Springs parking lot in Mount Tamalpais State
  Park and proceed down Ridgecrest Blvd until it becomes a fire road at the
  intersection with the Fairfax-Bolinas Road.  Follow the fire road all the way to Olema where it
  intersects with Sir Francis Drake Blvd. 
  Make a right on Sir Francis Drake and just before Platform Bridge,
  take a right onto the Cross Marin Bike Path.  Go along the path until the Ink Wells where it rejoins Sir
  Francis Drake to travel through Lagunitas.  End at the Lagunitas Deli.  Alternative (shorter) trip:  once the fire road intersects with Sir Francis Drake in
  Olema, turn left on Sir Francis Drake and ride out to the Olema Campground to
  spend the night.
Point Reyes National Seashore       x x     x       x     x       Less than 50 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: krick_scouting@yahoo.com
Backcountry campsites fill up quickly and only 3 of
  the 4 offer group campsites.  The
  National Park Service requests that groups utilize those sites and not
  multiple individual sites.  The
  myriad trails between camps make this location ideal for meeting the
  Backpacking Merit Badge requirements, especially given its location in
  Marin.  Campsites all have fresh
  water & pit toilets as well as trash and recycling collection.  No fires.
Point Reyes National Seashore x       x         x                 Less than 50 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "One of our best trips ever!"
Contact: bethmbg@gmail.com
Great campsites for a long weekend backpack trip.
  Easily fulfills one of the backpacking merit badge outings. This is a good
  summer trip since it generally doesn't get too hot.
Richardson's Grove State Park x x x     x     x x x x             100 to 200 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it a lot"
The Eel River runs right through this park, bur so
  does Highway 101. That far north the road is 2-lane with fairly light
  traffic, but still it is a bummer to hear road noise in such a pristine
  setting. Big rig trucks carrying logs come throughout the day and night,
  maybe a few an hour but it is noticeable.     But the huge redwoods and the great
  swimming hole make it a really special place. We go every summer for a few
  days.
Samuel P. Taylor State Park   x       x           x             Less than 50 miles away just a beautiful place to camp
Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it"
Contact: sknordstrom@gmail.com
great 
  place to camp great hiking and close
Samuel P. Taylor State Park x x     x x         x         x     Less than 50 miles away Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: bethmbg@gmail.com
We packpacked to Samuel P. Taylor from Tamarancho
  after spending the night at Lion's Den. It was a challenging hike - approx.
  10 miles each way, but the ridge trail was beautiful.
Tennessee Valley Group Site in Haypress
  Campground.
  x   x x x     x x x x     x x x   Less than 50 miles away Moderate - Detailed maps and briefing the drivers
  ahead of time is advised
Rating: "We like it a lot"
Contact: scoutmastertroop1@gmail.com
This in the GGNRA and lately they have been
  difficult with allowing groups. 
  The other option is to reserve all five of the regular sites.
Tomales Bay/Point Reyes National Seashore x x         x         x             Less than 50 miles away kayaking/canoeing
Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "One of our best trips ever!"
Contact: bethmbg@gmail.com
We rent canoes from Marin Council and launch from
  Hearts Desire Beach, spending the night at the beach campsite with a
  restroom. We have canoed over to Hog Island to purchase oysters that we
  brought back to camp for BBQing.
Van Damme State Park     x     x x   x x x x             100 to 200 miles away Scuba, kayaking, hiking
Easy - Paved roads, simple directions, available
  parking
Rating: "One of our best trips ever!"
Contact: nancyrozell@gmail.com
Pinnacle Dive Center in Novato helped with the scuba
  and covered everything needed for the MB!