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History of the Golden Empire Council

Excerpt from "History of the Golden Empire Council", published in 1996.

The July 16, 1910 Sacramento Union announced, "Two bands of Boy Scouts are formed in Sacramento". These two "companies" were organized with commitment "to the development of all that is best in the boy". These early Sacramento Boy Scouts promised "not to lie, steal, curse, drink, smoke or do our will for anything which my father or mother would in any way object". 

Although "bands of Boy Scouts" had been in Sacramento since 1910, it was not until 1916 that Troop 1 was organized. W. George Spilman was its first Scoutmaster. Troop 1 met at the Methodist Church on 21st and j. Other troops soon followed.

Production of this book has been an idea shared by members of this committee for many years. The committee formed in 1989 at the request of then Scout Executive, Bob Mazucca. An archive, from which to write the book, was begun. Members have been added along the way; actual book writing began in July 1993. Our goal has been to present as complete a story of the Council as we could, and to publish by 1995, Golden Empire Council's 75th Anniversary. 

In gathering facts, we have done our best. However, we realize that this book is not perfect. Many facts about events and key players have, over the years, simply been lost. From this viewpoint, we feel this book is only a beginning; we plan to issue supplements every five years. If readers have facts, names of key individuals, stories, anecdotes or photographs to add, or corrections to make, please contact the Council Historical Committee through the Council Office in Sacramento. In the year 2000 we will issue a supplement to chronicle years 1995-1999, and to fill omissions of fact or print photographs from prior years. 

Mergers of Buttes Area and Mount Lassen Area Councils into Golden Empire, on December 31,1992, were not anticipated when this committee formed. However, we have tried our best to highlight those councils' histories in chapters 9 and 10. Again, should additional materials become available, please contact the committee for inclusion in the five-year supplements.

History of the Golden Empire Council
Table of Content CompleteBook
(14 MB)
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
1910-19 Scouting Comes to America
1920-1940 Council's Early Years
1941-1950 Scouting, War and post-War Years
1951-69 "Wonder Years" of Scouting
1970-89 A Period of Adjustment
1990-94 Scouting Today
1995 and the Future
Tahoe Area Council
Buttes Area Council
Cover through
page 44 (6 MB)
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12

Mount Lassen Area Council
Summer Camps
Scout Honor Societies: "Tribes" & Order of the Arrow
Page 45 through
page 90 (5 MB)
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Cub Scouting
Senior Scouting-Sea, Land and Air
Lone Scouting
Council Names and Locations
Dedicated Scouts and Scouters
Badge Photographs
Page 91 through
page 121 (3 MB)



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