NorCal Adventure Area

The Golden Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America, is the proud owner of an 83-acre property in Yuba County. The Council plans to develop the low altitude camp, the NorCal Adventure Area (or simply “NorCal” for short), over the next few years to serve the more than 16,000 youth in the 16 counties we serve.

The Council plans to relocate its training facilities for both youth and adults to this location offering National Youth Leader Training, Wood Badge, Lifeguard training and much more. On the weekends, the property will also play host to Cub Scout Family Camp and District Camporees. Merit badge programs will also be offered on a periodic basis.


This BLOG, primarily updated by Barry Shurtz, Council Volunteer, is dedicated to keeping everyone in the Council informed on the progress of camp construction projects and other NorCal activities.

If you’re interested in being a guest blogger and writing about your outings and adventures at NorCal please contact Barry Shurtz.


New Year, New Building!

Happy New Year to everyone!

It’s been a while since our last update, however during the holiday break much progress has been made on NorCal’s first new construction project, the Maintenance Building. In fact, it’s nearly completed! Final work is being done as we speak–interior walls, electrical, lighting and plumbing.

As you will see from this final time-lapse video, this is a massive building that will not only store program equipment and supplies, but will also house a completely stocked shop with all the tools and equipment necessary to start building out the rest of your camp.

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Sometimes it Takes a Village!

By Laura Lovell, Director of Camp and Properties

In our last post, I was telling you about the challenge disassembling and cost effectively moving the massive beams and other climbing wall components from the Van Vleck farm in Rancho Murietta to NorCal.

If we figured out how to do this, our dream of having this climbing and repelling tower as the centerpiece of the NorCal COPE course would become reality!

Continue reading “Sometimes it Takes a Village!”

Climbing High–The Making of a new COPE Course?

By Laura Lovell, Director of Camp and Properties

Earlier this summer, Scouter Wess Larsen told me about a climbing tower that had been erected for the LDS Jamboree group on the Van Vleck farm (see photo above) in Rancho Murietta, but was no longer being used. The Van Vlecks had asked for the tower to be removed. From what I gathered, this was not your average climbing wall, but a massive structure, made with huge metal beams. Could we somehow relocate it to NorCal and use it as the centerpiece of our new COPE course? Hmmm… Continue reading “Climbing High–The Making of a new COPE Course?”

Past Presidents BBQ at NorCal

On Wednesday evening the annual Past Presidents BBQ Dinner was held for the first time at the NorCal Adventure Area in the outdoor dining hall. A number of our past presidents and other guests were in attendance to not only enjoy a fantastic barbecue steak dinner, but also get an update from Scout Executive Chuck Brasfeild, on the “state of the union” for the Golden Empire Council, and of course, NorCal! Continue reading “Past Presidents BBQ at NorCal”

A Perc What?

As the stumps are removed and off to help save some fish (see previous post), crews are in the process of testing our soil to be sure we are able to build those beautiful new bathrooms and shower houses laid out in the Norcal Adventure Area master plan. The process of testing the soil is called a “perc test.”

What’s a perc test and why do we need to do them when our camp already has bathrooms, you may ask? Continue reading “A Perc What?”