Since 1910, Boy Scouts of America has provided our youth with values-driven programs that strengthen character, develop good citizenship, and enhance both mental and physical fitness - traits that prepare people to make the best decisions for today and tomorrow.
Scout camp has been a significant part of the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council's strong tradition as over 100,000 youth have attended the Council's camps during the last nine decades. Today, we need to preserve our long-standing tradition by restoring and expanding our Scout camp facilities to meet the needs of tomorrow.
The restoration of existing facilities, along with the development of new buildings, is vital to the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council's ability to prepare a meaningful camp experience to future generations of Scouts. Our camp facilities must meet today's building codes and health and safety regulations while accommodating the large number of Scouts who use our facilities annually.
The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council Executive Board has approved an $8.5 million capital and endowment campaign entitled "When Tradition Meets Tomorrow." The Camp Herms and Council Service Center improvement projects will proceed in phases based on the level of actual donations received. Your contribution to the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council Campaign may be made in cash, stock, appreciated assets, real estate or a pledge. All gifts include a 20% preservation endowment gift to maintain facilities in the future. Opportunities exist to fund and name individual projects within these two initiatives.
Purchased in 1930, Camp Herms is a popular eighteen-acre camp located in the hills of El Cerrito. After decades of heavy use, several areas of the traditional camp need to be renovated and upgraded.
- The Lodge needs a new kitchen and upgraded bathrooms
- New bathrooms and showers are essential in four camp locations
- The program buildings in the quarry are beyond repair and must be replaced
- The three-sided camp shelters are inadequate and will be replaced with enclosed cabins
Council Service Center
Designed to accommodate two stories, the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council Service Center was built in 1992 as a one-story structure. The master plan included a design to build a second story to meet future increased space requirements. The Council Service Center's new second story will include:
- Two additional conference rooms to accommodate volunteer meetings and training programs
- Three offices and a clerical support area to accommodate staff and further support local districts, programs and activities.