Our camps offer both LAAC/SGVC the ability to be
self-supporting and return a profit. Grants and major
gifts are too rare these days, we must do a better job
of crafting programs and marketing our products-camps
Synergy in a
Our seven camps are in a potential position to be
the “financial life-blood” of a new larger council.
All camps can work in concert to be better together.
Forest Lawn/HVSR complement each other with
programs, Trask/Firestone can offer a great weekend
destinations for Cubs and Scout activities “in
Cabrillo Beach and CCV can work together as summer
partners being pre/post CCV overnight camping spots
and partner with marine programs.
Log Cabin in the Sierra’s remains under utilized and
may need to be reevaluated as a summer camp/program
With seven in council camps our combined 20,000
scouts would be paying in-council rates, which for
most units is a strong benefit.
Areas of concern in a merger:
Do we need seven camps? Southern California has
nineteen scout camps which means we would operate
over one third of those camps.
SGVC camps need infrastructure repair to be topnotch
facilities. LAAC has lease issues with Cabrillo
Beach (currently month to month) and Firestone is
having challenges with City of Industry (easements
use is an ongoing problem) as is continued high use
For 2015 LAAC has discontinued their outdoor science
camp for grade schools and will look to a third
party to run any future science program. Cost
benefit was no longer there.
SGVC will consider this in thinking about our own
CCV marine camp “off- season.”
Marketing of our camps remains the shortfall of both
councils. With a dedicated marketing/programs
enrichment department working to blend the best of
each of our seven camps there is potential for
growth in camper nights and financial improvement.
In the past LAAC ran camps for the boys and profit
was secondary, but this has changed. LAAC camps must
now be self-sustaining. SGVC has always had an eye
to making a profit, but lacks marketing to really
make it a strong reality.
Both councils share a 38% attendance rate from
“in-council” units, we must encourage our own
troops/packs to use our camps and continue outside
Going forward both councils must focus on
profitability while providing a great camp
experience at market price.