Davis Boy Scouts and Venturing are scouting organizations who used to have a cool Boy Scout Cabin; the Boy Scout Cabin lease was canceled and the City of Davis bought out the remaining lease because local troop leaders were unwilling to adopt an adult leadership policy in direct opposition to the national organization. The troop leaders feared that the national organization would merely cancel the troops' charters in response. Some of the troop leaders lobby heavily for a change in the national policy and helped drive the local council to adopt a progressive policy in comparison to the current national policy. Local troops have committed themselves to refusing to implement the national policy. No openly gay leaders or members have ever been removed from any troop in Davis due to their sexual orientation. The local troops are a part of the Golden Empire Council. Atheists and agnostics have also been required to resign from scouting, as members and volunteers, and have had eagle scout rank denied. Some troops ignore this provision.
Effective January 1, 2014, the Boy Scouts of America has changed its membership policy to state " ...No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone." http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/membershipstandards/resolution/resolution.aspx
Younger youth might be interested in the local Cub Scout groups.
All Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews in Davis cooperate every year to run the Boy Scout Christmas Tree Lot http://www.davischristmastrees.com/. For decades the lot was downtown at the Boy Scout Cabin, but after leaving in 2002 they have moved several times. They are now located in the vacant lot across from the South Davis Nugget and the South Davis Fire Station on the corner of Mace and Cowell Blvd. There is also an Autumn in the Park event organized by the Yolo Friends of Scouting.
Active Boy Scout Troops
- Troop 66 - Troop 66 is chartered by the Rotary Club of Davis and meets at the University Covenant Church. The troop meets 7:00 to 8:30, Monday evenings. Troop 66 also has a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DavisTroop66/.
- Troop 111 - Troop 111 is chartered by and meets at Davis Community Church, 412 C Street, from 7:30 to 9:00pm on Tuesday evenings.
- Troop 139 - Troop 139 is also chartered by the Rotary Club of Davis but meets at the The Episcopal Church of St. Martin on the first, second, and fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:30-8:45pm
- Troop 199 - Troop 199 is chartered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and meets at their location on Elmwood Drive.
- Troop 466 - Troop 466 meets at The Episcopal Church of St. Martin. The troop meets 7:00 to 8:30, Monday evenings.
Active Venturing Crews
- Crew 66 - They are chartered by the Rotary Club of Davis.
- Crew 111 - They are chartered by Davis Community Church.
- Crew 189 - chartered by Delta Chi Fraternity Davis Chapter.
- Crew 461 - hartered by Kiwanis Circle K Club UC Davis.
- Troop 193
District Perpetual Awards
Camporee is a district-wide camping event wherein the various units in the district camp together in a single location, compete against each other in various scouting competitions, and showcase scout skills, spirit, and camaraderie.
The Baden-Powell award, named for the creator of Scouting, is awarded to the "Most Outstanding Unit" at Camporee.
Order of the Arrow Cooking Contest
2006-04-17 23:39:00 The way the main part of this entry is phrased, it sounds like the Boy Scout's national stand on Homosexuality is an act against humanity. —CarlosOverstreet
- as an Eagle Scout from the days before this policy was an issue, it is an act against humanity. But the National organization has (in my opinion) always had policies that are acts against humanity. —RocksandDirt
2006-07-15 08:02:22 Funny that you should say that... because it sure seems to be. This is coming from a former [sea] scout. —KarlMogel
2006-07-15 11:49:48 Is the policy a Don't Ask Don't Tell or do they actively try to determine the sexuality of their members? —SteveOstrowski
2006-07-15 13:25:55 I was asked my sexual orientation at my Eagle Scout board of review. —CarlosOverstreet
2006-07-15 13:27:09 Is that typical of all members, was it a question asked on a form or in person? —SteveOstrowski
- 2006-07-15 14:45:59 The question of my sexual orientation was never on any of my official papers for membership or my Eagle Project, but the chairman of my board of review verbally in front of a panel asked me this question. From what I understand the restriction is to leadership roles in the BSA which includes both adult and scout leaders. While the organization dosen't actively search for homosexuals in the organization, should someone talk about their orientation, it's up to the local leader’s discretion as to whether to persue the matter. A few years back the school district and the city took a negative stance toward the boy scouts and our troop was forced to relocate since we were no longer allowed to use public land for meetings. Boy Scout Controversies should give you a good overview of the situation. —CarlosOverstreet
- 2006-07-15 16:03:35 To ask you about your sexual orientation was incorrect and you could have appropriately declined to answer. Troop leaders are not supposed to discuss anything regarding sex or sexuality with the Scouts, but instead refer these matters to their parents. —SharlaDaly
- 2007-03-16 10:47:41 I am an Eagle Scout, and the issue never came up. I agree with Sharla. Your own personal sexual orientation as a scout is not something that I think they usually take into consideration. —DavidGrundler
- 2006-07-15 13:27:09 Is that typical of all members, was it a question asked on a form or in person? —SteveOstrowski
2007-11-12 14:26:44 There are serveral great Cub Scout Packs in Davis. Cubs Packs are generally, but not always, organized by geographic sections of Davis. The exceptions are that the LDS Church members tend to stick together, and Pack 111 has recurited boys from all around Davis. Cub Scouting is lots of fun for the boys, their parents, and their siblings. Often siblings, or both genders, and encouraged to participate in some Pack Activities. South and East Davis has Pack 75 http://yolobsa.editme.com/Pack75 West Davis has Pack 496 http://yolobsa.editme.com/Pack496 North and Central Davis has Pack 132 http://yolobsa.editme.com/Pack132 Central and loosely all of Davis http://yolobsa.editme.com/Pack111 The LDS Pack is http://yolobsa.editme.com/Pack199
Cub Scouts Packs are generally open to all boys from the First through the Fifth Grades.
2009-11-15 20:31:56 Hello — Who can tell me about young adult entry-level scouting? I am a young adult with (unfortunately) no previous scouting experience. I am a hiker and naturalist, and I would like to join some boy-scout-type group if any exist that will accept me. —GregPThrasher
2010-02-08 17:35:29 You can look into leadership/volunteer roles at any of the local troups, depending on your age. But if you are just looking for a outdoors club I would consider the sierra club. —matiasek
2012-10-19 11:16:56 Davis Scouts troops are listed twice in the "Perversion Files" recently released: http://spreadsheets.latimes.com/boyscouts-cases/ Troop 111 in 1990 and Troop 193(no longer existent?) in 1986. —jinif