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Scouting Websites

Scouting Magazine can be found at http://scoutingmagazine.org/

Around the U.S.:

Around Los Angeles:

South bay:

The Greater Los Angeles Area Council High Adventure Team (GLAAC HAT) has some valuable publications. Of particular interest are:


Merit Badge Classes

Merit Badge classes are offered at Cabrillo Beach Youth Water Camp. A calendar of classes and contact information can be found at http://www.cabrilloyouthcamp.org/


For Prospective Eagle Scouts

Publicize your Eagle project (both before and after) by contacting the local Daily Breeze/Beach Reporter newpapers. Send the information to Sandy Gerety at: calendar@dailybreeze.com. Photos are accepted and in fact are encouraged.

If you are, or just about to become an Eagle Scout, there are websites full of information for you!

  • EagleScout.Org is dedicated to helping you have the best possible experience while achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Within it is the collected wisdom of Eagle Scouts who have taken the path before you.
  • Eagle Scout Resources has a nice Eagle Court Handbook.

Many elected officials and famous people will send letters to a new Eagle Scout. Some will even show up! Check out Eagle Commendation Letter Addresses for example letters and contact addresses.


Topo Maps

Free download (TIFF) - California maps

All U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) topo maps of California are available for free download from the California Spatial Information Library (CaSIL). The files are in TIFF format. The most useful size is the 7.5 minute series, albers, nad83, untrimmed.

U.S.G.S. topo maps are numbered based on the longitude and lattitude at the lower right hand corner of the map. Since you ususally don't know the longitude and lattitude this makes finding the map you want very difficult. Luckily, there are two other ways to find a map.

A graphical map finder can be found at http://atlas.ca.gov/imagerySearch.html. Select the "DRG" option to see the map numbers superimposed on the overall map. Click on the map number to download it.

Maps are usually named after a prominent geological feature on the map. Or once you have one map, the names of surrounding maps can be found on it. So if you know the name of the map, start at a simple, but wonderful site provided by the Klofas family of Silicon Valley, CA

Free download (PDF) - National Geographic maps

You can download maps for free from the National Geographic.
Step 1) Go to http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads
Step 2) Use the interactive map to zoom into the desired area.

Free download (PDF) - U.S.G.S. maps

You can download maps for free from the U.S.G.S.
Step 1) Go to http://www.usgs.gov/
Step 2) Select the "Map, Imagery, and Publications" tab.
Step 3) On the next page, select "Download free topo maps".
Step 4) Select the "Topo" tab.
Step 5) Navigate to the area you want a map of and mark a point.
Step 6) Click on the mark. Choose the map revision you want to download. Files are in ZIP'ed PDF format.

Purchase maps

You can order hard copy of any topo map directly from the U.S.G.S. store. The 7.5-minute series maps typically run $8 each (2014 prices), plus $5 per order for shipping and handling (any number of maps).


Bear Box Locations

Climber.org maintains a list of Sierra Nevada bear box locations. It is an extensive list with exact box locations.

To determine if you MUST use bear canisters check with the local rangers or visit Sierra Wild.


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