June 25, 2015
Dear Scouting Community Recently it was reported that a "pot grow" was discovered in a remote area of Camp Royaneh. Camp Royaneh comprises nearly 500 acres in northern California and hosts many hundreds of Scouts and leaders each summer. The 90 year-old Scout facility is located near Cazadero, CA and is owned by the San Francisco Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. The reported pot-grow was discovered and turned over to local authorities almost one year ago. No Scouts or adult leaders were involved at that time nor have they been since. Following the immediate involvement of local authorities the entirety of the operation and numerous plants were removed from the property. Council management with involvement from its board and Properties Committee, have been fully apprised of the situation and is cooperating fully with local authorities. While the Council cannot go into any additional details, the news stories on this subject appear to be accurate. The illegal operation was set up in an area not normally traversed by Scouts and all access to the area in question has been restricted. Certain damages to approximately 1/2 acre of property were sustained. Camp Royaneh is now completing its second full week of its 90 year of operation and comments from leaders concerning all aspects of the program have been very favorable. The Camp recently completed its annual 800+ point Operations Assessment and is proud to report receiving a perfect score.
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