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Wente Scout Reservation History (continued) 1959 - Present
Boy Scouts of America, San Francisco Bay Area Council • 1001 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577-1514, (510) 577-9000
THE GATES TO THE DAM ARE CLOSED
On October 31, 1963 the single 18 inch diameter pipe and its two flood gates (one
on the inlet and one on the outlet) were closed-off and the small beginnings of the
lake driven by the various springs and winter rains began to backup behind the dam.
It would take two full winters for the lake to reach its capacity and overflow
the spillway into Boy Scout creek below the dam. Although the lake would be ready
for use by summer the completion of the campsites still had a long way to go. By
December of 1963 only two campsites had been completed and five more still needed
to be built.
THE COUNCILS MERGE
During the first months of 1964 a major change took place at the council that had
been in the works for almost four years. On February 10, 1964 atop Yerba Buena Island
in the middle of the bay, the flags for the Oakland Area Council and the San Francisco
Council were lowered for the last time during a ceremony where the two councils merged
and the San Francisco Bay Area Council flag was raised. With the raising of the SFBAC
flag there now were six camps in the united council (Dimond-O, Los Mochos, Camp Loomer,
Willits Scout Reservation, Camp Royaneh and Camp Lilienthal). With the cost to operate
so many camps the two undeveloped camps at the Scout Reservation (Camps B & C) were
dealt a deathblow and would never be built.
In June of 1964, 16 years after the closing of Camp Dimond, Willits Scout Reservation
the newest camp of the Oakland Area Council (now the San Francisco Bay Area Council)
opened for its first summer camp. During the first summer, there were only seven
campsites to choose from (Big Dipper, Wishbone, Sailor’s Rest, Sky High, Madrone,
Moss Shadows, and Sunrise Ridge).