California Unit Locator 2017-10-20T21:43:12+00:00

California Autism Friendly Scouting Unit Locator

Listed on this page are Scouting Units or scouting-friendly organizations that have committed to practicing inclusion and accepting scouts in their units of all abilities. If a unit specifically designates itself as a Special Needs Unit, it will be indicated as such.

California autism friendly scouting units listed have committed to doing their best to providing a welcoming and accepting atmosphere and will establish best practices to make their units more sensory-friendly.  These units have made contact with us and have agreed to the five points listed under “How to Get my Unit, District, Council or Program Listed” section below.

Indicates that the unit has a Unit Special Needs Coordinator, Autism Support Specialist or similar position.

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Listing of Units

Girl Scouts Troop 1049

219 N. Yale St.
Hemet, CA 92544

girlsscouting2 Anita Rios-Sherman (951) 587-7937

Anita Rios-Sherman –


The unit will be receiving an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit. Anita also works with local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and will be sharing the information with them.

Boy Scouts Troop 33

2583 Steeple Chase Way
Norco, CA 92860

Geoff Kahan (Scoutmaster) – 909-374-3475

Geoff Kahan –


3t3Troop 33 is located in Norco, CA and serves boys from the 5th grade to age 18.

Their normal meeting time is on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm.

They have had a number of youth on the autism spectrum in their unit and are welcoming of youth with all abilities.  The unit will be receiving an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Cub Scouts Pack 914

Rancho Las Positas Elementary School
401 E Jack London Blvd
Livermore, CA 94551

Joey Cruz (Committee Chair) 925-699-3308

Joey Cruz – 

download (20)Cub Scout Pack 914 is located in Livermore, CA and serves boys from the first grade through the 5th grade.

Pack 914  is dedicated to making sure that youth who are on the autism spectrum are accepted and have a positive start to their scouting journey.

Pack 914 will be receiving the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit and will train all of the leaders in the unit.

You can either contact the Committee Chair or Cubmaster Steve Kuhn.

Girl Scouts Troop 600

27074 Ramona Vista Way
Hemet, CA 92544

girlsscouting2Amber Garcia –  (951) 634-7622

Amber Garcia –

Troop 600 will be receiving the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scouts Troop 355

345 Lansdale Ave
Milbrae, CA 94030

(We rent our meeting place. Contact to confirm meeting place address.)

Julie DiMaio (Recruitment Chair / District Training Chair) 650-455-1198

Julie DiMaio –

websitegraphiccropTroop 355 offers a youth led program that mixes indoor and outdoor activities, as well as community service events. Normally the troop plans five to six weekend camping trips plus hiking, biking, kayaking and shooting sports events throughout the year. Community Service events include serving as camping staff, local flag ceremonies, beach clean up, food drives and annual Memorial Day grave decorating. The highlight of our summer program is a week long summer camp at one of the BSA run camps.

Millbrae Troop 355 was formed in 1960 and is the only surviving troop of the original three in the city, we are chartered through the Millbrae Lions Club.

The Troop meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 pm at the Chetcuti Room (next to the Millbrae library). Meetings normally run 90 minutes.

They serve boys from the 5th grade through the age of 18 and have several scouts on the spectrum in their unit. They are welcoming to all abilities and will be receiving the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit. Julie DiMaio is also the District Training Chair and will be sharing this training information with other units within the district.

Boy Scouts Troop 642

Hollow Hills Elementary
828 Gibson Ave,
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Jason Cotter (Assistant Scoutmaster) – (818) 519-1050

Jason Cotter –



Troop 642 is an active boy run troop that participates in many different activities and has a focus in hiking and backpacking. The troop serves youth from age 11 to 18.

The Troop will be receiving an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Cub Scouts Pack 21

cubscoutingGrace Bretheren Church
Atlantic Avenue in Church youth building
Long Beach, CA 90807

Samantha McIntosh (Den Leader / Committee Member) – (562) 235-3294

Samantha McIntosh –

Cub Scout Pack 21 meets as a Pack on the first Thursday of every month, from 6-8 pm, for activities, dinner, and awards. If you’d like to visit, please stop by! We serve boys in 1st – 5th grade. The pack will be receiving an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scouts Troop 772

Mission Lutheran Church of Laguna Niguel
24360 Yosemite Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Ramina Kharlieh (Committee Chair) or Toni Pugh (Committee Member / Special Education Teacher MS/MA) – prefers contact via email or online contact form at website

Toni Pugh-


fire-1Troop 772 is home of the Trailmasters. We provide a committed group of Scouts and Scouters, boy-led and organized to maximize the scouting experience with a solid, well-rounded program of outdoor adventures, Scouting advancement, and community service.

We are committed to the development of independent, self-sufficient, compassionate and aware leaders in the best tradition of Scouting. More than eighty of our Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout since the troop was formed in 1991 and many more are well on their way. If you’re interested in learning life skills in an outdoors-based, adventure-packed environment, you’ve come to the right place.  The troop serves youth from age 11 to 18 and has received the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scouts Troop 620 – St Mark’s Lutheran Church

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
2323 Las Lomitas Dr.
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745-4414

Nancy Begg – Committee Chairperson – (626) 917-4898

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Located in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, Boy Scout Troop 620 has been serving the community of Hacienda Heights, California since 1964. Troop 620 is part of the Golden Eagle District within the San Gabriel Valley Council and has had 46 years of continuous charter. We do have a few youth on the autism spectrum or with other special needs within our group and are welcome to accepting those of all abilities to participate.

The Troop meets most Monday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and School, 2323 Las Lomitas Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745. Troop meetings consist of activities planned and executed by the scouts.  We invite you to visit to our website and we look forward to seeing you at to our next troop meeting.   The troop serves boys from age 11 to 18 and has received the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scouts Troop 139

The Episcopal Church of St. Martin
640 Hawthorne Lane
Davis, CA 95616

Chad Carlock – Assistant Scoutmaster – (530) 750-3000

Chad Carlock –


Boy Scout Troop 139 is an organization with 66 years of history in Davis. We are forty-three Scouts divided between five patrols. Our troop conducts many activities throughout the year geared toward helping each Scout learn about the outdoors, teamwork, and leadership while having lots of fun. These activities include camping, backpacking, canoeing, snow camping, skiing and an annual family campout. During the summer we typically attend one long-term camp and one high adventure activity.

One goal of our program is for each new Scout to earn the rank of First Class within one year after joining the troop. We currently have a complement of boys in all ranks. Five Scouts are members of the Order of the Arrow.  The Boy Scout program is intended to involve both the Scout and his parents. Over 100 years of Scout experience shows that parental involvement leads to a successful Scout. Troop 139 strongly encourages each parent to become involved in the troop’s program and the troop’s adult leadership. Our leadership style is flexible and allows for a degree of spontaneity–spontaneity which we believe promotes Scout leadership and the goal of a boy led troop.

Throughout its 64 year history, Troop 139 has been sponsored by the Davis Rotary Club. In addition, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church generously supports our troop by providing space for our weekly meetings.  The troop serves boys from age 11 to 18 and has received the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Troop meetings are scheduled at St. Martin’s in Davis on the first, second, and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM. Individual patrols meet during the third week of each month, also at St. Martin’s. Patrol activities focus on individual Scout advancement.  Troop 139 is located within the Yolo District and the Golden Empire Council. The council office is in Sacramento on Commerce Circle.

Girl Scouts Troop 8780

Scout Hut
Collier Park
Ramona, CA

Anne Marie Wilson – Leader – (858) 610-4461

Anne Marie Wilson –

Girl Scout Troop 8780 meets at the Scout Hut in Collier Park in Ramona. We currently have 11 girls in our group. Please feel free to contact us for further information about group. This group will be receiving the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scouts Troop 130

First Congregational Church of Ramona
404 8th Street
Ramona, CA 92065

Patty Andrews – Committee Chair – (760) 788-7476

Patty Andrews –



Troop 130 is the longest running Boy Scout Troop in Ramona.  Troop 130’s program strives to follow the principles and ideas laid out in the Boy Scout handbook. the troop strives to instill the values found in the Scout oath, law, motto, slogan and outdoor code in all our youth.

Troop 130 is chartered by the First Congregational Church.  Troop 130 strongly feels that the troop is for the boys. The troop is striving for boy-led leadership. In this way, a boy can learn the value and responsiblity of leadership, a hallmark of the American Boy Scouting program. There is an ongoing effort to provide a balanced program between advancement and outdoor experiences.

This group serves boys from ages 11 – 18 and will be receiving the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Venturing Crew 685 (BSA)

San Diego, CA
(Members and leadership decide on meeting locations within the area.)

Nancy Vogel – Committee Chair – (858) 487-3901

Nancy Vogel –

Venturing Crew 685 is part of the Black Mountain District and is affiliated with the BSA. We are open to serving boys and girls and we meet in / around San Diego, CA. We are currently a small group with 3 of our members diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Please contact us for more information about our meeting time, place and activities. This unit will be receiving the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scouts Troop 202

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1924 Trinity Ave.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Mr. Laurie H. Suda – Charter Organizational Rep – (925) 934-7605

Mr. Laurie H. Suda –


Troop 202 is great place. We have a long history, do exciting outings, and have great boys and adult leaders. We currently have about 45 scouts.  Troop 202 was the first Troop chartered in Walnut Creek and is the longest continuously chartered troop in the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council’s Iron Horse District. It became Troop 202 around 1943, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church became its sponsoring organization in 1947.

Troop 202 closely follows Robert Baden-Powell’s patrol method and boy run guidelines. The most important product is on-the-job- leadership training for Scouts. In addition to leading Troop 202 activities, Troop 202’s leaders participate in the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council and the Iron Horse District junior leader activities. Troop 202 also exports leadership outside of Scouting, to school and recreational activities.  The troop serves boys from age 11 to 18 and has received the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scouts Troop 55

Yulupa School
2250 Mesquite Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Ann Bruner-Welch (Assistant Scoutmaster) 707-328-3644

Ann Bruner-Welch –

troop55Troop 55 is a Boy Scout troop in Santa Rosa, California. We serve boys age 11 to 18 (ten year olds who have completed the 5th grade are eligible to join), building character and leadership skills and having fun. Troop 55 is chartered by the Montgomery Village Lions Club.

Special Note: Ann Bruner-Welch is the Co-Chairman of Redwood Empire Disability Awareness Committee (REDARC), a committee designed to improve disability awareness resources and training for units in the Redwood Area Council. (A Wood Badge project.) Troop 55 will be receiving the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

ATS TEAM / works with Girl Scouts

The ATS Team / ATS Destinations
8309 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #401
Sun Valley, CA 91352  (mailing address)

Gavin Santillan – Lead Instructor – (714) 915-1613

Gavin Santillan –


Worldwide or in your backyard, ATS Destinations is a proud partner of Girl Scouts USA providing travel, accommodations, and adventure for GSUSA troops around the nation.

Established in 1999, ATS provides a safe and enriching experience that any youth, parent, or troop leader will remember for the rest of their lives. From making their own film in Hollywood dreamin’, to feeding pandas in China, ATS Destinations finds the interest of each girl scout and let’s them explore what they love the most, finding individuality while growing strong. The Lead Guide / Instructor has personal experience working with youth on the autism spectrum. They have also received the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

How to Get my Unit, District, Council or Program Listed[/fusion_title/] 
    Please submit the following information:

    • Name of the Unit
    • Mailing address
    • Contact Name(s), position, email address and/or phone number
    • Any Social Media Links or Website links for your program
    • Any special information you’d like to share (optional)
    In order to be listed, we also need to have an e-mail or letter by one of the unit leaders committing to the following for your unit:

    • To practice inclusion and accept scouts into your unit of all abilities.
    • To provide a sensory break area or have a plan in place to provide breaks for scouts that may need one.
    • To show acceptance and work with each scout’s family to make sure they are also part of each scout’s journey. This also helps the unit leadership understand any strengths, learning styles, challenges or triggers that each youth may have.
    • To provide youth and adult training on disability awareness at least once every twelve months.
    • To be willing to learn about autism, ASD and any other co-condition the scout is living with.

    The Autism and Scouting Program is happy to provide you with leadership and volunteer training resources upon request. We highly recommend having each scout in your unit have a sensory questionnaire or profile on file.

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