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MAY 5-6, 2018

Thirty minutes and centuries away.


On the other side of Mt. Diablo rests deep history nearly forgotten. From the 1860s through the turn of the last century, five coal mining towns thrived on the Eastern slope of Mt. Diablo: Nortonville, Somersville, Stewartville, West Hartley and Judsonville. As the location of California's largest coal mining operation, nearly four million tons of coal--black diamonds--were removed from the earth. As the need for coal diminished, so did the mining towns, until today only abandoned barns and cemetery plots remain.  

Come explore Black Diamond Mine!


Mandatory participation for all scouts.

Campsite:  Starr Mine Campground, Black Diamond Regional Preserve

5175 Somersville Road, Antioch

  • Meet at WCPC at 8:00 a.m.; we will depart no later than 8:30 a.m.

  • Wear Class A (Scout Shirt, Neckerchief, Scout pants, boots.)

  • Bring:

    • Items on the Campout Packing List (See Reources page)

    • Compass

    • BSA 10 Essentials in a backpack

    • Class B shirt

    • Sack lunch

  • Campsite:  TBA

  • Do NOT bring ipods, electronics

  • Pick up at WCPC approximately noon on Sunday.  Watch for text message Sunday morning with ETA*

8-1-8 is Great!

​Advancement  •  Spirit  •  Participation

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