AdvanceCampAbout Us

About Us

The mission of the AdvanceCamp is to support educational opportunities for youth and to provide an effective program that: develops personal/mental/emotional fitness, gives opportunities to develop self-reliance, develops a keen respect for the basic rights of others and prepares scouts for participating and giving leadership within their community and world.

AdvanceCamp began in 1998 when a scout talked to Steve Hoagland because he had a number of partials of unusual merit badges from summer camps he had attended.  He wanted to finish them but could not find a merit badge counselor for them.  The first camp was held at Contra Costa Fairgrounds in Antioch, then Contra Loma Park in Antioch, then Ambrose Park in Bay Point before returning to the Contra Costa Fairgrounds. In our first year there were about 300 scouts and only about 15 merit badges.  AdvanceCamp moved to the Solano County Fairgrounds in 2019.

Since our inception, AdvanceCamp has served over 30,000 scouts. We have over 200 counselors, offering 60 merit badges trailhead advancement.  We also offer adult leader trainings. 

AdvanceCamp is run by registered volunteer Scouters who serve without compensation.  100% of all funds collected goes towards the program. 

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While AdvanceCamp offers a camp to get counselors with Boy Scouts to earn merit badges, it is not affiliated with Boy Scouts of America.  We are dedicated to the ideals of scouting and the process and procedures that Boy Scouts have set forth.  We are a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.

Board of Directors

AdvanceCamp is run by registered volunteer Scouters who serve without compensation.  100% of all funds collected goes towards the program.

Executive Director

Steve R. Hoagland, Sr.

executivedirector@advancecamp.com

Founded AdvanceCamp with the help from adult volunteers in the Delta District in 1999

BSA notables

Began scouting: 1965

Assistant Scoutmaster; Committee Chair Troop 48; Charter Organization Representative Troop 48; District Committee Program Chair- Delta District, Black Diamond District; District FOS Chair- Muir District

BSA Awards:

Eagle Scout Troop 267 (1974); District Award of Merit (2003); Silver Beaver (2013); Outstanding Eagle Award (2013)

Children in Scouting: Steven (son), Eagle Scout (2001)

 

Finance & Registration Director 

Marcia Molina

advancecampregistration@yahoo.com

Joined AdvanceCamp Board: 2017

Began scouting: 2008 in Pittsburg, CA

BSA notables:   Founding member and Advisor of Crew 48, Pittsburg. Former Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 48, Pittsburg; Former Associate Advisor for Communications for the MDSC Venturing Officers AssociationFormer Associate Advisor for Communications Western Region Area 3 Venturing Officers Association

BSA Awards:   Council Venturing Leadership Award (2010); Area Venturing Leadership Award (2017)

Children in Scouting:  Son, David, Eagle Scout 2011

 

Logistics Director 

 

Steven A. Hoagland

shoagymaster@yahoo.com

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Joined AdvanceCamp Board: 1999

BSA notables:    Eagle Scout 2001   

Trailhead Director

Richard Byle

gryphon97@gmail.com

Joined AdvanceCamp Board: 2022

U. S. Navy Veteran (1976-1984)

Began Scouting in 1964, Pack 342, Santa Clara Council

BSA Notables:

Cubmaster, Pack 15; Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 48;

Scoutmaster, Troop 48

BSA Awards:

Arrow of Light (1967), Pack 342; Philmont Scout Ranch: Mountain Man Trek (1970); Order of the Arrow: Miwok Lodge (439) Brotherhood; Eagle Scout, Troop 346 (1973), Santa Clara Council

Children in Scouting: Son, Matthew (Life Scout 2016)

Other Volunteer Work:

American Diabetes Association; Tour de Cure (Napa Valley); 

Dogs for Diabetics, Concord, CA.

Board Secretary & Food Services Director

Maria Salazar-Vega 

Maria.salazar10@yahoo.com

Joined AdvanceCamp Board: 2018

Began Scouting: 2010

BSA Notables:

Assistant Advisor Crew 48

Children in Scouting:  Son, Alex, Eagle Scout (2015)

Aquatics Director 

 

Mike Long

diveboy01@comcast.net

Joined AdvanceCamp Board: 2013

Began scouting: 2001 Pack 134 El Sobrante

BSA notables:

Den Leader Tiger Cub through Webelos Pack 134 (2001-2005); Pack Committee Chair Pack 134 (2003-2005); Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 100 (2006-2009, 2012-present); Crew Advisor-Philmont Scout Ranch (2009, 2012); District Training Team-Herms District (2012-present); District Camporee Chair-Herms (2012-present); District Eagle Board of Review Member- Herms (2013-present) 

BSA Awards: 

     District Award of Merit (2013)

Children in Scouting: Son, Michael (Eagle 2012)

Building Coordinators Director 

Deborah Long

diveboy01@comcast.net

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Joined AdvanceCamp Board: 2013

Began scouting: 2001 Pack 134 El Sobrante

BSA notables:

Den Leader Tiger Cub through Webelos Pack 134 (2001-2005); Staff MDSC Woodbadge (2009); Pack Advancement Chair Pack 134 (2003-2005); Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 100 (2006-present); Philmont Training Center Attendee (2009); Coordinator-Herms District Den Chief Training Team (2009-2012); Scoutmaster Troop 623( 2009-2012); Program Chair Herms District  (2011-2013)

BSA Awards: 

District Award of Merit (2011); Silver Beaver (2018)

Children in Scouting: Michael (son); Eagle Scout (2012)

Assistant Logistics Director

 

Andrew Gonzalez

andrew141767@gmail.com

 

 

Merit Badge Staff Director

 

Jim Jensen

jmjensenbsa@gmail.com

 

 

Joined AdvanceCamp Board: 2022

Began Scouting:  

BSA notables:

Chief Solano District Commissioner

BSA Awards:

Children in Scouting:

 

 

 

 

 

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