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2012 Annual Report – A Year of Great Opportunity
The values of Scouting are the same today as they were over 100 years ago when the Boy Scouts of America was founded. Our legacy is based on providing programs that offer young men and women opportunities that instill how to turn struggles into courage and indecision into leadership. For Scouts, today’s struggles are merely a launching pad to confidence. Scouting in Orange County recognizes the important role we play in developing the leadership skills youth gain when active in a learning environment that is built upon responsibility and respect. Our goal is to have young people Prepared for Life™.
Keeping pace with an ever-changing environment, Scouting has heeded our nations’ call to increase graduates in the science field by adding a new dynamic to its educational curriculum - the infusion of technology and state-of-the art learning into real-life experiences.
The National Boy Scouts of America is actively supporting the U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiative. As a result, over 57 STEM related Boy Scout Merit Badges and 5 STEM related Cub Scout belt loops have been created through a joint effort with leading national organizations like MIT and Carnegie-Mellon. The goal is to advance technological competencies in our youth.
Locally, the OCBSA is taking a leading role in providing STEM curriculum throughout its programs. At our Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, young people have the opportunity to be a part of the Aerospace and Astronomy Camp that stimulates interest in science and technology, encouraging young people’s curiosity about science and engineering behind aviation, astronomy and science exploration. We also have plans to add a moon city /Robotics program at the center.
As we look to a new year of Scouting achievements, and instilling the values of honor and integrity in the youth in our program, in turn, our nation will look to the youth involved in Scouting to lead us forward into a bright future. The Orange County Council will continue to ready those youth to become leaders of strength and character – Leaders who are Prepared. For Life™