News & Events


Youth Protection Training Update

Effective September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training (YPT) will be required for all adult leaders at the time of registration. Paper applications from new leaders must be accompanied by a Youth Protection Training completion certificate, which must be filed with the application. Because completion of YPT is now required for all leaders at the time […]

Rock Brienza Has Mentored More Than 30 Scouts

Since becoming an Eagle Scout in 1960 at the age of 14, Rock Brienza has always had a passion for Scouting. After becoming an Assistant Scoutmaster for various Units over his lifetime, Rock has finally found his home with Troop 1475 in Orange. Previously being his grandsons Troop, Rock has continued to maintain his position […]

Helping Scouting continue to grow for the future—“On Your Watch”

We as parents, volunteers, Eagles and alums of Scouting have a truly special opportunity  and solemn obligation to ensure Scouting’s success for future generations. Just as today’s Scouts recite “On my honor, I will do my best…”  we too must do our best “On Our Watch” to make sure that Scouting is funded now and […]

IROEC Hires New Academic Director

The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) has hired a new Academic Director, Olenka Langen. As Academic Director, Langen will be responsible for the recruitment of elementary schools to attend day and overnight science camps. She will also head the staff recruitment and training as well as program development and implementation. Langen graduated from California […]

Popcorn Advice from the Top Selling Scouts

  Sean Schuler on the left & Kyle Schroth on the right. It’s that time of the year again where Scouts are outside of grocery stores selling the beloved Boy Scout Popcorn. The sight of popcorn will soon be flooded throughout the county and passersby will soon cave and purchase a bag. But how do […]

Aviation Explorer Awarded Scholarship to Take Flight

Kenny Kressin on right with two Aviation Explorers at Oshkosh The 19th of August is National Aviation Day, which was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. The purpose of the day is to celebrate the growth and advancements being made in aviation as well as Orville Wright’s birthday. The Orange County Boy Scout […]

Scout From Guadalajara Visits OCBSA

Recently, 18 year old, Lino Atzin Gonzalez, from Unit 38 of Guadalajara, came to visit Orange County. While on his trip here, Gonzalez wanted to meet Scouts from America and see how he can be of assistance. He joined the Santa Ana district to be a leader guide for a visit to the Upper Newport […]

A Leader’s Review of Lost Valley Scout Summer Camp

photo credit: Rahul Kale  Dr. John Hovanesian, Troop 35 Scoutmaster, gives his review of Lost Valley: “Leaders who spend a week with their boys at Boy Scout summer camp gain priceless memories.  We also make many observations about camp. I had an opportunity to visit Lost Valley as Scoutmaster of Troop 35 from Laguna Beach the […]

Eagle Scout Places in Future Business Leaders of America Event

                             National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Youth President Anthony Bui is part of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and recently competed in the Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure event at the National Leadership Conference. He became State Champion back in April […]

Lost Valley: An Experience You’ll Never Forget

Ellen L. Worley, with Troop 241, reflects on her Lost Valley experience: “I wanted to take a minute to let you know about my experiences at Lost Valley. I have been in Scouting in Southern California for about seven years now but, being in Cub Scouts, I hadn’t had the opportunity to visit Lost Valley. […]

Lost Valley Camp Reflection

Ethan Nguyen reflects on his time at Lost Valley: “I left the meeting not knowing what was awaiting and a little bit nervous. When I passed through the camp gates, I was already feeling the camp spirit from the staff and from all of the scouts in the car. I could tell from right then, […]

Lost Valley Update

Update: Monday, July 24, 2017 CalFire reports the “Lost Fire” is at 255 acres, 60% contained. The evacuation warning put into place for the Chihuahua Valley has been lifted, effective immediately. We are very grateful to the first responders who acted so quickly and worked so hard to ensure the safety of all those in […]

A Look Back at the 1953 Jamboree

On Wednesday, July 19th, the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, Newport Beach Historical Society and Irvine Historical Society will be showcasing artifacts and memorabilia from the 1953 Jamboree event, screening the acclaimed Cecil B. Demille film Boy Scouts of America 1953 Jamboree and hosting a Q&A session from Scouts who were there. The […]

OCBSA Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

The Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America (OCBSA) received four out of a possible four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. OCBSA cares passionately about what is happening to kids and our communities – and are dedicated to supporting an exciting, quality program that builds our future leaders. […]

Bobby Hernandez: Becoming an Eagle Scout

When Bobby Hernandez of Troop 1775 decided to be a Boy Scout, he was already 14 years old. But after meeting a Boy Scout at summer camp in Lake Arrowhead, Bobby was determined to exemplify the same sort of confidence in himself that he saw in his new friend. He not only sought out to […]