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2018 Men of Character Honorees

The 19th Annual Men of Character Dinner will be held on April 19, 2018. Click here to purchase your seat or learn more about sponsorship opportunities. Paul Lange Paul Lange was born in Racine, Wisconsin and grew up in Rochester, Minnesota.  As an active member of Boy Scout Troup 82, Gamehaven Council, he earned the rank […]

2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Honorees

Established in 1976, Spirit of Volunteerism Awards is proud to be the oldest awards program in Orange County recognizing and celebrating the major involvement of community volunteers, groups and corporations. What started as a small nonprofit awards program has turned into a community-wide celebration with participation across the public, private & nonprofit sectors. Although the […]

Building Awareness of the Water Crisis in Uganda

   Patrick Villasenor of Troop 818 has loved Scouting ever since he joined as a Tiger Scout. Besides attending summer camps, another one of his favorite parts about Scouting is “being able to help a lot of people you normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to help.” Patrick’s Eagle Scout Project is a true testament of […]

Applying Leadership Skills with NYLT

The applications of the skills learned at NYLT are immediate and obvious for the home unit. The enthusiastic participant comes home from NYLT enabled with a new toolbox of skills at their disposal. They have lived the method and spent the week thinking about their own quest for the meaning of leadership. They will provide […]

Learn How to Teach with National Youth Leadership Training

Many tasks in your unit involve teaching others. Having excellent teachers makes learning easier and activities more fun! How do youth learn the EDGE method of teaching – Explaining, Demonstrating, Guiding and Enabling – to make sure the person learning knows how to use the skill effectively? It’s not fun to just listen to someone […]

Cub Scout Girl Early Adopter Information

CUB SCOUT GIRLS Cub Scout Girl dens will be permitted to officially sign-up for Scouting starting May 1st. Packs must meet the following criteria to participate in the Early Adoption program. Chartered Partners and unit leaders must first confirm interest and agree to use the family Pack model, and that they will: Be approved by […]

400 Attended the Catholic Annual Religious Awards Ceremony

The Catholic Committee on Scouting is proud of all the youth that worked on their Religious Emblems during this past year. We celebrated all of them with a Mass by Bishop Kevan Vann, with Fr. Mike Hanifin, Pastor of St Joachim’s and International Catholic Scouting Chaplain, and Deacon Nick Sherg. We bestowed: 37 Light of […]

Learn How to Communicate with National Youth Leadership Training

Learn How to Communicate with National Youth Leadership Training A key life skill is communicating well with Scouts, leaders and adults in general. Your youth unit leaders need to know how the get the attention of the crowd and keep it, making the delivery clear, interesting and fun! How will youth learn to make sure […]

2018 Insurance Fee Announcement

The Board of Directors of the Orange County Council took a difficult but necessary step for the Council to remain financially healthy and able to continue to deliver the extraordinary Scouting program we have come to expect.  This action at its core is designed to assist the Council to meet the needs of increasing operating […]

Eagle Scout Earns All 138 Merit Badges

Arman Kingsland Mengi, from Troop 543 in Orange, has accomplished more than most have during his 17 years of life. The new Eagle Scout has not only earned the 21 mandatory merit badges for Eagle, but earned an additional 117 merit badges. Mengi was able to earn every single merit badge available this year for […]

End of the Year Gift & Tax Planning Article #6: Giving Tuesday All Month Long

  Everyday is Giving Tuesday this month in support of Scouts! In case you missed your chance to participate in Giving Tuesday last week, and haven’t yet made your Friends of Scouting gift to support the program you have benefited from this year, it’s not too late. Everyday this December is Giving Tuesday in support […]

End of the Year Gift and Tax Planning Tip Article #5: The James E. West Society

You can ensure that OCBSA continues to provide many unique opportunities for our youth to develop important and useful life skills far into the future by investing in the Council’s James E. West Fellowship. In so doing, you create an endowed legacy of stewardship that develops leadership, outdoor, and emergency skills, and provides personal growth […]

OCBSA’s Wildly Important Goal

At the beginning of 2016, the Orange County Council embarked on a daring course – they turned over the setting of the yearly goals to the full-time staff. Over the course of the yearly planning conference, the staff selects the three Wildly Important Goals (WIG) they commit to meeting by the end of the year. […]

What do you do when the Dow is at 23,000?

Give the gift of appreciated stock as part of year-end tax and philanthropic planning. In recent weeks, the stock market has been climbing and reaching new levels never seen before. You might ask, “Why is the stock market so high?” and, “Is there a way in which this can help Scouting in Orange County?” Our […]

Help Yourself While Helping Boy Scouts

Did you know that you can make a gift to OCBSA that returns income to you? That’s right! Many of our Scouting donors are enjoying the benefit of a lifelong fixed income through our Gift Annuity program. In addition to the benefits listed below, you can have peace of mind not having to worry about […]