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Seventy 8th Graders Attend Leadership Camp at IROEC

          The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) hosted a five-day leadership camp. The 8th grade class from Sacred Heart in Palm Desert attended the camp from 18th until the 22nd of September. Over ten different teambuilding initiative programs took place throughout the five days, from a personality test to a […]

What Can You Do as a Parent or Leader to Prevent Bullying?

With new kids joining Units this time of year, Scouts can have a difficult time with bullying. Bullying is defined as a conscious, willing, deliberate and repeated hostile activity marked by an imbalance of power, intent to harm, and/or threat of aggression. When bullying goes from bad to worse, it may lead to a feeling […]

Fall Recruitment Has Arrived!

With the beginning of fall, many new “seasons” kick-off in our communities and culture. NFL Football, Back-to-School marketing from department stores, community harvest events and of course with Scouting, the Fall Recruitment Season kicks-off. Thousands of boys and their families are anticipating an invitation to sign-up for Scouting, especially families with kindergartners who have learned […]

OC Boy Scouts Fly to Houston to Assist Victims

             Scouts from Troop 772 heard about the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Houston and wanted to see how they could help. Maggie Holly, the mother of Boy Scout Troy Holly, works for TongueOut, a nonprofit organization that travels around the world visiting countries that need assistance with medical care. […]

Simancek Family is newest James E. West honoree

The Simancek Family became the newest James E. West member as they celebrated their son Dimitrios’ return from the Boy Scout National Jamboree this summer.  The Simancek Family believes in the positive power of Scouting and all it has done for them and Dimitrios.  After such an amazing Jamboree experience they wanted to “pay it […]

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. […]