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An Important Message for Scout Families and Leaders

Dear Scout Families and Unit Leaders, This is an exciting time for Scouting! We know that the real energy and excitement comes from youth in our programs, their families and communities and volunteers like you, that bring Scouting to life. And for that, we thank you. While we know about the positive reality surrounding Scouting, […]

Martin Heffernan, Asst. Scoutmaster of Troop 801, Honored for Bravery and Heroism

Article written by Suzanne Collier Brea, Calif., August 29, 2019 — Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America Troop 801 in Brea, Calif. is proud to announce that Assistant Scout Master Martin “Marty” Heffernan has been presented with an Honor Medal with Crossed Palms from the BSA National Court of Honor. Mr. Heffernan was awarded […]

Celebrating 100 years—the countdown to Orange County Council’s centennial anniversary continues

2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, celebrating a century of Good Turns, developing young people into productive and responsible members of society along with providing life-skills and leadership training. You can join in the year-long celebration which will kick off with the annual dinner on January […]

Eagle Scout Spotlight: Matthew Eimers

Mathew Eimers is a member of Troop 106 sponsored by the Youth Services Association in Costa Mesa, CA. He is a senior at Newport Harbor High School, where he plays on the football team and currently has a 4.4 GPA. After graduation, he plans to attend California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo to study […]

Drive Safely

With school out and summer activities upon us, it is important to remind ourselves of the importance of “Safe Driving”. The number one cause of injury and death to youth between 13 and 16, which holds true for Scouts, results from auto accidents. As unit leaders plan for trips to summer camp and other outings, […]

Inspiring others in their Faith Journey

A Personal Story of “Duty to God”: Why I became a Unit Religious Emblem Coordinator Before Boy Scouts, I was a Girl Scout.  As a Junior, I earned my Marion Medal religious emblem award for my Catholic Faith.  It was presented to me and to others at a beautiful Girl Scout Sunday mass over 45 […]

Internet Advancement 2.0 Has Arrived

The new tool to quickly input advancement data, Internet Advancement 2.0 (previously known as Scoutbook Lite), is now live. This free solution replaces the previous Internet Advancement platform, which was retired on June 10, 2019 (for all programs except Exploring). Internet Advancement 2.0 will feature a clean, new user interface and will be optimized to whatever […]

Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award Presentation To Dr. Al Mijares

Click here to read the Elbert K. Fretwell Award FAQ. Click here to read the Elbert K. Fretwell Guide Book. On May 23, Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America Executive Board member, Dennis Hardin, and five representatives of the Scout council, surprised Dr. Mijares at the Executive Leadership Series with a very special recognition. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Build a Performing Unit with National Youth Leadership Training

Youth and adult leaders are quick to know their unit’s “go-to” Scouts they rely on to teach and lead successful teams. You Be-Know-Do “go-to” leaders understand the stages of team development and which leadership techniques to apply to any situation, growing the team towards performance and fun. More fun & learning leads to a better […]

Catholic Annual Religious Awards Mass

Over 400 Scouts, Scouters and Parents gathered as St. Joaquim’s Catholic Church last Saturday for the annual Catholic Scouting Religious Awards Mass. The ceremony was presided over Bishop Tim Fryer, who himself was an Explorer while in high school, where he also received the Pope Pius XII award. Many Cub Scouts from across Orange County […]

New all-girl Troops can start with 5 girls in 2019

We have listened to your feedback. Effective immediately, Orange County Council Scouts BSA Girl Troops may register on February 1st with a minimum of 5 girls.  It is our hope that all girls will be given the chance to join Scouting, and having at least one Troop in every District is critical for having a […]

Five Tips: End of Year Giving

Most individuals make charitable gifts at the end of the year yet don’t always consider the best way to make a gift. Your giving makes a big difference in the lives of the Scouts and families served by OCBSA. This year you might consider how the following strategies might benefit you as you plan to […]

Giving at year-end—ways to make a difference and help yourself!

Are you planning to make a gift to OCBSA before the end of the year? If so, stop for a moment and ask yourself, “What might be the best way to do that?” Many of our friends make gifts in December without much planning. Your gift makes a big difference in the young lives of […]