News & Events


Update on the Coronavirus and Impact on Programs

April 5, 2020 To Our Scouting Family, The Orange County Council remains vigilant in keeping our Scouting family and friends protected. We want to assure you that we are taking all precautions to keep Scouting safe now and in the future. We are excited to see the outpouring of creativity, leadership, and service amongst our […]

Districts Realign to Better Serve Units

Our volunteer Board of Directors has approved combining some of our districts together to better meet the needs of units with volunteer resources and robust district operations. Please see the note below for more details. The Orange County Council is organized into geographic districts led by a volunteer Chairman and Commissioner, who work hard to […]

Russell Etzenhouser Selected as Scout Executive of Orange County Council

We are very pleased and proud to announce that our Scout Executive Selection Committee has selected Russell Etzenhouser to lead the Orange County Council as Scout Executive, succeeding Jeff Herrmann who is retiring at the end of the year. Russell will begin on December 1st, 2019, which will allow for a smooth transition prior to […]

Local Eagle Scout Patrick Villaseñor awarded 1st place National Scholarship through National Catholic Committee on Scouting!

“As a senior at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Patrick Villasenor applied for a scholarship through the National Catholic Committee on Scouting at the end of February, 2019 called the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scholarship. Because it was a scholarship that all eligible Eagle Scouts nation wide could apply for, he wondered if he had […]

Boy Scouts of America and the Orange County Council Announce 2020 Membership Fees

For more than 100 years, Scouting has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure in the outdoors. At the Orange County Council, BSA we are dedicated to developing leaders of character by preparing young men and women for life by instilling in them the values of the […]

Strategic Scout Recruitment Follow-Up

  One fall sign-up night or school open house promo table is simply not enough to acheive the optimal recruitment success. Packs that embrace a growth culture always evaluate their sign-up night execution and then hold a follow up night at each school. There some very good reasons for this, including schedule conflicts for families, […]

Passing on your love of Scouting and Legacy through year-end giving

In advance of the 100th anniversary celebration coming next year, Scout families are excited to share their personal story about the positive and life-changing impact their experiences have had on their lives and those of their children.  They are asking how they can they give back in a meaningful way for all that Scouting has […]

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. […]