News & Events


Congratulations to Jason Perkins the 2018 Advisor of the Year

Jason Perkins has been involved with Garden Grove Police Explorer Post 1020 since 1999. Jason has always been a proponent of youth development and has promoted this through a “farm system” process within the Garden Grove Police Department.  With the philosophy of starting early education of Explorers in the future of police work, educating them […]

Congratulations to Chaney Lieberman winner of the 2018 Young American Award

Chaney was one of four recipients of the Young American Award given out at the 2018 Spurgeon Luncheon. Chaney also received a five-hundred-dollar scholarship with her award. Chaney, an Orange County Sheriff’s Explorer, has shown remarkable maturity, aptitude and ability. She has participated on the Explorer color guard team and tactical competition team. Several of […]

Enjoy lots of treats and avoid the tricks this Halloween

Enjoy lots of treats and avoid the tricks this Halloween—take advantage of charitable gifting through appreciated stocks. This Halloween children will be making their way through your neighborhood, you may wonder if you can still go “trick or treating.”  The answer is YES! With so much uncertainty around the elections and the direction of the […]

Distinguished Eagle Scout Awardee: Dr. John Hovanesian

On November 9, local eye surgeon John Hovanesian of Harvard Eye Associates will be receiving the nationally recognized Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America. He will receive the award during the council’s Leadership Breakfast at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. “The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is […]

Girls-Only Scout Camp to Ease Transition for Those Joining Boy Scouts

In preparation for girls joining the older youth program, Scouts BSA, the Orange County Council recently held an event called Scouting 101 to introduce young women to the ways of Scouting. At the event, which was held at Oso Lake Scout Camp in Rancho Santa Margarita, 35 girls learned knot tying, how to set up […]

2018 Annual Spurgeon Luncheon Honorees

The 2018 Annual Spurgeon Luncheon is honoring Richard Porras, Charles Celano Jr., Mike Hamel, and Les Fitzgerald on October 18th at the Anaheim Marriott. The William H. Spurgeon, III Award is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring Program. The William H. Spurgeon, III Award was developed in 1971 in honor […]

Catholic Scouting Religious Emblems Program

Catholic Scouts who have been working on their Cub Scout Religious Awards, should plan to finish up soon and ask for their Parish Priest’s signature on the required paper work.  After all the signatures are secured, please send the document and $35 to DCCS care of: Jo Golcher at 17791 Winterberry St, Fountain Valley, CA […]

10 Reasons You Should Send Your Teen to the World Jamboree

As a parent, the decision to send your teen to World Scout Jamboree may require careful consideration. Practical issues, such as finances, can make you rethink whether World Scout Jamboree is even worth it. Before rejecting due to the cost or other concerns, let’s take a moment to reflect on why this experience is so […]

Life for this Scout doesn’t get any butter than this!

Written by Laurie G. “Ever since I can remember my son Gabriel who is a Cub Scout in Pack 679 in Mission Viejo has wanted to be a fighter fighter. His room is decorated in fire fighter memorabilia and painted in Fire Red. As popcorn season approached we had lots of conversations about what we would […]

It’s a small popcorn selling world

Sometimes, it’s a small popcorn selling world. Last year was my son’s, Murphy, first year selling as a Tiger Cub for Pack 700 and like most first-year scouts, he took on the daunting task of selling to strangers outside our local grocery store. He had a full day of experiencing success and failure before my […]

Help Scouting Through Your IRA

As we begin fall and our Scouts head back to school, many individuals begin thinking about ways to help young people even more as they learn how to navigate through life’s challenges. As we all are very aware, Scouting is one of the best of life’s “navigational” programs around and prepares youth to have the […]

Local Scout Helps Extinguish Apartment Fire Before Firemen Arrive

Just one day before his 18th birthday, Matthew Qualls of Troop 36 was awakened on Wednesday, August 15th to screaming coming from his neighbor, Dale’s apartment backyard. He looked out the window and saw smoke. Matthew then grabbed a hammer and broke into the fire extinguisher case in the hallway of the apartment building and ran next […]

IROEC Continues to Instill Confidence in Youth

Due to the damage from the Canyon Fire 2 last October, the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center is underway in building the new Adventure Hill, allowing us to continue providing the great experiences that many Scouts and students have come to realize over the years. David Johnson, an Eagle Scout and a Den Leader for […]

August 4th was a Groudbreaking Day for the IROEC

On October 9, 2017, the Canyon Fire 2 forced the evacuation of the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and while no large structures were lost, the damage was significant. Almost one year later the ground has been broken in preparation for a whole new Adventure Hill! The groundbreaking ceremony took place last Saturday, August 4th […]

5 OC Eagle Scouts Receive College Scholarships

  We all know becoming an Eagle Scout has benefits not only to the community, but to the Scouts themselves. Thanks to the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), five Scouts from the Orange County Council BSA are receiving a little help with their college tuition. Michael Kao, Dan Ta, Joel Kattapuram, Dalton Bourne and Ryan […]