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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 […]

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 […]