News & Events


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 […]

Recap of the 2018 VenturingFest

By Nicole Steele, VenturingFest 2018 Participant “What do you get when you add intense heat, lightning alert lockdowns, a twenty-minute walk just to get food, and a purple shirt with your WR Area 4 VOA advisor’s face on it? VenturingFest! On July 1st, hundreds of participants met up at the Summit Bechtel Reserve for the […]

Be Prepared: Introducing the Estate Planning Website to Help Your Family and Scouting

We have added a new component to our website which we hope will be of value to you, our loyal families and supporters of Scouting. Our new website – – includes information about personal, financial, and estate planning resources. We are here to assist you in creating an estate plan that is right for […]

What Does Duty to God Mean to You? Part 1 & 2

Recently, the Boy Scouts of America adopted a resolution that reaffirms the organization’s Duty to God. The National Executive Board of the BSA continues to recognize this as a fundamental component of our overall mission. The Scout Oath is one of the first things a Scout learns when he/she joins, stating “On my honor I […]

Veterans of Foreign War Awards for 2018

The Department of California Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) announced Troop Leader Jim Clements, Boy Scout Troop 727 and Eagle Scout Joshua O’Neill are the recipients of prestigious Scouting awards in California. VFW’s Scout of the Year program provides members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country […]

Christian Redman Receives OC Sea Scouting Youth Leadership Award

Article by: Sheila McNutt Christian Redman is passionate about Sea Scouting and has represented Sea Scouting in Color Guard at more than 30 Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America events over the last 6 years. He has a revolutionary war drum and expertly leads the guard with a cadence. He has taken time off from his […]