News & Events


Philmont Program Announcement

PHILMONT PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT – UTE PARK FIRE 6/4/18 4:00 MDT “The safety of our youth participants, volunteers and staff is a priority for everybody at Philmont Scout Ranch and the Boy Scouts of America.  While efforts continue to extinguish the fire currently burning in the back-country, the anticipated damage and inability to access the affected […]

Meet the New Family Scouting Director: Julie Anderson

The Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America would like to introduce you to our new Family Scouting Director, Julie Anderson! Most of you will recognize her from her previous role as Director of Activities for the Orange County Council. Julie has long been involved with Scouting, her first hire being in the summer of […]

Safety Minute: Scout Troop Trailers

For many Scouting units, trailers are an indispensable part of camping trips. Anytime you plan to spend a night or two in the great outdoors, chances are plans include taking along a camping trailer to haul and store your gear. There are three areas that troops should consider in relation to their trailers. They are: […]

Exciting Updates to OA Program Coming in 2019

The National Order of the Arrow Committee approved some exciting updates to the Order of the Arrow program. Beginning February 1, 2019, unit elections will be permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scout units. The new Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows: Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of […]

Pack 541 Donates Over 200 Items to OC Rescue Mission

After Pack 541 had a successful 2017 popcorn fundraiser, the pack leadership committee wanted to allocate some of the surplus funds towards a service project for the community. This is a wonderful way for Scouts to give back to the community and instill values such as compassion and service to others. Webelos of Pack 541 […]

Orange County Council Statement on BSA-LDS Relationship

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has announced that it will conclude its relationship as a Chartered Partner with all Scouting programs around the world effective December 31, 2019. In a joint statement between the Church and BSA it was stated that “until that date, to allow for an orderly transition, the […]

Spring Recruitment Gives Packs an Edge

It is a proven fact, Cub Scout Packs that recruit year-round are more successful. They achieve healthy growth patterns, they maintain all program age level dens-avoiding program gaps and they engage more adult/parent leadership into the Pack culture. Moreover, Packs that recruit in the Spring tend to have robust Spring and Summer programs. They know […]

Father Knew Best

An essay by Ray Capp, April 17th, 2018 My Dad died 28 years ago today, and this morning I was thinking what a good man he was. Growing up in Canton, Ohio (home of the Football Hall of Fame) there was really only one universally encouraged extracurricular activity for boys.  Some kids played Little League, […]

Tips to Promote Friends of Scouting

Did you know it costs $300 each year to provide Scouting to each Scout in Orange County? Troop 727 uses this as part of their motivation to fundraise through Friends of Scouting, Adventure Cards and Popcorn sales. Jim Clements, Scoutmaster of Troop 727, finds it’s crucial to support the Orange County Council because it “allows […]

OC’s Oldest Eagle Scout to be Honored

Growing up in Long Beach, California, Robert “Bob” Hayden would often watch his older brother go on camping trips and complete various merit badges. “I could hardly wait to turn 12 years old so then I could finally become a Boy Scout” said Bob. He made sure he had all the paper work ready to […]

2018 Men of Character Honorees

The 19th Annual Men of Character Dinner will be held on April 19, 2018. Click here to purchase your seat or learn more about sponsorship opportunities. Paul Lange Paul Lange was born in Racine, Wisconsin and grew up in Rochester, Minnesota.  As an active member of Boy Scout Troup 82, Gamehaven Council, he earned the rank […]

2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Honorees

Established in 1976, Spirit of Volunteerism Awards is proud to be the oldest awards program in Orange County recognizing and celebrating the major involvement of community volunteers, groups and corporations. What started as a small nonprofit awards program has turned into a community-wide celebration with participation across the public, private & nonprofit sectors. Although the […]

Building Awareness of the Water Crisis in Uganda

   Patrick Villasenor of Troop 818 has loved Scouting ever since he joined as a Tiger Scout. Besides attending summer camps, another one of his favorite parts about Scouting is “being able to help a lot of people you normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to help.” Patrick’s Eagle Scout Project is a true testament of […]

Applying Leadership Skills with NYLT

The applications of the skills learned at NYLT are immediate and obvious for the home unit. The enthusiastic participant comes home from NYLT enabled with a new toolbox of skills at their disposal. They have lived the method and spent the week thinking about their own quest for the meaning of leadership. They will provide […]

Cub Scout Girl Early Adopter Information

CUB SCOUT GIRLS Cub Scout Girl dens will be permitted to officially sign-up for Scouting starting May 1st. Packs must meet the following criteria to participate in the Early Adoption program. Chartered Partners and unit leaders must first confirm interest and agree to use the family Pack model, and that they will: Be approved by […]