Commissioner’s Blog #1

Commissioner’s Blog #1

John Hovanesian, M.D.

Orange County Council Commissioner

May 9th, 2013

“World-class Scouting, Right Here in Orange County.  Just Ask Boys’ Life!”

Have you seen the cover of the April issue of Boys’ Life? It features the world-class bass fishing program at Orange County Council’s own Oso Lake, Scout Reservation in Rancho Santa Margarita!

Apparently, Boys’ Life found out about one of the best kept secrets in the bass fishing world – that beautiful Oso Lake holds some of the most impressive large and mouth bass on the planet.  Just ask Ranger Kalen Matson, who tells me that uninvited fishermen regularly make their way onto our Scout property–just to drop a line in our sought-after lake.

Uninvited fishermen get a friendly but firm invitation to leave the property, but not us Scouts!  The staff will even provide high quality fishing gear if you don’t have your own.  Fishing at Oso Lake does require advance preparation, though, even for Scouting families and groups.  Fishing happens during program weekends, overnight outings, and the annual Fishing Derby when staff are available. For more details on availability, visit, or contact the council’s camping department at 714-546-8558 extension 134.

Oso Lake is catch-and-release by rules of the Santa Margarita water district, from whom the Orange County Council has a leases the property, but that doesn’t stop eager Scouts from having a ball pulling out 10+ pound bass (and a few trout) from the lake.

And that’s not all Oso Lake Scout Camp offers.  Their shooting sports ranges offer BB gun shooting, archery, and slingshot shooting for all boys as well as tomahawk throwing for Boy Scouts and Venturers under expert and nationally certified supervision.

But what Boys’ Life didn’t pick up on is Oso Lake’s most valuable treasure – the friendly volunteer staff that just loves welcoming visitors from everywhere. The campmaster corps, which oversees the upkeep and weekend use of this property, puts in countless hours keeping the property beautiful for everybody.  They truly love Oso Lake even more than visiting Scouts do!

Visit Oso Lake with your Scout group, and like the staff of Boys Life, you might just “catch” on to why everyone loves this great camp!

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