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News: ScoutWeek September 9, 2015

New Cub Scout Leader Training Available at my.scouting.org

Kick off a new year of Cub Scouting with the training you need to be a successful pack or den leader. This week, the BSA’s Scouting U team has released new Cub Scout leader training in the redesigned LearnCenter available at my.scouting.org.

Now at my.scouting.org, leaders can get trained for their volunteer role without leaving the couch. Complete the courses at your own pace from a home computer or tablet.

The experts at Scouting U found that today’s adult learner prefers to consume smaller chunks of knowledge versus an all-day class, says Steve Yackel, team leader of Instructional Design at Scouting U. Adults also retain more knowledge, he says, if they are given the chance to put their new-found skills into action.

In the LearnCenter, leaders watch a series of eight- to 10-minute interactive videos in three sections: Before the First Meeting, Within 30 Days and Position Trained. The lessons are broken into three sections to allow leaders time to put their new-found knowledge into action.

Click here to read more

BSA prohibits use of 15-passenger vans made before 2005

Your OCC Enterprise Risk Management Committee wants to bring the following information to every Scouter’s attention. The rule is effective as of Sept 1, 2015. Failure to comply may affect coverage from Council or National insurance.

Fully loaded 15-passenger vans, like the ones you might use to haul a bunch of Scouts to camp, can be more dangerous than you might think.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says 15-passenger vans with 10 or more occupants are three times more likely to roll over than ones carrying fewer than five passengers.
That’s why all Scouters should take heed of this breaking BSA news: Effective Sept. 1, 2015, the use of 15-passenger vans manufactured before 2005 will no longer be allowed in connection with Scouting programs and activities.

15-passenger vans manufactured in 2005 or later may be used, as long as they are equipped with Electronic Stability Control and seat belts for all passengers and the driver.
This applies to all vehicles, regardless of ownership (privately owned, owned by chartered organization, rentals, etc.).

Click here for more information on this policy.

Help Scouting by Designating Gifts Through United Way

If you participate in the United Way workplace campaign, you can have a positive impact on Scouting and the community by designating your gift to the ORANGE COUNTY COUNCIL- BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA (Code # 4014) on your pledge card.   Please write in the name and code to ensure that it gets directed to the OCBSA asUnited Way does not provide funds to Scouting unless specifically designated.

You can also help Scouting grow by taking advantage of any company match programs your employer may have.

Scouting needs community resources to grow along with the many gifts of time, talent and treasures of our countless parents and volunteers. The Orange County Council is extremely grateful for the generous support to help Scouts–without it, we would not be able to continue to serve the youth who directly benefit from the programs and values of Scouting.

Thank you for what you do to help Scouting grow!

If you have any additional questions, please contact Devon Dougherty at 714-546-8558 ext. 145 or devond@ocbsa.org.

Eagle Scout Networking Event

Orange County Eagle Scouts! You no longer have to hope for random connections and networking with other Eagle Scouts in the market place. We have created a structured, purposeful business networking opportunity for Eagle Scouts across Orange County which is scheduled forTuesday September 22, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. It’s FREE!
Please register at ocnesa.eventbrite.com 

Click here for information flyer

Life to Eagle Workshop

Open to Scouts in every district!
All Scouts 1st Class and up. Parents encouraged to attend.
Where: LDS Church,
17130 Bastanchury, Yorba Linda
When: Sept. 26, 2015 9am-12 Noon
Please RSVP BEFORE 9/23/15 to PortolaAdvancement@gmail.com so we can provide enough handouts

What Do I Bring for Popcorn Pickup?

Popcorn is almost here! Coming to you on Saturday, September 19th. Are you ready?  Here are a few things to plan:
•    Who is picking up the popcorn?  Is their car big enough?  Do you need more than one car? Do they know where to go and when?
•    Who is storing the popcorn? Do they have enough room? Make sure the chocolate is in a cool place (you don’t want chocolate popcorn “bricks”)
•    How are you getting the popcorn to the Scouts for Show and Deliver?
•    If your unit meeting is a few weeks after pickup, you may want to get the popcorn delivered to them sooner as popcorn sitting in a garage isn’t being sold!
•    Get Den Leaders/ ASM’s and Patrol leaders involved, have them help pass the word and collect product lists/needs
•    How are you handling booth sales and getting the product to the store sites?
•    Be sure to schedule an appointment with your district kernel for popcorn pickup!

Also, start finding out who wants to do show and deliver. They’ll need product to take with them. Have any Scouts that have big sales goals?  Make sure you have popcorn on hand to keep them going!

TIP of the WEEK
Here is a great article on why setting Goals is the key to success:popcornguy.org/category/sales/

Merit Badge Days Coordinator Training

The Orange County Council is pleased to rollout the new Merit Badge days program. The council will host its second training on Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m. The location will be Saddleback Church at 1 Saddleback Parkway in Lake Forest. Each unit hosting a Merit Badge Day must have at least two registered Scouters become Merit Badge Day Coordinators by completing the Merit Badge Day Coordinator training certification.

Also, is your unit planning on hosting a Merit Badge Day?  Be certain to submit your application through your District Advancement Chairman.

2015 Scouting for Food Patch Design Contest

Submissions due by Sept 17, 2015 to Will Abbott at willa@ocbsa.org

Would you like to see your artwork on this year’s Scouting for Food patch?
The selected design will be used for our 2015 patch!
First Prize – 4 Club Level Tickets for the Angels “Scout Night” game
Friday September 25, 2015 7:05 PM vs. The Seattle Mariners
Second Prize – 4 Tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm
The winners will be recognized in OCBSA’s Scoutweek and Girl Scout OC’s Weekly Update newsletters!
Here’s how to enter:

  • Create your art in a 3” x 3” circle or square SEE REVERSE SIDE FOR TEMPLATE
  • Artwork should represent both the Girl Scout and Boy Scout food collection
  • Include the words “Scouting for Food 2015” or leave a space for the text to be added.
  • Submit your design by scanning or photographing artwork and emailing it to Will Abbott: willa@ocbsa.org.
  • One entry per Scout please
  • Submissions Due  by Noon on Sept. 10, 2015 Extended to September 17, 2015

Helpful hint: Simple designs are easier to produce on a patch 🙂
Please note: Girl Scout and Boy Scout logos will be added to the patch design that is selected. Neither The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim nor Knott’s Berry Farm are sponsors of this contest

Click here for template

Fall Sailing at Newport Sea Base Starts Soon

4 SUNDAY Sessions

Sailing 1      Ages: 7 – 17         Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.              Fee: $115
Sailing 2      Ages: 7 – 17         Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.      Fee: $150

Fall is the perfect time to go sailing in Newport Harbor! The weather is still mild, but the classes are much smaller than summer. Smaller class sizes mean more personal attention for each of the students. Enroll your child today so he/she can join the growing number of kids who love to spend their free time skimming a sailboat across the shimmery blue waters of Newport Harbor.

Upcoming Sailing Classes:
Session         Starts – Ends                       Session    Starts – Ends
092015           9/27      10/18               102015       10/25   11/15

4 WEDNESDAY Sessions

Sailing 1      Ages: 7 – 17         Time: 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.           Fee: $150

Session         Starts – Ends                        
102015           10/18     11/4

Preregistration is required for all classes. Please enroll online by clicking here.
Website: www.newportseabase.org
Phone: 949.642.5031

Bridging and Crossing Over Ceremonies at IROEC

In proud support of our amazing local Scouts,
Cadettes & WEBELOS, the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center offers them the opportunity to cross over the
OEC Zip Line as part of their ceremony and at no cost!Takes place on Second Sundays @ 12 p.m.
*Subject to time and staffing availability.
Call for Details: 714-923-3191

Share Your Scouting Story!

We are looking for Scouting in Action stories and photos to share via our social media channels, in local newspapers, and in our printed and e-communications. If you have something you would like to promote or share with us, please email it to scoutingstories@ocbsa.org.

Check out the latest and greatest “Scouts in Action” articles on our website. Thank you for your support of Scouting!