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News: ScoutWeek September 23, 2015

Everest Survivor and Mountaineer to Share His Story of Survival

DATE: Thursday, September 24th at 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

LOCATION: California Center for Digital Arts

ADDRESS: 590 W. Central Avenue, Brea, CA 92821

PHONE: (714) 529-4686

DESCRIPTION: Kuntal Joisher will share his photo collection, “Nepal Himalaya: A Journey Through the Kingdom of Snow and Ice” and be in attendance to share his stories of survival on Mt. Everest. The event will sell photo prints to raise money for the rebuilding of Nepal. All profits from this show will be donated to local charities supporting Nepal.
The event is free for all ages however RSVP is encouraged.

Please RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nepal-himalaya-a-journey-through-the-kingdom-of-snow-and-ice-tickets-18087089973
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1533992720159019/

Kuntal Joisher was in midst of the 2015 avalanche on Mt. Everest and featured in the video that went viral around the world with 23 million views on YouTube. More than 18 people died and over 70 were injured. Joisher survived the avalanche and stayed alive to tell the story. However, this was not a mountain climbing tragedy; it was a tragedy of unprecedented levels. Over nine and half thousand people died in Nepal, tens of thousands were seriously injured, and more than half a million were displaced from their homes and continue living in temporary shelters today.

Merit Badge Days Coordinator Training

The Orange County Council is pleased to roll-out 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 in the Plaza Room. 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.

Update Your Be A Scout Information for Prospective Scouts

Unit Key 3 Leaders (Committee Chair; Charter Org Rep.; and top leader — Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Crew Advisor): Since recruitment season is upon us, please be sure to check that your www.beascout.org information is both correct and current. For any questions you may have, contact Kim Whitaker, Council Registrar, at kimw@ocbsa.org or 714-546-8558 ext. 158.

BSA Golf Classic September 28th

There are still foursomes available for our annual BSA Golf Classic at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, but you need to sign up NOW! In addition to a beautiful setting and a great day of golf, there will be a private pro shop with TaylorMade and Adidas products just for our golfers, a silent and live auction and – new this year – a very interactive, fun wine opportunity!!

Remember – all we do is “Fore” the Scouts – our Future Leaders!!!
Special pricing is available – please contact Sally Lawrence at 714-546-8558, x 141 for information.

To sign up go to: ocbsa.kintera.org/golf and click here for the information flyer.

OCBSA Presents the Commissioners Appreciation Dinner

Correction: $40 per Couple
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University of Scouting 2015 is Almost Here!

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How Did Your 1st Week of Popcorn Sales Go?

Do you have any success, funny, or even moving stories? Did you have any great pictures of Scouts selling popcorn? Send them our way!Starting next week we’d like to feature you in the Success Story of the Week! Please send stories and pictures to Kaleigh Teskey at Kaleigh.Teskey@scouting.orgPOPCORN SWAP: A Scout is Helpful. Do you have any product that isn’t selling as well as you thought? There are other units that may need it!  Please go to the Popcorn Pantry on Facebook to let other units know you have product they can check out from you. Also, do you need product? You can go to the same site and let others know what you need. This is a closed group and you will need to be accepted so sign up early to avoid delays.
Ducks Essays are due on the 30th, don’t forget to get them in on time!Success Story of the Week!
It’s been only 5 days since Popcorn was picked up and we’re already hearing of GREAT successes! Here are just a few:

  • Pack 563 had a Neighborhood Blitz yesterday.   Fourteen of our sixteen scouts were able to attend. In one hour, the earned $500 in popcorn sales and donations. It was a great day.
  • One Scout has already sold $860 from going door to door and one Booth sale.

Congrats to the Scouting for Food Patch Contest Winner!

Congratulations Ella Chang on being our first place winner in our Scouting for FOOD patch contest. Her patch was chosen because of its strong message to simply ‘End Hunger’ through giving. Ella comes from girl Scout Troop 3562. Great job Ella!

Now let’s go collect food for those in need on November 7th! Let’s make BIG strides to ending hunger in OC!

Leave No Trace Trainer Course

Saturday, October 3rd 8 a.m. to Sunday, October 4th 12 p.m.
Oso Lake Scout Camp
21131 Los Alisos Blvd
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92692This 16 hour course will satisfy the training requirement for the Outdoor Ethics / Leave No Trace Trainer Troop position of responsibility, and core requirements for the Venturing Ranger Award. It is an excellent skill for Troop ASMs, Camp Staff and Camp Masters, for any outdoors enthusiast, and an excellent Wood Badge Ticket item.  At course completion, each participant will be able to offer quality Leave No Trace Awareness presentations. Course fee is $49.For additional information, Click here for the flyer Contact: Chuck Williams  chaz3rd6@netscape.net

Make a Difference with Matching Gifts

Boeing Employee Matching Gift Program — Deadline Approaching! 

Did you know your volunteer hours can be turned into a cash gift to the Orange County Boy Scouts of America through Boeing’s Employee Matching Gift program?

This means any Scouting based volunteering for Orange County Council, just 25 hours minimum, will allow you to ask Boeing to donate $250 to the Orange County Council, up to an annual maximum of 600 hours / $6,000 per employee. Boeing will send the gift each quarter.

With three easy steps you can multiply your volunteer efforts and help make a direct and lasting contribution to the development of the youth in this county.

  1. Log into Boeing’s Total Access Website, click on My Community Giving, click on Gift Match, click on Record Volunteer Hours.
  2. Select “Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, Santa Ana, California.”
  3. Enter your volunteer hours (min. 25 – max. 600) with a description of the effort, select “Request Gift Match.” In the designation line, please enter your “District name” and “FOS” (Friends of Scouting). By agreement with Boeing these donations cannot be credited to an individual unit or project.

**The deadline for submissions is September 30th. 

Thank you for your support!

Chuck Williams
District Chairman for Venturing
Orange County Council, BSA
Boeing Employee


Federal Tax ID Number: 95-1727660
Organization Name: Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America
Mailing Address: 1211 East Dyer Road, Santa Ana, California 92705
Phone: (714) 546-4990

Homeschoolers Visit the Newport Sea Base

So, what can home schoolers do at Newport Sea Base? Families from Calvary Chapel’s home school group found out on Friday! Arriving at 10 a.m., the 90 participants soon found themselves confronted by an amazing array of choices. There were tickets for 30 minutes of fishing, rowing, sailing, pontoon boat tours, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and Supsquatch, as well as smoke ring launchers, life ring toss, DNA extraction, shark tooth hunts and face painting.

Soon excited faces and grins were evident everywhere. The beautiful weather added to the fun as paddle boarders and Supsquatch paddlers used their boards as an excuse to jump in the water. As the day wound to a close, a departing child commented to his parent, “That was so much fun! Can I come back for the science class?”

Newport Sea Base offers educational and recreational field trips and group activities for groups of all sizes and budgets. Call Ext. 309 today to arrange for your group’s day at the Newport Sea Base.

Newport Sea Base
1931 W. Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Website: www.newportseabase.org
Phone:    949.642.5031

Share Your Scouting Story!

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