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News: ScoutWeek October 7, 2015

Go Over the Edge for Scouting on Oct. 16!

Are you ready for the thrill of a lifetime?!

Be one of the select few who get to rappel down the side of the 17 story Irvine Marriott on October 16th. This is truly a “bucket list” item and the bragging rights are priceless!

This is a pledged based fundraising event with a minimum goal of $1,000. Go towww.ocbsa.kintera.org/ote to register and create a fundraising page and send to family and friends! Be creative – you can raise the funds to send a Scoutmaster “Over the Edge” or honor a recent Eagle Scout or celebrate a milestone birthday in your life.

We are continuing the district competition from last year and any amount you raise over the $1,000 minimum can go toward your Friends of Scouting goal!

(While there is a special incentive to raise the money by October 16th, you do have until 12/31/15 to complete the pledge).

In addition, we have a few rappelling spots available on scholarship for a Scout who might want to participate (need to be 14 or older). This is a great opportunity for them to be recognized if media are present!

Special incentive: For the participant that raises the most money by October 16th, you will be awarded a Delta airlines e-Gift Card worth $500.00 for airfare!

Limited Time Offer:  We have 10 rappelling spots that have been given a scholarship for 50% of the fee – $500.
If you can pledge to raise the remaining $500 by the end of the year – you are in to go Over the Edge for Scouting.
Please contact Sally at sallyl@ocbsa.org or 714-546-8558, x141 by Monday, October 12th!

Click here for the information flyer.

Popcorn Pop-Star!

Was your unit trying to hit a specific goal (all kids go to camp for free, new tents, camping equipment, Pinewood Derby Track, etc.) and hit it? Let us know! Please send stories and pictures to Kaleigh Teskey at Kaleigh.Teskey@scouting.org

Popcorn Performance of the Week: Parin’s Popcorn Plea – Parin, a Wolf Cub Scout, is raising money to earn a sleepover on the USS IOWA Battleship and for his Cub Scout Pack activities through popcorn sales.

Way to be creative and take initiative to meet your goal, Parin!

Click here to watch Parin’s Popcorn Plea

2015 Silver Beaver Award Nominations

The Silver Beaver Award (SB) is a National award presented to adult Scouters who have supported the Council in outstanding or distinctive ways. Adult Scouters nominate other adult Scouters, in the Council, by preparing and, submitting completed Silver Beaver Award Nomination Forms. This year’s nomination form is available at www.ocbsa.org/silverbeaveraward.

Send all Silver Beaver Nominations to:
Orange County Council, BSA
Attn: Elena Garcia
1211 E. Dyer Rd., Santa Ana, CA 92705 or elena@ocbsa.org

Become a NESA Youth Officer

Orange County Eagle Scouts who are Freshmen, Sophomore or Juniors in high school are eligible to serve on the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) committee as council youth officers during 2016. The Orange County Council NESA committee is now accepting applications for this prestigious role in Scouting.

Submissions are due to the council office by Friday Oct. 23.  Benefits: Acquire more leadership experience, interface with council board members and other community leaders, meet and serve with other Eagle Scouts across the council, build your resume and provide a very valuable service to Scouting. For more information, contact Marty Cutrone at martyc@ocbsa.org or 714-546-4990 ext. 143

Download application form

Merit Badge Days Coordinator Training

The Orange County Council is pleased to rollout the new Merit Badge days program. The council will host its next training on Thursday, November 5 at 7 p.m. The location will be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 151 North Poplar Avenue in Brea (92821). 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.

Council Honor Wall Portraits at GradPortraits

October 17 
Eagle Scouts and Quartermaster Awardees should come to GradPortraits studio for their complimentary portrait for display on council’s Honor Wall. Appointments are suggested and can be reserved by going to GradPortraits.com. Walk-ins are accepted but appointments take precedence. The studio is located at 3303 Harbor Blvd. Ste. G1, Costa Mesa at the 405 Freeway, caddy-corner to Ikea. For more information visit our web site, www.GradPortraits.com to make your reservation.

University of Scouting 2015 is Almost Here!

   Download Flyer Here! 

High Adventure Team University of Scouting Courses


Want to take the next step up from weekend backpacking in the local mountains and deserts to what John Muir called the “Range of Light”…the mighty Sierra Nevada? Multi -day treks in the Sierras can be the peak of the Scouting experience…come and learn how. A plethora of cool High Adventure Awards for these treks are available for Scouts and Venturers to earn on our website.


Tired of the same old Cycling Merit Badge on city streets and concrete river beds? Do your 50 miler in Death Valley National Park…come learn how from these experienced veterans. There is a cool High Adventure Patch available for this cycling trek…see it at hat.ocbsa.org under OCC HAT Awards.


Learn how to trek the deserts of Joshua Tree (Boy Scout Trail in Indian Cove), Eastern Mojave and Death Valley from this experienced desert rat.


This 50 minute course will qualify participants and their units to earn the non-backpacking Cub Adventure Awards and Scout and Venturer High Adventure Awards on our website: hat.ocbsa.org.

Boat Parade Viewing at the Newport Sea Base

Named as a “Top Ten Christmas Happenings in the Nation” by The New York Times, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade attracts nearly 1 million visitors each year.  The Newport Sea Base offers perhaps the best public viewing of the parade, with convenient grandstand seating for great views in any seat.  New this year at our location is the addition of a ‘Campfire’ program for guests, offering fun family entertainment, leading up to the arrival of the Boat Parade in front of the Sea Base.

As usual, Sea Scouts will have an array of edible goods and hot beverages for sale.

NSB opens for guests – 6:00PM
Campfire program  – 6:45PM
Boat Parade arrives – 7:55PM
Click here to buy your tickets – and if you act fast, on-site parking too. For more information about the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, visit the official site:www.christmasboatparade.com.

Newport Sea Base
1931 W Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Website: www.newportseabase.org
Phone:    949.642.5031
Fax:        949.650.5407

Road to Eagle Scholarship

If you are working on your Eagle Scout project and will be done by June 2016 – this message is for you!

A $300 Eagle Scholarship will be given at the 2015 Construction Industry Luncheon to help a deserving Scout fund his Eagle Scout project. Please click on the link below, fill out the application and mail or e-mail to Sally Lawrence, OCBSA, 1211 E. Dyer Road, Santa Ana, CA 92705 or sallyl@ocbsa.org by Friday, November 6th.
Please note: you must be available to accept the award at the luncheon on November 18, 2015.

Click here for the application.

Ameriprise Financial Seminar for Families Bound for College

Ameriprise Financial invites you to join us for a special seminar on the topic of: How to Get a Higher Education, And the Realities of Paying for It.
We will discuss:

  • What it takes to get accepted to college, and the challenges students face in a more competitive environment
  • The college application process
  • Current trends in attendance and cost of trade and community colleges, as well as public and private institutions
  • Where to find the information you need to talk with colleges
  • Why everyone should apply for financial aid
  • Understand the features and benefits of your savings plans, and how they affect financial aid awards
  • How to improve your financial aid
  • Ways to determine appropriate loans for you and your student
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions of experts in these fields

Presented By:  Jim Duncombe, ChFC, MBA, CCPS & Justin Duncombe, CCPS
Hosted By:   Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council

Orange County BSA Office             Mission Viejo Elks Lodge
1211 E. Dyer Rd., Santa Ana OR     25092 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo
Thursday, Oct. 22 @ 6:30PM          Monday, Oct. 26 @ 6:30PM

This is an informational seminar. There is no cost or obligation.

Please RSVP to the office of James Duncombe at 818-592-3307

Download flyer here

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!