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News: ScoutWeek October 21, 2015

University of Scouting 2015 is Here!

Leigh Steinberg will join us for the 2016 Friends of Scouting Kickoff

Popcorn – a Party Pleaser!

The Holiday season is fast approaching which means time with family, friends, parties and football games! Are you looking for a unique hostess gift or a fun appetizer to go with that cheese plate? Try Trails End Popcorn! Plenty of flavors to compliment any food theme. We have a wide assortment available now or you can order specific items to be available on November 16th.

Looking for Client gifts? We have beautiful decorative tins with some of the best selling popcorn flavors. New this year are corporate packages to include your choice of product along with use of the Newport Sea Base or the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center for either corporate conferences, team building, or just a great location for a staff or personal retreat.

The best part about buying Trails End popcorn is that 73% of the purchase price goes back to support Scouting right here in Orange County Council. If you would like to place an order or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Julie Anderson at juliea@ocbsa.org or 714-546-4990 x 105.

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.

Points of Interest for BSA Climbing Instructors

1. Due to a serious illness of one of the climbing committee co-chair’s, please direct questions to Paul D’amore via email at dpauldamore@yahoo.com or phone at 949-322-4865 until further notice.

2. Expiring Instructor Certs need updates, renewals, class time, rock time. We will try to hold one or more classes starting early November, continuing into early January. Watch for further info or contact Paul.

3. We now have 3 Climbing Kits to rent, all identical, $100 per kit per weekend…also contact Paul, if interested.

4. New Climbing Specs (formerly “Topping Out”) is now “BELAY ON”, download and print your copy from BSA National website

Climb On Safely!

The William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award

This special national award is designed to recognize volunteers at the unit or district level who organize one or more traditional Scouting units. The award may be worn on the adult uniform. The award is a square knot placed over the three colors representing the three phases of our program—Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing.  A program device can be earned for up to three additional units organized. The award recognizes volunteers for organizing traditional units only. The award is administered by the council Strategic Alliances committee and will be presented by the local district. The award also consists of a certificate of achievement and a uniform devise. The device is available for each type of traditional units organized and can be worn with the square knot.

For more information regarding the requirements, go to: http://www.scouting.org/Home/Awards_Central/WilliamBoyce.aspx;

If you have questions regarding how you can organize a new unit and qualify for the WDB New Unit Organizer Award, please contact Marty Cutrone atmartyc@ocbsa.org.

2017 National Jamboree Information Night

Thursday, November 19th
OCBSA Office (1211 E. Dyer Rd. Santa Ana, CA)
at 7:00 PMScouts, Venturers, and parents interested in attending the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, we invite you to attend this information gathering.  There will be presentations from youth participants from last Jamboree. Deposits will be collected. Come meet the unit leaders for the Troops and Crew.Please contact: Chuck Williams, Council Contingent Chairman
chaz3rd6@netscape.net with any questions.

Harvest Afternoon Camp at Newport Sea Base

Harvest Afternoon camp is for students in Newport-Mesa School District (Minimum Days & Parent-Teacher Conferences Week)
November 16-20 (Monday – Friday)
Time: 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m
Fee: $140
Ages: 6 – 17, Subject to successful completion of a swim check

Canoeing • Kayaking • Fishing • Sailing and MORE!

Sibling Discount:
Second and subsequent siblings receive and 15% discount for this camp program.

1931 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Phone: 949.642.5031 www.newportseabase.org

View information flyer here

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

Youth Protection Training

October is Anti-Bullying month. In our Youth Protection Training, we talk about Bullying and how to help youth protect themselves against it.

As a youth leader, we are all called to teach and protect the youth in our units. At the Council, we have videos that all units should show to their youth annually. The Cub Scouts video is titled “It happened to me,” the Boy Scouts video is title “A time to tell,” and Venturing video is titled “Safety Awareness.”

This time of the year we are focused on rechartering and getting the adults YPT trained that we may forget that the boys need to be empowered to be able to handle themselves in difficult situations.

If your unit doesn’t have the video and would like a copy, go to the Council Office and pick one up from the Volunteer Service Desk or contact James Styczynski atjamess@ocbsa.org or Deanna at oalady.dw@gmail.com.

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.

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