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News: ScoutWeek November 11, 2015

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With nearly 22 million veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces living among us, chances are good that at least one of these American heroes is a family member or close friend of you or someone in your Scouting unit.

Though these men and women deserve our recognition and thanks every day, today is Veterans Day, the official day during which we remember our veterans.

With Scouting’s excellent relationship with the military, thousands of packs, troops, teams, and crews across the country have been and will be taking time to recognize veterans in their community all week. What’s your unit’s plan? Share posts and photos of your Scouts observing Veteran’s Day using #OCBoyScouts. We will share them on our social media pages and choose one picture as our Photo of the Week!

Photo of the Week

Troop 818 out of Rancho Santa Margarita spends a weekend wilderness camping and canoeing down the Colorado River in Blacks Canyon at Hoover Dam.
We Want Your Pictures
Your Scouts are doing amazing things. Let the rest of the Council see them. Every week we’ll choose one photo that best represents Scouting in Orange County. To submit a photo of your Scouts, click here.
Congratulations to the Construction Industry Luncheon Road to Eagle Scholarship Winner

The Construction Industry Steering Committee is so pleased to announce the winner of the Road to Eagle Scholarship – Carl Writer – better known as CJ – Life Scout from Troop 538, Canyons District, resident of Anaheim Hills. He will be awarded his scholarship at the Construction Industry Luncheon on Wednesday, November 18 at the Irvine Marriott. CJ is sophomore at Orange Lutheran High School; and his Eagle Project is designing and building four different water conservation gardens at the Lenain Water Treatment Facility in Anaheim Hills. Congratulations to CJ!

Upcoming Events

  Say Thank You to our troops this Veteran’s Day!
  Now through November 15Ask your friends and family to send a gift of popcorn to our military men and women, their families, and veterans’ organizations. If you haven’t done any online selling yet, get your account set up at Trails-end.com, then send out your personal link to get their donation. These donations count towards your sales and the Grand Prize Drawing happening on November 16th, so don’t wait!
  Oso Lake Boy Scout Camp Wood Sale
  November 14Get ready for those chilly winter months by stocking up on some firewood! Firewood is for sale on Saturday from 9am until 4pm. Prices are determined by vehicle size, a small trailer will be considered a small or medium pick up depending on size of load.

  • Small pick up self-load – $50
  • Medium pick up self-load – $75
  • Large pick up or trailer self-load – $100-$200

Contact Dennis Phethean with any questions.

 2017 National Jamboree Information Night
 November 19All Scouts, Scout Parents, Scout Leaders interested in learning about the 2017 National Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve in west Virginia are encouraged to attend this information session. The evening will include meeting some of the adult contingent leaders, learning all about the tours and Jamboree experience and reviewing the costs and financial planning for the event. Please plan to join us and bring a friend!Click here for more information.
Contact Chuck Williams or Andrea Watson with any questions.
  #GivingTuesday
  December 1We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. This Giving Tuesday encourage others to Give the Gift of Scouting. Share our page with friends, family, and coworkers. Check with your employer to see if they will match your gift. Follow us on social media and share our posts. Every bit counts and helps us serve more youth with a quality program!Click here for more information.
Donate now.
  Winter Camp at Newport Seabase
  December 28-31Need some activities to keep the kids occupied over winter break? Take them to Newport Sea Base for 4 days of fun in the sun. Sailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding are all available with lots of fun and games too. Space is limited, so make your reservations today!Click here for enrollment.
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Training Opportunities

  BSA Climbing Instructor Re-certification
  November 14BSA climbing instructors of all levels, if your certification expires at the end of 2015, now is your chance to get a jump on your renewal! Take the first step with your in-class training, field time will be scheduled soon. Click here for more information.
RSVP to Paul D’amore.
  Religious Emblem Counselor Training
  November 18Play an important role in the mentorship of every Scout by helping them pursue his religious emblem awards. Get training and become an Ad Altare Dei Religious Emblem Counselor on November 18th at the William Lyon Homes Center for Scouting.Click here for more information.
RSVP by November 16th.
 Wilderness First Aid with WMI and REI
 December 5-6REI is partnering with the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS to offer a comprehensive 16 hour, two day course that will teach you the wilderness medicine skills you need to recreate with confidence in the back country. In just two days, you will learn the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.Click here for registration and more information.
  NRA TRAINING
  December 11-13The NRA training courses are designed to teach you how to teach others. By learning to teach others you will also increase your personal knowledge of firearms and improve your shooting skills. Participants who successfully complete the NRA instructor training courses will become certified instructors.Click here for registration and more information.
  Wood Badge
February 5-7 AND 20-22
Wood Badge is the premier leadership training course for Scout Leaders and is available to registered leaders of all levels of the Scouting program. It concentrates on providing training on modern leadership skills needed in today’s world for Scout leaders. Wood Badge Training will not only make you a better Scout Leader, it will also assist you in improving your personal and professional life as well.Two courses are scheduled for 2016. Click here for a complete list of courses and additional information.

ICYMI: In case you missed it…

Did you know that we are on Facebook? Check it out for updates on events and activities available for your Scouts! For a limited time, save when you buy camping gear! Shop online at www.scoutstuff.org or visit the Scout Shop for details.

Volunteers are needed at Lost Valley to help plant trees on 11/14. RSVP to Jennifer Blevins at 714-546-8558 x113