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Update on the Coronavirus and Potential Impact on Programs


The Orange County Council which includes the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and the Newport Sea Base, has received calls from individuals asking how the Coronavirus or COVID-19, might impact our programs. We are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared to act quickly should the situation warrant action.

While officials say the health risk to the general public in California from Novel Coronavirus remains low, the Orange County Health Care Agency acknowledges the situation is evolving, and our Council is closely monitoring developments. We are also working with the Orange County Department of Education and other agencies to stay alert to changes. Above all, we are committed to protecting youth, volunteers and staff in environments that are safe.
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News

Five cousins from Newport Beach Boy Scouts troop earn coveted Eagle rank together
For children in a Boy Scouts of America troop, achieving the highest ranking of Eagle is a moment of pride. For five boys from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, it was a family affair. The quintet of cousins completed their final projects and earned the coveted ranking together in a court of honor. The boys were all members of Boy Scout troops at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Newport Beach. 

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Scout-O-Rama | Saturday, May 9th
Scout Units from across Orange County will help bring the Scout Handbook to life with activities, games, and demonstrations. It's the one time of year that the entire family of Scouting comes together to celebrate and showcase scouting to all of Orange County. This year will be especially exciting as we celebrate 100 years of Scouting in Orange County with special displays, presentations, and activities like a Pinewood Derby. The Adventure Card is your family’s ticket into Scout-O-Rama! Scouts will be selling Adventure Cards for $10 throughout Orange County. 
 
Every Pack, Troop, Crew, and Post in the Council is encouraged to join in the centennial celebration by setting up a hands-on display or activity booth (at no cost for the Scout Unit). Complete the Unit Booth Application.
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Way to the Cross Hike
For Scouts, parents and leaders who would like to observe the Easter tradition in a uniquely Scouting way, we would encourage you to join the “Way of the Cross Hike” on Saturday March 28 at the Santiago Retreat Center. This inter-faith activity is sponsored by the Catholic Committee on  Scouting and is designed for the purpose of helping Scouts and families embrace the faith-based, Duty to God component of Scouting. The event is totally FREE!  Please email event coordinator Bernie Kilcoyne at berniepk@earthlink.net by 3/20/20 as the retreat center requires a list of the participants in advance. 

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Spend spring break at the Newport Sea Base
Hit the water at Newport Sea Base this April for Spring Break Camp! Spend your days soaking up the sun while sailing, kayaking, and canoeing your way around the bay. For all you landlubbers, you’ll find fun games, activities, and wacky adventures
Week 1: March 30-April 3
Sailing skill building and wacky camp competitions await! The all-day adventures will emphasize small boat sailing, but also offer big boat/keelboat sailing and paddle sport opportunities. Camp prizes awarded daily!
Week 2: April 6-10
In the morning, get hands-on with Battle Bot experiments utilizing coding, tablets, basic electronics, sensors, LEGO bricks and more. In the afternoon hit the water to explore adventures in sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing.

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Santa Ana Scout Shop are hiring part time sales associates
Contribute to the successful daily operation of the Orange County Scout Shop by delivering an exceptional customer experience, make sales to customers, keep accurate and on-time timekeeping records, receive orders, stock shelves, and maintain a clean, customer friendly environment.
To Apply: Applicants should email Karl Rusmisel with resume and cover letter at
Karl.Rusmisel@scouting.org
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Upcoming Activities
 
  Eagle Scout Peak Climb
  

Orange County Council 100th Anniversary Eagle Scout Peak Climb- Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Click here to learn more

 
  Wonder Sprouts
  March - April

Come explore and protect nature’s household of creatures great and small! This season we will investigate and welcome all of the creatures that make their homes at the IROEC. Register now.

 
  Anaheim Ducks Scout Night
  March 15

Watch the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. All Scouts earn a free Anaheim Ducks Scout Patch. Register now.

 
  Oso Lake Merit Badge Weekend
  March 13-15

Looking to earn Merit Badges? Don't want to travel far? Join us at Oso Lake for both Eagle required and fun Merit Badges! Register now.

 
  National Jamboree Info Night
  March 19

From stadium shows to merit badges, patch trading to adventure sports, you’ll want to be at the Jamboree in 2021. Learn more. Contact Jamboree Contingent Chairman, Chuck Williams

 
  Cub Adventures & Webelos Great Outdoors
  March 20-22

We invite you to bring your Den or the whole Pack for camping fun and advancement in our outdoor classroom! Register now.

 
  NSB Spring Break Camp
  March 30-April 3 or April 6-10

Hit the water at Newport Sea Base this April for Spring Break Camp! Spend your days soaking up the sun while sailing, kayaking, and canoeing your way around the bay. Register now.

 
  Get Prepared Weekend
  March 27-29

There will be First Aid, Wilderness Survival, Emergency Preparedness and Search & Rescue for Scouts to choose from. As well as, IOLS, for adults. Register now.

 
  Scout Day Aquarium of the Pacific
  March 22

Scout Day is a fantastic way to enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific at a discounted rateLearn more.

 
  Open Activity Day
  April 5

Hit a bull's eye with a bow and arrow, take aim with a BB gun, fly down the zip line, climb the climbing wall, or check out our ropes course. Register now.

 
  Eagle Portraits
  April 4

Calling Eagle Scout, Summit & Quartermaster Awardees. Have your portrait created for the OCBSA Honor Wall April 4. Make an appointment and learn the details at GradPortraits.com

 
  Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner
  April 22

The Orange County Council chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association will celebrate the 755 Scouts that earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2019. Register now.

 
  Scout-O-Rama
  May 9

Scout-O-Rama is the biggest show of the year for Scouting in Orange County, attracting well over 15,000 visitors to Oak Canyon Park. Learn more.

 
  Day Camp
  June-July

Cub Scouts will have a great time participating in fun games, crafts, STEM, archery, sports, and more at these week long day camps! Register now.

 
  Lost Valley Summer Camp
  June-July

With over 45 Merit Badges offered at camp, Lost Valley makes it easy for youth to discover and develop what they like to do. Register now.


View the Orange County Council Calendar here
Training
IOLS
March 14-15
Click here to register.
Train The Trainer
March 14
Click here to view flyer. 

Click here to register.
IOLS
March 27-28
Click here to register.
HAT Desert Backpacking
March 28 | April 18-19
Click here to view flyer. 

Click here to register.
IOLS & BALOO
April 3-4
Click here for IOLS.

Click here for BALOO.
NYLT
July 27-Aug 1
Click here for register.
ICYMI
Share Your 100th Celebration Photos
As we've kicked off our 100th anniversary of the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, we want to see how you are celebrating! Click the link below to print out the 100th poster to show off on your Scouting adventures throughout the year. In your caption, be sure to use the hashtag #happy100ocbsa so we can share your photos! Download poster.
Photo of the Week
The sky is the limit for Troop 99G at the Palomar Observatory.


To submit a photo of your Scouts, click here.

Want to see more pics? Check out the Council Flickr Page for more Photo of the Week submissions!
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