Update on the Coronavirus and Impact on Scouting Delivery
To Our Scouting Family and Friends,
During this time of “Stay At Home,” Scouting has not stopped. Virtual den and troop meetings, merit badge online learning, skill instruction, and even a few Camp-Ins are keeping the Scout Spirit alive! Together with volunteers and staff, the Orange County Council has been busy crafting safe, relevant and life-changing experiences for our members.
The safety of our members and families is still our top priority. We continue to monitor directions from government and health care officials and continue to make adjustments to our programs. As such, the Orange County Council will keep offices, properties, all in person unit, district and council meetings, activities and programs closed through May 31st. We will announce each month changes and extensions if needed. Join us each Thursday at 6 pm on Facebook Live facebook.com/ocboyscouts/live to view Scout News Live, a short presentation with program updates and news you can use.
Purchase an Adventure Card for a Hometown Hero
We are hopeful that we will be able to resume the Adventure Card fundraiser in May or June, in the meantime the Orange County Council still sees the value in supporting our Scouts adventure while finding a way to give back to our community. Friends, family, and customers can go online and purchase an Adventure Card, write in which unit and Scout they want to support and write a thank you note to our frontline workers. The Orange County Council will donate the cards purchased to a Hometown Hero and our Scouts will receive 50% of the commission for every sale.
National Day of Prayer | May 7th
Scouts’ Own is an inspirational, informal ceremony held as part of regular Scouting activities. The service made up of a mixture of readings, prayers, reflections and music. We invite everyone to attend a council wide, virtual Interfaith Scouts’ Own Service on May 7th at 4pm. May 7th is the National Day of Prayer. This tradition was originally called by the first Continental Congress in 1775 and was first inaugurated by President Lincoln in 1863. In 1952, Congress unanimously voted to establish a National Day of Prayer and the day was made official when Harry S. Truman signed it into law. This is not only a meaningful, uniquely American annual event, but this year’s day of prayer is particularly poignant in light of our national and international health crisis. View the livestream on the OCBoyScouts Facebook page.
2021 NATIONAL JAMBOREE
July 21 - 30, 2021 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia
Experience the best of Scouting in one place – the National Jamboree. From stadium shows to merit badges, patch trading to adventure sports, you’ll want to be at the Jamboree in 2021. Join us on Thursday May 21 at 7:00 PM on Zoom for an Information Night. The Orange County Council will be sending 5 units to Jamboree.. "Face the Challenge" and join us. For additional information, visit jamboree.scouting.org or contact Jamboree Contingent Chairman, Chuck Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for Cub Scout Day Camp is open!
Sign up your Scout for Cub Day Camp today and don't pay a cent until 30 days before camp! Payment in full is due 30 days before camp starts at the early registration deadline. Each of the five week-long camps throughout Orange County offer a variety of activities – choose the camp that fits best for your family. During these uncertain times, we are united in our desire to stay safe and secure and to continue to make a difference in the lives of our youth. We remain hopeful that Day Camp will happen this summer. Registration for the South County Day Camp at O’Neill Park has been suspended. Our hope is to move this camp into August.
Give Blood, Help Save Lives
Since COVID-19 began, over 600 Blood Drives have been cancelled resulting in 18,000 fewer blood donations. The time to give blood is now. Extra precautions are being taken at this time based on new CDC recommendations. This includes spacing beds 6ft apart, disinfecting surfaces between patients, temperature-checking staff and encouraging donors to make appointments ahead of time to be spaced out.
Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, May 7th from 10am to 4pm at the Council Service Center in Santa Ana. Please visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: BoyScoutsOCC to schedule an appointment.
Apollo 13 Patch | Limited Edition
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the "Successful Failure" of the Apollo 13' mission to the moon and the three former Scouts who served as its crew, the Orange County Council has created a limited-edition collectors’ patch to mark the occasion.
Using Zoom for Virtual Scouting Attached is a PDF with information on how to complete Zoom Meetings - including Security measures, Break-out Rooms (Patrol or Den Meetings), Live Streaming, and much more! Committee Chairs are able to ZOOM Parent Meetings and then have break-outs (if needed) for various sub-committees (Finance, Membership, etc.). You can learn more about Zoom at ocbsa.org/resourcehub under Online Conferencing Tools.
COVID-19 Scouting Response | Face Shields
For Scouting, this is not a time of crisis, but rather a time of purpose. These are the days for which our training has prepared us. What is more, these are the days for which our values have prepared us. Let us go out and live them. We urge all Scouts and Leaders, regardless of program or age, to step forward, to step out, and to lean into support for those in our communities who are in need of our support— Doctors, hospitals, seniors, the ill, and the immunocompromised.
Scout News Live
The OCBoyScouts Facebook page will be hosting our weekly livestream tomorrow, Thursday, April 30th at 6pm. If you have any questions or concerns about Cub Scout and Scouts BSA programs, advancement, summer camping or more, please send your questions to email@example.com before the live stream.
Photo of the Week Scoutmaster Le from Garden Grove Troop 1103 challenged his scouts to communicate using good old fashion letter writing and US postal service. After receiving the letters from scouts he quickly responds; answering their questions from simple requirements to why he wasn't a scout while growing up. He has learned a lot about his scouts. He hopes they appreciate this old form of communication.