Popcorn Fundraiser Training

Popcorn season is coming up! Be sure to have your unit Popcorn Kernal (the person who organizes your unit’s popcorn sale efforts) attend one of the two training events.

The first training opportunity is Tuesday, June 26 from 6:30p-8:00p at the Council offices. The second opportunity is Saturday, August 4 from 8:30a-10a at the Council offices.

The Popcorn Kickoff event is Saturday, August 18. Keep your eyes open for an email with that information.

The popcorn fundraiser is an excellent opportunity to fund your unit. Don’t let it pass you by!

Cub Scout Day Camp 2018

Registration is OPEN for all Cub Scout Campers (in coming 1st grade through 5th grade boys and girls), Adult Volunteers, Youth Volunteers (Boy Scout age), and Adult Staff.

The Del Mar Cub Scout Day Camp is at Back Bay High School this year. Camp dates are 7/9-12/2018. Camp runs from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Registration closes on 6/9/2018. Everyone that is coming to camp needs to register right away. This includes Campers (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos & Arrow of Light), Adults, and Youth volunteers.

All attendees also need to fill out a hard copy of the medical form that is available as a PDF at http://daycamps.ocbsa.org/medical.htm and turn that and copies of their insurance card in to the camp director. Campers and youth volunteers also need to fill out a hard copy of the shooting sports form at http://daycamps.ocbsa.org/shootingsports.htm.

Cost:

The camper registration fee is $156. Talk to your camp director about camperships before you register. There is no cost to register Adult Volunteers (parents) for camp. Adults that volunteer for three or more days receive a camp T Shirt and a $10 Scout Shop certificate.

Location:

Back Bay High School

390 Monte Vista Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Reservation by:

Individual Participant

For:

Adult Volunteer, Camper, Staff – Adult, Youth Volunteer

Registration:

5/5/2018 – 6/9/2018

Scouts BSA and “Scout Me In” Campaign

In case you haven’t heard yet, the BSA has announced the new name of the Boy Scout program starting in February 2019. It will be called “Scouts BSA.”

We are encouraged to use the “Scout Me In” campaign in any flyers and marketing materials for the summer and fall. This new campaign shifts the perspective by showing what it’s like to be a Scout from a kid’s point of view. Instead of simply showing Scouts participating in activities, the campaign brings the young viewer into the middle of the action – from fishing, biking and canoeing to launching rockets and making slime – where they get even closer to the experiences that Scouting brings to life.

The Scout Me In campaign celebrates the BSA’s expansion to serve families and welcome girls and boys into Scouting in communities across the country. It reinforces that the mission and core values in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are welcoming, inclusive and foundational for both young men and women. Since announcing the BSA’s historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting, more than 3,000 girls across the nation have already enrolled in the BSA’s Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year.

For more information about this new campaign and the new program name, visit the Scouting Newsroom.

Camporee 2019 Committee Meeting #1

We will be having a Camporee Committee meeting next Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 PM. It will be held at Roundtable. You may want to bring your Senior Patrol Leader and your Scoutmaster (or other designees to represent your Troop). We will discuss the survey results and begin thinking about next year.

Scoutbook Lite

SCOUTBOOK LITE TO REPLACE INTERNET ADVANCEMENT BUT NOT SCOUTBOOK

This information on Scoutbook Lite is being posted at the request of the BSA IT department.

Note: Scoutbook Lite is for units that don’t use Scoutbook. It replaces Internet Advancement and will be free to all registered BSA units. There is nothing in Scoutbook Lite that is not also in Scoutbook and they both write to the same database and will be able to see the data entered from either application. Scoutbook Lite only provides what Internet Advancement provides, which is rank/award/mb/adventure date entry. It does not track requirements or any of the other items Scoutbook has.

An overarching concern of BSA IT is that there are too many computer tools for volunteers to be familiar with—as they keep track of all the key information they need to access and report.

The Scoutbook database will be the database of record for advancement data. In preparation, Internet Advancement will be retired and replaced in 2018 by a system named “Scoutbook Lite.” Scoutbook Lite will have the major features of Internet Advancement. With that in mind, the BSA will start to combine some of the individual tools in our arsenal. With the new Scoutbook Lite, BSA intends to unify and bring under one interface as many unit leader tasks as possible—with the unit leader only needing a single access.

When released, Scoutbook Lite will initially replace the legacy Internet Advancement tool. These additional functions are also planned to be added as soon as possible: Service Hour Reporting, Internet Rechartering (for unit leaders), camping logs, and more.

The main difference between Scoutbook and Scoutbook Lite is that the full version of Scoutbook provides unit leaders greater flexibility.

For example, BSA is presently working on a mobile app for Scouts, who can record their advancement and achievements, and then have the unit leader go into the full version of Scoutbook and approve them.

Additionally, Scoutbook already includes calendars, reminders, messaging, and unit/Scout financial (still in Beta) features.

There have been some concerns expressed that BSA will abandon the ability of units to use 3rd party Unit Management Software (UMS) to bulk upload advancement information. The BSA anticipates that Scoutbook Lite will continue to allow bulk upload of data via a defined CSV format. Since there are so many 3rd party options available, BSA will require that the 3rd party UMS exports comply with BSA’s prescribed format. And if they do not, then it would fall to the unit leaders to make it so. For example, unit leaders would need to make sure that data fields for importation via Scoutbook Lite are in the right order.

So, for those who want to hang on to their existing UMS, they will still be able to upload CSV advancement data. It would just be uploaded to Scoutbook Lite instead of to Internet Advancement.

Third party UMS software may in the future be able to use APIs that will be allowed to directly read data from Scoutbook Lite, but not at this time.

For those volunteers interested in learning more about the APIs being developed by the BSA, please contact Tom Jansen directly at Thomas.Jansen@Scouting.org.

Tom will reach out to everyone who contacts him, and he will often connect by phone if that helps in the identification of your needs and interests.

This is the information we currently have on Scoutbook Lite, if you have questions about Scoutbook Lite feel free to post them on the Scoutbook forums or send them to: suacinformation@gmail.com.

Are you a Wood Badge Course Director in 2018?

As Scout Leaders we have been blessed with opportunities to mentor our youth; to watch our young men and women learn, develop and become leaders themselves. As a Wood Badge Staff member we have had the opportunity to transfer our knowledge and training to other adult leaders.

To those who truly believe in the Wood Badge “magic” there comes a time to impact the lives of more than a handful of adult leaders. There comes a time when we must seek the opportunity reach beyond those we can reach in a staff member capacity.

The Orange County Council is looking for those with the knowledge and passion to be a Wood Badge Course Director. You have an opportunity to change lives. You can leave a legacy, but none of that will happen unless you take action. If you meet requirements listed below please contact Jorge Ruiz deSomocurcio at jorger@ocbsa.org to schedule an interview. What will your legacy be? It’s your move. We will be conducting interviews 2018 Course Director in March.

I look forward to hearing from you.

  • Must have completed the current version of Wood Badge either as a participant or a staff member and received the Wood Badge beads.
  • Must have served on the staff of a Wood Badge course as a troop guide as well as in at least one additional required Wood Badge staff position or in an adult NYLT staff position.

Rich Galpin
OCBSA Council Wood Badge Coordinator
Western Region Area 4 Training Committee

Are you a Wood Badge Course Director in 2017 (002)

District Recognition Dinner 2017

The District Dinner will be Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 PM. We’ll be at our normal Roundtable location at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (3800 S. Fairview Rd., Santa Ana, CA 92704).

We will have amazing food from Newport Rib Company.

The cost will be $20 per person (Eagle Scouts, youth and adult, and performing OA members are no charge). Walk ins are welcome, however the cost is $40 at the door.

Please register online by March 3. You can register online at https://orangecounty.camp-master.com/events/delmardistrictdinner2017/EventDetails.aspx.

We are needing your Extra Miler Awards and nominations for District Award of Merit.

Extra Miler Award

If you have an adult volunteer who has provided exceptional help to your unit and you want to give them extra special recognition, please send their names to extramileraward@delmardistrict.com.

District Award of Merit

Do you know someone who has given extraordinary service to the district? Nominate them for the District Award of Merit! Download the form and email it to districtawardofmerit@delmardistrict.com.

We need to get these nominations and names submitted by March 3 so that we have time to order awards and finalize the program for the dinner.