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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

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Scout Sunday 2017

On February 8, America will have achieved the blessings of 107 years of Scouting for our youth.
The Scouting program has always included faith and duty to God as basic tenets. These are recited in The Scout oath: “I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country” and in The Scout Law: “a Scout is Reverent”.

Every year, we celebrate this milestone on Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath.

The challenge: This year, make Scouting visible in your place of worship.

Who:
Every Scout and Scouter in Packs, Troops, and Crews

When:
Scout Sunday: Feb. 5, 2017
Scout Sabbath: Feb. 11, 2017

Where:
Each Scout’s place of worship

How:
A. At a minimum: Wear your Field Uniform (Class A) and attend a service at your place of worship

Requires:
An individual commitment to show up in uniform.

B. Step it up:
Do “A” AND
Have an announcement before the service or during the service to recognize 107 years of Scouting in the United States.
Have the faith leader ask all current and past members of the Scouting organization to stand.
Recognize all Eagle Scouts present as having demonstrated their duty to God throughout their rank advancements.

Requires:
An advance request of the place of worship to accommodate the announcement

C.  Step it up a little more:
Do “A” and “B” AND
Reach out to the community through a bulletin announcement to alert them of anniversary of Scouting.
Ask community members to attend and current Scouts wear their uniforms
It is fine to reach out to Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls, as well, since there are common roots.
Requires:
A 2-3 week advance request and a little blurb for the bulletin

D.  Step it up even more:
Do “A,” “B,” and “C” AND
Involve Scouts in the service as greeters, handing out bulletins, passing collection baskets, being recognized for religious emblem awards and religious patches earned, hosting donuts after services, etc. Be creative!
A 2-3 week advance request and will require more info to be posted in the bulletin.

Finally, Take PICTURES!
Tell us what you did: A, B, C, or D, with a few specifics in a brief paragraph (3-4 sentences) and send pictures to:

Linda Shepard – OC Religious Emblem Coordinator at Linda92shep@gmail.com
And / Or Marty Cutrone – OC Director of Strategic Alliances at MartyC@OCBSA.org

PRE-Service SCREEN ANNOUNCEMENT

 A “Scout is Reverent.” Scouts of all ages promise to do their “Duty to God.” Today we celebrate Scout Sunday – the founding of the Scouts in the United States.

This is an example of what can be read at the service:

Today we are celebrating Scout Sunday. Scout Sunday is meant to mark the founding of the Scouts in the United States. On this special day Scouts go to their places of worship in uniform and help with the services.

In the United States, Scouting is incorporated by churches, synagogues, and many other religious organizations as part of their youth ministries. Approximately 50 percent of all Scouting units are chartered to religious groups. These observances offer an opportunity for congregations to honor Scouts and Scouters as well as to learn more themselves about the value of Scouting as a youth program.

Part of the Scout Law says that a “Scout is Reverent” and that Scouts of all ages promise to do their “Duty to God”. These values strengthen youth character in their family, community and faith. Scout Sunday is a day for entire congregations to share in the Scouting family.

District Pinewood Derby 2017

It’s time to get your pinewood race cars ready!

Pack 316 hosts the 3rd Annual Del MarDistrict Pinewood Derby on Saturday, January 21. Check in begins at 11:45 AM and race begins at 12:15 PM (no late check ins, please).

The race will be at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, (3800 S. Fairview Rd., Santa Ana, CA 92704).

All Scouts and Scouters should come in Field Uniform.

Please register by Friday so we can get a count of how many people to expect.

Official race rules are available at this link.

Ethan’s Giving Tree

The ME Rinker National Scout Shop is providing an opportunity for the scouting community to help local scout members who may be in need of uniforms and uniform items.

This help will be done through The Ethan Giving Tree program starting November 17 through December 20, 2016. The Ethan Giving Tree program works on a donation basis. An Ethan tree (similar to an Angel tree) will be set up at the Scout Shop with Ethan cards on it. Each card will have the first name of the Scout along with the uniform items that they need. There will also be a space for other items they may want such as books, crafts, camping items, etc. Customers and Scout supporters can purchase the item(s) in their local Scout Shop and give them to the store staff to collect for each child.

We will keep the name of the individual(s) confidential. Only the store staff will have access to the Scout’s name and your contact information. A code will be issued that will match a card in the safe that will have your contact information, so as the donations are collected store staff will contact you so arrangements for pickup can be made.

We need your assistance to make this project a success. Please fill out the information below and return to the store by November 17, 2016 for every scout who would benefit from donations from the scouting community to complete their full uniform.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact the store staff by email: MERinkerScoutShop@scouting.org or phone us at 561-691-3929.

Thank you in advance for your assistance. With leaders like you, this program will greatly benefit our scouting community.

Thank you,
National Scout Shop Store

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Friendstorming

What: Del Mar’s Got Talent!

Who: Pack and Troop Volunteers invited

When: Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 PM

Where: Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Fellowship Hall

Why: To inprove Del Mar District’s unit service

PIZZA AND DRINKS WILL BE SERVED

Download the flyer: Friendstorming 2016

Scout-O-Rama 2016

Scout-O-Rama will be here sooner than you think!

What is Scout-O-Rama?

Scout-O-Rama is the annual “carnival” of Scouting hosted by the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America. Enjoy a fun-filled day of exhibits, competitions, games and displays. Scout-O-Rama features Scout booths and vendor booths as well as Dutch-oven cooking demonstrations, canoe races, climbing towers, Bubble Rollers, Medieval Times performances, and Vans Skate shows and many more.

Join in the fun with a Unit Booth

Local Packs, Troops, Teams and Crews can participate in Scout-O-Rama event by displaying a booth. Choose a theme like games, demonstrations, cooking activities, Scout skills, or whatever your Scouting imagination can come up with! There are limited spots available, so sign up now, the best booths will be awarded a ribbon!

Bring the whole family

Just one ticket provides admission for the entire family. Scouts will be selling tickets for $10 throughout Orange County. Don’t know a Scout? You can contact also make your purchase online at www.ocbsa.kintera.org/ccsale or get them at the gate! Parking is $10 per vehicle, cash only.

For more information, download the flyer, or visit the OCBSA webpage.