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Welcome to Saddleback District's website!

 In order to improve the communication with all the Units, Scouts, Scouters and Parents in Saddleback District, we redesigned and improved your Website.

One feature of this website is the ability to send out weekly Eblasts to all subscribers with up-to-date information and changes as they may occur.  

 Please personally register on this site to receive the weekly Eblast.

 We will be running both sites concurrently.  Please visit http://saddleback.ocbsa.org/ 

 For more information about District events and information to help you serve the youth of Saddleback District, attend the District Roundtable Meetings.

 Roundtable meetings during 2014 are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the LDS Church, Trabuco Ward Building, 24755 Trabuco Rd, Lake Forest. This is between Bake and Lake Forest.

Commencing January 8, 2015, Rountable meetings will be held at the Refinery on the campus of Saddleback Church located at 1 Saddleback Parkway in Lake Forest. The meeting will start at 7pm but all are invited to arrive early for fellowship and a meal.

 

Yours in Scouting,

 The Saddleback District Committee

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Scout Sunday

Posted by jclements on Jan 21 2015 - 9:33am

Calling all Catholic Scouts of Saddleback District

Come celebrate that a Scout is reverent!

See attached flyer for more information.

2015 District Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Early Bird Registration ends this Sunday January 18th

Posted by gbeck on Jan 17 2015 - 8:15am

Join your fellow Scouters for the 32nd Annual Saddleback District Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.   This annual event is an opportunity for your District leadership to say "thank you" to those volunteers who have made a significant difference in our Packs, Troops, Teams, and Crews and to those volunteers who have helped make our District successful during 2014. 

We will have food, fun and fellowship while we celebrate. And don't forget the awards, including Extra Miler Awards, District Awards of Merit and the Frank Gamble Good Scouter Award.

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2014

Gathering Time: 6:00 pm.   Dinner: 7:00 pm.  The program should conclude around 9:00pm.

Location: Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, 2 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Attire: Class "A" Uniform for Scouters and Casual Business Attire for guests

Early bird registration and payment on or before Sunday January 18, 2015 -- $25 per preson (cash, check or credit card)

Late registration and payment after Sunday January 18th -- $35 per preson (cash, check or credit card)

For more information and to register online click on http://www.saddlebackdistrict.org/volunteerdinner

Please send photos of your Extra Miler nominees to Kathryn Monaghan at photos@saddlebackdistrict.org so they will be included in the slide show presentation.

Order of the Arrow Unit Election News

Posted by AGoldsworth on Jan 6 2015 - 9:24pm

The Order of the Arrow Anasazi Chapter will be conducting a calling-out ceremony during the Saddleback District Spring 2015 Camporee. In order for troops and teams to participate in the call-out, the unit's Order of the Arrow election must be scheduled and conducted at least a week before camporee. Team and troop elections may be conducted now through April 17th, no elections will be conducted during camporee. For an election to be valid at least two non-unit members of the Anasazi election team must be present. Further details pertaining to organizing, scheduling and conducting a unit election are attached, and the same information was distributed via email November 30 to each troop and team's current Key 3.

Patrol Method

Posted by jclements on Jan 6 2015 - 5:12am

"This  first of twelve installments is a story that follows a new Scoutmaster, Chuck Grant, attempting to use the patrol method in a troop that has forgotten how. 

This work of fiction is based on the stories shared by readers and listeners, questions they have asked, and the advice Clark Green commonly shared in replies. Scoutmasters can expect to encounter challenges and setbacks along the way. Clark has tried to avoid being unreasonable optimistic, or overly pessimistic about the progress we can make when we stick to the basics.

Chapters will be published each Tuesday and Thursday."

Each chapters are a very quick read and is currently at Chapter 11. It will aid you in re-aligning your compass towards the Patrol Method of Scouting.

Click HERE to begin your journey.

Extra Miler Award Nominations are Now Being Accepted

Posted by gbeck on Dec 27 2014 - 2:55pm

Attention Unit Committee Chairs - This nomination is for the adults in your unit that your unit committee feels have “gone the extra mile” during the 2014 scouting year. Each unit is invited (and encouraged) to submit 1 Extra Miler nomination per 25 youth or fraction thereof (but not less than 2 nominations per unit). As such, if you have 20 youth in your unit, you can nominate 2 adults (20 divided by 25 = 0 + 1 + 1). If you have 55 youth, you can nominate 4 adults (55 divided by 25 = 2 + 1 +1).  Please submit your nominations by December 31, 2014 to extramiler@saddlebackdistrict.org.

A "Thank You" from our Council Commissioner

Posted by gbeck on Dec 27 2014 - 2:54pm

As we enjoy this wonderful season of celebration, let’s think about all the little miracles that happen throughout the year in Scouting as a direct result of our most treasured volunteer leaders: 

Every time a Tiger Cub solemnly carries the US flag in a pack ceremony for the first time, a proud leader makes it possible. 

Every time a Bear Cub plants a tree, learning how to take care of his planet, a leader with soiled hands makes it possible.   

Every time a Webelos Scout tries and tries and tries, and finally ties a square knot, a relieved leader makes it possible. 

Every time a Tenderfoot Scout completes his five-mile hike for Second Class, a tired leader makes it possible. 

And every time a prepared Scout uses his first aid skills to save the life of another human being, a joyfully crying leader makes it possible.   

Dear leaders and friends of Scouting, may God bless you for all the good you bring the world through our treasured young people.  Relax, and enjoy yourself this holiday season.  You've earned it.  You're a miracle worker!

John A. Hovanesian, MD

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