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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.

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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Order of the Arrow Unit Election News

Posted by AGoldsworth on Feb 26 2015 - 11:38pm

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, and specific requirements must be completed by the troop or team before the OA Election Team arrives at the unit meeting to conduct the unit election. Further details pertaining to organizing, scheduling and conducting a unit election are attached, and the same information has been distributed via email to each troop and team's current Key 3.

Merit Badge Counselor Training Seminar March 14th - Please register TODAY!

Posted by pmondello on Feb 26 2015 - 9:30pm

To all Saddleback District Merit Badge Counselors, Troop Committee Chairs, Advancement Chairs, SMs, ASMs and other leaders: 

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) requires ALL Merit Badge (MB) Counselors to be trained. 

Your District Committee is making the process easy for you…..  On Saturday, March 14th, Mark Pugh, Tiburon District Committee Member and in conjunction with the Saddleback Advancement Committee, will conduct a fun and interactive MB Training/Development class for existing and new MB Counselors.  At the same time, we plan to collect completed MB Counselor renewal forms.  The class will commence at 10:20am and end at 11:33am – yes, it’s a 73 minute session!!!!  The  venue is SadddleBack Church, Tent 3, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630 (flyer attached).

Please review http://www.meritbadgeevent.com This website was developed by Mark Pugh specifically for MB Counselors.  It offers a wealth of information, resources and with links to PDF fillable versions of national forms.

Scouters, just like Scouts participating in group MB sessions, you too must complete pre-requisites before March 14th.  Here’s the list!

 ·         YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE CLASS.  Registration is online - http://www.meritbadgeevent.com

  • BE ON TIME!  Arrive before 10am!  Why so early?  Because the earlier we start the earlier you finish!  We will start with a flag ceremony.
  •  If you are a uniformed Scouter, please make best effort to be dressed in Field Uniform (formerly known as Dress Uniform/Class A).
  • Bring a Blue Card signed by your unit leader.
  • Bring pen/pencil, paper, IPad, laptop or anything you need to take notes!
  •   Bring a copy of your CURRENT YPT certificate.
  • Bring one small item that relates to your favorite fun activity.
  •   Bring a friend (Scouter or other) who may have considered serving as a Merit Badge Counselor but has never been asked (must be over the age of 18).
  • Last but not least, bring your SCOUT SPIRIT!

Yours in Scouting,

Mark N. Pugh - Merit Badge Counselor Presenter

Paul Mondello - Saddleback Advancement Chairman

You're Invited to Attend a Presentation on Lord Baden-Powell by Brent Ferguson on Wednesday April 8th

Posted by gbeck on Feb 22 2015 - 5:07pm

On Wednesday, April 08, 2015, 7:00 AM-8:30 AM, B. Brent Ferguson, former Scoutmaster, including National Jamboree Troop Scoutmaster, Wood Badge Course Director, Silver Bear Award recipient, etc., will give a presentation to the South County Management Society at its monthly breakfast meeting at the Bell Tower Community Regional Center, 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, California 92688 on the life, teachings and leadership of Lord Baden-Powell.

For 217 days, Robert Baden-Powell held off the much larger Boer army in the Siege of Mafeking. A contemporary of Baden-Powell’s and then war correspondent said of him:

“Millions who could not follow closely or accurately the main events of the War looked day after day in the papers for the fortunes of Mafeking, and when finally the news of relief was flashed throughout the world, the streets of London became impassable, and the floods of sterling, cockney patriotism were released in such a deluge of unbridled, delirious, childish joy as was never witnessed again till Armistice Night, 1918….. 

How lucky for B-P that he was not … taken into the central swim of military affairs…How lucky for him, and how lucky for us all! To this he owes his perennially revivifying fame, his opportunity for high personal service of the most enduring character; and to this we owe an institution and an inspiration, characteristic of the essence of British genius, and uniting in a bond of comradeship the youth not only of the English-speaking world, but almost every land and people under the sun.” Winston S. Churchill

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.

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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