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Welcome to Saddleback District

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

Additionally, you can contact any of the program chairs.

Rountable meetings will be held at 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.

Revised campout requirements for Second Class, First Class take effect Aug. 1, 2017

Posted on Jul 26 2017 - 11:01pm

The number of overnight campouts required for a young man to earn the Second Class and First Class ranks will be reduced under new requirements that take effect Aug. 1, 2017.

But the total number of camping nights a Boy Scout will experience in the program as he progresses toward the rank of Eagle Scout will not change.

In 2016, alongside the release of the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, the BSA increased the number of campouts required for Second Class to three since joining from two. It increased the number of campouts required for First Class to six since joining from three.

The Aug. 1, 2017, revisions return the number of overnight campouts to pre-2016 levels but preserve the amount of time spent outdoors. The change, the BSA says, maintains a focus on life-changing outdoors experiences while recognizing that not all outdoor activities need to include overnight camping.

Hikes, service projects and outdoor-heavy merit badges like Geocaching and Orienteering add to the adventure of being a first-year Scout.

What's The Change?

Rank Current Requirement  New Requirement as of Aug. 1, 2017
Second Class 1a. Since joining, participate in five separate troop/patrol activities, three of which include overnight camping.  These five activities do not include troop or patrol meetings.  On at least two of the three campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect (such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee). 1a. Since joining Boy Scouts, participate in five separate troop/patrol activities, at least three of which must be held outdoors.  Of the outdoor activities, at least two must include overnight camping.  These activities do not include troop or patrol meetings.  On campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect, such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee.
First Class 1a. Since joining, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, six of which include overnight camping.  These 10 activities do not include troop or patrol meetings.  On at least five of the six campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect (such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee). 1a. Since joining Boy Scouts, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, at least six of which must be held outdoors.  Of the outdoor activities, at least three must include overnight camping.  These activities do not include troop or patrol meetings.  On campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect, such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee.

Eagle Palms Changes Effective Aug 1st

Posted on Jul 26 2017 - 10:30pm

Just a few weeks ago we learned of changes coming quickly to the Eagle Palm program.

Beginning August 1st, Scouts having an Eagle Board of Review are also eligible to receive Eagle Palms along with their Eagle Medal.  He can receive one Palm for each 5 additional merit badges that he has earned beyond the 21 required for his Eagle rank.  You might think of this as a one-time catch-up opportunity.  This one-time does not require a Scoutmaster Conference and it takes into account merit badges earned prior to the Eagle Board of Review, including merit badges completed on that very day.

Click Read more in the bottom right corner to find out more about this change...

Letters to the Troops

Posted on Jul 20 2017 - 3:22pm

This is Ariana from Congresswoman Walter’s office in Irvine. We would like to invite your Scouts to participate in our “Letters to the Troops” program. Your Scouts have the opportunity to show their appreciation for our deployed personnel through thoughtful letters that our office will deliver. We are flexible on the timing of this program, and can pick up your letters on an individual basis that is convenient for you. As you know, it is difficult for our troops to be away from family and friends, and these letters will serve as a small token of our appreciation for our heroes’ service and sacrifice. Please contact our office number at (949)-263-8703 for further information and any questions that you may have. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sincerely,
Ariana Rowlands

Fall 2017 Wood Badge course

Posted on Jul 20 2017 - 3:11pm

Do you want to receive the ultimate personal and professional growth training program offered by the Boy Scouts of America? Do you want to enhance your leadership skills through hands-on experience and make sure the Scouts in your unit have the best trained leader possible? Come join us at Wood Badge.  

What is Wood Badge? Wood Badge is a national course curriculum delivered locally by our Council's volunteer staff. It is intended for leaders at all levels of Scouting.

What can I get out of Wood Badge? The skills learned at Wood Badge are applicable to all aspects of your life, not just Scouting. This training will allow you to assist your unit or District to develop effective youth and leaders.

Click here for more information, and click here to register online through Camp Master.

New Eagle Rank Application Now Available

Posted on Jul 20 2017 - 3:11pm

New Eagle Application

There is a NEW 2017 Version of the Eagle Scout application now available.
 
Beginning September 1, 2107, the previous version with the 2016 date on the back bottom right corner will no longer be accepted.  The current version is available through the Saddleback District Eagle web page at https://www.saddlebackdistrict.org/node/1800
 
Unfortunately, with the last application update, we had several Scouts who we had turn away after the change deadline because they were still using the 2014 application.  Please make sure to communicate this change to your Life Scouts and volunteers.
 
Please update any links or files that you have on your Troop sites so that they point Scouts to the Saddleback District website.
 

2017 Saddleback District Fall Camporall

Posted on Jul 20 2017 - 3:10pm

                                                                         

SAVE THE DATE!

Saddleback District Presents

Boy Scout / Cub Scout WEBELOS

Camporall Weekend

Location:  Lakeview Park, Irvine Lake - Orange

October 27th - 29th, 2017 

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Boy Scout / WEBELOS Scout Expo

Lakeview Park

October 28th, 2017 / 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

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