Honor Flight Mail Call

Honor Flight Southland takes off on May 5th and our Scouts have been invited to be a part of it by taking part in the Mail Call! On the flight, “Mail Call” is held so that Veterans have the opportunity to receive letters of gratitude for their service. On active duty, before email, text or Skype, the very best part of the day was when letters from home were handed out.

Your Scouts can be a part of this tradition by sending a letter, card, or drawing to an Honor Flight Veteran.

To Participate:
1. Enlist your Scouts to write their thanks to US Veterans.

2. Collect all of the letters and package them together for shipping.

3. Mail your packaged letters to the address below no later than April 20, 2017.

Luci Miller
19312 Bushwood Lane
Trabuco Canyon, 92679
Attn: Honor Flight Southland

Honor Flight Volunteers have shared that “Mail Call” is an emotional highlight of the trip. Many Veterans keep these letters in scrap books of their trip – to read over and over again. Let these Veterans know they are not forgotten! Send a card or letter today.

Many Veterans like to write back to our Scouts, so if your unit would like to receive a response please have them include a return address!

To learn more about Honor Flight Southland please visit their website.



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 the requirements listed below please contact Jorge Ruiz deSomocurcio 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 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

Think all superheroes are in the movies? Read on to see how this Eagle Scout became one in an emergency…

by Bryan Wendell

The great power of the Eagle Scout badge comes with great responsibility. Once you first wear it, you never really take it off.

Just look at Cameron Bennett. The Fort Worth, Texas, 19-year-old has been known to wear the Spider-Man costume around the campus of Texas Wesleyan University, where he’s a student.

That fun hobby took a serious turn last month when Bennett heard the sounds of a car crash nearby.

One of the cars had landed upside down with two people trapped inside, and the Eagle Scout took immediate action.

“I hear somebody screaming, so I didn’t have any time to think,” he told WFAA-TV. “My body just moved, and I sprinted over to the car.”

The door wouldn’t budge, so Bennett used what must have been superhuman strength to force it open and pull the occupants free. The passengers ended up with only minor injuries.

“In the moment I didn’t think,” he said. “I was like, ‘Somebody needs my help. I have to help these people.’ So you just move.”

Let’s see. A teenager who assists others and has a sort of “Spidey sense” that helps him be in the right place at the right time? Yeah, he’s Spider-Man.

(Note: As of press time I could not confirm whether Bennett can scale walls or shoot webs from his wrists.)

Bennett’s friend, Marissa Quintanilla, saw the heroism unfold.

“What he did didn’t surprise me at all,” Quintanilla told WFAA. “Because that’s the kind of person he is.”

That’s the kind of person Scouts are.