Lost Valley Update

Update: Monday, July 24, 2017

CalFire reports the “Lost Fire” is at 255 acres, 60% contained. The evacuation warning put into place for the Chihuahua Valley has been lifted, effective immediately. We are very grateful to the first responders who acted so quickly and worked so hard to ensure the safety of all those in our area.

The fire itself did not cross onto Lost Valley property. While close, we are thankful it remained at less than 300 acres.

Though disappointed we could not host campers this week, the safety and well being of all of our participants and staff is always our top priority. We are eager for our next group of campers to arrive on Sunday, 7/30.


Saturday, July 22, 20217:

The Orange County Council, BSA has learned that a fire is approaching Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley. Authorities from CAL FIRE are responding to the fire. The safety and well-being of our participants and staff is of paramount importance to the BSA, and integral to everything we do. Upon learning of this matter, we took immediate action to evacuate everyone on the property and move them towards areas of safety.

We are thankful that no youth members, adult volunteers or staff have been harmed, and we greatly appreciate our first responders for keeping our community safe.

We are in the process of notifying those planning to attend camp 7/23-7/29 and are making alternative arrangements with other local councils to ensure all youth members have the opportunity to experience camp.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Herrmann, Scout Executive, 714-651-3903. Mr. Herrmann will not be available between 12pm-5pm Sunday, 7/23. During those hours, please call Danny Tucker, Deputy Scout Executive, 714-305-6676.




A Look Back at the 1953 Jamboree

On Wednesday, July 19th, the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, Newport Beach Historical Society and Irvine Historical Society will be showcasing artifacts and memorabilia from the 1953 Jamboree event, screening the acclaimed Cecil B. Demille film Boy Scouts of America 1953 Jamboree and hosting a Q&A session from Scouts who were there. The outdoor festival event, at the Oasis Event Center in Corona Del Mar, begins at 5:30pm, continues with the movie screening from 6:30-7:30pm and finishes with a Q&A from 7:30-8pm.

Jim Lynn from Troop 26 in Los Angeles was one of the lucky Scouts able to attend the 1953 Jamboree at Irvine Ranch in what is now Newport Beach. Camping where Dove Street near Jamboree is now, Lynn was able to take us back to what the iconic Jamboree was like.

From trading patches and neckerchief slides to watching numerous performances at the amphitheater, this historical event was not one to miss! What is now Back Bay in Newport Beach, was the amphitheater where Scouts watched an airshow and saw Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart and Roy Rogers perform.

Scouts came to Irvine Ranch to have the unique experience of meeting other Scouts from all over the world. Lynn tells a story of how he traded knives, one of which he still has, with a Scout from Japan. After the exchange, he had soon forgotten about his encounter until several years later.  In the late 1960s, Lynn was working in advertising for the Honda Motor Company and went to a grand opening of a showroom and recognized the Japanese VP of Honda as the Scout he exchanged knives with several years earlier.

With that being one of the many lasting memories Jim Lynn recalled, he says he is very lucky he had the chance to go to the event. He convinced his parents to spend the money, about $50, to let him and his brother attend the Jamboree instead of their usual summer camp spot. They knew everyone from around the world would be going, and wanted to be a part of the memory. Lynn still has his jacket from the event and will be bringing it, along with some other memorabilia, to the 1953 Boy Scout Jamboree Movie event.

OCBSA Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

The Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America (OCBSA) received four out of a possible four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. OCBSA cares passionately about what is happening to kids and our communities – and are dedicated to supporting an exciting, quality program that builds our future leaders.

“The Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts is a vibrant, growing organization,” states Chairman of the Board, Dr. John Hovanesian. “We’re no longer just about boys wearing khaki uniform is in the woods tying knots. Today’s Scouting serves both boys and girls from age 5-21, helping them become future leaders who are prepared to make ethical and moral decisions to guide them for life. We are thrilled to be recognized by Charity Navigator for our financial stewardship and impact in young people’s lives.”

Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of America’s largest charities. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicated that the OCBSA adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

“OCBSA’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds the OCBSA to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support OCBSA.”

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, Charity Navigator upgraded their methodology for rating each charity’s financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of our four-star charities.