Help Yourself While Helping Boy Scouts

Did you know that you can make a gift to OCBSA that returns income to you? That’s right!

Many of our Scouting donors are enjoying the benefit of a lifelong fixed income through our Gift Annuity program. In addition to the benefits listed below, you can have peace of mind not having to worry about fluctuations in the market place, and a portion of your income may be tax free.

A Gift Annuity with OCBSA provides donors with the following benefits:

  • Income Tax savings
  • Fixed, competitive rates of return *
  • Income for life
  • Estate Tax savings
  • Satisfaction of supporting Orange County Boy Scouts
  • Membership in the Heritage Society

Here is a sample of current payout rates:

Single Life                         Two Lives

Age     Rate                 Ages                Rates

70        5.1                   70  70              4.6

75        5.8                   75  75              5.0

80        6.8                   80  80              5.7

85        7.8                   85  85              6.7

90        9.0                   90  90              8.2

For more information about how you can personally benefit from a Gift Annuity with OCBSA contact Devon Dougherty, CFRE, Chief Development Officer at devond@ocbsa.org, or call 714.546.8558 ext. 145.

The information above is not intended as legal advice. Before making a charitable contribution you should seek the advice of your personal accountant, or tax counsel.

Young American Award Winner Goes on to World’s Premier Culinary School

    

Andres began the Culinary Pathway his 8th Grade Summer in the Introduction to Baking Course offered at Los Amigos. He then proceeded to take the Culinary Arts, Baking and Event Catering Classes needed to complete the Hospitality Pathway! Still hungry for more Andy joined and later became President of both the Culinary Arts Club and Career Exploring Culinary Post 247 (Learning for Life and Exploring of Orange County) offered on the Los Amigos Campus.

In 2015, Andres was nominated and received the Young American Award at the Twenty-sixth Annual William H. Surgeon III Luncheon and would later use his award to help fund a life changing decision; after 4 years of Service and Commitment to the post; Andres “Andy” would apply to the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York; leaving California, his Friends and his Family behind.

In August 2016, Andy was accepted to The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  On February 12, 2017 he moved into his dorm and began his 4 year journey to Culinary Excellence; with goals of a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Food Science and an Associate’s Degree in Baking and Pastry “CHEF Andy” has set his sights high on the prize! The Culinary Institute (considered the Julliard of the Culinary World) has produced such Notable Graduates as Anthony Bourdain and Duff Goldman; Andy hopes to add his name to this list of renowned Celebrity Chefs.

We wish him all the best as he follows his dreams!

For more information on Exploring, click here or email John Miller at johnm@ocexploring.org

 

Five Tips: End of the Year Giving

Most people make charitable gifts at the end of the year, and do so without much planning.  Your gift does make a difference in the lives of the Scouts and families served by OCBSA. This year you might consider how the following strategies might benefit you as you plan to support Scouting.

  1. Estimate your income and tax liability before December 31. As you may already know, by the time you fill out your income tax return in 2018, it will be too late to make charitable donation for this year.
    1. Consider using non-cash assets. Look at the stocks you have held for more than a year. It may be wiser to make a gift using stocks that have sizable appreciation instead of cash. You can receive an income tax deduction for the value of the stock(s) and avoid capital gain tax when the stock is sold.
    2. Consider making a gift that pays income back to you. OCBSA offers a variety of life-income plans to fit your needs. You can make a gift now, realize tax saving benefits, and receive a lifetime income.
    3. If you are over 70 ½ years of age, consider making a direct transfer from an IRA or SEPIRA to OCBSA. The transfer counts toward the minimum withdrawal rule, and avoids income tax.
    4. Talk to your advisor. Before making any significant gift, have your CPA, attorney, or other advisor help you to plan and understand the impact of the gift on your estate and 2018 income tax return.

Take the time to do some planning in the weeks ahead. For more information about how you can personally benefit from making an, “End of the Year” gift to OCBSA contact Devon Dougherty, CFRE, Chief Development Officer at devond@ocbsa.org, or call 714.546.8558 ext. 145.

The information above is not intended as legal advice. Before making a charitable contribution you should seek the advice of your personal accountant, or tax counsel.

Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Update

12/19/2017 | 1:45pm

It’s almost time!

We are just two weeks away from reopening the  majority of camp on 1/2/18. It has been awfully lonely at the IROEC these last couple of months as we make repairs from the Canyon Fire 2. Thanks to each of you for your support!

Here are a few updates on our progress:

  • We had an incredibly successful Day of Service on 12/16. Over 300 people showed up to help us clean out burnt plant material, work in the orchard, spread mulch, replaced rock borders, repaint and so much more. A special thank you to all who helped! We will hold another day of service in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Erosion control work has begun. We have installed silt fences, cleaned out culverts, laid sand bags and are hydro mulching much of the affected areas. This work will help ensure that the IROEC is safe from the winter floods and mud.
  • Painting is almost complete in all of the interiors of each building. A special thank you to Vista paint for donating the paint used.
  • Flooring has been cleaned and much has been replaced throughout the property.
  • We are on the final steps of removing the smoke and ash from each building. This has been a long but important process to ensure the health of all those who visit IROEC. New mattresses, furniture and mini blinds are arriving this week!
  • Bridge repairs continue as we make final assessments of the damage to the soil under the bridge. We anticipate more work on this project at the beginning of the year.
  • Irrigation repairs around the site as well as in the orchard have begun.
  • Landscape restoration has begun and mother nature is also lending a hand! It is fun to see new growth already emerging in much of the burned areas.
  • Building repairs will commence after the first of the year.

If you are still look for that special gift for someone, consider adopting one of our new citrus trees! You, your family, school, group or company can do something special for the environment, education and celebrate a piece of Orange County heritage by adopting one or more of the citrus trees in the Pankey ranch camp grove as we replant after the fires. Click here to learn more!

 

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Ash clean up at the archery range.

Repainting fire hydrants and poles.

Caring for the orchard with mulch and water.

 

11/17/17 | 3:00 pm

We’re coming back in 2018 better than ever!

It has been an exciting and busy few weeks as we continue to make repairs to the damage caused by the Canyon Fire 2 last month here at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center.

Work this week includes:

Planning for erosion control

  • Surveys and engineering assessments of the pedestrian bridge

  • Creating a vision for the new high adventure areas to include zip lines, climbing walls, and a low and high “ropes” course. We can’t wait to build this! Stay tuned for future updates.

  • Beginning repairs on the irrigation system around camp.

  • Additional repairs in the orchard to the irrigation system and working to restore tree health

  • Resurfacing the Harrison Lodge (dining hall) floor

  • Continued smoke and ash restoration work in the upper section of camp

  • Creation of the “Fire Ecology” Immersion program for our future academic students to experience

  • Final building preparations for interior paint to begin 11-20 in bunkhouses, leadership center, Harrison Lodge and the administration building.

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Civil Engineers from Adams-Streeter  survey the pedestrian bridge and make preparations for repairs.

The team from SoCal Sandbags discuss erosion control measures.


11/1/17 | 4:00 pm

On October 9, the Canyon Fire 2 forced the evacuation of the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC), operated by the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council (BSA). After multiple inspections and fire damage assessments, the IROEC is starting the restoration process.  

Working with DryMaster, the smoke and ash is being removed in and around all buildings using specialized equipment and techniques. DryMaster has a team of certified technicians who are trained in the treatment of not only fire and smoke damaged structures, but also in the treatment of items affected by highly acidic and damaging soot. The content restorers are very effective in cleaning restorable items on the property as well as highly detailed to determine those items that are beyond restoration. This process includes top to bottom cleaning, air scrubbing, and replacement of several items including mini blinds and other window dressings, mattresses, linens and other materials. 

Tolly Landscape Inc. has started evaluating damage to the irrigation and cultivated plants around the property. Trees and grass around the area are being watered and some new growth is already starting to take place!  

The IROEC staff is creating a vision and draft designs for the new zip line, challenge courses and climbing walls, all of which were destroyed in the fire. These new program areas will enable us to serve more youth in exciting new ways! Stay tuned for future pictures and draft designs over the next 30-60 days. 

Because of our deep desire to serve youth in the safest manner possible, the IROEC will remain closed until January 1, 2018 while we work to ensure that the IROEC is safe and ready to meet the needs of all our guests. While the IROEC property is closed, the staff are still hustling and bustling to get work done. The staff are currently working at the OCBSA Council Office to start the creation process of new materials and presentations for the schools who have missed out on fall outdoor science education.  

Those with questions about an upcoming event are encouraged to call (714) 546-8558 ext. 155 to talk to a member of the IROEC team, or to email info@iroec.org. For ongoing updates and to make a contribution to the rehabilitation and restoration process you can do so at the following link: www.outdooreducationcenter.org 

The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and the Orange County Council, BSA look forward to continuing to deliver the mission to serve every youth in Orange County through our outdoor programs. 

 

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The clean up process has begun. Every surface of the property must be cleaned and treated for smoke and fire damage, including this pavilion at Kennedy Meadows.

Due to the excessive smoke damage, mattresses are being replaced in all of the rooms and bunkhouses on the property. 

Contractors and volunteers assess the damage on the archery range. The line of ash behind them is what remains of the targets.

 

10/24/17 | 7:00 pm

On October 9, the Canyon Fire 2 forced the evacuation of the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC), operated by the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council (BSA). We are pleased to report that our emergency operations plan was successfully executed and no youth members, adult volunteers or staff were injured in the blaze.

We greatly appreciate our first responders for keeping our community safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the other members of our community who have been affected by this fire. We also thank all of the organizations and individuals whose generosity and expertise were instrumental in helping us to maintain a safe facility and develop actionable and reliable plans for dealing with fire and other emergencies.

Over the past several days, damage assessment of the entire property has been conducted. While no large structures were lost, the damage is significant. The vegetation around the IROEC site was decimated, and the zip line, climbing wall, and challenge courses were destroyed. The archery and orchard/ranch areas also sustained considerable damage. We are working to get critical infrastructure back in place, as well as beginning the restoration process.

As always, the safety and well-being of our participants and staff is of paramount importance to the IROEC and BSA, and integral to everything we do. Because of our deep desire to serve youth in the safest manner possible, the IROEC will remain closed until January 1, 2018 while we work to ensure that the IROEC is safe and ready to meet the needs of all our guests. We are disappointed that thousands of youth will not be able to take part in their academic and recreation programs as scheduled due to this unfortunate situation.

Those with questions about an upcoming event are encouraged to call (714) 546-8558 ext. 155 to talk to a member of the IROEC team, or to email info@iroec.org.

The BSA has been inundated with calls from the local community and across the country from individuals and organizations inquiring as to how they can help us restore the facility. We are deeply appreciative of this outpouring of support. For ongoing updates and to make a contribution to the rehabilitation and restoration process you can do so at the following link: www.outdooreducationcenter.org

The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and the Orange County Council, BSA look forward to continuing to deliver the mission to serve every youth in Orange County through our outdoor programs.

 

10/18/17 | 5:00 pm

As of October 16th, the Canyon Fire 2 that impacted the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center is now 100% contained. We remain eternally grateful for the hundreds of firefighters and emergency personnel who worked so hard to protect our community and the IROEC.

Over the last several days, additional assessments of the entire property have taken place. While no large structures were lost, the damage is still significant. The IROEC sustained catastrophic damage to the vegetation surrounding the site, and a complete loss of the zip line, climbing wall, and challenge courses. The bridge near the zip line, the archery area and the orchard/ranch area also sustained considerable damage. In addition, we are working to get critical infrastructure back in place, as well as assessing the restoration process.

As always, the safety and well-being of our participants and staff is of paramount importance to the IROEC and the BSA, and integral to everything we do. Because of our deep desire to serve youth in the safest manner possible, the IROEC and OCBSA is working to determine how long camp should be closed until the IROEC is safe and ready to meet the needs of all our guests. If you have questions about an upcoming event, please contact (714) 546-4990 to talk to a member of the IROEC team or email events@iroec.org.

The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and the Orange County Council, BSA look forward to continuing to deliver the mission to serve every youth in Orange County through our outdoor programs. Please visit www.outdooreducationcenter.org to see photos of the damage and learn how you can help be a part of the rebuilding process.

 

10/11/2017 | 2:00 pm

On October 9, the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) was evacuated and is still closed due to the CanyonFire2 in the immediate vicinity. We are thankful that no youth members, adult volunteers or staff were harmed, and we greatly appreciate our first responders for keeping our community safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the other members of our community who have been affected by this fire.

Initial assessments of the property have begun. The IROEC did sustain damage to the vegetation around the site, as well as considerable damage to the zip line, climbing wall, challenge courses and archery areas. While a full assessment is still taking place, we are very grateful and feel very blessed that the damage was not more severe. Additional information will be forthcoming as we work through the assessment process. Please visit www.outdooreducationcenter.org/iroec-fire-update for up to date information on the property.

The IROEC team is working with all groups who have upcoming reservations regarding the status of their events. We will continue to post more information as it becomes available regarding the next steps. If you have questions about an upcoming event, please contact (714) 546-8558 ext. 155 to talk to a member of the IROEC team or email events@iroec.org.

The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and the Orange County Council, BSA look forward to continuing to deliver our mission to serve every youth in Orange County through our outdoor programs.

 

10/10/2017 | 2:00pm

At this time evactuation orders are still in effect at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and the property will remain closed through Wednesday, October 11. We do not have any word on the state of the camp, but all campers are safe and live-in staff has been relocated. Our thanks and prayers go out to all of the firefighters working to keep our communities safe.

For updates from fire and rescue officials, please visithttps://www.facebook.com/AnaheimFireAndRescue/

 

10/9/2017

The Orange County Council, BSA has learned that a fire is near the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange. 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 that the Irvine Regional Park and the IROEC are closed to the public at this time, and is expected to remain closed through Tuesday, October 10th. We will post updates as we have them.

For updates from fire and rescue officials, please visit: Anaheim Fire And Rescue

 

 

 

 

Clarification on Adult Registration Requirement Beginning with 2018 Boy Scout Camp Season

The following was sent from National Council Boy Scouts of America:

The BSA’s new adult registration requirements — which mandate that all adults accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training — will go into effect June 1, 2018, at the start of the BSA’s summer camp season.

Several of you have inquired as to the “why” behind these updated adult registration requirements. The change to the adult registration requirement for Boy Scout activities described below is a first step. With the increased emphasis on youth protection and safe Scouting, this new requirement applies to the area of “highest risk” insofar as Boy Scout activities involve the most youth whose parents are not present.

Requiring registration, background checks, and YPT for adults on Boy Scout extended activities adds another dimension of protection. Additional requirements, such as mandatory YPT for any adult participating in a unit activity, shortening the activity period requirement from three nights, and extending the registration requirement to additional programs, are under consideration for future action. Recognizing the affect these requirements have on parents and programs, this first step is being taken in advance of YPT2 to underscore how important youth protection measures are to safe Scouting.

We fully recognize the affect these requirements will have on parents and programs and offer the following clarification:

  • This change applies to Boy Scout program only at this time
  • The new requirement applies to any adult accompanying a Boy Scout group on a single Scouting activity where they are present for three or more nights (not necessarily consecutive)
  • These adults must be registered as leaders, including the completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training before the activity (CBCs cannot be expedited)

Why is this happening: 

  • This is meant to enhance the “safe space” for overnight Boy Scout activities.
  • While incidents are rare, this will serve as an added layer of protection for our highest risk activities.

The future: 

  • Results and feedback will be monitored.
  • Also under consideration are:
    • Mandatory YPT for any participating adult
    • Extended registration requirements to other programs
    • Shortening the activity period from three nights