Q: What is the arrival time for course?
A: 7:00 am. Yep, 7:00 am and remember, you’re on time if you are five
minutes early. Arrive in time to be parked at the facility and unloading
your bag(s) at 7:00am. Upon arrival at the Irvine Regional Park
estimate 10 minutes before parking at your final destination. This
course has a very tight set schedule to adhere to and will begin on time
Q: Is there a park entrance fee or parking fee at the OEC / Irvine Regional Park?
A: No, if the course is at the OEC, the park entrance fee or parking fee
Q: How do I enter the OEC / Irvine Regional Park?
A: When arriving at the Irvine Regional
Park entrance gate veer to your left and use the self entrance gate
that allows each driver to enter an entrance code into the key pad. The
code will be shared with all participants a week before the course, as
will a map to direct you from the entrance get, through Irvine Regional
Park, to the BSA Outdoor Education Center. When you reach the Outdoor Education
Center Wood Badge staff members will direct
you to the designated parking lot where your vehicle will be safely
parked during both weekends.
Q: Will I receive a receipt for money paid to attend this course?
A: Yes, a receipt will be available for those that need one, on the first weekend.
Q: Am I required to be present during all parts of the program?
A: Yes, as well as on time, awake and enthusiastically participating.
Q: Can I leave each night and return the next morning?
A: No. The course is designed around all participants and staff being at
the facility actively involved in the program the entire duration of
the learning course.
Q: During the course my child will be camping at the Outdoor Education
Center, is it o.k. for me to go see him and hang out for a bit with
A: To fully benefit from the learning experience staff and participants
must be present and participating in each part of the curriculum. To cut
down on interruptions we ask that no visitors stop by and that no one
leaves to go visit others in the facility.
Q: Will we be outside or inside?
A: Both. Please bring clothes that will keep you comfortable for inside
and outside conditions depending on the season of your course. Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses are highly
recommended, as is a jacket for wear during the campfires and
evening walk to the bunk houses.
Q: Where do we sleep?
A: Weekend One all participants sleep in dorm style bunkhouses with
electricity and shower facilities. Females are housed in one bunkhouse
and males are housed in another bunkhouse. Bunk beds with mats are
supplied and each participant is asked to bring their own sleeping bag,
pillows, blankets, personal toiletries and ear plugs. There will be an
effort to have “Snoring” and “Non-snoring” rooms. Weekend Two all
participants sleep in assigned outside patrol areas.
Each participant is asked to bring a tent / mat / sleeping bag / pillow / camp
chair / other needed outdoor personal camping gear. Each participant will
work with fellow patrol members to work out who can bring additional
camping and outdoor cooking equipment. Restrooms and basic shower
facilities are nearby.
Q: Will there be time for me to use the other facilities and/or
participate in outside program activities at the Outdoor Education
Center (i.e. the archery range, zip line, hiking trails, etc)?
A: No. Wood Badge staff follows a very tight schedule dictated by BSA National,
and there is not time for outside activities.
Q: I hear cell phone coverage is poor at the OEC. What if someone
needs to get a hold of me in an emergency?
A: Contact information will be provided to you prior to course.
Q: Do I need a notebook, pen, laptop or any other office supplies?
A: Upon arrival each participant will receive a pen and a notebook
filled with supportive documents. Extra blank paper and writing
instruments are always helpful. Laptops and other electronic devices are
not required, nor are they relied upon during the course. Staff and
participants will be asked to silence all electronic devices during
learning sessions/activities and meals.
Q: Do I bring my own meals and snacks?
A: During the first weekend all meals are provided, except for breakfast
on the first day (eat before arriving at the Outdoor Education Center, you will
not have lunch until noon). Each evening of Weekend One a light snack
will be provided before participants retire to their bunk houses.
Participants are welcome to bring nonperishable snacks to keep in their
backpacks/tote bags if they so desire. During the second weekend each
patrol prepares their meals, and will be reimbursed a specific sum for
the cost of their food (details will be shared the first weekend). All
meal and snack choices are discussed and decided upon by all patrol
members during the first weekend.
Q: I have food allergies and/or dietary concerns. Who do I share this with?
A: After each participant registers a staff member will share a
request for the participant to complete a questionnaire
that will allow them to share this information. Please do this before
the first day of the course. All dietary related information will be
shared with the kitchen staff.
Q: Do I need a refillable water bottle? Refillable coffee mug?
A: Yes. Water and ice, coffee and tea will be readily available;
however, each participant is required to bring their own reusable
Q:I have never camped before, can I take the course?
A: Of course! The second weekend calls for each patrol to set up an
outdoor patrol area with sleeping, cooking and eating areas. Each patrol
will consist of adults from the various Scout programs who will each
have a variety of outdoor experiences and skills...all perfect for
sharing and increasing the knowledge, confidence and comfort level of