Summer Programs

The IROEC is the best place in Orange County for youth to explore the outdoors, learn leadership skills, and become stewards of the environment. We are proud to offer programs that provide activities like wacky science experiments, mine immersion and sustainability exercises. But no outdoor adventure is complete without some activities like shooting sports and a water slide!

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

Weekday Programs

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Junior Adventure Camp: Ages 6-7  |  $299

Come explore the many adventures the IROEC has to offer! Campers will participate in a variety of exciting activities including the pool, shooting ranges, mining camp, STEM activities, climbing, crafts, games, hikes and more! *Cub Scouts in attendance will complete requirements towards their rank advancements.

JAC Age 6-7 Sample Schedule

Junior Adventure Camp: Ages 8-10  |  $299

Come explore the many adventures the IROEC has to offer! Campers will participate in a variety of exciting activities including the pool, shooting ranges, mining camp, STEM activities, climbing, zip line, crafts, games, hikes and more! *Cub scouts in attendance will complete requirements towards their rank advancements.

JAC Age 8-10 Sample Schedule

Trail to First Class – All Day: Ages 11-17  |  $399

Earn your way to Eagle with the new Trail to First Class Program at Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. Scouts will work on their rank advancements as patrols, bond over fun competitions, earn the Woodcarving Merit Badge and experience the OEC’s best programs like High Adventure and the mine!   

Woodcarving: As with any art, woodcarving involves learning the basics of design, along with material selection and tools and techniques, as well as woodcarving safety. The requirements of Woodcarving merit badge introduce Scouts to an enjoyable hobby and can become a lifetime activity.  

Bonus Activities: Pool, hikes, mine & zip line.

 

Full Day A – Citizenship in the World | Emergency Preparedness | Space Exploration: Ages 11-17  |  $399

Learn about your citizenship in the worldhow to get prepared for emergencies and the wonders of space, PLUS participate is some the OEC’s best programs 

Citizenship in the World: Learn about the duties, rights, and obligations of citizens in our county and those around the world! Participants will learn about different types of government, national and international laws and how we as a global community depend on each other economically and socially. This class is recommended for ages 13+ 

Emergency Preparedness: Get prepared for any emergency!   

Have fun learning how to prepare for an emergency, what to do if you are in one, and the management it takes. Participants will become better prepared to overcome the challenges of emergency situations.  Prerequisite: Bring proof you have earned the First Aid Merit Badge.  

Space Exploration: Enjoy learning about Space Exploration including history, international cooperation, benefits, satellites and rockets, rocket engines, the International Space Station and more! Scouts will also get to design and build their own rockets! 

Bonus Activities: Climbing, hikes, pool & zip line.

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

 

Full Day B – Game Design | Astronomy | First Aid: Ages 11-17  |  $399

Get creative and make your own game, explore the night sky and learn how to do first aid in this fun and interactive class! 

Astronomy:  Study how activities in space affect our own planet and bear witness to the wonders of the night sky; the nebulae, or giant clouds of gas and dust where new stars are born; old stars dying and exploding; meteor showers and shooting stars; the moon, planets, and a dazzling array of stars. 

Game Design: Have fun learning the basics of how games are created, what tactic can be used and then create your own! Game Design is perfect for participants that love games and strategy 

First Aid: Caring for injured or ill persons until they can receive professional medical care is an important skill. With some knowledge of first aid, a person can provide immediate care and help to someone who is hurt or becomes ill. First aid can help prevent infection and serious loss of blood. It could even save a limb or a life. 

Bonus Activities: Climbing, pool & zip line.

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

 

Half Day – Leadership: Ages 13-17  |  $199

May not be combined with other tracks.  

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…THERE’S A LEADER IN US ALL!!! Take your leadership and team-building skills to new heights in our Adventure Camp at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. Come join us for our Leadership and Team-building program packed with amazing activities on Adventure Hill:  

Participants will get air on our zip line, boldly participate in our team building exercises, learn the true meaning of trust, communication, and unity with others on our COPE Course. 

 

Half Day – Climbing | Mining in Society: Ages 11-17  |  $199

May not be combined with other tracks. 

Participants will be rockin’ it on the climbing tower and mine at the OEC.   

Climbing: Participants will learn the basics of climbing, rappelling, belaying. Each day they will reach new heights on the OEC’s new Adventure Hill! Climbing is a physically intense program, it suggested that participants have good upper body strength.  

Mining in Society: Come hangout out in the mine! Participants will learn about the history of mining, what mining is like today, and get to mine for geodes! 

Bonus Activities: Pool & zip line.

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

 

Half Day – Environmental Science | Home Repairs:  Ages 11-17  |  $199

May not be combined with other tracks.  

Learn about environmental science and what’s needed to do repairs around your home! 

Environmental Science: Participants get a taste of what it is like to be an environmental scientist, making observations and carrying out experiments to investigate the natural world. Participants will get to explore the OEC from the perspective of an environmental scientist.  

Home Repairs: Have fun while learning how to repair things around homeCompleting basic home repairs provides a sense of personal pride in one’s achievements and increased self-confidence. In addition, safe and successful do-it-yourselfers can easily save a family money in repair bills.  

Bonus Activities: Pool & zip line.

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

 

Half Day: Forestry | Swimming: Ages 11-17  |  $199

May not be combined with other tracks.  

Forestry: In the OEC Forestry course, participants will learn about tree identificationthe importance of forests and how forest management plays a part in our world. Throughout the class, participants will explore the OEC and its very own Food Forest.  

Swimming: Splash in to the OEC’s Swimming course! Participants will learn about swim safety and improve their swimming skills. Participants will utilize the OEC’s Mini Olympic sized pool. It is suggested participants come to the course with basic swimming skills. For participants that are members of Scouts BSA they will earn the Swimming Merit Badge. 

Bonus Activities: Koll Mountain hike & zip line.

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

 

Half Day: Medicine | Lifesaving: Ages 11-17  |  $199

May not be combined with other tracks.  

Medicine: Have fun learning about the history of medicine, the various roles in the healthcare industry and how it impacts our lives! Participants will dive into different types of medicine, careers and the people that made it happen.  This class will cover all requirements for Medicine Merit Badge except 7a and 10. 

Lifesaving: Participants in the OEC Lifesaving merit badge will learn techniques to stay safe in the water as well as rescue techniques that can be used to keep others safe. Participants in the course should have solid swimming skills and be comfortable in the deep end of the pool. Participants that are members of Scouts BSA must have completed the Swimming merit badge to earn the Lifesaving merit badge. 

Bonus Activity: Zip line.

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

 

Half Day: Camping, Art | Fingerprinting:  Ages 11-17  |  $199

May not be combined with other tracks.  

Camping:  Be Prepared! In the camping course at the OEC, participants will learn how to prepare for and be safe during a camping trip. Come learn the tricks and get the tips to make your next camping experience amazing!  Participants in Scouts BSA will earn all the requirements for the Camping merit badge except for requirement 8d, 9a, b and c.  

Art: Explore your creativity! Participants will learn about the importance of art to our society, explore and learn about different forms of art, and get to create it!  

Fingerprinting: Learn about the history of this essential law enforcement tool as well as hands on experience in collecting fingerprints. 

Bonus Activities: Climbing, zip line, & pool.

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

 

Bonus Activities

When you sign up for one of our week-long program tracks focused on merit badges you score bonus activities!!! Bonus activities will allow you to explore other experiences available at the IROEC not necessarily related to your merit badges. Bonus activities may include our big pool, water slide, zip line, mine or hikes. Bonus activities are not tied to a merit badge or other advancement they are designed for participants to explore and have fun! The number of bonus activities is based on session length (full day or half day) and the amount of content involved with the merit badges in that track. In order to meet our COVID-19 safety plan to limit interactions between program track groups bonus activities are not able to be switched out for options listed in other tracks.

Saturday Programs

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Archery:  Ages 11-17  |  $99

Archery is a fun way for participants to exercise minds as well as bodies, developing a steady hand, a good eye, and a disciplined mind. This course provides a thorough introduction to those who are new to the bow and arrow – but even for the experienced archer, this course can help to increase the understanding and appreciation of archery. Students get to shoot, learn how to string a bow and create their own arrow! 

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

Camping:  Ages 11-17  |  $79

Be Prepared! In the camping course at the OEC, participants will learn how to prepare for and be safe during a camping trip. Come learn the tricks and get the tips to make your next camping experience amazing!  

Participants in the Scouts BSA will earn all the requirements for the Camping merit badge except for requirement 8d, 9a, b and c.   

Citizenship in the Nation:  Ages 11-17  |  $79

Learn about the function and history of our federal government as you discover how national decisions affect you and your family. Participants will be charged to become an active citizen and learn how to voice your opinion to local representatives.  

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

Climbing:  Ages 11-17  |  $99

Climb high! Participants will learn the basics of climbing, rappelling, belaying. Each day they will reach new heights on the OEC’s new Adventure Hill!  Climbing is a physically intense program, it suggested participants have good upper body strength.  

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

Communication:  Ages 11-17  |  $99

Communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. Learn how to communicate effectively in all situations including job interviews, school projects and speaking with peers.  

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

Lifesaving:  Ages 11-17  |  $99

Participants in the OEC Lifesaving merit badge will learn techniques to stay safe in the water as well as rescue techniques that can be used to keep others safe. Participants in the course should have solid swimming skills and be comfortable in the deep end of the pool. Participants that are members of Scouts BSA must have completed the Swimming merit badge to earn the Lifesaving merit badge. 

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

Rifle Shooting: Ages 11-17  |  $99

Bullseye – Learn how to safely handle and shoot a rifle! Participants will learn the safety necessary to handle a rifle, how to clean a rifle and then test their accuracy and precision by shooting the rifles. This class is great for those learning to develop their shooting skills while learning safe practices. 

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

Sustainability:  Ages 11-17  |  $99

The Sustainability course offers an in depth look at how we can preserve natural resources for future generations by making sustainable choice in our daily lives. 

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

Swimming:  Ages 11-17  |  $99

Splash in to the OEC’s Swimming course! Participants will learn about swim safety and improve their swimming skills. Participants will utilize the OEC’s Mini Olympic sized pool. It is suggested participants come to the course with basic swimming skills. 

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

Sunday Programs

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Archery:  Ages 11-17  |  $99

Archery is a fun way for participants to exercise minds as well as bodies, developing a steady hand, a good eye, and a disciplined mind. This course provides a thorough introduction to those who are new to the bow and arrow – but even for the experienced archer, this course can help to increase the understanding and appreciation of archery. Students get to shoot, learn how to string a bow and create their own arrow! 

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

Rifle Shooting: Ages 11-17  |  $99

Bullseye – Learn how to safely handle and shoot a rifle! Participants will learn the safety necessary to handle a rifle, how to clean a rifle and then test their accuracy and precision by shooting the rifles. This class is great for those learning to develop their shooting skills while learning safe practices. 

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

Theater: Ages 11-17  |  $99

Lights, Curtain, GOParticipantwill learn all about Theater – how its created, its history, and the artists that make it memorable! Participants will create their own theater by writing plays, acting, directing and designing. Prerequisite: One of the following requirements – 3a, 3b, 3c, 3f, 3g, 3h, OR 3i. 

Scouts BSA in attendance will have the opportunity to earn merit badges if they complete the requirements.

Trail to First Class: Tenderfoot | Ages 11-17  |  $79

Calling all new Scouts! Join the OEC’ Tenderfoot rank class to work on your rank advancement on your trail to Eagle! The class includes instruction on knots, first aid, citizenship and more! 

Trail to First Class: Second Class | Ages 11-17  |  $79

Calling all Scouts and Tenderfoots! Join the OEC’ Second Class rank class to work on your rank advancement on your trail to Eagle! The class includes instruction on knots, first aid, navigation and more! 

Trail to First Class: First Class | Ages 11-17  |  $99

Calling all Scouts, Tenderfoots, and Second Class Scouts! Join the OEC’ First Class rank class to work on your rank advancement on your trail to Eagle!  The class includes instruction on knots, lashings, first aid, nature and more! 

 

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Health and Safety

 

The programs running will follow a strict set of enhanced protocols developed with guidance from the CDC, ACA, health departments and the Boy Scouts of America.

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Healthy and Safety Guidelines

The primary goal of our staff is to provide an environment for children to engage in activities with as many risks mitigated by proper planning and training. Coming to camp at any time includes some risk that we cannot completely eliminate, including possible exposure to COVID-19. However, we will do our best to minimize exposure and possible spread.

Self-Screening

  • If you have a fever or do not feel well, do not visit our facility
  • If a family member has a fever or does not feel well, do not visit our facility
  • If you have been in close contact with anyone that has had a fever or was not feeling well, do not visit our facility

Check-in

  • We will be checking temperatures upon arrival every day. Any staff or child exhibiting signs of illness cannot be accepted
  • There will be staggered start times to avoid as much back-up as possible
  • The check-in process will be drive-thru style, with multiple lanes

Check-out

  • Participants will be held in waiting areas and released by their instructors when parents arrive
  • The check-out process will be drive-thru style, with multiple lanes

Social Distancing

  • Group sizes will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants
  • Participants will be with their group for the duration of their time on site
  • Every effort will be made to utilize outdoor spaces and classrooms. Indoor rooms have reduced capacities, participants will have their own desks/area and will be distanced from one-another
  • The majority of instructors will only teach one session, thus interacting with only one group of participants per week
  • Physical distancing measures will be used in office areas, break areas, the lobby, and other high-traffic employee areas
  • Where possible, directional traffic will be used
  • Staff and participants will avoid high fives, handshakes, and other greetings that break physical distance
  • Programs in which social distancing measures are impractical have been canceled
  • If the safety of a child or staff member is in question, social distancing will be broken to attend to that person

Personal Hygiene

  • All participants and staff are required to wear masks while entering, exiting, and walking through the facility. Masks will not be mandatory when social distancing can be observed during classes and activities
  • Participants should use hand sanitizer and or wash their hands with soap and water when available

Cleaning Policies

  • Employees will clean surfaces using EPA approved cleaning products and disinfectants
  • Cleaning of room spaces will occur at the end of each session, plus regular on-going cleaning as needed
  • Restrooms will be cleaned on a regular on-going schedule, plus mid-day and end of day
  • Equipment will be cleaned with disinfectant after use by a participant