Troop 918 is sponsored by Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.  Our goal is to develop Godly young men of great character with a heart of service for others and knowledge and respect for the outdoors.

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for its youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA has developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies, and provides parents and leaders the following online and print resources for all scouting progams.  For more information please visit: www.ocbsa.org/youth-protection/

Mud Caves Camp Canceled/Alternative Activity

Posted on Jan 29 2015 - 10:49pm

Bad News:  Unfortunately we have lost a few drivers and leaders for this event leaving  us without resources to make this trip happen. To that end, Scoutmaster Karn has asked me to send out this email canceling the event. 

Good News:  We will however be discussing a Plan-B ideas with PLC members at this Monday night’s troop meeting.  We have also proudly planned our new event, "The Amazing Race" in place of this event on Saturday the 31st.  We hope you an join us on this great race around the county starting at Saddleback Church's Refinery at 10:00 AM , going until 2:00 PM (bring $$$ for lunch).

Also, mark your calendars and plan to attend February and March camping. More details on both will be out this week…

New Scouts Advancement Time

Posted on Jan 29 2015 - 10:49pm

 For all new Scouts and Scouts who have not yet earned Tenderfoot, we will be having a rank advancement day on Monday, February 2nd at Saddleback Church Room 404. There is no troop meeting, due to the PLC meeting. It's a great opportunity to get the ball rolling on the road to Eagle! Class A is recommended, unless you do not have the first portion on the fitness requirement done.  This session will be mainly Tenderfoot advancement, but you can do requirements for all ranks through First Class. Hope to see you there!

Summer Camp 2015

Posted on Jan 25 2015 - 4:52am

Summer Camp RSVP and first payment is due this Monday.
Register here   AND   make payments for this event here at our Online Payments page 
Act now, Emerald Bay is a premier camp and an unforgettable experience!

If you are interested but have some questions or concerns or need to discuss
finances, please hesitate to contact Mr. Klein 949-463-3253 or kleinds@gmail.com


Back by popular demand for 2015…   Summer Camp at Emerald Bay on Catalina Island!!!!!

         Mark your calendars for July 5th to the 11th.

 “A week at camp is work 6 months in the meeting room”  - Baden Powell

Unique Catalina Opportunities…
Kayaking, Marine Science, Oceanography, Energy, SCUBA Diving, Snorkeling

Archery,  Art,  Astronomy,  Basketry,  BSA Aquarist,   BSA Lifeguard,   BSA Naturalist,   BSA Oceanography,   Camping,   Canoeing,  Environmental  Science, Fish & Wildlife Mgmt,   Geology,   Kayaking,   Leatherwork,   Lifesaving,  Mammals Study, Mile Swim, BSA,  Motor Boating,  Mountain Biking,  Nature, Oceanography  Orienteering   Pioneering,   Pottery,  Rifle Shooting,  Rowing,  Shotgun Shooting,  Soil/Water Cons,  Snorkeling BSA,   Small Boat Sailing,  Swimming,  Water-Sports  Wilderness Survival,   Wood Carving     *List subject to change in 2015

SCUBA Merit Badge and a half-day “Discover Scuba” program are offered for Scouts age 12 and older (BSA policy)

This year’s basic camp will cost each camper $490.00 for the week including Summer Camp program, food and boat transportation from San Pedro Harbor (no bus add on like last year).   SCUBA programs and certain other merit badges are available at an additional cost.

The Troop is required to make scheduled payments prior to Summer camp.  We therefore need to start collecting money from Troop parents.  In order to make this easy on everyone, we have again set up a payment schedule.   Each payment is due as follows:

January 26th  -  $100
February 23rd  -  $100
March 23rd   -  $100
May 4th   -  $100
June 8th  -  $99

Please keep up with the payment schedule.  If you wish to pay the entire balance at once, that is OK too.

Register here   AND   Make payments for this event at our Online Payments page

As always, if your son WILL NOT be attending Summer Camp this year, please register your regrets online.  This will REALLY help with our planning.

We will be providing more details on Summer Camp as we get closer to the event.  If you have any questions about Summer Camp please email Dave Klein at kleinds@gmail.com

Employment Opportunity at Lost Valley!

Posted on Dec 10 2014 - 6:32pm

 Are you 14 years old or older? Are you looking for a summer job? Are you willing to spend at least 4 weeks away from home?  If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you!  The Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley (SSRLV) is looking for Scouts who show exemplary Scout Spirit to help run the camp during Cb Scout Weekend and Summer Camp. You must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and have an up-to-date medical waiver.  With a four-week commitment, you get housing in a cabin, meals, and $300 pay per week!  Sound good?  Ask your parents and fill out an application.  Hurry! Only 70 spots available! (NOTE: If you are not accepted to staff SSRLV, you can choose to have your application forwarded to Newport Sea Base (NSB) or the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC)). Also, bike transportation is the main way around Lost Valley!  It is recommended that you have camped at Lost Valley for summer camp as a camper before becoming a staff member.  It looks better knowing you've been here before!

New Reference Pages...

Posted on Dec 8 2014 - 2:51pm

Have you noticed anything different lately at troop918.com?

Easy Fund Raising with Ralph’s Grocery Stores

Posted on Sep 27 2014 - 5:56pm
Did you know that Ralph’s will donate to Troop 918 every time you shop and scan your Ralph’s Club Card?  It’sExtraordinary fundraising from ordinary purchases.  

RALPH'S REQUIRES ANNUAL RESUBMITION - Even if you've signed up before, each September Ralph’s requires customers to re-register their card to their chosen charity to receive the donations.  Please either register or re-register your Ralph’s Club Card to Troop 918 now!

There are three ways to register:

1.  You can print this letter and have the cashier scan it when you checkout.  That's it, super simple!  This will attach your Club Card to our Troop.  If you register with this method, the name “Troop 918” will NOT appear on the bottom of your grocery receipt.
2.  Ask the cashier to scan this barcode. Some phone screens will scan and some will not. It's worth a try :-)   If you register with this method, the name “Troop 918” will NOT appear on the bottom of your grocery receipt.
3.  If you have your Club Card barcode number, you can register on Ralph’s web site:
Go to https://customer.ralphs.com/login.aspx
Click on:  Get Started, Sign Up Today
Click on Community Rewards at the bottom of the screed.
Enter our NPO number of 92221 and select Troop 918