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/

Navy Family Camp

Posted on Oct 4 2016 - 8:56pm

Navy Family Camp – RSVP needed ASAP

Scouts are always welcome to camp without their family, but are encouraged to bring them along!

Grab your sea bag and pull up the anchor!

Scouts and families are invited to join in what has become one of our best attended events of the year… Navy Family Camp, taking place Fri-Sun Nov 4-6, 2016.

Come to this event and you’ll be able to say that you’ve...


If you've been with us in the past we've been on an active Guided Missile Destroyer and Active Navy Nuclear Submarines. We've met SEALs and Sailors. And we've always had a PHENOMINAL time!
The Navy is currently working to determine where we may be able to tour this year.

We need to provide the Navy with a list of attendees including who already has a military ID card issued to them.

We will be camping at Point Loma (softball fields) that is the submarine base. We will be touring a couple of Navy Ships, (last year we toured a Nuclear Submarine and a Destroyer. We will be doing a group cook, Saturday breakfast, SaturdayLunch, Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast. It is a great time.


Please get back to me as soon as possible if you are a CAC card holder.

Sign up online by clicking here and contact Mr. Menton if you will be attending.  
      Jmenton5@yahoo.com       949-290-5191    


Per OSHA regulations, siblings must be a minimum of age 7 to board the submarine.


Posted on Oct 1 2016 - 11:19pm

Attention Troop 918!! It is that time of the year to SELL POPCORN! For those of you who received your Sales Brochure/Order forms in the mail and are taking orders, thank you! If you have NOT gotten started, it is not too late! Simply log on to http://www.trails-end.com/.  There you can register your Scout/self and create a web page that you can share via email and social media to get your family and friends to support you.  You can also go the traditional selling route and ask friends, neighbors and such to support you and Scouting by taking orders the old fashioned way and submitting those with payment to myself (Mrs. Kester, Troop Committee Chair).  You have until October 21st to sell popcorn (Take Order is what Troop 918 is doing) and get me your order forms and payment.   I (or a designated leader or parent) will be attending Troop meetings to collect.  Popcorn will be picked up on November 12 and will be distributed shortly thereafter.  Don't forget that you can support the military through this as well! Tax deductible donations are available on the form as well.

For more information on the program or to download additional order forms, see http://www.ocbsa.org/popcorn/.  We did not sign up for prizes so that we can keep a greater percentage of funds raised.

If you need help or have additional questions, please contact Mrs. Kester at vpkester@gmail.com or text me at 949-235-9025. I am here to support you as Troop 918 Popcorn Kernel.  The Troop will have an opportunity to discuss what it would like to spend it's commission on, so the proceeds from this not only help scouting at all levels of the organization,but it helps YOUR TROOP.   

Easy Fund Raising with Ralph’s Grocery Stores

Posted on Sep 3 2016 - 8:39pm
The new Ralph's Fundraising year started Thursday, Sept 1st!!!

Ralph's requires all Rewards members to annually re-register to donate to Troop 918!!!
Register your card on-line or in-store to support our Troop simply by purchasing food!

Do you have family that lives elsewhere in the country? The can register to support us with their Community Contributions card from Kroger, FredMeyer, Dillons and other stores owned by The Kroger Co.


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... hey if you're already at the store, it's worth a try, right.  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:
It’s Extraordinary fundraising from ordinary purchases, just scan your Ralph’s Club Card!

Be in the KNOW - Receive Troop Text Messages

Posted on Jul 2 2016 - 9:42pm

Weekly emails...  Special announcements...  Detail updates...  Last-minute changes... Arrival back at church after a great event

This all works best when BOTH parents and their Scout are receiving all the communications!

Sign up for our text service!

Please sign up for our new, more secure, texting service using one of the links below.

By federal law, you will receive a text asking you to confirm your subscription.  Just respond to that text and you're set.

Reimbursement Receipts

Posted on Apr 9 2016 - 9:07pm

Do you have receipts from camping food or other expenses?  

Please do not hold onto your receipts for more than 30 days. In fact, we would appreciate it if you would turn in a reimbursement request at the next Troop meeting after you have spent the funds.

You can submit your receipts to the Troop Treasurer for reimbursement. Click on the Files link on our website menu to find a reimbursement request form. Fill it out and submit it to our Troop Treasurer, Mrs. Carmen Chan.  She can also be reached by email at treasurer@troop918.com

Don't forget:  Our budget plan for meals is 3-4-5.  We plan to spend $3 for breakfast, $4 for lunch and $5 for dinner per scout in your patrol.  Account for the total meals your patrol will be preparing and the amount of Scouts registered to attend from your patrol and then do the math.  You should also plan to make you any desert, snacks or other special purchases fit within that budget as well.

Eagle Scout Board of Review Help Needed

Posted on Apr 3 2016 - 6:24am

Are you an adult 21 or older???   Can you ask questions???   
Do you know even just a little about what the rank of Eagle Scout means???

The Saddleback District needs adults to sit on Eagle Scout Boards of Review...  and it can be you!
Just about anyone can do it.  If you answered yes to the questions above, you're qualified.  You don't even need tobe a registered Scouter. 

Sitting on Eagle Scout Boards of Review is a great way to support Scouting.  In truth, you'll get more out of it than you ever imagined.  If you have a Scout coming up through the ranks, it's a great way for you to learn about what's coming down the road. We'll give you easy on the job training!

Please consider supporting this very worthy part of Scouting.  Click here to sign up or email Jackie Cadieux at gojack@cox.net for more information.