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/

Colin Zerfass Eagle Project

Posted on Jul 18 2017 - 9:41pm

My name is Colin Zerfass and I am a Life Scout of Troop 918. I am 14 years old and have been part of scouting since I was in 1st grade and it has always been my goal to become an Eagle Scout. This is still my goal. One of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout is to show leadership by designing, developing, and carrying out a plan to help the community. 

For my project we are going to build two portable redwood planters for my former school, Abiding Savior Lutheran Church and School. 
I am going to put the two planters in front of the school office. I have been going to this school since 6th grade and I recently graduated from 8th grade. The school has helped me a lot in the 3 years that I was there and I am doing his project to give back to the school. 

I have estimated the total coast of the Eagle Scout project to be $850. I am asking for donations to contribute to my project. You are not obligated to donate, but any amount would be very appreciated. You can donate money by ether the PayPal link I have listed below or a check made out to Troop 918. 

PayPal Donation

My project will tentatively be held on the 5th of August and I am looking for 10 Scout volunteers plus adults.

If you any questions please feel free to contact me at zerfass@cox.net
Thank you for your time and your generosity, 

Colin Zerfass
Life Scout

5 Mile Hike with FCE advancement oppertunities

Posted on Jul 8 2017 - 8:28pm

This Saturday (July 15th) our FCE Patrol Leader, Jawad, has organized a 5-mile hike:    

Hi everyone, we have been planning a 5 mile FCE hike along the Arroyo Trabuco Trail from Ladera Ranch to O’Niel Park mostly for fun but also for advancement requirements and to prepare for the backpacking trip the following week. It will be next Saturday 7/15/17, 8am-1pm. We will meet in the parking lot of Taco Bell at Oso Pkwy and Antonio Pkwy. You will have the chance to complete Tenderfoot 5a, 5b, 5c. You will Attempt Second class 4 and First Class 5a and other FCE requirements will be done at the park. You should be wearing a Class B shirt with proper footwear. You should bring 2 Liters of water, nutritional trail snacks (trail mix, granola bars, fruit), Sandwich for when we get to the park, 2nd pair of dry socks, a hat, some sunscreen, and hiking poles if you have them.  

   Patrol Leader

All Scouts are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please Register online at www.Troop918.com

This is a great preparation event for our July backpack camping the following week. . .

July's camping is Backpack Camping

Posted on Jul 8 2017 - 8:23pm

July's camping is Backpack Camping
(July 22-23)

Grab your gear and throw on your pack.  We'll hike approximately 2.5 miles from Cloudburst Summit into camp and then after setting up we'll make our way to the Cooper Canyon waterfall and swimming hole to play in (there should be water).  On Sunday, we'll hike out through Buckhorn Campground experiencing a different trail that we came in on.

We'll meet at church Sat at 8am in the MO2 parking lot and head off to camp.

Cost for this camp is $5, plus your personal food.  We'll discuss backpacking food at our upcoming Troop meetings.

If you need to borrow  a backpacking backpack  OR  if you can lend a backpack, please contact Mr. Klein at kleinds@gmail.com

We'll  hike using a map and compass on the way in AND a GPS on the way out.  This is a rare opportunity to bring your cell phone to camp to use your GPS app to complete First Class requirement 4b

We'll also be able to discuss stoves and go over 2nd Class 2d

Sign up now at www.Troop918.com

Joseph Menton Eagle Project

Posted on Jun 22 2017 - 1:55pm

Hello Troop 918 Scouts,

My name is Joseph Menton, and I am 14 years old. I am a Life Scout in Troop 918, and I am ready to complete my journey through the ranks by completing my Eagle Scout Project.

I first joined Scouting as a Tiger in Troop 641, and I continued my journey with Troop 1773. I joined Troop 918 when I bridged to Boy Scouts. Scouting has had a large impact on my life and has taught me many life skills that I am able to apply to my everyday life.

For my Eagle Project, I am going to build and put up two handball walls at Mission Viejo Christian School on July 8th and 9th. I have chosen to complete this project because the school needed two handball walls for the children in the 1st and 2nd-grade classes to play with.

I will be collecting donations for most of the materials needed for the project. The school will provide the tools. Food and drinks will be provided for everyone.  Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made online at  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WR75DTTS7SCF8

Most importantly, I am asking for your prayers and spiritual support as I embark on this journey to Eagle Scout. I all things are possible through God. I will be successful on this journey if I keep Him in control.

Please sign up on our troop website if you are able to help on July 8th and/or July 9th.  Any assistance you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Also, you will receive service hours for rank advancement if you help with the service project.

Thank you so much and God bless.

Yours in Scouting,
Joseph Menton

Troop 918 Gear

Posted on May 27 2017 - 6:23pm


Are you going to Summer Camp...  Stock up on Class B Troop Gear to wear.

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Posted on Mar 12 2017 - 12:10am

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