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/


Posted on Oct 14 2017 - 9:28pm

UPDATE:  Price is only $35 each



Dates: October 27 - 29

Location: Lakeview Park - Irvine Lake - Orange, CA

Better than Camporee…we get to camp with WEBELOS.

We get to show them how “AWESOME” Troop 918 is!!

Sign up now for Camporall

WE have invited Webelos from Pack 918 and other local Packs

        ....now we just need YOU to help them learn the Boy Scout way.

Register now. Cost is $35 per person including food, events, camping and Camporall Patch!

Driver Help will be needed from Church to Irvine Lake on Friday and back again on Sunday.

Family Navy Camp

Posted on Oct 14 2017 - 9:27pm

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 bbest-attendedevents of the year… Navy Family Camp, taking place Fri-Sun Nov 17-19, 2017.

Come to this event and you’ll be able to say that you’ve...  Well we'll find out soon.  Tour's normally come together closer to the event.  But if you've been with us in the past we've been on an active Navy Nuclear Submarines, Guided Missile Destroyer and Aircraft Carriers. 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 great Navy stuff!

We will be doing a group cooking for Saturday breakfast and Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast. Saturday lunch may be fast food depending on how our tours work out. 

ALL FOR ONLY $20 EACH (plus possibly Sat lunch cash)

Sign up online and indicate if you are a CAC card holder.



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

High Adventure Trips

Posted on Oct 14 2017 - 9:27pm

Troop 918, for those of you new to the Troop, we have planned several High Adventure Trips (HAT) each year in addition to the base Troop activities and campouts. These trips are designed for Scouts and some parents looking for a challenge. We will be scheduling 1-3 day backpacking trips, kayaking, whitewater and other events that will take us to some beautiful and potentially challenging terrain. Last year this included kayaking in Catalina, a Yosemite back country backpack trip and a Grand Canyon trip. We will be doing training hikes to make sure we are all physically and mentally ready for these events. While there is no age limit on the scouts attending (we had 12 year olds hike the Grand Canyon), all scouts and parents will need to show they are prepared for the event. Safety is our first priority!

David Smith and I will be heading up the HAT events. If you are interested in these type of events, please respond to me at dsoller@cox.net and I will put you on the HAT list. If you are interested in hearing more, David or I will be available at the Troop meetings to discuss.

We wanted to get you a few dates to get on your calendar for upcoming trips:

10/22/17                              Bridge to Nowhere day hike                       This will be a 10 mile round trip, fairly flat hike along a stream. We will leave at 7:30 from the church and return late afternoon. More info to come.

11/9-11/12/17                   San Jacinto backpacking                                Three day backpacking trip to San Jacinto peak in Palm Desert.

2/4/18                                   Whiting Ranch day hike                

We will be looking at some other dates for potential day training hikes.

Other trips and dates we are working on:

3/2-3/4/18                          San Gorgonio backpacking

4/5-4/8/18                          Sequoia/Yosemite/Mammoth backpacking

6/22-6/24/18                      Channel Islands kayaking/hiking or whitewater rafting

7/19-7/22/18                      Mt Whitney (subject to lottery)

Please let us know if you have any questions and let the fun begin!

Doug Soller
ASM Troop 918
(949) 702-3272

Easy Fund Raising with Ralph’s Grocery Stores

Posted on Oct 14 2017 - 9:26pm
The new Ralph's Fundraising year started Sept 1st!!!
Ralph's requires all Rewards members to annually re-register to donate to Troop 918!!!
Register your card online 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, Fred Meyer, Dillons and other stores owned by The Kroger Co.


RALPH'S REQUIRES ANNUAL RESUBMISSION - 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 website:
It’s Extraordinary fundraising from ordinary purchases, just scan your Ralph’s Club Card!

Josh Collins Eagle Project

Posted on Oct 14 2017 - 9:26pm

Hi Scouts and Scout Families,

My name is Joshua Collins and I am so excited to be sending out this letter. I’m 14 years old and I have been involved with scouting since I was in the first grade. After completing Cub Scouts and receiving my Arrow of Light, I was eager to join Boy Scouts for the next adventure. I am currently serving as an ASPL for the second time and have enjoyed several other leadership positions in Boy Scouts for the past four years. I have successfully completed all my merit badges, leadership, and rank requirements and I am now in the final stages of becoming an Eagle Scout.

As many of you know, one of the requirements for the Eagle Scout Rank is to complete a community service project that benefits a school, city, or religious organization. I have chosen to do a project for Saddleback church. I have attended Saddleback since I was 3 months old and wanted to give back to my church that has given me so much.

For my Eagle Project, I will be making an outdoor community bulletin board for my church. It will be a study 7’ wooden structure with a small roof overhang. This community bulletin board will be positioned at the front entrance of Camp Hope (an area on the church grounds where members gather to worship, listen to the message, socialize, and eat) to give the church community access to upcoming events, church information, photos from recent events, and sign-up sheets.

I have estimated the total cost of the Eagle Scout project to be $450. I am asking for donations to contribute to my project. You are not obligated to donate, but any amount would be appreciated. You can donate money to this PayPal link here


Most importantly, I am asking for your prayers and spiritual support as I embark on this journey to Eagle Scout. It has been a goal of mine since I was 6 years old and I am so excited that it will soon be a reality.

My goal is to build this project late September- Early October. I will be sending out an email closer to date if you would like to volunteer to help.

I appreciate your time, support, and encouragement.

With much gratitude,
Joshua Collins
Life Scout, Troop 918

Troop 918 Boy Scout Popcorn Sales

Posted on Oct 14 2017 - 9:26pm
Our annual Trails End popcorn fundraiser is in full swing and we need YOU to make it a success. This vital fundraiser will be key to our ability to help fund the great campouts and activities we do every year.  We earn a 34% commission and BONUS 50% commission on all popcorn sold over last year's totals!! This can make a huge, vital difference in what we can do as a Troop.   You can sell in several ways:

1)  Show and Sell- we have several store-front opportunities posted on the Troop website. You exchange popcorn for money on the spot.   Put a donation jar out too- many people may not want to buy popcorn,  but will donate to scouting!
2) Take Order- ask your neighbors, grandparents and mom and dad's co-workers to order popcorn that will be delivered to them later (by you).  They make payment to Troop 918.
3) ONLINE SALES!-  This is such a fabulous way to reach out across your social and family network nationwide! Simply go to sell.trails-end.com and, as a Scout,  create an account.  Advertise far and wide. Several items are available for online purchase that you can't buy anywhere else. This is the ultimate hassle-free way to sell lots of popcorn! This is the easiest way for your popcorn to sell itself! The customer pays online and Trails End will ship it straight to their doorstep. You don't have to do a thing except get the word out!
Don't forget the tax-deductible option to donate to the US Armed Forces! It's a great way to give back as we approach the holiday season if popcorn is not something your customer enjoys.
We ask ALL scouts to sell popcorn.  We have set a goal with OCBSA of $50 per scout as a minimum.  This is vital in keeping our Troop healthy and allowing us to offer scholarships to those in need.  We will be tracking participation and the top selling scouts are going to receive prizes!
Stay tuned for more information.  
Mrs. Yvonne Buck
Troop 918 Popcorn Kernel

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