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/

Patrol Leader's Council

Posted on Jan 23 2021 - 9:45pm

This Monday (1/25/2021) is a PLC meeting. 

The following Scout should attend:

  • Senior Patrol Leader
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
  • Patrol Leaders
  • Troop Guides
  • Scribe

We will be meeting at Darrin Park @ 7pm.  It will be cold outside... dress appropriately for the weather.

Troop Calendar

Posted on Jan 23 2021 - 8:20pm

Did you know that you can subscribe to the Troop calendar? 

All of the Troop dates and events would automatically show up for easy planning.  This works for calendars on Apple, Google, Android, Yahoo, Windows Live or Hotmail. 

          1. Click on "Calendar Sync" at the top left of the web page  or click on link https://www.troop918.com/ical
          2. Select your patrol
          3. Click on the create button and follow the instructions for your calendar sync link

Personal Fitness Merit Badge

Posted on Jan 23 2021 - 8:20pm
Personal Fitness Merit Badge
 Eagle-required Merit Badge
Mrs. Valerie Kester will be teaching this Merit Badge
Requirement: Scouts will have to have a completed BSA physical with their doctor.
Dates and times and Locations
October 25       5:00 pm - 6:30 pm      Concourse Park (18931 Saddleback Ranch Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA)
November 1      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm      Concourse Park (18931 Saddleback Ranch Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA)
Week one starts Sunday, Nov. 8 with the 12 week workout program!!
December 6      3:30pm - 5:00 pm       Concourse Park (18931 Saddleback Ranch Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA)/ week 4
January 3         3:30pm - 5:00 pm        Concourse Park (18931 Saddleback Ranch Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA)/week 8
January 31       3:30pm - 5:00 pm        Concourse Park (18931 Saddleback Ranch Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA)/week 12
Going through the Personal Fitness merit badge workbook, the plan is the following:
page 1) covered 10/25 at meeting
page 2) covered #2 and #3 on 10/25, covered #4 and #5 on 11/1
page 3) covered 'b'/ dental on 10/25, covered 2 a-d on 10/25
page 4) covered 3a on 11/1, covered 3b on 10/25, 3c-d is homework; covered 3e on 11/1; 3f-i is homework
page 5) will cover 4a-e on 12/6 and cover 5a on 1/3
page 6) will cover 5b-d on 1/3; covered 6a Aerobic Fitness test on 10/25 (run/walk 1 mile) and Flexibility and Strength test on 11/1
page 7) 6b (3 days of eat/drink) and 3 healthy eating goals is homework; #7 is homework assigned 11/1 and due 11/8 to start the 12 week fitness program (our 4, 8 and 12 week meetings are based on starting the program 11/8; so they have a week to put their program together from 11/1)
page 8) Fitness measurements taken on 10/25 and 11/1; the 12 week goal category is homework; each column is homework that they will fill in at week 4 (12/6), week 8 (1/3) and week 12 (1/31). They can note total change at the end of the program. The discussion items on page 8 will be discussed at the meeting on 1/31.
page 9) will be covered at meeting on 12/6
page 10-12) This is the 12 week program.  Putting together the program they will start on 11/8 is this week's homework.  NOTE: there are 7 lines/week.  I told them 5 days/week of exercise is plenty.  PE counts. School or after school sports count.  We discussed how to measure their heart rates.  They can do that one time per week, they don't have to do it everyday.
NOTE:  If you have a scout still pursuing Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class- there is a fitness requirement for each rank that closely resembles what they are doing for this badge on a weekly basis.  They can make note of what they are doing for the fitness badge here and a senior scout can sign off their rank requirements as well.
Please make sure to get a blue card from Mr. Klein prior to starting.
Please let Valerie know if you have any questions or can not attend a meeting.
In Scouting,
Mrs. Valerie Kester
Personal Fitness Merit Badge Counselor


Have you outgrown your Uniform?

Posted on Nov 14 2020 - 11:46am

Scout age boys grow fast!  They typically grow out of their uniforms before they are worn out.  If you have a uniform that you have outgrown, consider donating it to the Troop Thrift so that someone else can benefit.

Easy Fund Raising with Ralph’s Grocery Stores

Posted on Nov 14 2020 - 11:45am
The new Ralph's Fundraising year started Sept 1st!!!
Ralph's requires all Rewards members to re-register annually 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!

Grab your Ralph's Club Card barcode number to register on Ralph’s websit. Go to https://www.ralphs.com/topic/community-contribution-2 and click on Enroll Now for instructions from Ralph's 
  • Our NPO number is YR800
It’s Extraordinary fundraising from ordinary purchases, just scan your Ralph’s Club Card!

No Scout Left Behind

Posted on Nov 8 2020 - 9:21am

Troop 918 has a policy that no Scout should stay home due to finances.  We have been blessed with the ability to assist where there is a need.  If this would make a difference in your Scout participating, we want to discreetly help.
Please contact our any of the following people:  Scoutmaster Dave Klein or Committee Chair Eric Schuler.

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