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/

May Campout

Posted on May 5 2021 - 1:58pm



Friday      May 14th    @ 6:30 pm drop off

Sunday    May 16th @ 11:30 am pick-up

Parents, please plan to be at camp at the times listed. 

If you need to show up early or late, you will need prior special arrangements.

once the camp has event has started, you will need special approval from Mr. Klein to leave



O'Neill Regional Park (30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon)

Hickey Creek group campsite at the end of the Park 


$25 each  



Skills, advancement, hiking fellowship, and fun.



All families and attendees must agree to follow the COVID-19 In-Person Troop Activities


RSVP is due by Monday, May 10th

Sign-up here

Ethan Davis Eagle Project

Posted on Apr 30 2021 - 9:08am

Hello Troop 918 Scouts and Families,


My name is Ethan Davis, and I’m a Life Scout with Troop 918 who is currently working towards my Eagle Scout rank. My Eagle project is for the Mission Viejo YMCA, where I’m building two benches and a picnic table for them. I started going to the Y back when my family first moved to this area, and it has given many good memories, including my love for swimming.


A couple months ago, I put out a fundraising request to buy the materials for my project. Thanks to the generosity of the troop and family, I’m happy to say that I’ve met that goal. What I’m asking for now is volunteers to help with the construction. 


I’m planning to pre-cut all of the wood beforehand, so our work days will involve constructing, sanding, and staining. This means that the workdays are suitable for scouts of all age and skill levels, and I welcome the help of anyone available.


What are the workdays and help needed?

Dates: Saturday and Sunday - May 22-23

Time: 9 AM to 3 PM approximately*

Help Needed: 7-9 scouts + 2 registered adult leaders

Additional Items: 2 drills

Location: 28 Deerfield Pl, Trabuco Canyon, CA, 92679


*If you need to arrive later or leave earlier, that’s okay. I greatly appreciate any help you can give. Just please let me know in the comment section on the sign-up page or send me an email. I just want to make sure I have enough coverage for both days. Scouts can sign up for both days as well. I’ll close the registration once there’s enough coverage.


Signing up

Please register on the troop website which days you can come, and whether you need to arrive late or leave early. This will help me with planning for coverage and food.


What we’re providing

Food and drinks will be provided. Safety goggles, tools, and disposable gloves will be as well. To ensure safety in regards to the pandemic, we’ll have ample sanitizer, disinfectant, and disposable masks.


What to bring

Please bring your own:

  • Work gloves
  • A shirt you don’t mind getting stained with paint
  • Camp chair (for breaks)


Service hours

Keep in mind that time spent helping on my project can count as service hours toward rank advancement, and each scout rank requires this.


Additional notes

As I mentioned above, I will need two more drills.  If you’re able to lend me a drill, please email me (see email below). I’ll work out with you how to borrow and return it. Thank you for helping in this way.


Thank you all once again for your help and support for my Eagle project. If you have any questions, comments about sign-ups, or anything else, please feel free to email me at ethanjd71@gmail.com.


Best regards,

Ethan Davis

Troop 918


Summer Camp 2021

Posted on Apr 21 2021 - 11:52am


Please send your payments Now. 


Summer is upon us….  

        Well, at least Summer Camp Registration is.

This year our Scouts have decided to return to Camp Tahquitz in the hills near Big Bear for our annual week at Summer Camp.

This is the highlight event of the year as they stretch themselves, experience personal growth, and grow in their scouting skills and rank! 

Most especially after having to miss this week-long adventure last summer due to the COVID-19


A week off at Summer camp is really the highlight of the Scouting year!


We will leave for Camp the morning of Sunday, July 18th, and return home in the afternoon on Saturday, July 24th.

What will a Scout do at camp?

Camp Tahquitz offers a great adventure program for all Scouts as well as an excellent advancement program for younger Scouts too.  The program is varied, offering a wide range of outdoor activities - archery, rifle shooting, rowing, canoeing, climbing, rappelling, nature studies, horseback riding and camp craft, just to name a few.  


How will Scouts grow at camp?

In addition to all the fun Scouts will spend a week

  • Waking up on time (or close to it)
  • Following their own schedule of activities
  • Managing their own money without a lot of oversight…  will there be money left for soda at the trading post by the last few days???
  • Eat three meals a day sitting down with their friends
  • Say grace before each meal
  • Keep his tent reasonably clean…  well this might be asking a lot  :- )

Can a boy as young as 10 years old go off to camp for a week and return a mature young man?  You’re dreaming!  We can’t promise that, but parents often note that their son has returned from a week at camp having noticeably grown up a bit!


Veteran Parents

Think back to your Scout’s camp experience.  Did he have a GREAT time?  I know he did and I bet he can’t wait to go back for more.   In past years Troop 918 has had several Scouts and two adults invited to join the Tribe of Tahqutiz honor Scout organization that runs the camp.  This is an honor that was not afforded to all Scouts and Troops.  We have even had Scouts who have been invited to interview to work at the camp.  (My son worked there two summers in a row).  Who might be invited to this year?  Will it be your Scout?  Send em’ to camp and let’s find out.


New Parents

  Sending your son off to their first Summer Camp for a week will raise a lot of questions.  You'll start by asking is this a good idea and end up with how many socks will he need.  We’ll get more information out as we draw closer, but please don’t hesitate to ask along the way.  After a dozen years of attending Summer Camps with the Troop, I can tell you that these boys are just the right age and by mid-summer they will have the skills they need to for this great experience.  Every Scout should go to camp!  We’ll share more on Summer Camp at the New Patent Meeting next Tuesday.  Please plan to attend.

Scouting's founder, Lord Robert-Baden Powell said that a Scout accomplishes as much at camp for a week as he does in 6 months of meetings.


RSVP NOW for Summer Camp 2021 to reserve your place now with only a $120 deposit!  Commitment and initial deposit due by Feb 22nd... sooner is always better :-)

Sign-up here

Additional payments of $100 will be due on 3/22, 4/19, and 5/17.


The total fee for the camp program, activities, and meals is $495.  In order to help encourage more Scouts to attend camp, our Troop committee has committed $75 in subsidizing each Scout bringing the cost down to $420.  

Troop Calendar

Posted on Apr 5 2021 - 9:20pm

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

Mud caves in the Anza Borrego cancelled

Posted on Mar 30 2021 - 3:43pm

mud caves camp in the Anza Borrego desert has been cancelled.


In-Person COVID-19 Troop 918 Guidelines

Posted on Feb 19 2021 - 3:46am
All families should be aware of the following COVID protocols in place as we go forward
Per OCBSA, there is no carpooling.  Scouts will need to be dropped off and picked up by their parents.
For all in-person activities we will be implementing the following procedures:
  • Participants will have their temperature taken on arrival with a touchless thermometer.  Temperatures of 100.4 or above will not be allowed to stay.
  • Participants must wear a mask
  • Participants must practice safe distancing
When camping
  • During COVID we will move away from mess-kits and shift to single-use paper products.
  • Cook stations will be limited to 2 Scouts at a time who will wear masks and gloves while preparing meals for their patrol.
  • Scouts will not share tents
Troop will provide the following
  • Emergency back-up face masks for all activities
  • Touchless thermometer for all activities
  • Hand sanitizer for all activities
  • Bleach (to be used for wash station and for surfaces) when camping
  • Surface disinfect wipes or disinfecting spray when camping
  • Paper or Plastic drinking cups when camping
  • Paper or Plastic Plates when camping
  • Plastic Utensils when camping
  • Gloves (for cooking) when camping

Scout Packing List
  • Do Not bring mess kits or Utensils
  • Do bring a clear Refillable water bottle (for hiking, camping)
  • Must bring personal facial mask (cloth or disposal)
  • 10 essentials
  • Recommended - Personal travel-size hand sanitizer

All Scout families must apply the following health chart for all Troop activities prior to arrival at any activity.

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