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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.
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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/

Scouting 2021

Posted on Nov 17 2020 - 9:06pm

Troop 918 Families,

 
We are nearing the close of 2020, and it is that time of year that we need to recharter with BSA.  We need to have our recharter completed by early December, so I need your help to insure we have your payment on file by then so we can make sure your Scout is registered for the 2021 year.
 
There were some slight cost increases from BSA, but our Committee agreed to absorb those increases and keep our dues the same as last year.
 
2021 Annual Dues:  $199 per scout
This cost includes the Troops cost to BSA National, OCBSA, Insurance fees with OCBSA, Boys Life Annual Subscription, and it covers the badges that your scout earns throughout the year.
 
You can make your payment on our website at the following link:
 
There are currently 2 options.
1.  Make full payment for $199 per scout
2.  Make 2 installments of 50% payment for $99.50
 
If you are in a financial situation due to COVID or other factors, please reach out to myself or Dave Klein to work on an alternate payment plan.
 
Please take the time to complete this ASAP, as it is helpful that I don't have to reach out to every family individually.
 

Regards,
 
Eric Schuler
Committee Chair

Congratulations Hudson

Posted on Nov 17 2020 - 9:06pm

Personal Fitness Merit Badge

Posted on Nov 14 2020 - 11:48am
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!

Scout Registration 2021

Posted on Nov 8 2020 - 11:18am

Troop 918 Families,

 
We are nearing the close of 2020, and it is that time of year that we need to recharter with Boy Scouts of America. 
 
We need to have our recharter completed by early December, so I need your help to insure we have your payment on file by then so we can make sure your Scout is registered for the 2021 year.
 
There were some slight cost increases from BSA, but our Committee agreed to absorb those increases and keep our dues the same as last year.
 
2021 Annual Dues:  $199 per scout
This cost includes the Troops cost to BSA National, OCBSA, Insurance fees with OCBSA, Boys Life Annual Subscription, and it covers the badges that your scout earns throughout the year.
 
You can make your payment on our website at the following link:
 
There are currently 2 options.
1.  Make full payment for $199 per scout
2.  Make 2 installments of 50% payment for $99.50
 
If you are in a financial situation due to COVID or other factors, please reach out to myself or Dave Klein to work on an alternate payment plan.
 
Please take the time to complete this ASAP, as it is helpful that I don't have to reach out to every family individually.
 
 
Eric Schuler
Committee Chair
Troop 918 of Saddleback Church

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