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/

Shooting Camp

Posted on Feb 23 2018 - 9:26pm

Are you the Troop 918 Top Shot?

Calling all Sharp Shooters to join us for our fun shooting event and see who the Troop 918 Top Shot!

This year we will be using all kinds of targets and distance shooting to see who the Troop 918 Top Shot while you hone in and show off your shooting skills or just plain have some fun putting holes in targets!

  - MANDATORY safety and training to take place on 3/5 at the Troop meeting.
  - Registration due by MON 3/5
  - MANDATORY Firearms release documents due at the 3/5 Troop meeting.

Friday, March 16th... Meet in the MO-2 parking lot at church 6:30 pm having already eaten dinner
Sunday, March 18th... We'll return to church early/mid-afternoon. Keep an eye out for a text from the road with more info.

Scouts $40.00 includes ammunition, use of the range, camping, meals, & transportation
Adults $15 includes camping & meals (come watch your Scout shoot!)
   Meals include are Sat breakfast thru Sun Breakfast. 
   Please arrive Fri haven eaten dinner.
   Please bring a few $$$ for Sun lunch on the road as we drive home

This year we do not have access to the shotgun range. It is currently closed. We will be shooting on the 22 rifle range.

All Shooters will need to attend a mandatory firearms safety training to take place at the troop meeting on 3/5.

All Scouts MUST have both of these permission forms signed by their parent/guardian in order to be allowed to shoot. You WILL NOT be allowed to shoot without them.  Forms are due in at the Monday 3/5 Troop meeting.  We will have some blank forms available at the meeting for those who need one. 

  1.  The West End Gun Club release form
  2.  Troop 918 Parental Firearms Permission and Release

Troop Calendar

Posted on Feb 22 2018 - 10:59pm

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
  2. Select your patrol
  3. Click on the create button and follow the instructions for your calendar sync link

Flag Ceremony for Lake Forest Little League Opening Ceremonies

Posted on Feb 20 2018 - 12:26pm
We have been asked to provide a Flag Ceremony for the Lake Forest Little League Opening Ceremony this Saturday morning!
This will provide 1 hour of service.  Service hours are required for each rank level.  ALL Scouts need service hours.
Scouts will meet to practice Friday afternoon at 4 pm on the baseball fields at the Lake Forest Sports Park.
Opening Day Ceremonies will be Saturday, at 9:15 AM at Heroes Park in Lake Forest at Jeronimo and Los Alisos.  Parking will be a problem!!!
Here is a map to the park
Please register that you will participate on the Troop website at https://www.troop918.com/node/2863
Please wear your full class A uniform.

Mt. San Gorgonio Backpacking Trip

Posted on Feb 11 2018 - 8:33pm

Mt. San Gorgonio is calling all you High Adventure spirited Scouts and Adults to backpack in the San Gorgonio Wilderness and summit Mt. San Gorgonio at 11,503 ft. above sea level. It is the tallest peak in our local mountains.


We plan to leave on Friday the 2nd at 12:00 PM from David Smith’s house (15 Yellowpine, Trabuco Canyon, CA) to drive to the Vivian Creek trailhead. This is at approximately 40000 Valley of the Falls Dr, Forest Falls, CA. You most likely will need to take your son out of school early on that day. If this becomes a problem, we might be able to hike on Saturday and leave after school on Friday per below itinerary.

There are 12 spots available total which leaves minimum 2 adults and 10 scouts. We can apply for another permit for a maximum of 12 additional if needed.

Please bring a light daypack for Sunday’s summit hike.

Backpack             1.5m      6,080 ft to 7,180 ft           Backpack from Vivian Falls to Camp at Vivian Creek Campground

Backpack             4.1m      7,180 ft to 9,260 ft           Backpack from Vivian Creek to High Creek Campground

Hike                      3.3m      9,260 ft to 11,503 ft        Day Hike w/o backpack from High Creek to Mt. San Gorgonio
Hike                      3.3m      11,503 ft to 9,260 ft        Day Hike down from peak to High Creek Campground
Backpack             5.6m      9,260 ft to 6,080 ft           Backpack from High Creek to trailhead at Vivian Falls

                              17.8 miles total 

We will have a planning meeting at one of the upcoming troop meetings for those scouts and parents interested in joining the adventure. If you have questions if your scout is ready for this type of trip, please feel free to give me a call or talk to me at one of the troop meetings. Safety comes first so we will need to make sure all scouts are physically and mentally ready for this trip.

Please send me an email letting me know if you plan to join this backpacking trip. First come first served. 

David Smith
ASM Troop 918
(949) 677-6444  

2018 Troop 918 Summer Camp

Posted on Feb 4 2018 - 2:19pm

We still have some of our summer camp spaces open. Scouts will grow and learn from a week away at Camp Lost Valley.  Register now and make your deposit payment of only $100 to secure your spot.

Lost Valley offers great program areas including:

  • ATV program (One of the first in the nation)
  • Horse Stables
  • Aquatics
  • Shooting SPorts
  • Dirty Jobs
  • High Adventure
  • Eagle University
  • Trail to First Class

Click here to see more about the merit badges and programs offered at Lost Valley

More important than merit badges, benefits of attending include:

  • Gaining Confidence
  • Trying new things in a safe place to fail
  • Learn new skills
  • Grow in ways that can't happen elsewhere
  • HAve responsibility for managing their week and getting to their classes (yes, a 10-year-old can do this!)

Have questions, contact ASM Dave Klein at kleinds@gmail.com or 949-463-3253

2018 Summer Camp

Posted on Jan 20 2018 - 8:24pm

This year Troop 918 is going to Lost Valley for Summer Camp!

You'll never forget your summer at Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley. With programs designed for maximum fun and achievement, this camp offers once-in-a-lifetime adventures for a pure Scouting experience.

Tackle some Merit Badge requirements at the nature/STEM center, field sports, handicraft or shooting sports ranges. Take on adventure challenges like ATV riding, climbing & rappelling, mountain biking, zip lining, and horseback riding. Campfires, movie nights, Vespers, and camp-wide games are all a part of the experience at Lost Valley. Getting Lost has never been so much fun!

Dates:  July 15-21, 2018  (Sun-Sat)

Cost $450  ( Less cost than the last four years!!! )

Payments due as follows:
$100 due  Jan 22
$100 due  Feb 19
$100 due  Mar 19
$100 due  Apr 16
$ 50 due   May 14

If you're able to pay in full, that helps too!   Click here for payments

Written by longtime Scouter Mike Cooney

I love Camp. I’ve been a “camp guy” for the better part of 30 years, in just about every capacity. I’ve been a camper. A leader. A camp commissioner, an administrator, instructor, inspector, and a lifeguard… and it’s been an absolute blast. But probably the best thing about going to camp is watching people grow over time. You get to watch the shy 8-year-old develop into the 18-year-old staffer who has no qualms about leading a song and making a fool of himself for the delight of 300 people. Here are my top 10 reasons you should send your kid to Camp this summer.

10. So they’ll be homesick, and get over it.

At some point in our lives, we all experience homesickness. For kids who go to camp, they tend to experience it earlier, and they tend to have it happen around supportive people that they know. They also tend to do so much closer to home. The alternative for a lot of kids is being homesick when the get to college. My first year at Boy Scout Camp, at June Norcross Webster Reservation in Ashford, Conn. I got extremely homesick on Tuesday. There were definitely more tears than I’d care to admit. But my leaders convinced me to stick it out. They distracted me.

By Friday, I didn’t want to go home, because I was having so much fun. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen this exact same process at other camps.


9. They’ll Gain Confidence

Going to camp can be a daunting thing for kids. They’ll get nervous, and build it up to be a big thing in their heads. They’ll convince themselves that they’re going to die in their tents because the Daddy Long Legs spider is going to eat them. You laugh, I’ve had this conversation. They’ll tell themselves they can’t pass their swimming test.

And you know what, an adult er or older they trust will tell them that they can. And they will.

This confidence won’t evaporate once they come home from camp – but they’ll have these little victories to look back on when they go back to school. They’ll have it with them for the rest of their lives.


8. It’s Gets Them Moving

Summer camps tend to be big, and you have to do a lot of walking. This is more of a feature than a bug. Walking the trails at camp gives kids some time to think. They might also get to go swimming, rock climbing, canoeing, running, or play sports.

All of which are healthier for them than simulating any of those activities on a PlayStation.


7. They’ll Try New Things

cardboard boat photo
Where else but camp would you get to try cardboard boat races?

Maybe it’ll be archery, canoeing or basketry. But they’ll be exposed to all sorts of things that they’d likely never experience at home or in school. They could go rock climbing. They’ll sing songs, and may even wind up doing a skit in front of hundreds of people.

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