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/

Nick Kester's Eagle Project

Posted on Jun 7 2021 - 5:07pm
I have my Eagle scout project coming up in a few weeks and I would like to ask for your help on Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th. 
I am going to repair the Foothill Ranch Community Park roller rink. My project includes repainting the goals, putting in new goal nets and repainting the lines and faceoff circles. 
I am trying to raise $400 for the project supplies and would appreciate any support you can contribute.
You can do this thru PayPal at  https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=XKZN7JUFAKWL6
Help support Boy Scout Troop 918 by donating or sharing with your friends.
I have been in scouting since first grade as a Tiger all the way through middle school and highschool. The rank of Eagle means alot to me, because it is the last step in scouting that I have been working for my whole scouting career. I appreciate all the help, and I hope to see you guys at my project. 
LOCATION:  Foothill Ranch Community Park
TIME:          2:00 pm - 6:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday
DATES:        Friday June 18 and Saturday June 19
His project is refurbishing the hockey rinks at a Lake Forest park... sanding and painting the net frames, replacing the nets, and re-painting the lines on the cement.
Please plan to come out and support Nick! 
As always, we need at least 2 registered adults at all times. 
Please email back your availability and sign up on the website. 
Thank you!
Nick Kester 

Summer Camp 2021

Posted on Jun 7 2021 - 5:07pm


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.  

Explore L.A. Scout Race

Posted on Jun 7 2021 - 3:10pm

Scouts and adult chaperones will be needed to participate in the Amazing Race-style event of Scout-friendly activities in Los Angeles.

Register now as team spots are expected to fill up.

                         Watch the promo video

Why Explore LA?

This Scout adventure originated in 2014 to not only teach scouts about urban navigation (streets, subway/metro) but also expose them to the hidden treasures that surround them. Most of us take for granted where we live and don't really know the amazing history, sites and art that surround us.

What is Explore LA?

This is a race - a game with purpose! A race to solve Scout-friendly clues, use newly acquired skills, see things you may not have known existed and document with pictures what you found. If you can solve all the clues, have fun and make it to the finish line before anyone else - you win!

When:  Saturday, July 31.  Register now as team spots are expected to fill up.

Cost per Scout: $30 (includes registration fee, all-day TAP card for public transportation during the race, and event patch.

Please bring cash for lunch in LA and dinner on the way home.

Teams will be 6-8 Scouts and 2 adults. 

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

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.

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.

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