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/

Saddleback District Camporee

Posted on Apr 5 2021 - 9:24pm

Saddleback District's Spring Camporee


Units will need to register as groups with 2 adults and up to 14 youth, or 16 people max per cohort.
This will be our first event with other troops, but 16 people groups will be maintained with covid friendly activities!

When:  April 17th

Time:    9:00 AM PT to 5:00 PM PT

Where: Oso Lake

21131 Los Alisos Blvd. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Theme: Video Games through the Ages 

Costs:  $20 per person Saturday Only

Register online by March 30th


Social Distancing & Masks Required

Everyone will need to bring a brown bag lunch and 64 ounces / 2 liters of water

Summer Camp 2021

Posted on Apr 5 2021 - 9:20pm


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.


Ethan Davis Eagle Project

Posted on Mar 11 2021 - 8:36pm

 Hello Troop 918 Scouts and Families,

 My name is Ethan Davis, currently a Life Scout in Troop 918. I’ve been in the troop for about six years now, having joined the troop when I bridged from cub scouts. At this time, I’m working on my Eagle Scout  project, which includes planning, developing, and leading others in a service project to benefit my community. 


 For my Eagle Scout project, I’m working with the Mission Viejo YMCA to build some benches and a picnic table for them. I’ve been going to the YMCA since I was in grade school when my family moved to Orange County. The Y has given me many special memories, especially at the pool, and even introduced me to swimming, which I continue to do competitively today. This project is my way of giving back to the Y after everything it has given me and my family.


 I started communicating with the Y about this project before the pandemic hit last spring, then everything shut down for a while. So, I’m happy to finally see it come together now. Currently, I’m asking for financial support to help me carry out my Eagle Scout project. I’ve estimated my costs to be approximately $800.  Any help you can provide, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated.

 All financial donations are tax-deductible and can be made via this link:https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=2JWFCNKV9XFZQ  


If you wish to donate in a non-electronic form, you may write a check payable to ‘Troop 918’ and send via regular postal mail to:


Ethan Davis

 28 Deerfield Place

 Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679


On your checks, please write in the memo section "Ethan's Eagle project".

 I’m planning for the work dates to be in April and will be needing volunteers then to do the work with me.  When the dates are finalized, I will send out sign-ups for anyone available to help me.  As a young scout, I’ve worked on several Eagle Scout projects for other older scouts, so I’m eager to finally lead other scouts on my own Eagle Scout project.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ethanjd71@gmail.com Thank you very much for your consideration and support as I work towards my Eagle rank.



 Ethan Davis


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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