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/

June Camping

Posted on Jun 17 2018 - 1:33pm

RESCHEDULED JUNE 22-24...  Several families reported scheduling conflicts with the previous date.

RSVP by this Monday 6/18.  We will discuss food for the trip at Monday's meeting. 


Our June Camping is a Backpack trip on June 22-24.  This is a date change so please update your calendar. 

We will hike approximately 2.5 miles each day leaving plenty of time to fun and advancement requirements at camp. This is a great trip for first-time backpackers.

Depart:  Meet at church 4:30 on Friday evening we'll grab a quick meal on the way
Return:  We will return to church Sunday mid-afternoon.  

If you don't have a backpack and would like to borrow one or would like advice on purchasing one, please contact Dave Klein.


Friday dinner and Sunday lunch will be a fast food stop... please bring cash for these 
Sat lunch thru Sun lunch will be trail meals.  These can be done as a group of individual.

Required NEW Youth Protection Training 2.0

Posted on Jun 17 2018 - 1:26am

It's the weekend and if you haven't yet done the new YPT training, today is a great day. 
Remember, we're encouraging all parents to take this training and asking all Scouters and Merit Badge Counselors to complete this updated training this month.

Youth Protection 2.0
BSA has produced a new version of Youth Protection Training.  ALL registered Scouters must complete this new training.  All parents are also encouraged to take this training.

To access the new YPT training, go to my.scouting.org. Create an account or log in with your existing user ID and password and then select the Youth Protection Shield at the top right corner of the screen.  This training is formatted to work well with your tablet or computer.  This training is 90 minutes, but you can break it up into smaller modules over a few days.

It is longer than before, but you will find it is a much better training that we had in the past.  Please email your completed training certificate to Dave Klein at kleinds@gmail.com so it can be recorded.


We're halfway through the month with 5 YPTs completed.  Let's finish strong and get them all done!

First_Name Last_Name Position YPY 2.0 Complete
Christian Miller MBC YES
David Klein Assistant Scoutmaster / MBC YES
Valerie Kester MBC YES
Kenneth Hagihara MBC YES
Ralph Blakeney MBC YES
Daryl Zerfass Committee Member  
Douglas Solorzano Unit Scouter Reserve / MBC  
Douglas Soller Assistant Scoutmaster  
David Smith Committee Member / MBC  
Robert Mortenson Assistant Scoutmaster  
Joseph Menton Assistant Scoutmaster / MBC  
Cindy LeBeau Committee Member  
Donald Karn Scoutmaster / MBC  
Kurt Johnston Chartered Organization Rep.  
Nathan Hagihara Assistant Scoutmaster  
Robert Bethurum Assistant Scoutmaster  
Simon Akhaven Committee Chairman  75% Complete
Paul Harvey Committee Member / MBC  
Michael Traynham MBC  
Dwight Robinson MBC  
Holly Robinson MBC  
Jennifer Karn MBC  
Samuel Hernandez MBC  
Holly Harvey MBC  
Brad Harrison MBC  
Alesha Doherty MBC  
Brian Collins MBC  
Stephen Brown MBC  
Judith Blakeney MBC  

As of 6/16/2017

Troop 918 Merit badge Day

Posted on Jun 17 2018 - 1:16am

Merit Badge Day is in just a few weeks on June 30th.

We need to confirm our adult helpers for the day.  This is our major fundraiser of the year and we really expect all hands on deck.

Register on our Troop website to help in the following roles or more: 

  • Help with the registration check-in table (needed at 6am)
  • Be a 2nd adult in class as an assistant to the Merit Badge Counselor
  • Lunch help (including picking up pizzas and distribution at church)
  • Pick up coffee, bagels etc for our volunteers early on Sat AM.
  • Be available for any needed first-aid
  • AM Set-up at church
  • PM Clean-up at church

Please sign up to help ASAP at https://www.troop918.com/node/2927



To sign up your Scout to attend the event, go to https://www.troop918.com/meritbadgeday

Merit Badge Counselor Training

Posted on Jun 10 2018 - 9:24am

Our Council has decided to require to require that all MB Counselors become trained.  Knowing the importance of having a trained MB Counselors working with our Scouts, I am sure you would agree that this is an important and valuable updated requirement.

Previously registered counselors need to take the training by the end of the year. 
All new counselors must complete the training as part of registering as a merit badge counselor. 
Youth protection training remains a required for MBCs and must remain current.

There are two ways to become trained:  Online  or  Live and In-Person Training. 
Either training is fine, however, I strongly recommend the live class.

There is a live, in person class scheduled for Saturday, June, 9th from 9-10:30 am, in the Refinery.  We may also schedule a Troop 918 specific opportunity for the training at a later date.  I highly recommend attending the Class on the 9th.

For online training log into my.scouting.org with your user ID and password and select the MB Counselor training modules.  These modules can take 1-2 hours to complete and all modules are required.  Once complete send your certificate of completion to Dave Klein at kleinds@gmail.com so it can be recorded.

Troop 918 Gear

Posted on Jun 10 2018 - 9:24am


Scouts need to have Class-B shirts for summer camp.  Order now if you need more?
Recommendation:  At least 3 is good.  

Order online now for your Troop Class B T-shirts and Troop Sweatshirt needs
Order NOW at: https://www.troop918.com/paypal/pay

Easy Fund Raising with Ralph’s Grocery Stores

Posted on Apr 7 2018 - 8:37pm
The new Ralph's Fundraising year started Sept 1st!!!
Ralph's requires all Rewards members to annually re-register 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!

There are three ways to register:

  1. You can print this letter and have the cashier scan it when you checkout.  That's it, super simple!  This will attach your Club Card to our Troop.  If you register with this method, the name “Troop 918” will NOT appear on the bottom of your grocery receipt.
  2. Ask the cashier to scan this barcode. Some phone screens will scan and some will not... hey if you're already at the store, it's worth a try, right.  If you register with this method, the name “Troop 918” will NOT appear on the bottom of your grocery receipt.

  3. If you have your Club Card barcode number, you can register on Ralph’s website:
It’s Extraordinary fundraising from ordinary purchases, just scan your Ralph’s Club Card!

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