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/

Pumpkin Carving

Posted on Oct 17 2020 - 2:49pm

Please remember to bring yur own pumpkin and carving tools on Monday night.


We're are Back at the Refinery.

Posted on Oct 17 2020 - 2:34pm


Great News
We've moved back to church!!! 
We will be meeting outside at the Refinery to the left side of the building at the stage.

Swimming Advancement Requirements this Thursday

Posted on Oct 17 2020 - 2:30pm
We have an opportunity for scouts who have not completed their 2nd and 1st Class swimming requirements to complete these requirements.
When:  Next week on Thursday, Oct 22 at 4pm
Where:  Portola Hills II Hoa Pool,   Map: https://goo.gl/maps/atCfLa3aNtQmbXUE6
Please RSVP at:  https://www.troop918.com/node/3265/signup/attending
Come in your swim trunks and bring a towel.
Please bring your mask for when you're not in the water.
2nd Class
5a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim. 
5b. Demonstrate your ability to pass the BSA beginner test: Jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
5c. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects
5d. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible. Explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim. 
1st Class
6a Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.  Jump feetfirst into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming. Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.  

Personal Fitness Merit Badge

Posted on Oct 17 2020 - 2:18pm
Hello Scouts! If you need to get your Personal Fitness Merit Badge, Mrs. Valerie Kester will be teaching that in the coming weeks.  
This is an Eagle-required badge and is being offered at this time only for Scouts who already have a completed BSA physical with their doctor.
When:  October 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 7, Nov. 15  5:00 - 6:30 pm at Rimgate Park
Homework PRIOR to starting:  is to make sure you have your medical exam forms current and on file with the Troop.   
If you are interested in this merit badge, let me know so that I can plan to work with you. 
Please make sure to get a blue card from Mr. Klein prior to starting.
In Scouting,
Mrs. Valerie Kester
Personal Fitness Merit Badge Counselor


Required Training

Posted on Oct 8 2020 - 12:30pm



Required Training

YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING is required for all BSA registered volunteers and is a joining requirement

 Youth Protection training must be taken every two years.


 (If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.)

 Download the How-To Guide for taking Youth Protection Training




In-Person COVID-19 Troop 918 Guidelines

Posted on Oct 8 2020 - 12:30pm
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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