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/

Annual Troop Family Christmas Party

Posted on Dec 4 2017 - 7:26pm


You're invited for some holiday cheer and fellowship Monday, December 11th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Saddleback Church in the Refinery for our annual Christmas Party Celebration.

Each family is asked to bring a holiday dish to share. Please bring your favorite hors d'oeuvres, main dish, casserole, salad, dessert, and drinks. In recent years we've been heavy on desert and short on main dishes. If you could please us with some balance. 

We will also have a White-Elephant Holiday Gift Exchange for Scouts and siblings. $15.00 maximum gift limit. Bring a wrapped-tagged gift to share.

Class A Uniforms & Santa Hats!


Christmas is a time to rejoice the birth of Jesus, a time for fellowship, a time of reflection, a time for good cheer, a time to celebrate with family and friends, a time to be thankful for all our blessing, and a time of new hope for a brighter New Year! May Peace be your gift at Christmas!

Troop 918 Gear

Posted on Dec 4 2017 - 7:24pm


Do you need troop gear to wear?

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

2018 Boy Scout Renewal

Posted on Dec 2 2017 - 9:14pm

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

We do far more than camping. 
Please register your Scout for another year of learning and growing with Troop 918.

For 2018, the Troop dues and membership fees are $100.  They can be paid on our website at:  https://www.troop918.com/paypal/pay

Your quick attention to this would be very helpful.

High Adventure Trips

Posted on Oct 21 2017 - 9:39pm

Troop 918, for those of you new to the Troop, we have planned several High Adventure Trips (HAT) each year in addition to the base Troop activities and campouts. These trips are designed for Scouts and some parents looking for a challenge. We will be scheduling 1-3 day backpacking trips, kayaking, whitewater and other events that will take us to some beautiful and potentially challenging terrain. Last year this included kayaking in Catalina, a Yosemite back country backpack trip and a Grand Canyon trip. We will be doing training hikes to make sure we are all physically and mentally ready for these events. While there is no age limit on the scouts attending (we had 12 year olds hike the Grand Canyon), all scouts and parents will need to show they are prepared for the event. Safety is our first priority!

David Smith and I will be heading up the HAT events. If you are interested in these type of events, please respond to me at dsoller@cox.net and I will put you on the HAT list. If you are interested in hearing more, David or I will be available at the Troop meetings to discuss.

We wanted to get you a few dates to get on your calendar for upcoming trips:

10/22/17                              Bridge to Nowhere day hike                       This will be a 10 mile round trip, fairly flat hike along a stream. We will leave at 7:30 from the church and return late afternoon. More info to come.

11/9-11/12/17                   San Jacinto backpacking                                Three day backpacking trip to San Jacinto peak in Palm Desert.

2/4/18                                   Whiting Ranch day hike                

We will be looking at some other dates for potential day training hikes.

Other trips and dates we are working on:

3/2-3/4/18                          San Gorgonio backpacking

4/5-4/8/18                          Sequoia/Yosemite/Mammoth backpacking

6/22-6/24/18                      Channel Islands kayaking/hiking or whitewater rafting

7/19-7/22/18                      Mt Whitney (subject to lottery)

Please let us know if you have any questions and let the fun begin!

Doug Soller
ASM Troop 918
(949) 702-3272

Easy Fund Raising with Ralph’s Grocery Stores

Posted on Oct 14 2017 - 9:26pm
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!

Eagle Palms for New Eagles

Posted on Aug 6 2017 - 9:49am

Are you a Life Scout completing your Eagle Rank?  Have you completed more than the 21 required merit badges?

You may now be eligible to receive Eagle Palms along with your Eagle Medal!!!

Scouts who have earned the 21 required merit badges + 5 or more additional merit badges at the time of their Eagle Scout Board of Review are eligible to receive an Eagle Palm for every 5 additional merit badges earned, including merit badges completed and signed off on the day of their board of review!  Palms should be awarded when the Eagle Medal is presented, typically at an Eagle Court of Honor.

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