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: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/

4/22 Troop Meeting - BSA Swim Test

Posted on Apr 22 2024 - 3:43pm

For our 4/22 Troop Meeting, we will be conducting a BSA swim test for our upcoming whitewater rafting trip. 

Meeting Location:

Solana Park
21601 Via Regressos
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Meeting Time:


There is usually extra time in the pool after the swim test.

The pool should be heated throughout the winter and will be a better option than Altisima Park, where we have done this in the past.

Another Eagle Project completed

Posted on Apr 15 2024 - 9:11am

New “Trail to First Class” Meeting Starts May 6

Posted on Apr 13 2024 - 9:51pm

Starting in May, scouts that are working towards First Class rank will be able to come early (6pm) on the first Monday of the month to work on rank advancement. The first meeting will be May 6th @ 6pm and regular troop meeting will take place like normal (at 7pm). 

“Trail to First Class” includes the ranks for Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. The goal of meeting early is to provide additional opportunity for scouts to work on advancement requirements for these ranks.
If you have not earned the rank of First Class, this meeting is for you. 

Payments for Whitewater and or Summer Camp (4th payment due)

Posted on Apr 5 2024 - 10:55am

If you are making payments for Whitewater / Summer Camp, the second payment is now past due.

The payment schedule is included below.

Due Date

Summer Camp Whitewater Monthly for Both
29-Jan $110.00 $66.00 $176.00
19-Feb $110.00 $66.00 $176.00
11-Mar $110.00 $66.00 $176.00
8-Apr $110.00 $66.00 $176.00
6-May $110.00 $66.00 $176.00
Total:  $550.00 $330.00  


Posted on Apr 1 2024 - 5:08pm
Whitewater Rafting Camp
May 24 2024 through May 27, 2024 (Memorial Day weekend, no school Monday).
Scouts will have the opportunity to complete their Whitewater and Kayaking merit badges while being led down the Kern River by outfitter Sierra South.
  They do a great job. 
We've used their services several times and they're affiliated with the Western Los Angeles Council as they use them for White Water rafting as part of BSA Camp Whitsett.
This event will include a day trip into the Sequoia National Forest to see the Trail of A Hundred Giants.  This includes trees that are over 2,000 years old...  Jesus was walking the earth when they started to grow.
  We'll need to leave Friday afternoon and will likely ask you to pull your Scout from school an hour or two early.  It's a Friday before a 3 day weekend just weeks before summer...  nobody is teaching much that afternoon anyway :-)
We've broken the cost into payments over 5 months.  Because we have to make payments to the camps, if you can pay-in-full, or pay ahead, it helps tremendously. 
Scouts $330
Leaders $165
Initial deposits are due Jan 29th with monthly payments on Feb 19, Mar 11, April 8, and May 6. 
Payments can be made
Check and Zelle are preferred as they save the troop PayPal fees, but all work fine.

Troop Communication - Remind App

Posted on Feb 2 2024 - 5:15pm
Good communication is super IMPORTANT!
Troop 918 uses the Remind mobile app to manage troop texting.
Please sign up using one of the following 3 methods 
  • Text  @troop-918   to   81010   
  • Text  @troop-918   to   (281) 519-7496 
This service is a school based app. 
If the sign up asks for your role:
  • Parents should be parents
  • Scouts should be students
We need both parents to sign up, not just one.

Please make sure your cell phone number is associated to the account, not just your email.