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Welcome to Boy Scouts of America - Troop 618!



Celebrating 28 years of excellence in Scouting, Troop 618 welcomes members from the surrounding South County/Saddleback Valley communities.  

Troop 618 is chartered to Rancho Santa Margarita Cares Foundation and are members of Saddleback District, Orange County Council.



 As a Scout led troop, Troop 618 prides itself on providing many different opportunities for Scouts to advance in rank while at the same time have a great scouting experience!  


Some of the activities and events that Troop 618 Scouts have recently participated in are:

Troop meetings 2x a month with games, skills instruction and fun! - Plus monthly Patrol activities and outings

Outdoor activities including: 

Rock climbing/bouldering in Joshua Tree - Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snow Boarding - local Ski and Snow Boarding - Canoe Trip - Whitewater rafting - Swimming and Water Slide - Zip lining - Shooting sports - Rocket launches - Hiking Santiago Peak - Grunion Run - and more!

Camping at:

Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, Oso Lake, Firestone Scout Reservation, ONeill Regional Park, and Caspers Regional Park Summer Camp 2016 @ Camp Kern - Summer camp 2015, 2017 @ Cherry Valley on Catalina Island, Summer Camp 2018 @ Camp Chawanakee

Philmont High Adventure Camp 2016 (2 crews) 

Having fun together:

Patrol activities - Summer BBQ and Pool party - Troop Holiday party

Saddleback District Camporee @ IROEC, Camp Pendleton and Irvine Lake areas 

OCBSA Scout O Rama

Giving Service and Leadership:

 Service project for Las Flores Middle School 

Youth Volunteers for Saddleback District Day Camp 

Order of the Arrow (Ansazai Chapter, Witava Lodge) - Arrow Tour 2015 - Call out -  Service -  Ordeal -  Pow Wow -  Conclave - National Leadership Seminar -  and contingent members to the 2015 100th Anniversary National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) at Michigan State - 

Outoor Ethics - Leave No Trace Trained Leadership (youth and adult)

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - as participants and leadership staff (youth and adult)

Scouting for Food

Ladera Ranch community activities

Mission Viejo Walk Against Drugs - Mission Viejo July 4th Street Faire

Rancho Santa Margarita Patroit's Day ceremony - Rancho Santa Margarita Zero Trash Day co-sponsor

A Scout is Reverant:

Scout Sunday - Scout Sabbath - Peace Light At Oso Lake



Troop 618  Mission:

Troop 618 seeks to develop youth with strong moral character who are confident leaders

that have the tools to serve their community and who look back fondly on their experience in the Troop.


Come find out how much fun it is to be a Scout in Troop 618! 



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Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

Posted on Nov 22 2021 - 2:15pm

We are kicking off our Holiday Wreath Fundraiser now! ALL SALES will be 100% online this year. No in person sales, no collecting money, no delivering wreaths this year. Just share the sales website! You share a flyer, email, and post the Gift It Forward website, our troop code and be sure they add your name to the sale. Sales prices include shipping directly to your buyer or whomever they gift it to!

Scouts earn $5 per wreath/item sold online for their scout account. The troop gets $3 per wreath sold. Win! Win!

We have six weeks to sell. (Though the website is available until mid December for anyone who orders late.) Every week there will be a challenge to help you sell and raise funds for your scout account.

Ways to Sell!
1. Wear your uniform and hand out flyers to your neighbors, explaining who you are and what you’re selling. Follow safe selling practices, do not go alone. (See sample script below.)
2. Email or text friends and family (Attach a pic of yourself in uniform and/or at a scouting activity, sample script coming soon!)
3. Social Media - post a pic of yourself in uniform with your sales pitch. Parents can post on behalf of their scout.
4. Make a video on your own or with your patrol to sell. Get creative! Email and post the video.
5. Store Front - if you are interested in selling at a local store front, please let me know and we will get permission to sell at local businesses. You can use a sample wreath and hand out flyers. **This will be arranged only if a scout responds wanting to sell via store front!

Week 1- Make a list of at least 10 people you can sell to. Grab some flyers at the Troop Meeting on Monday, Oct 11th (7pm, Las Flores Middle School MPR) to share with local friends, family, work colleagues, and neighbors!

The flyer is also attached for you to print, post, and email.

Write YOUR NAME on the flyers! (Raising Money for: YOUR NAME)

For every item purchased online, Mickman will plant an evergreen seedling in one of our National or State forests. Since they started this reforestation initiative, they have planted over 800,000 seedlings in 49 states.

Website: https://giftitforward.com/
Fundraising Code: TR618CA001
Referring Member: (Your Name Here!)

Sample pitch as you share flyers with your neighbors, friends, and family:

Hi! Would you like to support scouting by purchasing a holiday wreath? My name is _________ and I am a scout with Troop 618.
We are selling wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday decorations online this year to support our troop camping and scouting activities. $8 of your purchase goes directly to my troop.

You just shop the website, add the fundraising code, and my name: _________. Shipping is free. Wreaths make great gifts too!

Thank you for supporting Scouting!

Reminders from tonight's Troop Meeting

Posted on Sep 13 2021 - 9:01pm

Thanks to all who attended this evenings Troop Meeting.  There are a couple of special events coming up that we want all Scouts and Parents to know about:

Ryders Eagle Project Workday

Posted on Jul 21 2021 - 5:21pm

Please RSVP today to Ryder's Eagle Project.  He will be leading and coordinating the purchase and assembly of 450 backpacks for local youth that are in need.

New Eagle Alert - Connor and Corbin Mansell - Troop 618 Eagle Scouts

Posted on Apr 26 2021 - 9:30am
Mr. Giddens, myself, and Mr. Wieder (former Scoutmaster) are proud to announce that as of last Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 10:05 PM both Connor and Corbin Mansell are Troop 618’s newest Eagle Scouts.
Connor and Corbin transferred over to our troop late last year and we are so proud of their amazing accomplishments as they truly earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Please take the time to congratulate them and their family on the amazing lifelong accomplishment.
Mr. Giddens



New Eagle Scout - Dillon Richie

Posted on Apr 20 2021 - 9:32am

I am proud to announce that on Thursday night I had the great pleasure of presenting Dillon Richie to his Eagle board.
Dillion did amazing and I am proud to announce that he has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Please take the time to congratulate him as this a huge accomplishment.  

Congratulations to his family as you would be so proud of him.

YIS,  Mr. Giddens



Camporee Success - Honor Troop!!

Posted on Apr 20 2021 - 9:01am

Way to go Troop 618!!’ So proud of you. You spent the day making a difference and showing your scout sprit. 

Here are some of the awards: Honor Troop!!!  Top Troop!! Second in game!!  We are so proud of you!!  Thank you to all of the parents and Dave for making it an amazing day!!

What an amazing day for Troop 618 and all scouts in attendance.