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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 2 2020 - 2:27pm
This year we have missed two of our biggest fundraisers due to Covid19. To help raise funds for the Troop and for the Scouts’ Accounts for summer camp, campouts, and other expenses, we are having a Holiday Wreath fundraiser! It begins TODAY! We are partnering with Mickman Brothers, a company that sells holiday fundraising products and is committed to conservation. For every Holiday Gift Product purchased, they plant a tree in honor of the gift recipient. To date, Mickman Brothers has funded the planting of 800,000 trees in 49 states throughout our nation’s forests!
Our fundraiser will offer beautiful, fresh cut evergreen wreaths which are great for gifts (teachers, coaches, colleagues, clients, friends, family, neighbors) and for your own holiday décor. 
Two ways to sell: 
1. Local sales- Take orders (via telephone, text, send emails, post on social media, or go door to door in your neighborhood) and collect money now through November 15. This is for local delivery only. The wreaths will be shipped to the troop, and Scouts deliver the wreaths to their customers the week of December 7th. Scouts earn approx $8-$9 per wreath sold for their scout account. This option can be minimal or no contact sales with a porch drop off, just let your customer know when you drop off! The benefit of Local Sales is lower prices for the customer and a larger profit for the Scouts and the Troop.
2. Online sales- invite family and friends to order online. Items will be shipped directly to them or to their gift recipient. Scouts earn $8 for each item sold. The benefit of online sales is no physical contact when selling, you can invite friends and family from far away to purchase items for our fundraiser, and items are shipped directly. More items are available for purchase online, but the prices are higher than the wreaths we offer for our Local sales. 
Share the website: https://giftitforward.com/ 
Share our fundraising code: TR618CA001
Referring member: Scout's name
mportant Dates:
Order deadline for Local Sales: Sunday, Nov 15, all order forms and money must be turned in by this date. You may also turn in orders and money at the November 9th Troop Meeting, or email Kjersten anytime with your orders and Venmo or drop off a check or cash at your convenience prior to 11/15. Please contact me before dropping off cash or checks. Thank you!
Delivery week: Wreaths will arrive Dec 7-9. Scouts will be notified to pickup wreaths and make your deliveries that week.
Online order deadline: Dec 1, delivery notification will be on the online order. For online orders, there is no involvement for Scouts after sharing the link to our fundraiser.
Selling Suggestions:
1. Make a goal to sell 5 or more wreaths
2. Create a list of people who may want to buy a fresh holiday wreath, such as:
    Aunts and Uncles
    Family friends
    Parents’ work colleagues 
    Friends from activities like sports or church
3. Contact people on your list via telephone, text, email, social media, or go door to door in your neighborhood if you are comfortable. If selling in person, be Covid safe and wear a mask. Scouts should not sell alone.
4. Introduce yourself and ask if they would like to support scouting by purchasing a festive holiday wreath!
5. Share the 4 wreath options, all are 25" in diameter. (Show the brochure in person or attach the PDF to your message)
6. Write down the order on the order form (attached), including contact info, and Collect the money when they place their order (cash or check made out to Troop 618)
7. Thank them and let them know their wreath will be arriving the week of December 7th!
Local Wreath Sale Prices (all are 25" wreaths):
Classic $30 
Victorian $37 
Cranberry Splash $37
Wintergreen $37
For friends and family that do not live locally, share the Gift It Forward online sales option! Wreaths and other items will be mailed directly to them when purchased online.
Physical brochures will be available early next week for Local Sales and Online Sales. PDFs of the brochure are attached and can be shared digitally or printed.
This fundraiser is for YOU! Profits ($8.50 - $9.44 per item, depending on the item sold) will go to your Scout Account, with a small portion already factored in for the Troop. Please contact me with any questions.
Happy holidays and happy selling!

2 Upcoming In Person Campouts (October & November)

Posted on Oct 1 2020 - 9:54pm

Who: Troop 618 Scouts, Adults and Family members
What: Oak Park Canyon Camp Outs
When: October 16 to 18, 2020 and November 13 to 15, 2020
Where: Oak Canyon Park, 5305 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676
Cost: $64 per person per camp out 

More details to come as we get closer to the dates.

See the “Event Registration” section on the right side of the Troop Website and calendar entry for October 16, 2020 and November 13, 2020 to register and pay.

Take Advantage of the Merit Badge Counselors in Troop 618

Posted on Aug 4 2020 - 7:22pm

Troop 618 is fortunate to have a group of volunteers who have signed up as counselors for various merit badges you might need or interested in.  

Please review the list below and identify any badges you are interested in and contact Mr. Giddens, Christa Smith or Kjersten Damron to get the name, contact info and blue cards.

Merit Badge List - counselors in 618.pdf

All Adults, Please Make Sure Your Youth Protection Training (YPT) is Up to Date

Posted on Aug 4 2020 - 7:12pm

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. One aspect is having our leaders trained in youth protection. 

Our youth protection policies state:

  • Youth Protection Training is required for all BSA registered adults.
  • No new adult can be registered without first completing Youth Protection Training at the time of registration.
  • Youth Protection Training must be taken every two years.
  • If a volunteer's Youth Protection Training record is not current at the time of charter renewal, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
  • Adults who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 hours or more must register with BSA and complete a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.

Important Notes:

  • If your member ID is not in your my.Scouting profile, please update your profile to add the member ID.
  • If you have multiple member IDs, please ensure that your latest Youth Protection Training is reflected in all your registrations.
  • If you have completed Youth Protection Training (YPT) and need help to update your training record, please provide a copy of your YPT certificate to your unit leader, who can update your training record in the Training Manager tool on my.Scouting.org. Your unit commissioner or district executive can also assist in getting your record updated.
  • Trainings completed within the last 24 hours may not yet be reflected in your record. Please login to your my.Scouting account to confirm that your Youth Protection Training is updated under My Dashboard - My Training.
  • Should you have questions or need help, please emailmyscouting@scouting.org or contact Member Care at 972-580-2489.
  • For more information on creating and maintaining a safe Scouting experience, please review the Guide to Safe Scouting or the Scouting Safely website.


Thank you for your service to the youth in your community.

Scouts Cookie & Cupcake Making Competition at This Week's Troop Meeting

Posted on Jul 16 2020 - 2:14pm

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In this week's Zoom Troop Meeting, we will be asking the scout's breakout their tastiest family cookie or cupcake recipes.  The Troop Patrol challenge for this coming Monday Troop Zoom meeting will include (4) categories that each submission will be judged from 1 to 25 points by your SPL, and both ASPL's for the following: 

1) Most colorful/decorative (most sprinkles, wild frosting/or mulitple colors, Scout theme colors, etc...)
2) Creativity (Theme, design, non bake cookie, non traditional cupcake, etc...)
3) Funniest (how the Scout presents their submission to sway the judges, etc..)
4) How well it tastes ( How genuine smile during the eating of the Scout submission, how far a cookie can bend without breaking, baking disasters for example over cooked cookie or cupcake or too much butter in cookie to be thin or not enough butter to make hard cookie, etc...)

This is for All Patrol Leader's to encourage each Patrol member to participate.  Calling all Scout's to participate!

So, what's in it for the Patrol and their Scout's?  Well the Patrol with the highest number of points will be treated to Pizza party when we are allowed to get back together.  And of course bragging rights too. 

So Scout's work with your Parent, or Guardian to practice making cookies/cupcakes, before the Scout preforms their own cookies/cupcakes baking for Monday's Troop Meeting.  Parent's/Guardian's provide photos of the Scout's preparing, cooking, and decorating their cookies or cupcakes.   Scout's lets get cooking! 

Sign up for the Congressional Award!

Posted on Jul 10 2020 - 1:25pm


This is an amazing opportunity for the scouts!!!

The Program

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all youth regardless of ability, circumstance, or socioeconomic status. Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace, on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals.

The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.

Register online and submit your one-time $25.00 registration fee.


List your scout master, Dave Giddens as advisor.

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