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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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Posted on Jun 23 2022 - 4:27pm




Our Charter Organization, RSMcares is asking for our help to fill spots for their upcoming Food Drive. 


Location: Pavilions 22451 Antonio Pkwy Rancho Santa Margarita

Dates: Saturday July 2nd & Sunday July 3rd

Times: 12pm to 8pm

Sign-up: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12ViJ7tOIDw4rESgZjAaWtG58AK99rzFolD7dkDKD74Q/edit?usp=sharing


Let’s do our part and fill those time slots!!!


Any questions please reach out to John Christopoulos.  

Surf Camp~~Calling All Scouts - Surf's Up!!

Posted on Jun 21 2022 - 4:22pm

Friends, Fun, Surf & Sun…Join Troop 618 for an Exciting Weekend of Beach Camping at YMCA Surf Camp!!!

Bring your own tent, camp right on the sand and wake up to ocean views. Four meals are included in the cost and are served buffet style (Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast). Instructor led activities include surfing, bodyboarding, archery and arts and crafts. Additional activities include sand sculpting, GaGa Ball, bouldering wall, box hockey, basketball, beach volleyball, carpet ball, corn hole and horseshoes. All required gear for activities (surfboards, bodyboard, bow, arrows, etc.) are provided by the camp. Spring wet suits are available to rent from the store for $10.00 for the weekend. We will provide more details as we get closer to the date and finalize the camper list.

Deadline to submit 50% payment to reserve your spot has been extended to July 1st.
Event: YMCA Surf Camp
Date: August 5 to 7, 2022
Location: 560 Silver Strand Blvd., Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Cost: $170 per person

FCE Skills- Orienteering

Posted on May 22 2022 - 8:39pm

Good evening all, 

Just a quick note to bring your attention to the Orienteering ("Map and Compass") skills day I just added to the calendar. It's currently set for June 4 in the morning. We are working on details to include where we are meeting at O'Neil Regional Park. 

Website Update

Posted on May 12 2022 - 1:15pm

On the website menu, a new tab has been added to include a list of Merit Badges and Troop 618 Merit Badge Counselors. As a reminder, scouts can also look under the Advancement tab to learn more about Merit Badges and Blue Cards. 

Sawyer D's Eagle Project

Posted on May 12 2022 - 1:15pm

Dear Troop 618,

I would like to tell you about my Eagle Project and invite you to participate. My Eagle Project is a Book Drive that will benefit a free Book Fair for the students at All Tribes American Indian Charter School in Valley Center, CA.

You can participate by:
-Donating gently used or new books for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. See details on calendar to drop off or bring to a troop meeting now through May 6.
-Sign up to volunteer to vet, wipe down, stamp, and organize books on Saturday May 7th, 8am-noon In Ladera Ranch. 8-10 volunteers needed. 
-Drive to All Tribes American Indian Charter School (34320 Valley Center Road, Valley Center, CA 92082) after school on Thursday, May 19, arrive at 5pm to unload and set up the Book Fair. Drivers needed to take scouts and return after set up. Sign up on the troop website. 4 volunteers needed.

The free Book Fair will take place during school hours on May 20.

If you’d like to make a financial contribution for the truck rental to transport books (or if you have a full size van we can borrow the evening of May 19 through May 20!), boxes and supplies, you can send a check payable to Troop 618 re: “Sawyer D's Eagle Project” or see details on calendar to Venmo my mom.

For more info about the project, please check out my project website at: www.bookdriveforalltribes.com

LiveScan service for AB506 coming to our next troop meeting!

Posted on Apr 8 2022 - 11:29am

Hello all Troop Adults, 

We will have a LiveScan vendor at the next troop meeting April 11, Las Flores Middle School.  Get AB506 trained, scanned and background checked to ensure you can continue to help out and camp with the troop.  

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