About Troop 818

About Troop 818


The key Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting: 

Patrols The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in small groups where members can easily relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through elected representatives. 

Ideals The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Boy Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and as he reaches for them, he has some control over what and who he becomes. 

Outdoor Programs Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. In the outdoors the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for the beauty of the world around us. The outdoors is the laboratory in which Boy Scouts learn ecology and practice conservation of nature's resources. 

Advancement Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others. 

Associations With Adults Boys learn a great deal by watching how adults conduct themselves. Scout leaders can be positive role models for the members of the troop. In many cases a Scoutmaster who is willing to listen to boys, encourage them, and take a sincere interest in them can make a profound difference in their lives. 

Personal Growth As Boy Scouts plan their activities and progress toward their goals, they experience personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth method of Boy Scouting. Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. Probably no device is as successful in developing a basis for personal growth as the daily Good Turn. The religious emblems program also is a large part of the personal growth method. Frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster help each Boy Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting's aims. 

Leadership Development The Boy Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Boy Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept the leadership role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting. 

Uniform The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.

BSA Troop 818 has had its share of good times, traditions, and members. Our troop has existed since June 1, 1996, when it was chartered by the Orange County Council of BSA. Our troop has been lead by many scoutmasters throughout its history:

Ralph Linzmeier         1996 - 1997
Charlie Vogelheim       1998 - 2002
Paul Downey             2003 - 2005
Dennis Rieger           2005 - 2006
Michael Green           2006 - 2007
Eric Martin             2007 - 2008
Keith Palmer            2008 - 2011
Scott Welsh             2011 - 2014
Frank Bernal            2014 -

Our troop maintains many spirited and enjoyable traditions: · Eating SPAM by FCE scouts to earn their troop neckerchief · A rubber chicken hanging on our Camporee gateway · Favorite troop meals such as Mr. Robertson’s beef stew · Dutch oven desserts such as the peach cobbler and the new peanut butter and chocolate cobbler

Troop 818 Code of Conduct summary (created by the Scouts):

Section I: Be quiet when appropriate. Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable. Class A uniform at all times.

Section II: Leave no trace. No bloodshed. No intentional sabotage of sleeping quarters or patrol meals (this does not include practical jokes, check with scout Master and SPL before. Can not be harmful. No feuding between patrols. Tents and campsites should be respected. No weapons except slings, longbows, and pocket knives.

Section III: Scouts shall not disobey leaders. Scouts shall obey guide of safe scouting. Everybody shall love everybody. Scouts must obey all laws, oath, code, and rules of Scouting and Troop. Everyone must arrive 15 minutes early to any scouting event. Scouts must bring the 10 essentials to all scout outings. Scouts shall respect each other.