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Troop 1518 - The Outdoor Connection

 

 

 

Troop 1518 was founded in March 2002 by experienced scouters and committed group of scouts.  Since that time, we have had scouts from all over Orange County join our troop, and many of them have reached Eagle Scout Rank.  Our scouts have travelled to places like Joshua tree, Whitsett, Philmont, Snow Valley, Emerald Bay, and Yosemite (that's our group waving from the top of Half Dome).   We've also had a great time at summer beach parties and family BBQ dinners.  Our Charter Organization is the Tustin-Santa Ana Rotary Club, which is well-known for its commitment to community service.

We usually hold our Troop Meetings twice a month during the school year on Mondays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Pioneer Middle School in Tustin.  Our regular meetings are supplemented with outdoor activities and campouts throughout the surrounding region.  The Scoutmasters and parents on the Troop Committee are non-paid trained volunteers who work together to help the scouts grow.  Scouts have the opportunity to earn several merit badges each year, as well as advance through the ranks at their own pace. Annual dues are $135 per scout, sibling discount available.  Cost of individual campouts vary. To support our troop's activities, we ask that every family donate at least 20 hours of adult volunteer service to help out.  If you are interested in joining our troop, click on the "Contact Us" link and let us know!

A Special Note about earning Merit Badges: We offer a number of merit badges to the public at our annual "Great Outdoor Merit Badge Day" which is generally held on a Saturday in late spring or early summer.  More information and the registration form will usually be posted on our website in the Spring.  Please be sure to register EARLY to reserve your spot, as this is a very popular event, and many of our classes sell out each year.  However, due to BSA policy, we are not able to offer certain badges such as "Family Life", "Personal Management", "Personal Fitness", "Citizenship in the Community", "Cycling", and "Hiking" at our merit badge day.  If you are a scout who needs to earn a particular merit badge, we highly recommend the parents in your troop contact their District's Advancement Chairperson to find out how they can become a merit badge counselor for those topics. The parent can also read the merit badge booklets available at your local scout shop for more information).