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Welcome to Troop 623 of Portola Hills!

Welcome to the Troop 623 website.  Troop 623 is an American Legion Chartered Boy Scout Troop located in the Portola Hills community of Lake Forest, California.  Established in March of 2001, the Troop is proud of its history and is moving forward to a bright future.  

We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Portola Hills Elementary School, 7:00 - 8:30pm.  All are welcome to visit.

For more information or guest access to our website, contact webmaster@troop623.net

September 1st is the first Troop meeting of the school year!

Posted on Aug 16 2015 - 11:04pm

Join us at the Portola Hills MPR for our first Troop meeting of the school year on September 1st!

We'll plan our display at the Scout Expo, and start planning for our fall camping!

Parents - we'll be having a parent/leader meeting while the Scouts do their activity.  Please make every effort to attend! 

NOAC was amazing!

Posted on Aug 16 2015 - 11:04pm

We just got back from an amazing week at Michigan State University with 15,000 other Arrowman who attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), celebrating the 100th anniversary of the OA.

Members of local troops (including 623!) are part of Wiatava, Orange County's OA Lodge.  151 members travelled together to the conference.  For youth there were all sorts of individual and sports compeitions, and lodges competed against each other in Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Lodge Ball, and other sports.  The Hub was an area that was like a carnival all week with lumberjack style pole climbing, steer roping, pump bike, climbing walls, bouldering, ice climbing, slack and zip lining, and other activities.  Adults and youth alike could go to sessions about all sorts of training topics where they could get to know members from around the country.  There was a trading post, and numerous spots where members did patch trading at all hours of the day and night.  A museum hosted special items from the last 100 years including a 25 year old time-capsule which was opened up mid-week.  Lodges shared their history in the heritage tent and had the opportunity to rededicate themselves for the next 100 years at the Centennial fire - Wiatava brought wood from Lost Valley, our home camp, to contribute to the fire.  There were American Indian Affairs activities all week including crafts (walk and and do it youself), ceremonies, dancing, drum, a trading post and a pow-wow. 

Almost every evening there was a huge show for all 15,000 of us.  Tuesday night's show included a juggler, a speech by Robert M. Gates, and a concert by Maddie and Tae!  I highly recommend that adults of 2nd year and older scouts listen to the speech.  You can find it here:  http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2015/08/04/former-defense-secretary-dr-...

I hope that next year, when it's time to hold our OA unit election, that we have lots of candidates for the OA. 

WWW, Eric Riggert

Pioneering Merit Badge Meetings in August

Posted on Aug 7 2015 - 6:15am

There are two Pioneering Merit Badge Meetings coming up:

Eagle Project starting this week!

Posted on Aug 2 2015 - 8:44pm

Don't forget to come out and help Garrett Delcoure with his Eagle Project, which starts this week at Esperanza School!  Garrett will be getting the site ready to paint on Wednesday the 5th, and painting on the 8th!  Please support this worthy Scout and project!

Catalina outing - postponed

Posted on Aug 2 2015 - 8:42pm

Due to an international business trip, Mr. Miller won't be able to take our group out to Catalina on August 15th-16th. We'll have to postpone this great outing, perhaps into the Fall.  Details TBD.

Annual Potluck Planning Meeting

Posted on Jul 26 2015 - 10:26pm
This annual long range planning meeting will be the sole event that plans major activities for the 2015-2016 Scout Year

T623’s annual planning meeting will take place on 7/28/15 at Concourse Park at 6PM with a potluck followed by annual planning for the upcoming year.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share with all and T623 will provide the main meal.  Boys and adults bring your ideas, calendars, paper, pencil, and spirit for “fun with a purpose” to plan this coming year’s activities.

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