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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

Community Service - Brand New Day 8/2

Posted on Jul 19 2014 - 1:01pm

Brand New Day is requesting scouts for a community service opportunity to assist with a patient outreach pancake breakfast.  Scouts will assist as needed.  Please wear your scout uniform with the troop t-shirt underneath.  Bring a service hour report form to receive credit for volunteering.  Hours are flexible, so come and go as needed.  See calendar for details.  This event is endorsed by American Legion Post 862.

Congratulations, Connor Heggie!

Posted on Jul 17 2014 - 11:29pm

At Mr. Martin's office tonight, at about 9 PM, Connor Heggie became our 48th Eagle Scout!  Congratulations, Connor!

Swim Test practice, July 14!

Posted on Jul 6 2014 - 10:47pm

To get ready for Summer Camp at Tahquitz, Mr. Spratt will do another evening of swim instruction on Monday, July 14th, tentatively at 6PM.

If you have not yet passed the swim test, get out to your local pool and practice.  As a reminder, it's two full laps, with 3 lengths of any forward stroke, and the 4th length of elementary back stroke, then some floating.

The BSA Swim Test is a requirement for earning your First Class Rank.  Please practice it so you can pass it at or before Summer Camp.

If you want to swim at Summer Camp, you must pass the test to be considered a swimmer.

The BSA Swim Test is also one part of the Swimming Merit Badge, which many of our Scouts are working on.

Sign up on the Calendar so Mr. Spratt knows who to expect that evening.


Posted on Jun 27 2014 - 7:04pm

After talking with Mr. Madory today about our hike tomorrow, we've decided to bring it a little closer to home, since we'll be starting so early. 

WHO:  EVERYBODY who'd like to hike.  New Scouts especially. 

WHAT:  We'll hike into Whiting Ranch from the bottom...   Remember, we're looking for local animals and plants!  By starting early we'll have the best chance to see animals, or evidence of animals.

WHERE:  MEETING PLACE:  Starbucks parking lot at Portola Parkway and Glenn Ranch Road.  There's a trail access point in the parking lot that we can use to see an entirely different area of the park than we've seen when entering at the top of the hill.

WHEN:  *** 6 AM ***  Everybody welcome!  Just remember that we'll have to be somewhat quiet while hiking if we want to see animals.  We should be done by 9 AM.

Because being outdoors is fun!  That's why...
BRING WATER, HAT, SUNSCREEN, and BOYSCOUT HANDBOOK.  Some scratch paper and a pen or pencil to write down what you see would be helpful too.


2nd Hike:  ILST HIKE

WHO:  YOUTH LEADERS (and a couple adults)

WHAT:  We'll be going over Unit level leadership information for our new leaders who are starting July 1.  Please come even if you've done it before. 


WHEN:  9 AM gather, start soon after...

WHY:  This is your chance to learn about your new position, learn what is expected of you, ask questions, etc.  This counts toward earning credit for Leadership for Rank.

Congratulations, Jack O'Connor!

Posted on Jun 5 2014 - 11:29pm

At Mr. Martin's office tonight, at about 8:45 PM, John (Jack) O'Connor became our 47th Eagle Scout!  Congratulations, Jack! 

Congratulations, Justin Corkern!

Posted on Apr 10 2014 - 10:05pm

During Round table tonight, at about 8:30 PM, Justin Corkern became our 46th Eagle Scout!  Congratulations, Justin!

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