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

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.

Pioneering Merit Badge Meetings in August

Posted on Jul 12 2015 - 3:05pm

There are two Pioneering Merit Badge Meetings coming up:


Posted on Jun 21 2015 - 11:16pm

At the June 16th meeting, Scouts elected Ryan Rupp as our new SPL, who will serve from July 1 to December 31, 2015.  Congratuations, Ryan!  And, thank you so much to Garrett Delcoure, who has been an excellent SPL for the beginning of this year (and before!), helping our new Scouts get started.

Patrols!  If your patrol has not done so already, you must elect a leader for the 2nd half of the year.  This is important because the leader will not only earn leadership credi t (if they perform their role) but will also be a focus for commicating with the patrols, and will represent their patrol at the Patrol Leaders Council, which meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at PHE.

Other leadership positions!  There are lots of leadership opportunities available!  Check the Leadership guide (under files on this website) and fill out a Leadership Application if you'd like to help out in any of the Leadership positions besides SPL and Patrol Leader (which are elected).  All the other positions are appointed by the PLC - get your application in now!  Applications are at the back of the leadership manual.  Turn applications in to Garrett (outgoing SPL) or Ryan (incoming SPL).

Outgoing leaders!  Remember, one part of leadership is thinking about how well you did.  There's a Leadership Evaluation form at the back of the Leadership manual.  Fill it out and tell the PLC how you did.  This is part of the requirements for getting leadership credit toward your rank!  Turn it in to the SPL.

Training!  I Love Scout Training!  New Leaders are expected to attend the ILST training, where they'll learn about leadership, and their position in the PLC.  ILST is planned for the morning of July 18th!  All Youth Leaders should attend.

The Lake Fire

Posted on Jun 21 2015 - 11:15pm

As you may know, there's been a fire burning in San Bernadino that has caused the evacuation of many camps that were hosting Science Camp.

Unfortunately, the fire, now known as the 'Lake Fire', is also very close to our Summer Camp at Camp Tahquitz.

As of Friday Mrs. O'Connor was advised that the fire, while nearby, was NOT threatening our camp, which is just west of the fire boundary.  Prevailing winds are blowing the fire to the east, and away from camp.  So, camp is still expected to happen normally.

We are watching this situation closely!  We'll keep you posted on any details we hear about from camp officials and the Camp Ranger.

First Aid and Swimming Merit Badge Day

Posted on Jun 21 2015 - 11:14pm

If you don't already have the First Aid and Swimming Merit Badges, you should plan to attend on June 27th.  For First Aid, we have a nurse from Mission Hospital who will guide Scouts through the First Aid Merit Badge, and older scouts who will help them understand and act out some real first aid situations.  We will have at least one CPR 'Annie' which will be used to teach the Scouts First Aid, and Mr. Johnson, a fireman with OCFA with EMT experience is also planning to help out.  For Swimming, Mrs. Silva, an avid swimmer and older scouts with swim experience will help guide scouts through the merit badge.

So - what can you do to get ready?  For First Aid, plan to make a 'Personal First Aid kit'. Be prepared to make a first aid kit that's appropriate for your family.  Check your Boy Scout handbook for details about what might be appropriate for these kits.  Watch for emails about exactly what the counselor might like you to bring on the 27th.

For swimming - get familiar with your local pool.  Get in the water and swim!  Look up the details about the Boy Scout Swim Test.  Think about swimming strokes that you know, and maybe practice those.  Practice floating!  Be on the lookout for emails with further instructions.


Posted on Jun 6 2015 - 9:22pm

We will be conducting the personal fitness merit badge on Thursday June 11th at Concourse Park. The time will be 4:00 pm and please wear running shoes and a troop tee-shirt.

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