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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

Chili Cook-off 2015 Recap...EPIC SUCCESS!!!

Posted on Jan 11 2015 - 10:35pm

Yes! Boy Scouts, adult leaders, parents, siblings, and pets can camp, cook, play, hike, earn, and learn in the rain.

Nothing about this weekend was "watered down".  We had 25 scouts from our Troop and over 50 people from our troop total, plus the 14 Webelos and their parents.  The FCEs earned their Totin' chip and Fireman's chit.  We had an axe yard where the scouts learned proper axe handling and how to chop wood.  We hiked to the tide pools at the opposite end of where we camped--Doheny State Beach Campground.  There were 7 phenomenal chili entries...2 Patrols, 2 FCE groups, 2 Webelos dens, and an adult from the visiting Webelos.  I'm happy to announce the first and second place chilis were from Troop 623.  In first place were the Deadly Dragons patrol and in second place our FCE group known as "Super Chili"...Congratulations to our winners!  A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came out and braved the elements Mother Nature "showered" us with and contributed to this weekend's epic success! 

Bridging of Pack 623 into Troop 623

Posted on Jan 11 2015 - 9:14pm

Where:  LDS on Via Con Dios in RSM @7:30PM

When:  Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Troop Court of Honor; January 20, 2015

Posted on Jan 11 2015 - 9:14pm

All are invited to our first CoH of the new year!  Come see our Scouts be recognized for their acheivements and to welcome our new FCEs.  The new PLC will be announced.  

Service Opportunities!!!

Posted on Jan 11 2015 - 9:13pm

We have been invited to help out at:

Pack 727's Pinewood Derby snackbar on January 24 from 8-1PM at Melinda Heights Elem.

Pack 668's Pinewood Derby January 31st; Details TBD

News Today!

Posted on Dec 29 2014 - 12:08am

December has been great!  We played Broomball with Troop 634 and had a wonderful Court of Honor for 3 of our Eagle Scouts (Shawn Miller, Nic Neuville, and Jacob Vradenburg) on the 13th, welcomed SEVEN new scouts into our troop on the 14th and 15th, and our Gift Exchange Meeting on the 16th.  We hope that all of our extended Scouting family and friends have had a wonderful Holiday season and a little time off to recharge for 2015! 

January is just around the corner! 

January 6th - our first Troop meeting of the year!  Planning for the Chili Cook off and for new scouts bridging soon!  Chili Cookoff signup forms Due!  Please RSVP on the calendar.

January 9th-11th - our 15th Annual Chili Cookoff and Campout, held at Doheny Beach!  Scouts can earn two nights camping (Friday and Saturday nights) toward Camping Merit Badge, and earn credit toward the Cooking Merit Badge.  Patrols will plan and cook their Chili Entry for the Saturday evening competition.  Webelos II visitors welcome - they can earn credit for an outdoor activity with a Troop, and camp with us on Saturday night!  Webelos II and newly Bridged Scouts can work on their Totin' Chip and Fireman Chit.  There will be an Axe yard and campfires on Friday (small), and Saturday (bigger!  Skits?)  Please RSVP via the calendar.  Also, turn in forms at the first January meeting!  Troop provides several light meals, firewood, patrol kitchens, chili toppings, cornbread and judges - see flyer for details.  New Scouts and Webelos can RSVP using the Guest Account (login 'Guest', password 'Troop623' - spread the word!).  Cost is $10/person.  Camping equipment available for loan from the troop!

January 13th - we will be greeting at least FIVE new Scouts from Pack 623!  Come help us receive them as they bridge from Cub Scouts!  Details to follow.

January 17th - Range Day at (private range!) Maywood Rod and Gun Club.  Work on Rifle/Shotgun merit badges, and/or work on NRA Jr. Marksman awards.  Cost is $25/shooter.  Meet at Concours park at 9AM.

Forms - Range Day Saturday!

Posted on Dec 17 2014 - 5:50pm

Forms for Range Day!  Download from the links below or in the calendar entry.

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