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 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month at the Lake Forest Sports Park, 7:00 - 8:30pm.  All are welcome to visit.

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

Scout and Scouter of the Year!

Posted by eriggert on Mar 3 2019 - 9:31pm

Please come out and help us honor our Scout an Scouter of the year, who will be recognized by the American Legion at Monday night's Law and Order Awards.

The event starts at 7PM at the Norman P. Murray Center.

Our Scout of the Year is

Amit Bhagat!

And, our Scouter of the Year is:

Tanya Mansell!

Come  in Uniform if you have one, or Business Casual.  See you there!

Lytle Creek Prep at our March 5th Meeting

Posted by eriggert on Mar 3 2019 - 9:31pm

It's almost time for Lytle Creek

So, bring your backpack, packed and ready to go, so we can talk about the outing.  If you have questions or need to borrow equipment, NOW is the time to ask!

Also, to make this outing successful we need to figure out which Scouts are sharing tents, which adults can attend, who is driving, and what vehicles we will be taking.  Please come to the meeting to help us plan the event.

We'll be leaving on Saturday morning (time TBD), hiking to our campsite, taking a longer hike without our packs, and spending Saturday night at Lytle Creek.  Weather will be much better this year -  mid-50's and mostly sunny on Saturday, with night time lows in the high 40's.  NO R***.  We'll be hiking back out and returning home around 2PM on Sunday.

Congratulations, Samuel Kim!

Posted by eriggert on Jan 4 2019 - 11:40pm

Tonight, Samuel Kim became Crew 623's 2nd Eagle Scout.  Congratulations, Sam, you earned it!  And, thank you for your project that planted 50 trees at Sycamore park last July.

More pictures of are posted on our Eagle Scout page at Shutterfly!

Also, here are some pictures of Sam's project. (Remember, the password is 'PortolaHills')

Reminder: January Meetings - Shifted 1 week! 1st meeting is TUESDAY January 8th.

Posted by eriggert on Jan 4 2019 - 11:29pm

Since the 1st Tuesday is New Years Day, we will shift our January meetings by 1 week.

Troop Meetings will be on January 8 and 22 (2nd and 4th Tuesday), and PLC will be on January 15.

See you on the 8th for our First Meeting of the new year!

2019 Range Days Posted to Calendar

Posted by admin on Jan 2 2019 - 6:50am

Range Day is open to all Legionnaires, Scouts, and their family and friends 

We will meet at Concourse Park (Saddleback Ranch and Ranchwood, Portola Hills, Lake Forest) at 0800 to caravan to the range; or you can meet us there about 0945, if you can find it.  Shooting is generally from 1000 - 1415.  We return to Concourse Park about 1600.  Please arrange for your own transportation; carpooling is highly recommended. 

Uniform:  Weather can be extreme at this range, plan appropriately - shirt, pants or shorts, sturdy shoes, hat, eye and ear protection (we have them if you don't).  Do not wear sandals or your BSA Class A shirts.  Troop shirts are fine.  

We have bathrooms, water, and picnic tables for your convenience.  Bring your own lunch, drinks, and sun block:  Be prepared for extreme weather.  

For anyone under 18 without a parent present, a signed permission slip is mandatory.  Children under 11 are allowed only with their parent present.  This is NOT a BSA event, except for those working on Merit Badges.

Cost is $40 for shooters - It includes firearms, ammunition, and targets.  Non-shooters = $0.  Bring a check made out to American Legion Post 862 (NO CASH) the day of the event.  You may bring your own firearms and ammunition.  However, if you use any of the American Legion's equipment we ask that you pay the $40 fee to help us cover supplies and maintenance expenses.  Thank you.

BSA/NRA Rangemasters:  Thom Spratt, Larry O'Connor, Craig Dickens, Steve Nightengale

This event is made possible by the generous grants from the NRA Foundation!

Cue Karen Carpenter... Top of the World Hike was beautiful!

Posted by eriggert on Dec 30 2018 - 4:24pm

(... apologies to most of the scouts... you'll have to Google Karen Carpenter and her famous song "Top of the World")

We met at Canyon View park in Aliso Viejo, and hiked to Top of the World on the day of the Winter Solstice, December 21st.

It was a little like Gilligan's Island though.  (Sorry again Scouts, you might have to Google that too - our 3 hour tour ended up getting lost!)

We missed the first trail turnoff, but had plenty of maps and everybody knew generally where we were going, so nobody was worried, and we saw some AMAZING sights along the way, including a nice side trail along Aliso Creek, and a huge, huge, HUGE coastal live oak (this thing is probably older than the USA) - it was beautiful.  But then our trail to the top was blocked - closed with plenty of caution tape.

So, we had to divert up a very steep trail called Rock It.  Really, let me emphasize - it was very steep.  There were a lot of sections made of rock that looked like it had been poured down the trail and crackled or turned lumpy.  And the views were amazing.  We saw the moon rise, almost full, to the south of Saddleback peak, before sunset.  We saw the sunset from the ridge trail, and arrived at Top of the World while the sky was still orange.


Pictures are posted here:  Top of the World Pictures!
... and while we are at it, here is that song! "Top of the World"

Everybody made it back safely in the evening, with a total round trip hike of around 7.5 miles.  The air was crisp and clear and you could see forever.  We saw Catalina from the trail, too.  Maybe we'll inspect that more closely in 2019!

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