Pack 613 Helps the Environment

Pack 613 cub scouts have been busy recycling. In addition to the monthly collections at pack meetings, the boys and leaders worked hard at two recent community events. Cans, plastics, and glass were collected, sorted, and recycled from both the SRCA Community Fair and Jerabek Elementary School's Ranch Round-up. The boys had fun, and learned that helping to save the environment, while funding the pack, can be a dirty job but someone's got to do it. They ask you to please look for a recycling receptacle before tossing that aluminum, plastic, or glass container!

Future events include: camp at Mataguay Scout Reservation for Wolves to Webelos, Sunday, July 6-Wednesday, July 9; and, the family campout at Indian Hills, Friday, July 11-Sunday, July 13. For more about Pack 613, call our cubmaster, Dan Bossert, at 549-4378.

Pack 614 Scouts

Move On Up!

Over this last scouting year, each of the cub scouts in Pack 614 worked hard and had fun in their quest of earning rank. In June our Pack 614 scouts received their next rank by participating in a Bridging Ceremony at Old Poway Park. Pack 614 scouting families and friends enjoyed a picnic and witnessed our cub scouts cross over and receive their new rank. Wearing a Native American head dress, cubmaster Dave Audick presided over this grand Bridging Ceremony (pictured above).

Pack 614's Summertime Activity Award program has begun. Our pack's summertime activities began with many of our cub scouts participating in the recent Memorial Day flag placement at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. All cub scouts who participated should be proud and honored for their good deed. Thank you to all cub scouts representing Pack 614 at this solemn event.

More activities for Pack 614 are scheduled over the summer including: the 4th of July Parade; a tour of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista on Saturday, July 19; and "SolidRock" climbing on Saturday, Aug. 2.

Would your son like to join the fun of scouting? We welcome you to join Pack 614. Email our cubmaster, Dave Audick, at [[email protected]].

Pack 615 Helps Others

and Has Fun

On Memorial Day Pack 615 cub scouts placed flags at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Even though it rained a bit, it was worth doing, and the cubs learned a lot about Memorial Day.

At our pack show in May we featured "Cub Games"! We had a septathlon of events, including: javelin, with pool noodles; shot put, with whiffle balls; discus; a 50-yard dash; an obstacle course; soccer; and, the ever-popular Rat Toss, a bean bag toss! All that and an awards ceremony, too. The cubs had a blast!

As soon as school ended, Pack 615 cubs helped teachers at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School pack up their classrooms for the big move to their new campus. The teachers appreciated all the help they got!

Pack 615 is ready for the 4th of July! We will play and sing all the way to Hoyt Park! Scripps Ranch rocks!

Summer Fun with Pack 616

Dens worked wildly on last-minute achievements to finish up prior to the Pack 616 graduation and picnic in June. Den 9 completed Achievement 20, learning about tools and building terrific toolboxes. The Dragon den cubs worked on their Athlete Achievement by doing pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, the long jump, and the 40-yard dash at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. They worked up a sweat. Mathew McCullum and Andy Shaluta impressed their den mates with their pull-up prowess.

Later in June we enjoyed Scout Night at the Padres, with each scout receiving a new commemorative patch. Then scouts worked off their ballpark foodstuff with a Mission Trails family hike near the end of June. It's good to get used to walking because Pack 616 once again will march in the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade, all in uniform and blowing kazoos.

Coming up in July is resident camp at Mataguay Scout Ranch from Wednesday, July 9, through Saturday, July 12. The boys will do archery, games and crafts, and swim. There is a Webelos-only campout from Friday, July 25, through Sunday, July 27, at Camp Balboa. Twilight Camp runs from Monday through Friday, Aug. 4-8, from 4 to 8 pm. For more information on all scout camps, please visit []. We wish everyone a safe summer!

20-Miler for

Troop 301

The first event to report on this month is the Memorial Day flag placement. It is a tradition in Troop 301 to go to Fort Rosecrans or El Camino cemeteries for this event. There, many of the scouts from our troop laid flags in solemn memorial of the soldiers who died in all of our wars and conflicts. Special kudos goes out to those 301 scouts who helped with the introduction ceremony as part of either the Color Guard or the readings at El Camino, as well as to all who participated.

Also, Troop 301 had its fifth 20-miler, where Troop 301 scouts and scouters trek 20 miles from Scripps Ranch to the beach along some of the Sea to Sea trail, hence the name SR2DaC. I was very grateful when I finally reached the beach, no matter how beautiful and fun this hike was. This trip couldn't have been possible without our aid stations. You see, a scout's family sometimes offers to set out a table where candy, food, and drinks are available to hikers in our party. So give a round of applause to the Stachwicks, Abeytas, Rowlands, Ringels, Klugs, and Moselys.

Also, we have two merit badge programs running: Citizenship in the Nation, which pertains to good U.S. citizenship; and, Radio, which is devoted to the study of radio communication.

The first-year scouts have lots to do as well. They can keep themselves busy with things from Orienteering to First Aid to Pioneering to Swimming.

Jake Todd, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Experiences High Adventure and Tired Feet

Boy Scout Troop 616 was inspired by Troop 301 to take a 20-mile hike. In early May, 14 scouts and 11 adults set out from Cypress Canyon Park and trekked for nearly nine hours, ending up at Torrey Pines State Beach. The troop was tired but successful.

The fact that they made progress on their Hiking merit badge made it easier to take the sore and blistered feet. The boys who went included: Chris Honeycutt, Theo and Hayden Wisniewski, Kelton Tabor, Brian Parme, Michael Wear, Andy Smetana, Chris McGinn, Will Mebane, Matt Bernard, David Valley, Jacob Van de Grift, Kevin Young, and Brandon Morse. The hikers received a custom patch (pictured at left) designed by scout Adam Teays.

Later in the month scouts went on a rock climbing adventure at Mission Trails Regional Park. The following scouts braved high cliffs and high temperatures on this beautiful day: Adam Teays, Alex DeWitt, Eric Lehman, Andy Smetana, Kelton Tabor, Ryan Werdeman, John Payton, Brandon Morse, David Valley, and Jacob Van de Grift. Several of the boys stayed overnight for the family campout. Despite the heat, everyone had a great time.

Alex DeWitt, Troop 616 Scribe

With Honor and Respect to Our Heroes

Troop 663 scouts are proud of their activities these last months. One important thing we do every year is honor our heroes at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Boy scouts from all over San Diego arrive before 7 am on the Saturday before Memorial Day.

After a brief ceremony, we collect our flags and place them with care by each grave. It takes about two hours to place about 90,000 flags--that is a big accomplishment! This dedication is to our soldiers who have died for our freedom. Because of them, our nation is great.

This year I heard of a young boy scout stopping to place a flag and saluting each time at each grave. His reverence was a sign this was not just an activity for him but an honor. How cool, I thought, that somebody takes to heart to honor our soldiers in such a respectful way. I wish I could have thought of it. I would like to do that next year.

We also participated in helping set up and clean up at the Rock `n Roll Marathon that occurred on the 163 freeway. We had a blast and were proud to help our city with this event. Much more is planned for our troop this summer, including three summer camps and a Court of Honor. This summer is promising to be fun and a good time to catch up with our scout-ly soul.

Martin Magro, Troop 663 Scribe

Girl Scouts Help Children

In May Girl Scout Troop 8279 worked on a project to help the patients at Rady Children's Hospital. Samantha Ivison led the project by contacting the Children's Hospital Foundation to see how the girls could help. Mindy Collins, director of corporate development, suggested activity bags.

Sam got to work and invited her troop and other local girl scouts to bring items such as coloring books, crossword and sudoku books, crafts, nail polish, crayons, puzzles, diaries, card games, stickers, and other art supplies. The girls put together 76 activity bags and included a handwritten note in each one. Samantha went to Rady Children's Hospital to deliver the bags to the oncology and surgical rehabilitation playrooms. Thank you to all the girls who participated.

Brownie Troop 8086 Learns the "Science of Fun"

Brownie Troop 8086 has been busy having as much fun as possible. We went to Coldstone Creamery to learn all about making ice cream. We ended the evening with each girl mixing her very own flavor before gobbling it down. That was a tasty experience!

Two weeks later we were earning the Science Wonders try-it, blowing purple bubbles, and learning about static electricity and magnets. Shortly after that we were at Filippi's Pizza Grotto learning how to knead and flip pizza dough before feasting on pizza for dinner.

Coming up, we look forward to having our hair and nails done for Brownie Beauty Night, which is the last hurrah before the summer begins in earnest.