Hooray New Scouts!

Yippee! Troop 301 welcomes all 13 new scouts who joined our troop in May: Troy Aylwin, Dan Bellafaire, C.J. Bosworth, Evan Clarke, Colin Davis, J.Q. Goodrich, Jared Hettick, Mitchell Ingles, Andrew Izzo, Nathan Khuu, Duncan Klug, Nathan Kuypers, and Shane Mitchel. Many of these boys are getting right to work on their first big hurdle, earning the Tenderfoot rank. Many of these brave new scouts, along with other scouts and scouters, hiked five miles in 100-degree heat through Sycamore Canyon in Poway. With poison oak along both sides of the trail in places, we trudged onward through.

At the Scout Fair, Troop 301 operated the Basketball belt loop booth. We helped many cub scouts earn the right to wear the Basketball belt loop.

Many boys are working on the Eagle-required Citizenship in the Community merit badge. To accent this experience, we met dignitaries, including Mayor Jerry Sanders (pictured with troop members below), City Councilmember Brian Maienschein, and Colonel Bob Dingeman--a Scripps Ranch legend. It was very interesting to learn about San Diego's government and how it's run.

More than 40 scouts and scouters trekked 10 miles on the Ellie Lane/Iron Mountain hike in preparation for our 20-mile Scripps Ranch to the Sea (SR2DAC) hike this month and our Yosemite trip in August. There were so many of us, we looked like a long red-shirted snake slithering through the switchbacks on the trail. If that wasn't enough for the day, a number of boys helped clean up after Dingeman Elementary School's Spring Carnival.

Lastly, we finished up with a campout at Dos Picos Park, where the older boys taught the new scouts about scout skills--knots, first aid, and orienteering.

Jake Todd, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Has Towering Fun at Scout Fair

In April Troop 616 built a 14-foot tall signal tower right in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot as part of the 2008 Scout Fair. Will Mebane and his father helped lead the effort to construct the tower using diagonal, square, and floor lashings to hold together the logs. Troop members helped visitors climb the tower for a great view. At the end of the day scouts had a great time taking the tower apart. The participating scouts received a patch for attendance and progress on their Pioneering merit badge. Many thanks to our Pioneering merit badge counselor, Ray Bussett, for his guidance.

Later that month, Robert DeJesus and Ron Tabor led the troop on the annual camporee. Hunter Young was the senior patrol leader and Ian Davis was his assistant. Kelton Tabor, Andy Smetana, Brian DeJesus, Eric Lehman, Kyle Douglas, Christopher Grace, Matthew Robinson, John Payton, and Ryan Werdeman joined the fun. The troop won the first place award for Most Organized Campsite.

Another April activity was a 10-mile hike from the Blue Sky Ecological Preserve to Mt. Woodson and back. It was great to see the area coming back to life following the wildfires last October.

Alex DeWitt, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 663 Looks Forward to a Busy Summer

When school ends in June our troop will attend Emerald Bay Summer Camp on Catalina Island. Scouts will earn merit badges in activities like lifeguard, swimming, canoeing, and lifesaving. The camp promises to be exciting and wet!

April was a busy month. Our new scouts attended their first overnight Tenderfoot camp, we held the Scout Fair at Qualcomm Stadium, and we participated in the camporee at Mataguay.

Our troop will participate in the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade. We are always proud to represent the Boys Scouts of America in celebrating our Independence Day.

Martin Magro, Troop 663 Scribe

Spring Into Action with Troop 664

This spring Troop 664 (members pictured above right) has been very active. Because we are going on a Yosemite backpack outing in June, we've had a lot of prep hikes and one-night outings. These outings included Iron Mountain, Mt. Woodson, and Granite Springs.

We are excited to welcome 13 boys to our troop: Evan Caplinger, Makenzie Cottle, Ian Dunk, James Poirier, Tim Rodenbaugh, George Thomas, Anthony Trifoglio, Jimmy Valente, Daniel Witham, Tom Valente, Drake McLain, Dylan McLain, and Kenan Draughorne.

Over Memorial Day weekend we traveled up to the Kern River in Sequoia and went white water rafting. That same weekend, scouts also participated at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Flag Placement ceremony. This is a very moving event in which we are proud to participate. An American flag is placed at head of every grave, and there are more than 71,000.

Bill Feather, Troop 664 Scribe

Cub Scouts Become "Mad" Scientists!

Pack 613's cub scouts learned that you can yank out the tablecloth without breaking the dishes! The boys had so much fun watching the comical Mad Science presentation at the April pack meeting, and they learned a lot about physics! The Webelos satisfied requirements for their Scientist activity badges and Science belt loops, too.

Join Cub Scout Pack 613 now so you don't miss the fun! The pack is forming a brand new Tiger Cub den, full of your Jerabek friends, for soon to be 1st graders. Older boys are welcome to join, too!

Future events include: resident camp at Mataguay for Wolves to Webelos, Sunday, July 6-Wednesday, July 9; and, Pack 613's 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 Helps Others...and the Environment

Two huge "congratulations" to Pack 614 scouts! First, our scouts collected 736 pounds of food for the San Diego Food Bank in the recent "Scouting for Food" program. Bravo! Also, our scouts collected a phenomenal 21,900 recyclable cans and bottles for this year's Cans For Critters program. This was 11,837 more than they collected in 2007, and it added up to $954 in donated funds for the San Diego Zoo's Critters Program. All Pack 614 scouts should be proud of their tremendous effort. A big "thanks!" goes to Lettie Cederquist and Tanna Trifoglio for managing the two programs.

Thank you to all the scouts and parents who helped operate Pack 614's Geology belt loop booth at the Scout Fair. More than 215 San Diego County scouts earned their Geology belt loops at our booth. Special "thanks!" to Ann and Glenn Pickett for overseeing the booth.

Check the pack calendar for upcoming events, including a June bridging ceremony, June campout, and summertime activities. We welcome you to join our pack. Email our cubmaster, Dave Audick, at [[email protected]].

No June Gloom for

Pack 616!

This past May weather was perfect for all things scout related, beginning with a pack hike up Iron Mountain (pictured above). It was a family event for the six-mile round trip hike with a 1,000-foot elevation gain. Scouts were afforded great views of northern San Diego. On Saturday, June 28, we will have another family hike at Mission Trails Park.

May was also the month for the William Heise spring campout in the Julian area. The campout featured wampums, s'mores, and mad libs around the campfire, in addition to two hikes and a pack show of den skits and songs. After hiking, the Webelos cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for the Saturday night dinner.

In addition to fun hiking and camping, the Dragon den enjoyed earning the Naturalist badge at the San Diego Natural History Museum. It was a hot day and the class was interrupted by an alarm, and everyone had to evacuate the museum. Despite the surprise, the boys had a good time learning about animals.

The Wolverine Patrol had a great time at the Webelos rock wall climbing event. They have been busy working on their Athlete activity pin by earning their Fitness belt loop and pin. At their last den meeting their patrol earned their Table Tennis belt loops by learning the rules of table tennis, practicing, and playing!

The scouts are looking forward to great activities ahead. Graduation is Sunday, June 8, from 4 to 6 pm at Jerabek Park. The pack show will feature the cub scout cooker in which the boys change rank. Friday, June 20, is Padre Scout Night, where scouts will receive a new commemorative patch.

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Girl Power Meets

Pinewood Derby

Vroom! Watch out, Danica Patrick, there are more girls interested in racing! Scripps Ranch's second annual Powder Puff Derby was held in April. Thirty-seven girls from seven Girl Scout troops spent hours creating their racing masterpieces.

There were squeals of joy during the races, but speed was not the only criterion. The competition for design was tough--from Hannah Montana Hummer and a hamster wagon to a kitty cat car and rolling Swiss cheese.

All participants received certificates and patches. Trophies were awarded to the top finishers (below) in speed, workmanship, originality, and performance. Thanks to Lorelle and Tom Mudd and their team for organizing this event.