In March Troop 8033 (pictured above) completed its Silver Award after working on it for three years. Two years were spent on required leadership building activities. During the final year, the troop split and worked on two separate projects.
One group--Kaitlyn Holt, Ashley Payton, Anisha Gianchandani, and Shannon Brockley--felt strongly about making a difference in the issue of hunger here in San Diego. For their project, these girls reached out to other girl scouts and organized a volunteer day at the San Diego Food Bank. Each girl scout participating in the event brought with her canned food to donate to the food bank. Many girl scouts spent four hours sorting several tons of food (pictured above), which were later to be distributed to people in need.
Another group--Alex Winey, Sasha Anielski, April Lamar, Olivia Krivanek, and Tara Thornton--wanted to make a difference in preventing heart disease by teaching children about the importance of taking care of your heart. The girls developed a program designed to teach Brownie girl scouts--ages 6 to 8--about how the heart works and how to develop good habits to keep it healthy. Brownies were treated to an age-specific presentation on the heart and did activities relating to exercise and healthy eating.
Our adventure in March began in Pompeii. The Webelos of Den 11--Adam Trubitt, Stephen Lofy, Erik Klingenberg, Aaron Polley, and Sebastian Sanchez--braved the night at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Adam Trubitt writes, "Den 11 went to the Natural History Museum and learned about geology. This was a requirement for an activity badge. All the packs got split into groups, and they went to different exhibits. One of the exhibits was about Pompeii, where we saw casts of real people trying to run from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. We also had a scavenger hunt with clues to find other volcanoes. We slept in the museum that night." Stephen Lofy joked that "the best part of sleeping at the Natural History Museum was that all the animals really come alive at night!" Good thing that the great white shark overhead was chained to the ceiling, right, Stephen?
Sleeping on the floor at the museum on Friday was looking good to den leaders Paula and Shelly as they tried to fold themselves into a bunk on the USS Midway on Saturday. There was no sympathy from six-foot-plus cubmaster Dan Bossert, who also was aboard.
Other participants included: cubmaster Bossert's son Shaun; Brian, Rebecca, and Jake Flynn; Janet and Bryan Peters; Paul and Erik Klingenberg; Shelly and Stephen Lofy; Gene and Aaron Polley; Sherri and Sebastian Sanchez; Paula and Adam Trubitt; Lisa and Eric Lehmann; Julie and Matt Robinson; and, Kim and Ryan Werdeman. Den 3's Webelos leader Brian Flynn organized the pack overnight on the ship that served our country for 47 years, 10 of which it was the biggest ship in the world.
Webelo Stephen Lofy writes, "The best part of going to the Midway was that my father, retired Lt. Commander Michael E. Lofy, spoke about his firsthand experience of life on the Midway. My father served three years on this aircraft carrier. He flew the FA-18 single seat Hornet. I also liked sitting in the pilot seats of airplanes and going inside three helicopters on the flight deck."
We all agreed that having Pack 613 dad Mike Lofy share his experiences and give us a private tour was a real treat. We ate in the "mess hall," admired the Admiral's Quarters--fleet headquarters during the Persian Gulf War--flew on the flight simulators, and shot down the enemy in "Mach Combat." Wow!
Webelo Erik Klingenberg reports, "It was pretty fun except that we had to sleep on the same bed that the sailors slept in. The mattress was about an inch thick. The ship still had that old moldy smell to it, but it was still a pretty nice ship. It was a very realistic experience with the same food as the sailors ate, and they even put the parents on watch."
Pack 614 cub scouts have been very busy doing many fun things over the last few months. Our Tiger scouts toured the Fox News studios in January. Our Webelos scouts participated in geological and naturalist educational activities at the Natural History Museum at Balboa Park.
Many Pack 614 scouts collected recyclables and donated the proceeds to the San Diego Zoo's "Cans for Critters" program. For their efforts, these scouts earned an invitation to an April Scouting Jamboree at the Wild Animal Park.
Would your son like to join the fun of Scouting? Pack 614 invites you and your son to come to a special Scout Round-Up meeting in May. It is on Monday, May 19, at the Jerabek Elementary School auditorium from 6:30 to 7:15 pm. For details, contact our cubmaster, Dave Audick, at [[email protected]].
Pack 615 has a lot of fun camping activities planned for May and June. Our Tiger and Wolf cubs have many opportunities for discovery and achievement at our first campout of the year at Camp Balboa in May. We have another campout planned for June at Camp Mataguay. On Friday, June 20, we have Padres Scout Night. We look forward to a great time at all our events!
April was a great month for Scouting, with the following Phoenix Den scouts earning their Arrow of Light awards, the highest award in Cub Scouting: Craig Bosworth Jr., Duncan Klug, Evan Heisterkamp, Mitchell Ingles, Nathan Khuu, and Shane Mitchell. Craig, Duncan, Mitchell, Nathan, and Shane all bridged into Troop 301 in April, and Ian Dunk bridged into Troop 664.
The Phoenix Den and ex-den leader Susan Klug gave a big thank you to all the parents who helped out over the years. Thanks to: Hanh Khuu, pack treasurer; Carolyn Bosworth, achievement chair; JoLynn Ingles, co-den leader; Kelly Nakai, den treasurer; Nicole Badamo, for her tasty treats; and, Craig Bosworth Sr., for his rocket building and tire changing talents among others. Thanks also to Steve Klug for his support and advice throughout the den's existence.
The Dragon Den completed its Webelos requirements. They had great fun making and eating wampums. For anyone who doesn't know what a wampum is, it's made by placing pop and fresh dough on the end of a thick stick. The dough forms a bowl shape on the end of the stick and is cooked over a fire. The Dragon Den filled its cooked wampums with whipped cream, homemade caramel sauce, M&Ms, fruit preserves, and chocolate sauce. Mmmmmm!
Den 2 Wolves have been working on their achievements and have helped the community enjoy spring sunshine in the parks by picking up litter at Spring Canyon Park. Den 4 celebrated earning its Tiger ranks, awarded at the Blue and Gold Dinner, and the newest Den 4 scout, Jake B., earned his Bobcat award.
Den 4 had a great trip to the NBC news studio downtown, where they saw the newscast sets, the control room, and a weather segment being recorded. The boys loved hamming it up for the camera in front of the "green screen."
Spring sunshine makes it a great time to go hiking with your scout. A family hike took place in April up Iron Mountain. Future hikes include Torrey Pines Beach and Mission Trails Regional Park. For more information, please see [www.pack616.com].
Pack 616's Den 7 Bears worked on their Cub Scout World Conservation Award during the past several months. In April they visited the Point Loma tide pools to observe and identify tide pool creatures as part of the award requirements. While there, they visited the Cabrillo National Monument visitor center and saw a demonstration of weapons and armor that would have been used by the Spanish soldiers and sailors sailing with Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, whose voyage of discovery is commemorated by the monument.
For their World Conservation Award service project, they stenciled storm drains in Scripps Ranch. In addition to all six cub scouts earning their Bear badge, they earned the silver U.S. Heritage Award. Two Bears, Matthew Smith and Phillip Steiner, also earned their Religious Emblem Square Knot.
Pack 1216 cub scouts held their "Blue and Gold Banquet" in February at the ballroom of the Miramar Officer's Club. This year's theme was Chinese New Year, with 2008 being the Year of the Rat. More than 122 guests enjoyed a fantastic display of ornamental centerpieces made by the scouts, including large painted gourd rats, dragons, and Chinese lanterns. Congratulations to Den 11 scouts on achieving their Bear rank!
Special congratulations are due for Webelos 2 cub scouts on achieving the Arrow of Light Award! This award is the highest rank in Cub Scouting and was awarded to scouts at their Arrow of Light Bridging Ceremony in March. Webelos 2 scouts, also known as "Camouflage Croakers," who completed this rank include Arthur Bacon, Kyle Fait, Devin Lowe, Brexton Popejoy, Noah Villalobos, Colin Davis, Christopher Grace, and Trevor Scarfe. Each of these scouts worked hard for his Webelos badge, which includes earning activity badges from each of the activity groups: Citizen, Readyman, Fitness, and Outdoorsman. They also have to demonstrate knowledge of requirements for Boy Scouts.
Pack 1216 Bear scouts visited the EDCO recycling center in Lemon Grove. They toured the plant and saw what happens with the recycling materials you put in the blue bins, from dumping to sorting. Scouts felt like recycling handlers as they donned hard hats and safety vests for this important ecological activity.
In March Pack 1216 scouts participated in a community service project called Scouting for Food. Scouts collected food donations from you and delivered them to the Kearny Mesa Wal-Mart for the Salvation Army, as well as the MCAS Food Locker, a volunteer-run organization that supplies food to needy military families. Thank you for helping, and great job to scouts who participated!
It was a busy month for Troop 301! Many boys participated in a community service project, Scouting for Food. This worthwhile project consists of collecting non-perishable food donations and delivering them to the Salvation Army, who used them to feed the needy. Councilwide, the Scouting for Food drive raised more than 15,000 pounds of food. Two of the Salvation Army's food pantries would have run out of food two days later if not for the scouts.
Troop 301 scouts also hiked in the charred areas around Lake Poway (pictured above). The vegetation was just starting to come back, and on the distant hills wildflowers were in bloom. It seemed like every time you turned a bend, you were hit with a medley of purple, orange, and green. Many boys were hiking with fully loaded backpacks to prepare for our upcoming backpacking adventures. If this wasn't enough fun, some boys ended the hike with fishing on the shores of beautiful Lake Poway.
On another day that had storm clouds looming in the distance, scouts loaded their backpacks and hiked in the scenic area surrounding the Mission Trails Campground. After a tiring four-mile hike, we had all met one of the requirements for the Camping merit badge.
Seeing the sky become increasingly gray, we set up our tents just in time to huddle inside during a 10-minute downpour. Throughout the remainder of the day, we were free to work on our scout skills or otherwise amuse ourselves. After packing up in the morning, we were driven back home to dry out.
Troop 301 held its first Camporee, an event where scouts come from far and wide--or in this case from all Troop 301 patrols--and show off their scout skills. Events included knot tying, first aid, blind man walking, and good versus bad campsites. We all had a great time competing and practicing our outdoor skills.
Last month Troop 616 had a weekend campout at Round Valley, which started with a tram ride up Mt. San Jacinto. This camp was very interesting because there was five feet of snow on the ground. It was extremely difficult to walk, and snowshoes were required.
We backpacked several miles into a large meadow where we set up camp. Afterward, we put our time and effort into constructing a snow kitchen. We dug out a trench about two feet deep to make a bench. We then took the shoveled snow and used it as a wind block, as the wind was rolling straight into our camp.
Since it was so cold, after dinner nobody felt like sitting outside so we got into our sleeping bags at 6 pm. We were able to get an unheard of 12 hours of sleep. Multiple pads were needed to insulate yourself from the ground. Overall, it was a very enjoyable campout.