Pack 613 Scouts Speed to Victory

Cub Scout Pack 613 traveled to Daytona and Talladega Speedways--in the same night! The pack's annual Pinewood Derby in January was as authentic Nascar as you can get in the Jerabek Elementary School auditorium. There were Nascar flags, tickets, passes, and prizes provided by assistant scoutmaster Karl Zimmer, and it was just as exciting!

The cars looked great and all agreed they were the fastest the pack has ever had. Aaron Polley's sleek car went home with the first place trophy, Eric Lehmann, second, and Chris Danner, third. Congratulations to the winners and all the boys and dads, especially Mike Musgrave and Paul Klingenberg, who made it happen! We look forward to seeing Aaron race at the Scout Fair in April!

Thinking about joining Cub Scouts? Come join Pack 613 for a special pack meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 15, in the Jerabek Elementary auditorium! Mad Science will be there! Arrive at 6 pm to receive information about Pack 613, join us for the pack meeting at 6:45 pm, then stay for the Mad Science presentation at 7 pm! For more information, contact our cubmaster, Dan Bossert, at 549-4378.

A Busy 2008 for Pack 614

Pack 614 held its annual Blue and Gold Dinner in February. This family scouting event was highlighted by the entertainment of magician Mike Wong. Mr. Wong, an Eagle Scout, did his magic acts with the help of our Pack 614 scouts.

In March Pack 614 said farewell to our Webelos IIs scouts, who bridged into Boy Scouts in their "Arrow of Light" ceremony. It has been wonderful having these scouts and their families involved in our pack over the years.

"Thank you!" to all of our Scripps Ranch neighbors who donated food to the "Scouting for Food" program in March. The donations made their way to the San Diego Food Bank.

We would love to have your son join Pack 614. If you have any questions, please contact our cubmaster, Dave Audick, at [[email protected]].

Pack 615 is "Scouting

for Food"

Pack 615 did a good turn in March by collecting canned goods for the "Scouting for Food" program. "Scouting for Food" is the Scouting's community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in our community. This year the San Diego-Imperial Council worked with a number of partners including The Salvation Army, Wal-Mart, and local pantries. Pack 615 cubs turned out in force in our collection area in the Scripps Legacy neighborhood.

In April our cubs look forward to their first campout of the year at Camp Balboa. This is a great place to have fun and work on advancement activities. Don't forget the campfires, sing-alongs, and skits! We look forward to a great time!

Spring Ahead with

Pack 616!

Congratulations to our Pinewood Derby winners: Best of Show, Cameron J.; runner-up Best of Show, Ryan R.; Most Unique Design, Ian D.; and, runner-up Most Unique Design, Alex H. Congratulations also go to our pack speed demons in first, second, and third place respectively: Andy S., Kevin F., and Joseph G.

The following speedsters came in first for their dens, listed along with their car number: Ryan, #12; Michael, #30; Christian, #42; Joseph and Tanner, #18 and 19; Kit, #44; Kevin, #53; Spencer, #62; Ali, #71; Andy, #58; Nathan, #90; and, Craig and Mitchell, #72 and 74. It was an exciting race as always, with standing room only watching the winners cross the finish line. The photo below shows some of the cars. For more photos of the Derby, please visit [].

Thanks to the generosity of our friends and neighbors in Scripps Ranch, scouts collected donated food in March for those less fortunate. A big thanks to everyone who participated.

Webelos were especially active in March, participating in all the regular Scouting events plus the Webelos-only ultimate frisbee at the Community Park. The Webelos-only program is intended to keep our older boys engaged and active in Scouting in anticipation of becoming boy scouts.

Looking ahead, our Webelos will bridge to Boy Scouts on Tuesday, Apr. 15, at the pack show at 7 pm at Dingeman Elementary School. And then there's fun for all scouts at the Scout Fair on Saturday, Apr. 19, at Qualcomm Stadium. This year's theme is "Emergency Preparedness." If you would like more information, please visit [].

Troop 616 Enjoys the Snow

Troop 616 has been busy with many events and activities, including a snow outing. Many scouts went on this trip, where snowboards, skis, and lessons were available. Most of the scouts rented snowboards. This was an excellent opportunity to earn the Snow Sports merit badge. Unfortunately, it was very windy, so only the bunny slopes were open. However, it was good for those learning, and many scouts had lots of fun.

Another event that Troop 616 participated in was Webelos Day, where we demonstrated scout skills for Webelos scouts. Many scouts helped cook apple-peach cobbler and learned to make rope. Many Webelos enjoyed such activities.

Troy Rayder, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 664 Gets "Snowed"!

In February members of Troop 664 participated in a snow weekend at Big Bear. We arrived at about 9:30 pm on Friday. We brought our gear into our condominiums--we left the tents at home this time--and decided on bunkmates, then went to sleep. The next morning we had a wonderful day of skiing and snowboarding. The scouts who went on this trip were Brendan Mitchell, Jake Garelick, Dominic Thomas, Jack Winters, Adam Meserve, Bill Feather, Casey Aguinaldo, Andrew Corvin, and Andrew Covel. Many thanks to Mr. Corvin for organizing this fun outing.

In February we helped Joe Mangan with his Eagle Scout project. Boys were continuously working on the "Scripps Ranch" wall on Scripps Ranch Boulevard at Pomerado Road. Joe restored this old wall made of bricks from the old Scripps mansion He sealed the bricks and painted over the grout to make our community a better place. Good job, Joe!

Bill Feather, Troop 664 Scribe

"Hooping" It Up!

Caroline Grant and Becky Kielty (pictured upper right) are Junior-3s from Troop 8186, and they enjoy playing in the new Girl Scout Basketball League. Brownies through Seniors from all over San Diego enjoy the Friday night excitement. The league meets at Alliant International University.

The program runs from January through March and is coached and refereed by parent volunteers. In this new league all games are played indoors on full-sized courts, and having fun is emphasized. The rules are very relaxed so everyone has fun and gets a good workout. As the season came to a close, the girls took away new skills and new friends, and they plan to play again next year. So even if you have never played and want to have fun, look for registration later this year. Every girl scout is welcome! Join us!

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts "She and Me"

I'm late, I'm late... for a very important date! Don't you be late, mark the date: Saturday, Apr. 5, from 2 to 4 pm at Dingeman Elementary School. Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts will host a mother/daughter event open to all ages. This year's theme is "Through the Looking Glass" from Alice in Wonderland. Join us for fun activities such as the Mad Hatter Tea Party, Cheshire Cat Dress-Up photo booth with pictures by Grins2Go, plus many surprises. Our older girls will be treated to a royal spa.

The cost is $20 per "She and Me," $25 at the door if space is available, and $10 for extra daughters. Look for the flier via email from your leaders. For questions, please contact LaNor Grundmeyer at [[email protected]] or 566-2306.

A Day for Daisies

Three Troop 8296 Cadettes--Kathryn Kaufmann, Amy McKinley, and Jessica Holmes (below)--put on a special day for Daisy girl scouts. This project was planned to help the girls earn their Silver Award. The Cadettes were helped by scouts Julie Nunn and Belle Holder.

With a theme of "Fantasy Fairies," the Cadettes dressed as elves and fairies to lead 30 5-year-old Daisy scouts through fun in fairyland. The Scripps Ranch Recreation Center was turned into a fantasyland of fairy wings, rainbows, and flowers. There was even a tree trunk to allow passage between rooms.

The day included a song tree, parachute play, outdoor games, and a quick snack of apples and Girl Scout cookies. At the end of the event Troop 8296 made sure each Daisy went home with a picture and a ribbon tiara. Great job, girls!

World Thinking Day

In February Troop 8265 hosted the annual Girl Scouts World Thinking Day. It is a day of awareness and celebration of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all over the world. All girls scouts in the Scripps Ranch Unit were invited to attend, and 310 girls--30 troops--came.

Fifteen troops set up booths, which represented countries such as Sweden, Mexico, and Japan. Each booth had different activities representing their country. There was dancing, crafts, a may pole, food tasting, and lots of fun! There was also a surprise--our troop invited Sohaila, a belly dancer, to entertain everyone with her amazing dancing. The girl scouts even got a free lesson!

The Cadette girl scouts from my troop, 8265, worked many hours to make this event happen. The hours go toward our volunteer and leadership hours, which we need for our Silver Award. We couldn't have done it without the 15 troops that represented a country, so thanks to all of you. Also thanks to our leaders, Jill Arnold and Melinda Christofferson. This was the first time that first year Cadettes in a Scripps Ranch troop organized and hosted World Thinking Day, and it was a huge success!

Allison Smith