Troop 301- Assisting after the Fire

In January several scouts and scouters from Troop 301 (pictured above) put in more than 100 hours to restore the Hallum family's fire-stormed property in Ramona. They braved the wind and rain while shoring up the slope ravaged by the recent Witch Creek Fire. The scouts lugged and placed sandbags, dug drainage ditches, and placed and staked erosion control rolls--as well as any professional! In addition, they felled, dragged, and cut up hundreds of burned trees throughout the surrounding property. Huge thanks to the Hallum family for their incredible hospitality of food and hot chocolate!

In addition to the fire restoration project, these scouts also completed 50 miles of hiking over a full week in Yosemite last summer. As a result of their hiking and hard-earned effort with the weekend service project, the following scouts completed the requirements to earn the prestigious National Fifty Miler Award: Sean Rowland, Tim DeRego, Reed Hallums, Dan Lofy, Harrison Trubitt, and Josh Solberg.

On Webelos Night, which also took place in January, Troop 301 welcomed several cub scouts. Thanks to all of the scouts in our troop who came and taught! Special thanks to Mr. Aylwin, Ms. Hauschildt, Mr. Madsen, Mrs. Lofy, Mr. Zimmer, Mr. Vildibill, and Mr. Gibson who helped supervise our scouts in sharing Scouting with Webelos from Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, Poway, Ramona, and Tierrasanta.

Troop 301's Court of Honor was held in late January, where the new 100-Mile Hiker patch was awarded for the first time to several scouts. Josh Solberg won top honors receiving additional bars for hiking more than 300 miles during his activities as a boy scout!

Although rain continued to dampen the spirits of many outdoor activities in January, the troop rounded out the month with the Lake Jennings campout. In spite of the soggy conditions, many of the advanced scouts completed the Wilderness Survival merit badge program.

Bob Gibson, Troop 301 Assistant Scoutmaster

Troop 616 Goes to

Shriner's Camp

This past January Troop 616 attended the Shriner's Camp on Mt. Laguna. In this camp we were fortunate enough to stay in a large cabin with a fireplace. Some of the activities that occupied the scouts included games and card playing. Also, many scouts were able to complete an orienteering course to earn the Orienteering merit badge. The courses were set up along the picturesque Pacific Crest trail and within the campgrounds.

On the first evening the scouts were occupied with a movie, but on the second night all of the patrols in attendance competed to win the Best Dinner Award and Best Skit Award. The Flaming Arrows had the best dinner, the Snipes had the best dessert, and the Giant Giraffes had the best skits, songs, and run-ons. One should give the Wolverines credit for perhaps the smokiest dinner! Shriner's Camp is one of the favorite weekend camps for Troop 616, and the scouts always have a good time.

Troop 663 Has Fun and Helps Others

This month Troop 663 scouts got a laugh as they watched their parents try to camp at Agua Caliente desert campout. This campout was a family affair and was a lot of fun. The troop also participated in the San Diego Food Bank service project, a company that collects donated food. The scouts boxed the food to be sent to needy families in the area.

We had our Court of Honor and are always proud that in this event we recognize the rank advancements, merit badges, and other scout accomplishments. We also elected Tyler Beaty, Martin Magro, Michael Rogers, Chris Barnsley, Connor Mann, and Spencer Shortill as new members to the Order of the Arrow. Some of the purposes of the Order of the Arrow are to recognize those scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives, and to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

Martin Magro, Troop 663 Scribe

Troop 664's Rock Climbing Adventure

In January members of Troop 664 participated in a campout in Joshua Tree National Park. We had an enjoyable two-and-a-half hour drive up and arrived at about 8:30 pm on Friday. We pitched tents and went to sleep. The next morning we went on a hike to the top of Ryan Mountain, which has an elevation of 5,457 feet. The scouts who went on this trip were: Addison Jerlow, Nolan Stephens, Michael Church, Bill Feather, Joren Anderson, Forrest Lighthart, Adam Meserve, Joe Mangan, Michael Pettit, Chris Chadwick, and Kevin Stock.

In February and March we plan to go skiing and snowboarding in Big Bear, which will be a lot of fun. We also plan to go backpacking in Granite Springs in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. In April Troop 664 plans to have a new scout patrol come to its first official troop meeting as boy scouts. We also will attend the Scout Fair and the Camporee at Mataguay for the Black Mountain and Scripps-Mesa districts.

Bill Feather, Troop 664 Scribe

Pack the "Races"

Cub Scout Pack 614 held its annual Pinewood Derby in February. Our pack families had a great time watching our scouts race their personally designed and built pinewood cars. Scouts' cars were judged in four categories: speed, originality, appearance, and workmanship. Congratulations to all the scouts who won trophies at this year's derby, including: James Poirier, Jonathan Cedarquist, Ryan O'Toole, Adrian Montijo, Alex Bellafaire, Ryder Henson, Danny Bellafaire, Tommy Montgomery, Taylor Goldstein, Daniel Witham, Anthony Trifoglio, Sean Saydah, and Makenzie Cottle. James Poirier placed first as the fastest racer in our pack, so his winning car will compete in the San Diego 500 at this April's regional Scout Fair at Qualcomm Stadium.

Pack 614's February pack meeting theme celebrated the Chinese New Year. Our pack was entertained by a local cultural group known as the Luck Lion Dancers. The group performed a traditional dragon dance for our scouts, who enjoyed the entertainment as well as the Chinese yo-yos and fortune cookies.

In early March Cub Scouts hold their annual "Scouting for Food" program for those in need. On Saturday, Mar. 1, Scripps Ranch cub scouts will leave a flyer on the front door of our neighbors asking for canned food donations. Those will be picked up on Saturday, Mar. 8. Scripps Ranch neighbors, please help our scouts help the needy by leaving canned goods on your front porch. Thanks in advance for your donations!

We always welcome new boys to our pack. If you have any questions, please email our cubmaster, Dave Audick, at [[email protected]].

Pack 615's First Race

Cub Scout Pack 615 held our first Pinewood Derby "build day" in February. Cubs cut and sanded their cars and polished their axles for speed! The cars were weighed and checked, and this month we'll have the race! Ooh, can't wait!

In January and February we learned about safety and community. Cubs learned about safety at home and on the street. Den 1 Tigers got to see a sheriff's car and learned what deputies do. Den 2 joined with Pack 616's Den 7 (pictured above) to tour the Poway Sheriff Station.

Our scouts look forward to a great time in March, with our Blue and Gold party at Poway Bowl and our March Pinewood Derby Race! Go, Pack 615!

A Wild February for

Pack 616!

The Scripps Ranch Webelos Day in early February at the Community Park brought out the sun and fun. Webelos participated in fun activities put on by Scripps Ranch boy scout troops. This allowed the Webelos to see what it might be like to advance into Boy Scouts. Among the activities were walking a rope bridge, launching a water balloon via catapult, judging good and bad campsites, tying knots, making compass readings, learning how to make an arm sling from a bandana, and eating pizza bagels.

February was also the month for the infamous Pinewood Derby Race, where each cub scout designs, builds, and decorates his own race car. The competition was held in late February in Dingeman Elementary School's multipurpose room. Thanks to Dave England who held a workshop allowing cubs to use tools to help shape the cars, and to Ellen Caprio who hosted the car weigh-in.

We thank the boy scouts of Troop 301 who helped as race officials and judges. Thanks also go to: Adam Kahn, race assistant and track transporter; Tim Farnsworth, computer wizard; Dave Demarest, safety marshal and pit crew; Carlos Aylwin, car magician; Tim Francisco, emcee; Rob Sobie, audiovisual technician; and, Alan and Kathy Pavey, pizza fundraiser coordinators. Race winners will be noted in a future Newsletter.

With all this pizza eating, it's no wonder the scouts had food on the mind--in this case it was thinking about those less fortunate. A cub scout promises to "give goodwill," and a boy scout promises "to help other people at all times." One of the ways they do this is through the annual Scouting for Food Drive. Across the country, nearly four million scouts collect canned goods and other non-perishables for community food banks. The bags are collected Saturday, Mar. 8, so if you find a donation bag on your door, please help our scouts help others.

With warmer and drier weather approaching, the pack hiking club is gearing up for some fun times ahead. In February they went to Daily Ranch, and there is a hike scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 16, at San Elijo in Solana Beach. For more information about this and other pack activities, please visit [].

Pack 1216 "At The Races"

You may have heard of a flying fish but have you ever seen a flying carrot? Or a zooming Pokemon? Scouts from Pack 1216 saw these and other creative cars at their annual Pinewood Derby Race held at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club in January. Thirty-six cars were entered in the exciting races.

The top winners are (pictured above, L to R): Nick Simmons, first place overall; Justin Todd, second place; and, Michael Phaneuf, third place. These scouts may enter the countywide race at the annual Boy Scout Fair in the spring.

Pack 1216 Webelos I and II spent a weekend at Camp Mataguay in January. They participated in boy scout activities that involved lashings, knots, wrist rockets, first aid, walking on monkey bridges, and much more. They all had a great time and managed to stay warm too!

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Troop 8336 Works Hard

Troop 8336 has been busy helping in the community. Throughout October and November, the girls worked hard to decorate more than 100 brown bags with a holiday theme to help out an older girl scout troop that was making them for the San Diego Homeless Coalition. They drew darling pictures of winter scenes and Christmas trees, to which they added beautiful glitter glue touches.

Also in November the girls did their own food drive and collected many items for the MCAS Food Locker located on the base at Miramar. This volunteer-run organization provides meals and family start-up kits for needy military families throughout the year, and delivers thousands of holiday meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The girls went to the facility and worked in the warehouse, sorting food and stocking shelves.

In December Troop 8336 made its third annual visit to friends at Belmont Village Assisted Living Facility in Sabre Springs. They put on their "Very Brownie Christmas Production" and treated the residents to favorite Christmas songs, musical instrumentals, and even holiday humor, with some girls playing instruments they are learning. They told holiday jokes and even had a baton solo performance! After the show the girls served the residents special goodies they had brought to share. We were welcomed with open arms, and the residents enjoyed the show.

Thanks for all your hard work, Troop 8336 girls!

Sarabeth Thompson, Troop Leader