2011 Fall Discovery Night is a Hit!

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts held their annual Fall Discovery Night in late September. It was a short hour of girls learning about healthy eating and making SWAPs--and what are SWAPs, anyway? SWAPs are things you make to trade at an encampment. It's an acronym for Some Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned, or Shared With A Pal, or, as I put it, September With A Punch. Either way, more than 65 girls converged on Miramar Ranch Elementary School's multipurpose room and had a blast. Thanks to Troop 8058 and Lynette Rodenbaugh, the girls had so much to do in one hour, between making a healthy snack and creating three different types of SWAPs!

Parents came to find out more about joining Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts while their daughters got busy and met new friends and learned fun activities. Thanks again to the Aviary Starbucks for supporting Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts by supplying coffee for the adults!

If you have any questions, please contact my co-manager, Jacqueline Yang, at [[email protected]]. It's not too late to join! If you've thought about being a leader for your daughter, we'll show you how! Hope everyone has a great Girl Scout experience this coming year!

Cynthia Collins, SR Girl Scouts Co-manager

Girl Scout News

The Service Unit will host a CPR/First Aid class on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5:45 to 10 pm in the Crown Pointe Clubhouse. Space is limited, with first come first served. Contact Cynthia Collins at [[email protected]] for registration information.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure is looking for Scripps Ranch girls scouts to volunteer on Sunday, Nov. 20. They can cheer on the walkers, make poster board signs with encouraging sentiments, pass out cookies and bracelets, make a pin-able craft for the walkers' lanyards, donate to the cause, and so forth. For more details, contact Janice Hartung at [[email protected]].

For those planning ahead, the Brownie Encampment will be at the Balboa Program Center the weekend of Feb. 3-5, Junior Encampment will be at Whispering Oaks Campground Feb. 17-19, which is President's weekend, and Camp Surf for middle and high school girl scouts will be Apr. 27-29.

Don't forget to mark your calendar for the annual Tree Lighting at Jerabek Park on Sunday, Dec. 11. See you there!

Off to Another Great Year for Pack 614!

Webelos II scouts from Den 7 enjoyed a weekend campout at Palomar State Park in September as part of their Outdoorsman achievement requirement. The scouts practiced skills needed for advancement to Boy Scouts, including setup and take down of their tents and participating in meal preparation. Additionally, the boys took several hikes looking for wildlife--spotting deer and wild turkey--and learning about the area's plants, especially poison oak!

Pack 614's October pack meeting was highlighted by a visit from the Station 37 firefighters from Scripps Ranch. Thank you, Station 37, for an informative visit!

Finally, the pack would like to thank outgoing Cubmaster Earl Wong for his positive and inspiring leadership during the past year. We also welcome our incoming cubmaster, Art Nagano!

If you have a boy in 1st-4th grade and would like information about our Cub Scout program, please visit our website at [].

Pack 616 Rides into Fall

Pack 616 had its second annual Bike Rodeo, an exciting event to kick off the scouting year! The rodeo included a speed station, skidding, a cone course, newspaper tossing, and "how slow can you go?" There was even a station for those learning how to ride a bicycle. The cub scouts all wore their helmets to practice safe cycling. It was great to see all the new enthusiastic Tiger recruits; we hope to see you all at a future pack show or den meeting. A special thanks to all the parents who helped put on this event, and a big thank you goes to Tanya Roberts for coordinating this fun event!

The weekend this Newsletter goes out, our Webelos II scouts will enjoy time in the mountains at the "Webelos Woods" camp located at the Mataguay Scout Ranch. The events are sponsored by local Boy Scout troops planning to show the Webelos II a great time! Planned activities include star gazing hikes, building a monkey bridge, creating a model campsite, teaching Dutch oven or foil cooking, developing a compass course, and sleeping in the great outdoors under the stars.

Last month our cub scouts had an opportunity for a fun, educational day at the Vulcan Materials Company's open house at the Carroll Canyon quarry. Activities included rock identification, a map reading workshop, geology workshop, and a special behind-the-scenes tour of the quarry. Cub scouts earned their Geology belt loop and activity pin.

Please visit our website at [] for more information regarding our pack!

Troop 616 Hikes to the Peak of Mt. Baden-Powell

In September we had a great campout at Jackson Lake in the San Gabriel Mountains. Many of the scouts enjoyed relaxing, fishing at the lake, playing football and horseshoes, and cooking awesome food. Five scouts and four adults hiked up to the peak of Mt. Baden-Powell--9,047 feet--which is named after the founder of Boy Scouts. It was an eight-mile hike with an elevation gain of 2,800 feet. At the top we checked out the monument to Lord Baden-Powell and enjoyed our well-deserved lunch and incredible views. In the evening we all had fun cooking dinner and playing games around the campfire.

Our troop program theme for the month was earning the United States Heritage Award and studying the United States Constitution. The U.S. Heritage gold medals were awarded at our October Court of Honor to the 24 scouts and adults who earned it.

We served the poor and homeless at the First Presbyterian Church's Ladle Soup Kitchen and handed out the Charger Times before the San Diego Charger game against the Vikings.

We conducted our troop elections in September. Congratulations to Hayden Wisniewski who was elected to be our senior patrol leader and to the following patrol leaders who were elected: Jonathan Cederquist, Michael Huang, Brett Benzie, Charlie Wong, Adam Teays, James Berry, and Nick Pickett.

Troop 301 Stays Busy and Honors Scouts

San Diego autumn found Boy Scout Troop 301 of Scripps Ranch exploring the nearby mountains and trails. Dos Picos was the destination for our Mammals Study merit badge campout, as our scouts observed and studied local animals and performed a service project for the campground.

Scouts and scouters did an off-road mountain bike trip on the challenging, steep trails around Miramar Lake. Thank you to Mr. Bosworth and Eagle Scout Craig Bosworth Jr. for leading this trip.

The Court of Honor awarded many scouts with recognition for their hard work and adventures--there were more than 300 awards! Justin Todd set a new troop record with 25 merit badges at one Court of Honor. Other scouts earning awards included:

  • Second and First Class ranks: Clayton Cassidy, Michael DeFelippi, Ryan Derienzo, Evan Farnsworth, Jacob Gildersleeve, Landon Graham, Kentaro Hanson, Andrew Jessani, Zachary Killam, Tyler Kuperstein, Anders Ortlieb, Michael Phaneuf, Ilias Pihas, Ryan Rafferty, Christopher Siefert, Tyler Sweeney, and Nathan Zimmer;
  • Star rank: Phillip Steiner, Ryan Tannenberg, Justin Todd, Derek Abeyta, and Christopher Abeyta;
  • Life rank: Dylan Graham, Stephen Lofy, and John Q. Goodrich; and,
  • Eagle Bronze Palm Awards, recognizing service and advancement beyond Eagle Scout: Kyle Fisher and Vivek Vishwanath.

Troop 301 had its ninth and tenth scouts of 2011 earn the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America: the rank of Eagle Scout. Daniel Lofy has served as a den chief and troop librarian. He has hiked in local mountains and the Sierras. He led others in building a sand play area for the kindergarten students of Jerabek Elementary School for his Eagle Scout service project.

Alex Abeyta has been a legendary den chief and troop guide for years. He has served with compassion, patience, and kindness, as he teaches younger cub and boy scouts. For his Eagle Scout project, he led others in changing and reestablishing new donation tiles at the previous site of Marshall Middle School and the current Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School. Congratulations to both!

Is it Possible to Have Salty Llamas?

The answer to the question above is "Yes!"...if you were part of Troop 663's Salty Llama trip. On a Saturday in October Troop 663 held its Salty Llama canoeing outing at Fiesta Island and hosted second-year Webelos from around the district to encourage them to join our troop. This year the Salty Llama outing included canoeing, an obstacle course, and a compass course. It also included lunch--hamburgers, hotdogs, and PBJs--dinner, and, of course, a campfire program. It was lots of fun.

Also on the topic of canoeing, in September Troop 663 scouts worked on our Canoeing merit badge with our counselor and scoutmaster, Mr. Muckerman, in preparation for our Colorado River trip in November. We completed all of our requirements, except for the CPR and knot tying requirements, in one day.

For about three months Troop 663 has been in the "Popcorn Wars," as I call popcorn selling season. It has been a long and brutal selling season, and we have been working hard in the front of stores with a small amount of customers.

Although it has been hard there is a big prize for those who join the $600 Club. Normally we would receive a mallow-blaster, but this year members of the $600 Club will receive a "zyclone," and many have worked hard for it. Scouts are pleased the "fight" is over. I am glad about the successful conclusion of the Popcorn Wars and Salty Llama.

Happy Halloween from all the boy scouts of Troop 663!

Matalino Lorenzo, Troop 663 Scribe