Girl Scout Commitment

The Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts are pleased to announce the addition of 62 new leaders and co-leaders to the Scripps Ranch Girl Scout Service Unit. Our unit now has 1,345 girl scouts.

Being a leader or co-leader takes quite a commitment of time and energy, so if you see any of these new volunteers, please say "thank you." We want to thank all the current leaders as well as our new volunteers: Laura Allen, Lori Barker, Christine Benzie, Doris Berry, Anna Binns, Leticia Bombardier, Laura Brown, Carolyn Burgoon, Susan Caparosa, Sandra Chazen, Cynthia Collins, Michelle Dern, Lynn Do, Sun Elder, Eileen Gardner, Cindy Goldberg, Karen Goodrum, Teri Greenberg, La Nor Grundmeyer, Sylvia Harrison, Diana Hilber, Judy Hillegas, Alyse Hodge, Rita Holman, Sara Hooten, Rose Hopkins, Sue Johnson, Darci Johnston, Andy Jones, Connie Joy, Guolai Khoo, Marybeth Lanz, Susan Lee, Mary Long, Nancy Lundquist, Pat MacKinzie, Diana Maldonado, Misty Mallory, Nancy Manso, Cindy Marshall, Kim Mathieson, Ed Mayer, Janelle McGinn, Kathy McKinley, Kathleen Merkin, Kimberly Meyer, Teri Olson, Debra O’Toole, Lesley Phillips, Kimberly Polaski, Kathy Prokop-Henson, Mitzi Richardson, Bianca Roy, Jaime Sarbacker, Cherie Savage, Debbie Thomas, Diane Thornton, Marie Walker, Debra Willis, Naomi Woods, and Lisa Yoshitake.

The girl scout troops have been very active throughout the holiday season. Here are some of the scout happenings.

All Scripps Ranch Brownies participated in making over 200 turkey magnets during their Fall Encampment at Whispering Oaks. These magnets were donated to Meals on the Move (MOMS), which is funded by Aging Independent Services. This organization provides holiday meals and breakfast everyday of the year to homebound seniors.

Cadette Troop 8414 put together 18 shoe box care packages that were used as holiday gifts for seniors. These boxes were covered in wrapping paper and filled with items such as toiletries, stationery supplies, and food. They were distributed through Meals on Wheels.

Cadette Troops 8193 and 8101, dressed in Santa hats and singing Christmas carols, welcomed guests to the 25th anniversary of Christmas on the Prado, now referred to as Balboa Park December Nights. The girls also worked the Information Booth. Cadette Troop 8193 and 8101 participants included: Allison Critchlow, Allison Aronoff, Jessica Manning, Marie Brown, Cassie Gurrola, Megan Westfall, Laura Bjork, Keri Conlon, and Laura Purcell.

Junior Troop 8310 hosted representatives from Sharp Hospital in a presentation called "Sharp On Survival, Think First." The scouts learned about preventable disabilities. The information they appreciated most was that the majority of preventable disabilities happen between the ages of 13 and 24. Also, you can repair many body parts, but not your spine or your brain.

Junior Troop 8310 consists of: Alissa Alker, Becky Kukuchek, Cassy King, Elaine Gray, Erin Teays, Kaitlin Elliott, Kate Colby, Katie Sullivan, Linley Sullivan, Krista Harbold, Kylie Page, Melissa Nigro, Noelle Ingrao, Rachel DeJesus, and Shaun Starr. Troop 8310 also just completed their Babysitter Certification under the supervision of instructors from Advanced Health and Safety.

The Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts are looking forward to the All Girl Scout Talent Show on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 5 pm at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center gym. Also, another year of cookie sales begins the third week in January. Thank you in advance for supporting Girls Scouts by buying cookies.

Welcome Back, Brownies

Girl Scout Troop 8354 welcomed back eight second year Brownies: Lauren Conroy, Sarah Douglas, Megan Hargrove, Laura Holland, Taylor Nemanich, Audrey Stein, Carly Teisseyre, and Ashley Williams. We also welcomed one new Brownie, Leah Drost.

In December the troop had their annual Winter Holiday Party. They had a lot of fun making ornaments and exchanging gifts. They also enjoyed the annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Jerabek Park and are looking forward to the new year and all its exciting adventures!

Sandy Williams

Outdoor Fun

Backpacking Adventure

Troop 616’s November outing was to Paso Picacho in the Cuyamacas. This was mainly a backpacking outing in preparation for our June outing to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. We backpacked for 15 miles carrying our own stoves, fuel, water, tents, and bulky sleeping bags.

On Thanksgiving weekend a group of scouts and parents went to the Ladle Soup Kitchen at the First Presbyterian Church downtown to help feed the homeless. Doing service there is going to be a regular part of our annual program.

Our troop will collect new socks–men’s, women’s, and children’s–over the next two months so that we can take them down there when we go in January.

Matt Price, Troop Scribe

Desert Fun

In November Boy Scout Troop 663 traveled to Agua Caliente for a weekend of desert fun. Our first morning in the desert, we did an hour of community service picking up garbage and emptying ash buckets, then we headed to the Agua Caliente mud caves for some fun.

In December our troop had its semiannual troop elections, in which boys were elected by their peers into leadership positions. Our new Senior Patrol Leader is Steven Markano, and his assistant is Alex Nunn. They promise to "have fun while getting work done."

Logan Swartz is our new troop quartermaster, and Andrew Danskin is our librarian, while Ryan Mulvey continues as troop chaplain’s aid. Bradley Markano, yours truly, will be moving on to be troop historian. You can expect a good six months of future SRCA Newsletter articles from my replacement, Dane Lighthart. Congratulations to all!

Bradley Markano, Troop Scribe

Police Raid Pack Meeting!

What a blast it was to have Officer MacPhee from the K-9 unit, Officer Barnes from the Poway Fire/Paramedic Department, and Lieutenant Franke visit Pack 616’s "Kids Against Crime Pack Meeting!" Thanks again to each of these officers for visiting and sharing with us!

These officers also presented the rank advancements of Tiger–John Buron and Grayson Boyer–and Bobcat–Brendan Tooker, Taylor Grant, Alec Mathews, David Watson, and Blake Wurtzler. Congratulations to all!

Our top two popcorn sellers were Ben Meis and Daniel Peters! Many thanks to each of these wonderful salesmen, to Joe Roitz and Bob Vildibill for all of their work as "Popcorn Kernels," and to all of the cubs and their families who helped with this successful fundraiser.

Our pack now has 80 cubs! Three cubs did an incredible job helping with the Roundups. Caleb Roitz, Jake Vildibill, and Nick Vildibill received the "Recruiter Award." Caleb also received a special medal as the first recipient of the "Cubmaster’s Award for Meritorious Service to the Pack." Thanks, guys!

Dens 1, 2, and 8 were awarded the "National Summertime Den Award," and our pack earned the "National Summertime Pack Award" and "Quality Unit Award." Dens 1 and 8 were recognized with the "National Den Award."

Thank you to the leaders in our pack, and to all the cubs and their families, who make cub scouting so much fun!

Bryon Solberg, Cubmaster

Happy New Year Pack 1216!

Bobcat badges were awarded to the following boys in Wolf Den 5–Andrew Corvin, Andrew May, Billy Feather, Daniel Lofy, Nolan Stephens, and Tyler Salvato. In November the Wolfs participated in a Sea Base Sailor program at the San Diego Youth Aquatic Center. They learned about boating safety and rescue methods, built a regatta model boat, and went for a boat ride.

In December the Bears turned in all their cans and bottles from their recycling project. The money they earned went toward the purchase of toys–Tech Deck Duds–to be given to the Toys For Tots drive that took place at the Jerabek Park Holiday Tree Lighting.

Wrapping Up the Year

The cub scouts of Pack 613 wrapped up a very successful and fun year with an emphasis on service projects. All the boys were asked to participate in two Thanksgiving Day service projects and two Christmas/winter projects.

These projects included a food drive for the San Diego Rescue Mission Women and Children’s Center, and helping SRHS seniors Jenna Mazzei and Ann Walkush in their Ambassadors to Enduring Freedom project. They brought in useful items that their adopted squadron, Squadron VMGR-352, could use.

At the December pack meeting the boys made "candy favors" to send to Project Mercy in Tijuana. Scouts were also asked to donate small toys, clothing, and blankets to send with the favors.

The December pack meeting ended with a bang as the boys revved up for the new year with pinewood derby kits being handed out. The annual Pinewood Derby will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, at Jerabek Elementary School. For questions, email us at [[email protected]].

Girl Scout Commitment

The Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts are pleased to announce the addition of 62 new leaders and co-leaders to the Scripps Ranch Girl Scout Service Unit. The Scripps Ranch Service Unit now has 1,345 registered girl scouts who actively participate in the many community programs in Scripps Ranch and throughout San Diego.

Being a leader or co-leader takes quite a commitment of time and energy, so if you see any of these new volunteers please say "thank you." We want to thank all the current leaders as well as our new volunteers: Laura Allen, Lori Barker, Christine Benzie, Doris Berry, Anna Binns, Leticia Bombardier, Laura Brown, Carolyn Burgoon, Susan Caparosa, Sandra Chazen, Cynthia Collins, Michelle Dern, Lynn Do, Sun Elder, Eileen Gardner, Cindy Goldberg, Karen Goodrum, Teri Greenberg, La Nor Grundmeyer, Sylvia Harrison, Diana Hilber, Judy Hillegas, Alyse Hodge, Rita Holman, Sara Hooten, Rose Hopkins, Sue Johnson, Darci Johnston, Andy Jones, Connie Joy, Guolai Khoo, Marybeth Lanz, Susan Lee, Mary Long, Nancy Lundquist, Pat MacKinzie, Diana Maldonado, Misty Mallory, Nancy Manso, Cindy Marshall, Kim Mathieson, Ed Mayer, Janelle McGinn, Kathy McKinley, Kathleen Merkin, Kimberly Meyer, Teri Olson, Debra O’Toole, Lesley Phillips, Kimberly Polaski, Kathy Prokop-Henson, Mitzi Richardson, Bianca Roy, Jaime Sarbacker, Cherie Savage, Debbie Thomas, Diane Thornton, Marie Walker, Debra Willis, Naomi Woods, and Lisa Yoshitake.

The girl scout troops have been very active throughout the holiday season. Here are some of the scout happenings.

All Scripps Ranch brownies participated in making over 200 turkey magnets during their Fall Encampment at Whispering Oaks. These magnets were donated to Meals on the Move (MOMS), which is funded by Aging Independent Services. This organization provides holiday meals and breakfast every day of the year to homebound seniors.

Cadette Troop 8414 put together 18 shoe box care packages that were used as holiday gifts for seniors. These boxes are covered in wrapping paper and filled with many items such as toiletries, stationery supplies, and food items. They were distributed through the Meals on Wheels program. The troop also delivered meals in December.

Cadette Troops 8193 and 8101, dressed in Santa hats and singing Christmas carols, welcomed guests to the 25th Anniversary of Christmas on the Prado, now referred to as Balboa Park December Nights. More than 125,000 people were expected to attend the two night event that offered more than 40 free entertainment groups, free admission to the museums, and a variety of international cuisine from more than 25 countries represented at the International Cottages.

The cadettes greeted people as they arrived in the park by tram and handed out the list of events. The girls also worked the Information Booth near the Cascade Fountain and directed the guests to the many wonderful events taking place in the park. It was a beautiful evening and the cadettes enjoyed helping San Diego celebrate this most special time of year. Cadette Troop 8193 and 8101 participants included: Allison Critchlow, Allison Aronoff, Jessica Manning, Marie Brown, Cassie Gurrola, Megan Westfall, Laura Bjork, Keri Conlon, and Laura Purcell.

Junior Troop 8310 hosted representatives from Sharp Hospital in a presentation called "Sharp On Survival, Think First." The representatives educated and informed the scouts regarding preventable disabilities. The information the scouts appreciated the most was that the majority of preventable disabilities happen between the ages of 13 and 24. Also, you can repair many body parts if they are injured, but not your spine or your brain.

Lastly, they left with a better appreciation of how to best approach and assist individuals with disabilities in our community. Junior Troop 8310 consists of: Alissa Alker, Becky Kukuchek, Cassy King, Elaine Gray, Erin Teays, Kaitlin Elliott, Kate Colby, Katie Sullivan, Linley Sullivan, Krista Harbold, Kylie Page, Melissa Nigro, Noelle Ingrao, Rachel DeJesus, and Shaun Starr. Troop 8310 also just completed their Babysitter Certification under the supervision of instructors from Advanced Health and Safety.

The Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts are looking forward to the All Girl Scout Talent Show on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 5 pm at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center gym. Also, another year of Girl Scout cookie sales begins the third week in January. We want to thank everyone in Scripps Ranch in advance for supporting Girls Scouts by buying cookies.

Outdoor Fun

A Busy Brownie Season

Girl Scout Troop 8354 welcomed back eight second year Brownies: Lauren Conroy, Sarah Douglas, Megan Hargrove, Laura Holland, Taylor Nemanich, Audrey Stein, Carly Teisseyre, and Ashley Williams. We also welcomed one new Brownie, Leah Drost.

In October Dennis Everett from the Escape School gave a 30-minute presentation. The Brownies learned how to think through dangerous situations, use the "velcro" technique, and make good decisions to keep themselves safe. They also realized that they had a lot of power in their choices. At the end of the safety presentation, a short awards ceremony recognized the Brownies’ achievements.

The Halloween party was a blast! Several senior girl scouts led the meeting with songs, games, and fun activities. They talked about when they started Girl Scouts, what they liked about it, what cool things they have done, and what great friends they made. The Brownies thought they were cool and asked them lots of questions. Thank you, seniors, for being such good role models.

The troop attended the November Brownie Encampment at Whispering Oaks in Julian. What a fantastic day! The Brownies made lots of creative crafts and each brought home her own hand-stamped book bag. They hiked, bussed their own table at lunch, played on the playground, played games, and came home tired but happy.

The second meeting in November was delicious. Yummy baking smells led us to creatively decorated sugar cookies that showcased the Brownies’ baking skills. Hopefully, the cookies were not all gobbled up before the girls got home. November was a busy month with the Troop participating in the Fall Nut Sale. They sold 104 cans–way to go!

In December the troop had their annual Winter Holiday Party. They had a lot of fun making ornaments, playing games, eating dinner, and exchanging gifts. They also enjoyed the annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Jerabek and are looking forward to the New Year and all its exciting adventures!

Sandy Williams

Backpacking Adventure

Troop 616’s November outing was to Paso Picacho in the Cuyamacas. This was mainly a backpacking outing in preparation for our June outing to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. We backpacked for a total of 15 miles, carrying our own stoves, fuel, water, and tents, not to mention those bulky sleeping bags.

Most packs weighed 20 pounds or more. Some scouts had bruises on their backs and hips, possibly because they had too much weight on their hips. It was freezing cold during the night and early morning, so we lit some extra stoves to warm our hands. We had a great time, as usual, and thank Mr. Wimmer and Dr. Edwards for taking us out there.

On Thanksgiving weekend a group of scouts and parents went down to the Ladle Soup Kitchen at the First Presbyterian Church downtown to help feed the homeless. Doing service down there is going to be a regular part of our annual program from now on.

Everyone helped to prepare the meal, to serve it, and clean up afterwards. Jason Swalwell and Greg Golko can tell you anything you want to know about commercial dishwashers! Our troop will be collecting new socks–men’s, women’s, and children’s–over the next two months so that we can take them down there when we go in January.

Matt Price, Troop Scribe

Desert Fun

In November Boy Scout Troop 663 traveled to Agua Caliente for a weekend of desert fun. We left from the Scripps Ranch Community Park and did not arrive at our campsite until dark. While we set up camp, scouts Dane Lighthart, Steven Markano, and Wesley Mitchel entertained us by playing guitars.

The next morning, after an hour of community service picking up garbage and emptying ash buckets, we were ready to go to the Agua Caliente mud caves. It was only a short drive over a few dirt roads to get to the badlands, which were full of deep gorges and dark caves, where it was impossible to see without a flashlight.

Once there, we arranged ourselves into buddy groups, grabbed our flashlights and backpacks, and went exploring. Inside, there were walls to climb, dark corners to explore, and low ceilings to watch out for. Boys with bigger flashlights inevitably fared better, as the caves were pitch black.

Of course, there was also a darker side to this–darkness. It was very easy to bump into walls. In addition, troublemaker scouts Bradley Markano and Dane Lighthart were very sneaky, and attempted–with partial success–to frighten other boys as they wandered through the caves. However, nobody was hurt, and there was no trouble. The caves are all one-way, and it was impossible to get lost in them.

Back at camp, having gotten thoroughly dirty in the caves, we all showered and went to the Agua Caliente pool, which is fed by the hot springs in the area. Then, clean and content, scouts made dinner and went to a campfire, where we told jokes, sang songs, and learned about our surroundings through quiz questions by scoutmaster Swartz. Also, special thanks go to Bradley Markano, who led the campfire in a rousing rendition of Waltzing Matilda, and to Wesley Mitchell, for his very entertaining Mexican food song.

In December our troop had its semiannual troop elections, in which boys were elected by their peers into leadership positions. Our new Senior Patrol Leader is Steven Markano, and his assistant is Alex Nunn. They promise to "have fun while getting work done."

Logan Swartz is our new troop quartermaster, and Andrew Danskin is our librarian, while Ryan Mulvey continues as troop chaplain’s aid. Bradley Markano, yours truly, will be moving on to be troop historian. You can expect a good six months of future SRCA Newsletter articles from my replacement, Dane Lighthart. Congratulations to all!

Bradley Markano, Troop Scribe

Police Raid Pack Meeting!

What a blast it was to have Officer MacPhee from the K-9 unit, Officer Barnes from the Poway Fire/Paramedic Department, and Lieutenant Franke visit Pack 616’s "Kids Against Crime Pack Meeting!" Thanks again to each of these officers for visiting and sharing with us!

These officers also presented the rank advancements of Tiger–John Buron and Grayson Boyer–and Bobcat–Brendan Tooker, Taylor Grant, Alec Mathews, David Watson, and Blake Wurtzler. Congratulations to all!

Our top two popcorn sellers were Ben Meis and Daniel Peters! Many thanks to each of these wonderful salesmen, to Joe Roitz and Bob Villdibill for all of their work as "Popcorn Kernels," and to all of the cubs and their families who helped out with this successful fundraiser. Thank you also to the Scripps Ranch community for supporting our pack!

Our pack now has 80 cubs! Three cubs did an incredible job helping with the Roundups. Caleb Roitz, Jake Vildibill, and Nick Vildibill received the "Recruiter Award." Caleb also received a special medal as the first recipient of the "Cubmaster’s Award for Meritorious Service to the Pack." Thanks, guys!

Dens 1, 2, and 8 were awarded the "National Summertime Den Award," our pack earned the "National Summertime Pack Award" and "Quality Unit Award," and Dens 1 and 8 were recognized with the "National Den Award." Great job!

The Tigers of Den 3 began with a great campfire in the Stachwick’s backyard, complete with marshmallows! The Tiger Cubs of Den 4 began their cub scouting adventure with a meeting and mud hike in the Los Penasquitos Preserve. The boys learned basic hiking skills and nature preservation. Special thanks to Jack G. and the Solbergs for crawfish wrangling, Ed Chevalier for helping us cross the streams, and all the parents and boys who helped!

Thank you to the leaders in our pack, and to all the cubs and their families who make cub scouting so much fun!

Bryon Solberg, Cubmaster

Happy New Year Pack 1216!

Bobcat badges were awarded to the following boys in Wolf Den 5–Andrew Corvin, Andrew May, Billy Feather, Daniel Lofy, Nolan Stephens, and Tyler Salvato. In November the Wolfs participated in a Sea Base Sailor program at the San Diego Youth Aquatic Center. They learned about boating safety and rescue methods, tied nautical knots, built a regatta model boat, and went for a boat ride. It was a great experience for the scouts and a lot of fun!

Since November was Kids Against Crime month, Tiger Cubs Den 3 visited a local fire station and the Poway Sheriff’s Station.

Tigers Den 8 completed their first "Go See It" by attending a festival about the history of the Gaslamp District in downtown. There were a lot of hands-on projects and old fashioned games for the boys to play. The Tigers also visited the sheriff’s department to learn how they communicate with their patrol cars.

In December the Bears turned in all their cans and bottles from their recycling project. This fulfilled achievement 6a for the boys. The money they earned went toward the purchase of toys–Tech Deck Duds–to be given to the Toys For Tots drive which took place at the Jerabek Park Holiday Tree Lighting.

Wrapping Up the Year With Service Projects

The cub scouts of Pack 613 wrapped up a very successful and fun year with an emphasis on service projects. All the boys in the pack were asked to participate in two Thanksgiving Day service projects and two Christmas/winter projects.

These projects included a food drive in November for the families at the San Diego Rescue Mission Women and Children’s Center, and helping Scripps Ranch High School seniors Jenna Mazzei and Ann Walkush in their Ambassadors to Enduring Freedom project. They brought in items that their adopted squadron, Squadron VMGR-352, could use while on deployment.

The boys were also busy during the December pack meeting making "candy favors" to send to Project Mercy in Tijuana. In addition, scouts were asked to donate small toys, usable clothing, blankets, and rugs to send with the favors they made. Rounding out the pack meeting, the boys were asked to write letters to our military men and women overseas who could not be home for the holidays.

By participating in these service projects, the boys not only helped make someone else’s life a little better, but hopefully enriched their own understanding of what the true meaning of giving and the holiday season is all about.

The December pack meeting ended with a bang as the boys revved up for the new year with pinewood derby kits being handed out. The boys and their dads–moms, too!–share many wonderful hours building and fine tuning their cars in anticipation of the yearly Pinewood Derby to be held Friday, Jan. 31, at Jerabek Elementary School. Best of luck to all participants, and stay tuned for racing results.

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at [[email protected]].