Fin Fun With Pack 616!

September's pack show had lobsters, fish, sharks, lifeguards, and even some "Expert Cubmaster Staff Fishermen"--how did those "worms" taste, guys?!--as Pack 616 started the fall with a splash! Congratulations to the 40+ cubs who earned the summertime award by going to: baseball games; the "Cub Cooker"; day camp, with BB guns, archery, swimming, fishing, and hiking; resident camp; and, our pack swim.

October's theme is "A Circus of Stars," and will be filled with acts of magic and skill! We also have a parents' meeting on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 pm at Dingeman Elementary School for parents of 1st graders to sign up for Pack 616. We are the largest pack in the council, and we have a lot of fun with the activities listed above, as well as day trips to interesting places, campouts, and den gatherings of learning, games, and snacks! If you have questions, please email our cubmaster, Bryon Solberg, at [[email protected]].

Goodbye to Summer

It was a busy summer for Troop 663 scouts. In August we went to Camp Whitsett in the Sierra Nevadas. At camp, where we stayed for six days at the Omaha campsite, the troop competed in two intertroop events, the Aquacade and the Pentathlon. In the Aquacade, scouts from various troops competed in water-related activities such as canoe races and sand castle building. Our troop took second place.

In the Pentathlon, which included kayaking, swimming, running, archery, and rifle shooting, our team of Scott Siegel, Wes Mitchell, Steven Markano, Sky Danskin, and William Sivers took first place. The scouts who went on the trip also earned merit badges as they advance through the ranks of Boy Scouting.

The troop also attended a Padres game against the Rockies in September. Sixty-eight scouts and parents from Troop 663 attended the game, only to see a disappointing loss. We did, however, get to see the ceremony retiring Tony Gwynn's #19 jersey. Win or lose, we had fun!

It was an excellent summer for the troop. The fall calendar is packed with activities. Stay tuned!

Forrest Lighthart, Troop Scribe

On My Honor...Girl Scouts!

As the pencils, books, and backpacks come out, so do Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts. You'll soon notice cute blue-vested Daisies, brown-outfitted Brownies, and traditionally clad-in-green Juniors getting together all over the Ranch for adventure. The older girls probably don't wear their uniforms much because they are too busy working on their Silver and Gold (service) Projects.

For those of you who didn't know, Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts is the largest service unit in San Diego County. We currently organize, train, and support more than 80 troops, totaling about 800 girls and 400 adults. That amounts to a lot of girls learning to be doers, to try, and to serve. It also amounts to many, many adult volunteers who work tremendously hard to share the Girl Scout promise and law with these girls.

While leaders plan most meetings during the school year, our hard-working team and activity directors have had the girls engaged this summer as well.

Our biannual She and Me was held in June at Chabad. More than 200 girls and their moms, or other special adult, gathered for a "pajama party." Everyone got to spend some special time with their moms crafting bath salts, sachets, bookmarks, and photo frames. Activities included karaoke, story time, and raffles. Thank you to Vivienne Carosso and her committee members: Barb Winstead, Debbie Thomas, Erin Rowland, Anna Binns, Aree Burke, and Robin Rogge.

Another big thanks goes to Michele Fisher for organizing the Girl Scout march in the SRCA 4th of July Parade. You made it possible for girls to participate in this community event.

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts are always open to new girls and adults. Contact Phyllis Owens, our new service unit manager, at [[email protected]].

Jean McDonald