Girl Scouts' Amazing Achievements

Girl Scout Troop 8046 is a unique and amazing troop. This troop began 13 years ago when the two leaders, Ruth Burr and Ellen Svatos, had kindergartners at Jerabek Elementary School and wanted to introduce Scouting to their daughters, Kelly and Katie. Thus began a long, exciting Scouting adventure.

This troop began with 10 Daisy Scouts, growing in numbers each year through Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Senior Scouts. Some scouts moved out of the area, but for the most part, the girls remained true to this troop. They crafted, camped, and sold cookies--they were the top-selling troop for three years in a row with several members selling over 500 boxes each year--and excelled at leadership and community service.

After 13 years, the maximum number of years in Girl Scouting, the seven girls remaining in Troop 8046 are: Melissa Wong, Katie Svatos, Natalie Price, Megan Murray, Carolyn Choo, Kelly Burr, and Courtney Brodie. These girls are about to leave Scouting, but not without top honors. All have earned hundreds of hours of community service.

Four girls received their Silver Award as Cadette Scouts, and five completed the highest award in Girl Scouting--the Gold Award. Congratulations to: Courtney Brodie, Kelly Burr, Natalie Price, Katie Svatos, and Melissa Wong.

Courtney did her Gold Award project by starting a Leo Club--community service--at the Braille Institute for visually impaired preteens and teens. She plans to attend the University of California Santa Barbara and pursue a business major.

Kelly's Gold Award was "Beautiful Women's Week" at SRHS, bringing awareness to all students about sexual assault. Kelly will attend the University of Oregon and study criminology.

For Natalie's Gold Award, she renovated the nursery rooms of an orphanage outside Tijuana. She will study psychology and physical therapy at the University of California Davis, hoping to be a pediatric occupational therapist.

Katie's Gold Award project was to organize and lead a weeklong children's day camp. Katie will attend the University of Southern California and major in business/accounting.

Melissa organized and set up a computer system in her church's library for her Gold Award. She will attend the University of California Irvine and hopes to pursue a career in public relations.

Megan Murray will attend the University of California Santa Barbara to study political science, with law school plans after getting her degree.

Carolyn Choo will attend New York University to pursue a career interest in communications and public relations. Congratulations to these young women on their Scouting accolades, and good luck with college and career pursuits.

Junior Girl Scout Troop Horses Around

Junior Girl Scout Troop 8307 was fortunate enough to attend a weekend riding camp at Rawhide Ranch in Bonsall this past rainy February. The girls had a great time learning about horses, livestock, cowboy life, as well as muddy boots. They even participated in a live horse show in the camp's indoor arena.

Pack 616's Road to Adventure!

Pack 616 has had a very eventful spring! Following our Pinewood Derby and Blue and Gold Dinner, we bid "happy trails" to 11 young men bridging into Boy Scouts. Each earned the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouting's highest award. These scouts also received a special arrow and hiking staff with emblems of their Cub Scouting trail on them.

Congratulations to: Grant Collins, Ben Meis, Dan Peters, Caleb Roitz, Sean Rowland, Thomas Valente, Jake Vildibill, Taylor Walker, Bill Watson, Casey Lamar, and Ken Manyari-Magro.

Huge thanks to: Bob Vildibill, den leader; Matt Meis, pack treasurer; Kelly Peters, Pinewood Derby queen; and, Joe Roitz, committee chair, cubmaster, "Popcorn Kernel," and everything else!

The second annual "Eco-Challenge" at E. B. Scripps Elementary School featured such challenges for the boys as the Circle of Life, Piranha Creek, and the Hot Lava Carry. Our graduation ceremony is Sunday, June 6, at Jerabek Park.

Cubs "Bridge" to Next Level

Cub Scout Pack 1216 held its annual June Bridging Ceremony at Lakeview Park. The following are the boys who crossed the bridge to the next level.

Tiger Cubs, Den 1--Nick Asaro, Colin Davis, Aaron Fogg, Connor Holsapple, Logan Rank, Chris Ross, and Parker Scoffin.

Tiger Cubs, Den 9--Arthur Bacon, Lance Cameron, Christopher Grace, Sebastian Holcomb, Matthew May, and Julian Olivares.

Wolfs, Den 3--Noah Braun, Luke Bronson, Kyle Burt, Alex Davis, Eric Hildebrandt, Troy Holsapple, Drew Montalvo, Ben Nelson, Luke Nelson, and Jake Todd.

Wolfs, Den 8--Justin Butler, John DiIorio, Brandon Richardson, and Ian Yasui.

Bears, Den 2--Patrick Barnsley, Kyle Ford, and Dan Lofy.

Bears, Den 5--Andrew Corvin, Billy Feather, Addison Jerlow, Andrew May, Austin Monroe, and Nolan Stephens.

Bears, Den 10--Michael Armstrong, Christopher Chadwick, Alex Kohn, Connor Scoffin, and Daythun White.

Webelos, Den 6--Zac Burns, Ian Davis, Joshua Hawley, Noah Hawley, Jason Horwitz, Patrick Ivison, Grant Kieckhaefer, Jordan Weiner, and Hunter Young.

Webelos, Den 7--JT Brown, Nathaniel Gaines, Hans Hildebrandt, and Tommy Montalvo.



Troop 616 Welcomes New Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 616 would like to welcome the following Webelos Scouts who are now Boy Scouts: Bryan Parme, Kyle Denis, Ian Bunnell, Hunter Holden, Matt Steiger, Kyle Jester, Kevin Young, Michael Blasband, Jacob Ouellette, Ryan Smurlo, Chris McGinn, Nate Steinberg, Kyle Miller, Will Mebane, Connor Bryan, Zach Boiskin, Kurt Newcomb, Phillip Glass, and Michael Rivera.

Jason Swalwell, Andrew Frederickson, Matt Price, and Greg Frederickson are the designated troop guides for the new scout patrols. We hope all our new scouts enjoy their years with our troop.

Our troop has nominated three of its adult leaders to receive the Unit Driving Force award this year. Mary Frederickson has served the troop in various capacities over the years, but is primarily being recognized for her contribution to the outdoor desk. Thank you, Mary, for all the time spent on the phone organizing outdoor opportunities for our boys.

Russ Edwards has been an assistant scoutmaster for several years now. In addition to participating in many outings and activities, he also manages the troop database with aplomb. Thank you, Russ, for your countless hours of work.

Layne Rasmussen is also an assistant scoutmaster who gives his best as often as he can. Thank you, Layne, for your enthusiasm, interest, and participation in everything we do as a troop.

Sandy Price, Publicity