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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.