Bradley Markano of Boy Scout Troop 663 became the troop's fourth Eagle Scout in November. Bradley's Eagle project included the design and construction of a staircase and small deck for a youth building at the First Baptist Church in Mira Mesa.
Bradley has been involved in Scouting since the 1st grade when he joined Pack 613 as a Tiger Cub. Bradley was one of the original 14 scouts of Troop 663. Bradley is currently the senior patrol leader for Troop 663. Congratulations, Bradley!
December, as always, was a busy month for Troop 663. We enjoyed a camping trip, gave many hours of service to the community, and saw one of our own rise to the rank of Eagle Scout. After the October fire, the troop has been actively involved in the erosion control effort in Scripps Ranch. This effort continued in December, building walls of bags on Caminito Garcia in Crown Pointe and elsewhere in the community.
We culminated this effort by moving all bags from Jerabek Park to Meanley Drive and building gravel bag berms around 45 storm drains on the south side of Pomerado Road. Thanks to all the scouts who participated in these events.
The troop headed out to Arizona on Christmas Day for our annual canoe trip. This event brought out the best in our scouts. We canoed 30 miles down the Colorado River, beaching ourselves on many a sandbar, exploring in the desert, engaging in another rousing episode of canoe wars, and, finally, rolling giant rocks off high cliffs. It was good fun.
Pack 614's cub scouts and parents want to express our deep appreciation for the kindness shown to us after the fire. Our cubmaster, Dan Luka, and his wife, Susie, our committee chair, along with 10 boys from our pack, lost their homes. Due to Pack 616's generous and prompt donation of uniforms, patches, awards, and books, every boy had replacements for their lost Scout items at the November pack meeting. Pack 341 from Edmond, Oklahoma also sent uniforms. What an incredible show of support!
We'd also like to thank the following people for their donations to help replace our lost pack items: Rich Fridell, Black Mountain district chair; Pack 4, La Jolla; Lakepoint Bunco Group; Jim and Diana Snow; Maha and Wail Paulus; and, Warren and Jewells Grundmeyer. The sewing award goes to Jeanine Sullivan and La Nor Grundmeyer for attaching all those patches to the new uniforms. We were also blessed to have Bryon Solberg and Bill Barnsley lead two pack meetings, providing many therapeutic laughs!
Pack 614 wishes to thank the Lukas and Mark Fisher for their service to our pack. We'd like to announce that Joe Fleming is our new cubmaster, Buddy Thomas is our new assistant cubmaster, and La Nor Grundmeyer is our committee chair. Welcome aboard and we look forward to a great year!
Our Pinewood Derby was held in late January at the Jerabek auditorium. Watch for the results of our annual race next month. We're looking forward to our Blue and Gold Dinner on Friday, Feb. 27. Thank you, Stanley Steemer, for the use of your banquet room!
The new year found our cub scouts busy with food drives, a pack show where we had fun with emergency preparedness, field trips to historical sites, and recognizing our popcorn sellers. Congratulations to all the cubs who worked so hard on this fundraiser, and to top sellers Ben Meis and Garrett Solberg. Huge thanks to our Scripps Ranch neighbors who helped us with this endeavor and are so nice to the cub scouts.
Next up is the "Fast Lane Pinewood Derby!" on Sunday, Feb. 29. The cubs learn many lessons as they work on making their cars. It is not so much what the boy does to the project, but what the project does to the boy! Good luck!
At our December pack meeting we had a special guest, Cha Cha Namdar. He showed the scouts how to juggle a soccer ball with their feet and also with their heads. Then he made it look so easy when he juggled the soccer ball. Thank you, Cha Cha, for a great time!
The scouts also really enjoyed our January pack meeting. A professional ventriloquist put on a great show and taught the scouts a lesson or two on ventriloquism. It was a fun meeting, and there were certainly a lot of good laughs.
Junior Girl Scout Troop 8307 went to Balboa Park in the fall to take a class on photography from the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA). The girls were treated to a slide show, a discussion on perspective, and a tour of the museum's interesting collection. They even put their new knowledge to work with a photographic scavenger hunt in the park.