Scout Town Hall Meeting Rescheduled

Does Scripps Ranch need a third Boy Scout troop? This will be the topic of discussion at a town hall meeting to be held at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 6 pm. All interested Webelos scouts, boy scouts, and parents are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Charles James at 566-4518.

Junior Troop 8135 Cooks and Serves

In November the junior girls of Troop 8135 enjoyed cooking a chili dinner and then serving it to more than 40 people at the Ronald McDonald House. The facility houses families from out of the area who have a child requiring an extended stay at Children's Hospital and Health Center of San Diego.

Troop 8385 Community Service Log

The 10th grade girls of Troop 8385 have been busy helping the community. After the firestorm they worked at St. Gregory the Great. They sorted and organized donations and helped fire victims locate items they needed. Many of the girls became "personal shoppers" to help families who lost their belongings.

The troop also joined in with other San Diego and Imperial County Girl Scouts on the annual "Be Your Best" clothing drive for the Salvation Army. The girl scouts in San Diego literally collected "tons" of donations.

In November the girls volunteered for the Susan B. Koman 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk. They were in charge of traffic in the parking area close to the finish line in Embarcadero Park. Early in the day, they directed traffic for set-up crews hauling in staging, supplies, and other items. In the afternoon they cheered on the walkers and kept traffic at bay while the walker's path took them through the busy parking lot.

Lynne Doyle, Troop Leader

Helping Others During the Holidays

Cub Scout Pack 613 has had a busy couple of months working on service projects and helping those less fortunate. In November the boys brought in canned food to help with the San Diego Food Bank's drive for Thanksgiving. They also decorated and filled almost 800 gift bags for Project Mercy. The bags were filled with toys, candy, clothing, and blankets and sent to Tijuana.

But helping those in need was not limited to people the boys did not necessarily know. Due to the devastating fire in Scripps Ranch, the boys were in constant contact with families who were in need, even if that need came in the form of a smile or hug. Five boys in our pack lost their homes. Den and pack leaders immediately got busy replacing uniforms, badges, and pins. All boys were properly outfitted for our annual uniform inspection and passed with flying colors.

Belated kudos to one of our cub scouts. Justin O'Brien of Den 6 is to be congratulated for selling $1,500 worth of popcorn during our fall fundraiser! The pack had $8,500 in sales, with $2,300 of that staying within the pack. Justin alone sold almost 18% of total popcorn sales. Thanks, Justin!

At the December pack meeting the boys once again worked on a service project. They also received their pine wood derby car kits in preparation of the greatly anticipated Pine Wood Derby race in January. An annual event, the building of the car is a skill the boys and their families perfect over the years. Winners of the 2004 showdown will be announced in the Newsletter.

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Pack 616 Carnival!

December found the Pack 616 cub scouts enjoying the "Cub Scout Carnival Midway" at Dingeman Elementary School, as there were flying footballs, beanbags, golf balls, and even rats! Tons of fun was had by all, and we also got some great pictures of the pack and the dens with the annual uniform inspection. Wow! Those cubs sure looked sharp.

The dens have been busy visiting fire departments, historic Poway Park, Boy Scout troops, and even the "Top Gun" jets inside the restricted areas of Miramar Air Station. Huge thanks to Thom Frederick and Wes Barnes for this! The annual fishing derby was fun as well.

In January we do some winter camping with the Webelos and look forward to the Pinewood Derby. The upcoming plans for 2004 are shaping up to be full of fun and excitement for our pack!

A New Scoutmaster For Troop 616

Boy Scout Troop 616 is pleased to announce that George Norrell is now leading the troop as our scoutmaster. Mr. Norrell and his son, Devin, were members of our troop for about seven years before starting a Venture crew a few years ago. We are all excited to know that Mr. Norrell wants to be involved with scouting again. He comes to us with a vast knowledge of the outdoors and with the necessary enthusiasm for working through the program with our scouts. Welcome, Mr. Norrell!

At the beginning of November, Troop 616 went on its annual Colorado River trip. Led by John Steiger, 10 scouts and three adult leaders drove six hours to the border of California and Arizona to Camp Walters. The scouts got there very late in the night, so the first thing they did was set up their tents. According to one scout, he found it very difficult to build his tent with little light and after the long drive.

The next morning, the scouts got up early and headed down to the river where they started the 14-mile paddle down the Colorado River. One scout's favorite part was playing football on a sandbar where they stopped for lunch. They also enjoyed swimming in the river to cool off after the hot trip. In the end, all of the scouts survived and really enjoyed the trip, even though some had canoed the river before.

There was also another merit badge activity at the Natural History Museum and Birch Aquarium that was led by Andrea Schwanemann. Scouts had a great time while earning their Oceanography merit badge.

Russell Greenfield, Troop Scribe

A Busy Time For Troop 663

Winter has begun for Boy Scout Troop 663, ushering in the traditional list of winter campouts--i.e. desert campouts. December began with a trip to Agua Caliente, where scouts played an enormous game of capture the flag before relaxing in the hot springs. Special commendations go to Joren Anderson and other dedicated scouts, who risked life and limb--and leg--in becoming a "capture the flag" war hero. We salute your bravery.

Our winter activities also include troop elections. As of January current leaders will be replaced by Bradley Markano as senior patrol leader, Dane Lighthart as assistant senior patrol leader and scribe, Michael Adsit as historian, Alex Elington as librarian, and Tommy Haldorson as quartermaster.

Scouts now look forward to the day-after-Christmas Colorado River canoe trip--always a highlight of the year--and the January trip to go rock hopping in Joshua Tree.

Bradley Markano, Troop Scribe