Pack 616 Arrow of Light Awards

Pack 616 had its 2013 spring campout at Dos Picos County Park in April. Cubmaster Mike McCallum led an excited and raucous group of cub scouts on a weekend of camping with fun-filled activities such as hiking, fishing, campfire songs, s’mores, and communing with nature. A big thank you goes out to our cubmaster, wagon master Larry Cecil, and pack trainer Dave Wiker for their contributions, eagerness, and the excitement they brought while planning for this camping trip. We can’t wait for our next camping trip scheduled for the fall!

The highest award in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light badge, was awarded to our Webelos II Lightning Bolts den. To obtain this award, the cub scouts have to meet many requirements, including completion of eight activity badges, participation in camps, hikes, and Boy Scout activities, the memorization of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and the commitment to live by these principles. It is a “coming of age” ceremony symbolizing that the bridging cub scouts are now ready to become boy scouts.

The parents and pack congratulate the scouts for their hard work and determination to earn this award: Kyle A., Sahil A., Connor B., Luke B., Jack F., Matthew K., and Jack P. Good luck to all the scouts continuing their journey with Boy Scouts!

We bid farewell and send our appreciation to our fearless cubmaster, Nathan Pearce. Thank you for your years of service to our pack. The Webelos II Lightning Bolts and their parents send their deepest gratitude to Carolyn Bosworth for her years of dedication to their den!

Please visit [www.pack616.com] for information regarding our pack! Until next month, happy Scouting!

Alisa Ansfield, Pack 616 Outgoing Scribe

Pack 1216 Cleans Up, Then Heads for the Hills

It’s amazing how much trash and recyclables can be found in one small area of a San Diego canyon. In late April the annual Creek to Bay Clean-Up Day was held. Scripps Ranch Pack 1216 cub scouts collected hundreds of pounds of garbage and recycling, from tires to car batteries and more, in the brush near Camino Santa Fe.

There was plenty of sweat, sore muscles, and many filled garbage bags by the end of the day, but there was also a sense of civic pride and accomplishment. In attendance were: Alex Ariaudo, Matthew Bogle, Colin Bickel, Sam Bjerke, Drew Kulischak, Ollie Wright, Nathan Herich, Aidan Sanders, Christopher Jewell, and Sam Jackowski. Now boy scouts, Pack 1216 alumni Kai Anders, Jack Ariaudo, and Philip Bogle attended and earned community service credit. Great job, guys!

On Father’s Day weekend, Pack 1216 heads to Indian Hills campground in Jamul for a fun-filled campout that will feature zip line rides, archery, s’mores, hiking, crazy skits, and more. A pancake breakfast will be prepared for dads, ending what will be an unforgettable weekend.

If your son will be in grades 1–5 this fall, please consider joining Pack 1216. We meet once a month at Miramar Ranch Elementary School as a pack, and there are many individual den activities as well. Contact us at 735-2879 or [[email protected]]. Check out the pack’s activities at [http://sr-pack1216.weebly.com].

Pack 614 Webelos Report on Camp Mataguay

More than 100 cub scouts and their families visited Mataguay Scout Ranch in April. Our scouts spent two fun-filled days at the camp nestled in the mountains near Santa Ysabel while participating in pack favorites, such as fishing and canoeing in the lake, hiking in the mountains, mountain biking, games, and a Saturday night bonfire and skits.

As a requirement to achieve the next rank, five Webelos from Den 11 wrote about their experience. Here are excerpts:

“When I went camping to Mataguay, it was so fun! We went on a hike and we saw a fort, owl feathers, and more.”

Michael Trifoglio

“We also saw a lot of animals like a raccoon, fish, birds, flies, frogs, cows, and fire ants. The Webelos were the ones who cooked and prepared the pack meal.”

Justin Wong

“We could fish, and it was fun when we found a snake skin in the road.”

Hudson Lovell

“I think my favorite thing I did at camp is canoeing. That was awesome. I also liked biking. That was fun too.”

Nico Lovell

“I saw an older boy scout catch a fish. After he caught it he just let it go. It was a pretty big fish. I would highly recommend this to a cub scout or boy scout for a camping trip.”

Raunak Kahlon

“We did canoeing, a treasure hunt, and a hike. While we were hiking we found a mysterious shack that had lots of cool things like antlers from a deer! I hope I come to that camp again.”

Matthew Fagen

As you can see, Camp Mataguay was a great experience for these Webelos writers and their fellow scouts.

Pack 614 participated in the annual tradition of placing flags on veterans’ graves to commemorate their sacrifice for Memorial Day. In June cub scouts move from one rank to the next at the bridging ceremony, which will be at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. Boys who wish to learn more about Cub Scouts and our pack are welcome to visit [www.Pack614.com].

Pack 615 Stays Active

March began with Scouting for Food. First the boys roamed one of our local neighborhoods placing notices on doors about collecting food. The food collected is used to replenish local food banks to help feed the one in four children who face hunger in our county. The following weekend the boys went out again to collect the food. Thanks to Charity Goodrich for coordinating this effort.

The next weekend Pack 615 journeyed to the Dos Pico’s campsite in Ramona for one night of camping. While having fun, they celebrated Scouting’s 103rd birthday.

In April the pack headed to the Balboa campsite for another weekend of camping. They didn’t get rained out like last year, so this time the boys got to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow and a BB rifle. Safety was first on the itinerary, and the boys had a blast with both activities.

The following weekend many boys went to the Scout Fair at Qualcomm Stadium. It was an all-day affair and many boys earned lots of pins and belt loops.

Also in April we had our annual Arrow of Light Ceremony, where Webelos II cub scouts bridge into Boy Scouts. The Poway Community Park was a beautiful setting for the event. Dune Mallory and Owen Ant were the lucky boys to bridge to Boy Scouts. Congratulations!

The Webelos I scouts visited the Poway community pool to earn their Aquanaut pins. After learning all about water safety in and out of the pool, they were able to get in and swim to their hearts content, all while earning their pins.

In late May the boys went to Fort Rosecrans for the Memorial Day flag presentation. They placed hundreds of flags on grave sites and honored our fallen soldiers and all who defend our country.

Our next camping trip is the biggest and most popular of the year, at Indian Hills in Julian on the first weekend in June. The boys will be tearing up the BMX track, cruising down the zip line, finding adventure in the huge playground that includes a gigantic tree house, splashing in the pools, visiting the petting zoo, practicing their archery, the list is endless. This will be a great time for the scouts.

Remember if you have a boy in grades 1st through 5th interested in joining, please contact Kevin Krown, our new cubmaster, at [[email protected]].

Sandra Leeman

Troop 616 Has a Busy Spring

Troop 616 stayed active and busy in April with meetings, the Scout Fair, and camping. Patrols did well during the annual troop inspection. Scouts wore their uniforms correctly and had everything they needed on their uniforms. The new scout patrol, “The Flying Pigs,” were recognized as the winners of the inspection! Congratulations to our newest scout members.

Troop 616 scouts also did a great job at the Scout Fair. The troop built a tall signal tower. Scouts had a chance to practice tying lashings and learned how to work together to create this big structure. All of the people who visited were amazed and loved the experience of climbing to the top of the wooden tower.

Finally, the troop had a great time at Green Valley Falls, camping and hiking. A highlight was swimming in the pool at the falls. It was a great weekend for camping with warm weather and blue skies.

Michael Huang, Troop 616 Scribe

A Busy Spring for Troop 301!

Lake Jennings: This was an exciting first overnight camp for new scouts who just joined Troop 301. We had a huge number of scouts, both new and veteran, who camped at Lake Jennings the first weekend in May. The younger scouts learned Scouting skills as they completed their requirements for the Tenderfoot and Second Class rank. Even though the weather was chilly, Troop 301 enjoyed an entertaining campfire as the patrols and adults performed skits, songs, and patrol yells. This camp was made possible by so many adult volunteers!

Five-Mile Hike: A group of red-shirt scouts descended on Miramar Lake in late April. A total of 59 scouters took part in the five-mile hike around the lake. The older scouts taught the new scouts pioneering skills. The hike is a rank requirement for the Second Class rank. The next hike is a 10-mile and eventually our 20-mile hike to the beach. These hikes prepare us for our annual Yosemite hike in August.

Scout Fair: After the opening flag ceremony amazed the crowds with the American pioneer muskets shots, our Troop 301 had a blast at the annual Scout Fair at Qualcomm Stadium in late April. Down in the Merit Badge Midway, our troop taught the Scouting Heritage merit badge by our faithful Mrs. Trubitt. After learning all about Scouting history, the scouts were given a memory game managed by our scouts. The Scout Fair offered free cold refreshments and free food—made by other scouts! There were fun booths, such as a bicycle-powered ice cream maker, chili cook-off, a large size trebuchet catapult, and a life-size Angry Bird slingshot game.

Merit Badges: We will be running to the finish line on the Personal Fitness merit badge during our meetings. Very soon, the troop will start the Cooking merit badge during our regular troop meetings. Be sure to be there to learn all about safe and fun cooking!

Matthew Kang, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 663 “Ropes In” Participants

In April Troop 663 participated in the annual Scout Fair located at Qualcomm Stadium. The attraction presented for entertainment was a rope bridge about 60 feet long. The attraction had high attendance. Scouts participating in running the rope bridge first met at 7 am to build the attraction. The Scout Fair ended at 4 pm.

In May Troop 663 went camping at Mission Trails Regional Park for the Path to First Class Campout. This campsite had been off limits since the 2003 Cedar Fire, which burned the site down. It was closed until the wildlife could grow to its original beauty. Troop 663 was the second group that camped there since it reopened.

Wilson Vo, Troop 663 Scribe

Brownies are Real Dolls

Brownie Troop 8007 invited Daisy Troop 8861 to a fun meeting about the Adopt-A-Doll program. The girls learned that the dolls are given to oncology, abuse, and emergency room patients at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and Hadassah Hospitals in Jerusalem. Once the girls learned how the dolls were created, they each stuffed a doll (pictured below).

Troop 8007 girls donated money from their cookie sale proceeds to the Adopt-A-Doll program. Thank you to Rose Greenberg for speaking to the girls and showing them how they can make a difference in the lives of other children.

Pam Marvuglio, Troop 8007 Leader