Troop 301 Stays Busy this Summer

Elections: Our troop held its biannual troop elections, and has selected a new senior patrol leader (SPL): Bradley Sweeney. Other positions such as librarian, guide, and scribe are now open for appointments. Scouts have to follow our troop procedures to submit a request to our SPL and, hopefully, be selected for those positions. Patrols also elected their own patrol leaders. We have six patrols: Cougars, Dragon, Flaming Phoenix, NightHawks, Pink Panthers, and Raptors. Within our patrol we also select an individual assistant patrol leader, grubber, and quartermaster. Positions go fast so scouts have to move quickly to get a position.

Summer Camps in Lost Valley and Emerald Bay: Many of us are getting ready to go to summer camp in a few weeks either to Lost Valley in Warner Springs or Emerald Bay on the Catalina Islands. We also have crews going to Yosemite and Florida Sea Base. These make the summer go fast. The camps are huge opportunities to earn so many merit badges and learn so many things. Plus, summer camp is so fun to hang out with our pals.

Mount Whitney: Did you know that Mount Whitney is the tallest mountain peak in the lower 48 states? At an elevation of 14,505 feet, it stands high above all the other mountains in California. Troop members made the trek to the top in June. Congratulations to everybody!

Cooking Continues! We are working on our Cooking merit badge. Our awesome and generous adults like Mrs. Simmons, Mr. Kuperstein, and Mr. Tannerberg have guided our scouts to learn the safety and nutritional benefits of cooking.

Jamboree: One of our own, Andrew Scott, went to the National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia in July.

Matthew Kang, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Hikes the Narrows

In June all our new scouts attended their first campout at William Heise Park. They had a great time learning the basic skills a scout needs on a campout, including cooking, pitching tents, and building a fire.

Also in June we held our Court of Honor at the SR Community Park, where we had a potluck dinner and recognized scouts for their achievements. Congratulations to these scouts who advanced in rank:

  • Scout: Jack Ariaudo, Sahil Athayle, Matthew Cederquist, Cole Gorham, Carson Leighty, Carter Martinson, Sanjeev Rangan, Ben Rodenbeck, Luke Skiles, Branden Stadtherr, and Jerry Yang
  • Tenderfoot: Tyler Warren
  • Second Class: Carter Hass and Sam Lathus
  • First Class: Ben Ballard
  • Star: Jordan Kulischak
  • Life: Quinn Gorham and Sebastian Sanchez

The highlight of June was our camping trip at Zion National Park. We backpacked the Zion Narrows top-down hike, a 16-mile hike through beautiful canyons and breathtaking scenery. In some areas we were up to our waists in water! We also hiked the Emerald Pools and Canyon Overlook trails. The hot weather gave us the excuse to take time to relax and play in the river. It was an awesome trip.

In July our troop enjoyed resident camps at Lost Valley and Camp Kern in the southern Sierras.

Max Audick, Troop 616 Sr. Patrol Leader

Troop 664 Works as a Team

In June Troop 664 learned team-building skills high above the ground at the UCSD Challenge Course, which provides physical and mental team-building exercises. Scouts had to go outside their comfort zone and ask for help when they needed it. When you are 50–60 feet in the air, you learn to trust each other because it is very hard to accomplish your goals without leaning on others for support.

Several of our scouts spent time on training hikes in June and July at Cowles Mountain, Iron Mountain, and Black Mountain in preparation for a four-day backpacking trip to the Sierras. We also did an overnight shake down at Lake Dixon with a hot hike through Daley Ranch.

In early July we sent scouts to Camp Whitsett in the Sequoia National Forest for a week of Scout Camp. This was our troop’s first trip to Camp Whitsett but most of us have seen it on “Are you Tougher Than a Boy Scout?” At the end of July we sent scouts to Camp Tahquitz in the San Bernardino Mountains, another first for our troop. Both camps were a big success and we earned a lot of merit badges.

In between those two camps we squeezed in the backpacking trip in the High Sierras. We put in at Lake Sabrina and spent four days in the wilderness.

We also marched with the Scripps-Mesa Council in the 4th of July Parade and picked up all of the “no parking” signs afterward. We love Scripps Ranch and are always looking for a service opportunity.

James Poirier had a work party for his Eagle project, replacing or repairing benches around Miramar Lake. He hopes you enjoy resting on the renovated seats.

Our meetings are on Tuesday nights at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. If you are interested in joining our troop or checking out the fun, email our scoutmaster Blan Cox at [[email protected]].

Pack 614 Has Summer Fun

June and July were busy for Pack 614 cub scouts. First, our scouts participated in the annual bridging ceremony in June. After completing all required rank achievements this past year, each cub scout bridged to a new rank and received a new neckerchief, slide, and rank badge. We are proud of our new Wolves, Bears, Webelos I, and Webelos IIs for working hard to reach this significant achievement.

Then, more than 50 boys marched in the 4th of July Parade (pictured below) with their families. We enjoyed this popular community celebration.

Finally, we finished our year with a pack meeting and welcomed two new Tiger dens to our pack. Summer is finally here for our cub scouts who attend Jerabek Elementary School. Our pack looks forward to activities including BMX bike racing and a Padres game in August.

For more information about our pack, please visit []. We welcome new boys and parent volunteers.

Pack 615 Volunteers and Parades Around

Pack 615 cub scouts volunteered again for Feeding America San Diego in late June, helping provide food for more than 73,000 people facing hunger in neighboring communities. With more than 435,000 people facing hunger in San Diego County and one in four children without a consistent source of food every day, Pack 615 gladly gives its time helping those in need to make sure everyone can get a nutritious meal each day. This event helps many families throughout San Diego obtain food to keep their families fed through the summer months and beyond.

In July we strolled through a few Scripps Ranch neighborhoods in the 4th of July Parade (above). It was a beautiful day and many friends and neighbors were out to celebrate the day. They were even captured on News 8 later that day—what a thrill! Afterward most of us went to Hoyt Park to enjoy the festivities.

The following week Pack 615 headed down to the Padres’ ball field for another game and campout. Pack 615, along with many other scouts around the county, came to watch the game, play on the field, and campout. Not too much sleep but the boys had a blast.

Our Twilight Camp was also in July. For a week we spent every evening at the Scripps Ranch Community Park learning more skills, earning pins and belt loops, and having lots of fun.

On Saturday, Aug. 24, the scouts will be able to participate in the Padres’ pre-game parade and stay for the game. Sounds like a fun summer! Come join us.

Remember, if you have a young man in grades 1–5 who is interested in joining, please contact Kevin Krown, our new cubmaster, at [[email protected]].

Sandra Leeman

Pack 1216 Zips into Summer at Indian Hills

Scripps Ranch Cub Scout Pack 1216 had an epic campout at Indian Hills in June. Over Father’s Day weekend, more than 50 boys and their families slept in tents at the famous Jamul campground, where they learned archery, donut-hole bingo—yum!—BMX dirt racing, swimming, gold mining, and, a first for most of the boys, zip lining! At night the scouts went on a “marshmallow monster hike,” and, of course, sat by the campfire eating s’mores and burgers. The pack can’t wait to do it all again next year.

After participating in the annual July 4th Parade and camping out again at Petco Park after the Padres game in July, our scouts look forward to giving back to the community. On their Saturday, Aug. 3, Feeding America Day they will prepare bags of food for hungry San Diegans.

Join the pack in September as the new scout year begins. We meet once a month as a pack at Miramar Ranch Elementary School, and more often as dens. If your son is in grade 1–5 this fall, we’d love to have him join our pack. For information, visit [] or call 735-2879 for details.

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts Earn Gold Award

Five current and former Scripps Ranch High School students recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization’s highest honor, for their outstanding commitment to community service. Mattie Christofferson, Ali Hoffer, Courtney Payton, Sarah Weinstein, and Amanda Winey completed their unique service projects after two to three years of planning and preparation.

For her Gold Award project, Mattie directed a school play based on a popular children’s book, The Little Red Hen. She used an altered script of the story, which she gave to Jerabek Elementary School students. There was a role for every child in the classroom, along with homemade costumes and props to bring the literature to life. By participating in the play, the students gained speaking skills and confidence. Mattie is a 2013 SRHS graduate attending UC Davis in the fall.

Ali, an incoming SRHS senior and captain of the high school swim team, organized novice swim meets and donated swim gear to needy families as part of her Gold Award project. She designed a unique first meet for young swimmers on the Quantum Flash swim team in hopes of reducing the anxiety often associated with first meets. Ali also donated swim caps, goggles, and towels to parents and children at the Joan Kroc Community Center in East County.

Fellow SRHS senior Sarah organized a local book swap for her Gold Award project. Participants dropped off their gently used books and received credits to use toward new literature at a later date. Between the two swaps she hosted, more than 5,000 books went to new homes, 2,000 of those were traded out, and the remainder was donated to Bonsall Elementary School’s library to serve children who couldn’t buy them.

Courtney, a 2013 SRHS graduate attending UC Santa Cruz in the fall, strove to shed light on the importance of estuaries in the environment. As part of her project, she developed new curriculum supplements to improve educational programs for children who visit the Tijuana National Estuarine Research Reserve on field trips. She also created an interactive mural depicting the Tijuana River Watershed. Courtney, a member of Troop 8321, chose this project because it combined her two greatest passions: marine life and art.

Fellow Troop 8321 member and 2013 SRHS graduate Amanda assisted Interim HealthCare The Gift of Hospice patients in documenting their most precious memories through written and digital media. She hoped to leave hospice patients’ families with lifelong memories through books and videos, while helping those with terminal illnesses find comfort by sharing their life stories. Amanda has been a girl scout for 12 years and will attend the University of Michigan in the fall to study nursing.

These young ladies are among the 48 San Diego girl scouts who earned the Gold Award this year. Just 5.4% of girl scouts nationwide achieve this recognition.

After 12 Years as Girl Scouts, Teens Earn Gold Award

As mentioned in the previous article, two Scripps Ranch High School students were awarded their Girl Scout Gold Award. The girls, Ali Hoffer and Sarah Weinstein, just completed their junior year in high school and have been in Girl Scouts for 12 years.

In order to achieve the Gold Award, girls must discover themselves and their values, connect with others locally and globally, and take action to make the world a better place. They gain confidence, meet new people, and volunteer their time, all while putting the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action. The process culminates with a girl-led Gold Award leadership project, inspired by an issue that matters to them and that has an impact on the local community and will have lasting effects and outreach to other communities.

In their acceptance speeches, the girls thanked their fellow scouts, scout leaders, advisors, families, and the Scripps Ranch community for helping them achieve this honor. They were presented with letters of accomplishment from the White House, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and San Diego City Council.

Girl Scout Bridging 2013

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in June, 150 Scripps Ranch girl scouts and their families gathered to celebrate bridging to the next level. During this annual ritual Girl Scouts ceremoniously cross a bridge to mark their next step in their journey through Girl Scouts.

This year’s theme, “Looking Out On The World,” was mirrored in the patches that each girl received and especially on the backdrop banner that hung on the stage’s wall. Each participating girl scout made a window, featuring her face looking out, which were incorporated into the event’s décor.

I emceed the event and recognized Troop 8265’s Mattie Christofferson’s Gold Award on literacy, Troop 8624’s Silver Award involving autism, and Troop 8826’s Bronze Award benefitting the San Diego Humane Society.

Thanks to all the parents for their continued support of their daughter(s) in Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts! As we said goodbye to our bridging high school seniors, we were so proud as they all announced which colleges they would attend in the fall! Congratulations to all of you!

Cynthia Collins, Scripps Ranch Girl Scout Service Unit Manager, Bridging Chair