Pack 614’s Summer Activities

With school out, Pack 614 cub scouts enjoyed a full range of scouting opportunities during the summer. Our scouts participated in a Bike Rodeo at Jerabek Elementary School, earning a Biking belt loop by learning about bike safety, proper equipment, and testing their biking abilities on a skills course.

Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos also put on their racing gear for BMX bike racing at the Kearny Moto Park. We finished the summer by cheering on our local team as the San Diego Padres played the Chicago Cubs at Petco Park.

Scouts who participate in three summertime activities earn a special pin. Our other summertime events included Memorial Day flags, spring campout, Ranch Round-Up recycling, and the 4th of July Parade. For details about our pack, please visit []. We welcome new boys and parent volunteers.

Pack 1216 Gives Back at Feeding America

Did you know that one of every four children in San Diego County—177,500—doesn’t know where his or her next meal may come from? That 41% of families with kids are food insecure and not eligible for federal nutrition programs? That 77% of food insecure kids are at risk of hunger during the summer?

Scripps Ranch Cub Scout Pack 1216 learned these statistics and more when they and their families worked at Feeding America San Diego (FASD) in August. FASD works with partners and advocates to solve hunger for the 476,559 San Diegans struggling to put food on their tables every year.

The boys sorted donated food, checked expiration dates, repackaged damaged food boxes, recycled food containers, composted food waste, and helped clean the warehouse. Scouts learned about “true” expiration dates on food products, and how a little TLC on some food packages can make a formerly throw-away food item fine for consumption. They also learned about the need for donations to support FASD’s efforts to feed 73,200 people in San Diego each week, and, most importantly, how volunteering can make a huge difference in our neighbors’ lives.

This worthwhile activity is just one of the many ways that Pack 1216 helps our boys become responsible, compassionate members of society. Come and see what we’re all about at our new scout year kickoff meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 pm at Miramar Ranch Elementary School. If your son is in grades 1–5 this fall, we’d love to have him join our pack. If you would like more information, call 735-2879 or visit [].

Troop 301 Enjoys Summer Camps

Many of our scouts recently came back from the Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley. It is located near Warner Springs, California, and consists of 1,400 acres at 4,500 feet elevation. At this height scouts were told many times throughout the day to drink water by Dr. Bryon and the other adults. Trees of pine, oak, and chaparral line the trails to the merit badge stations. Mountain biking is the most common mode of transport and was used by almost all of our scouts.

Lost Valley offers a wide array of merit badge classes. The most popular are Swimming, First Aid, Basketry, and Leatherwork. On the more extreme end are Shotgun, Rifle, Metalworking, Welding, Horsemanship, and Rock Climbing. Some of the older boys participated in the High Adventure program, which includes events like black powder rifle shooting, zip lines, and High COPE—Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience.

After a long day of merit badge classes, the fun continued with camp events. If a scout earned seven or more beads by doing various activities, he could get a Lost Valley brand on one of his possessions. Demonstrating marksmanship through arrows or with rifle shooting or simply doing a staff impersonation at the trading post were all ways to earn beads.

Polar Bears, the program of early morning events, is another way to earn beads—as long as you were willing to go for a swim, bike, or run in the frosty air! If a scout earned four or more beads from Polar Bear, he also received a rare patch.

There were three campfires during our week. Two were run by the staff, who gave funny skits and songs, and ended with a respectful retirement of our nation’s flag. One campfire was run by the troops, and Troop 301 was represented in a hilarious canoe skit by Landon, Spencer, and Nick.

The final event of Lost Valley was the Carnival, where scouts played fun games and got prizes. At the end of the Carnival was the stage show, which symbolized the farewell by the staff.

Another popular summer camp was the Emerald Bay on Catalina Island. Scouts enjoyed the crystal clear water as they worked on water-related merit badges, such as Canoeing, Kayaking, and Diving.

Life Scout Michael Fitzgerald, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Has a Great Time at Summer Camp

Many Troop 616 scouts participated in one of the two-week summer campouts the troop offered. The first camp, Lost Valley, was a great experience for beginning scouts. Lost Valley had a large campsite and taught classes, such as “Trail to First Class” to get our new scouts started on their rank advancement.

The next camp, Camp Kern, was perfect for older scouts who already have a lot of experience with scouting. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Huntington high in the Sierra Mountains, Camp Kern offered a large variety of mainly water activities, such as small boat sailing, kayaking, and motor boating.

Though the experience was amazing for the scouts, what they liked even more about Camp Kern was the staff. They were friendly and the camp commissioner’s words of wisdom about doing a scout’s duty to God, country, and self impacted the scouts greatly. It showed them what it really means to be a boy scout. Coming out of these two wonderful camps, our scouts learned a lot, but, more importantly, they became better people.

Michael Huang, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 663’s Busy Summer

In July Troop 663 went to Camp Chawanakee in Shaver Lake, California. The scouts had lots of fun at camp earning merit badges and making new friends. Troop 663 also volunteered at the Scripps-Mesa Twilight camp by helping almost 100 cub scouts earn badges and belt loops for their ranks. During troop elections, Adam Guzzardo was elected senior patrol leader (SPL). Congratulations, Adam!

In August Troop 663 went to Camp Fiesta Island, here in San Diego, where we had a great time night kayaking, deep-sea fishing, touring Belmont Park, re-enacting the “Razzle Dazzle” scene from Stripes, and more. We were very proud to receive the Honor Troop Award. Troop 663 had to be on time for all activities and meals, keep a clean campsite, consistently show scout spirit, and complete a service/conservation project for the camp.

Congratulations to Martin Magro, son of Ken Magro and Maria Manyari, for earning his Eagle rank on June 2! Eagle is the highest award a boy scout can earn, and it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to reach this rank. One of the requirements is to plan, develop, and take leadership in a project that will benefit any school, religious institution, or the community. Martin updated the lunch area at the All Saints Church preschool by putting up a shade awning and gutters and fixing and painting the surrounding fence.

Nathan Pennington, Troop 663 Asst. SPL

Fun at Summer Camp!

Over the summer Boy Scout Troop 664 visited several locations all across Southern California, engaging in a variety of activities. The most anticipated campouts, however, were the summer camps Whitsett and Tahquitz. Scouts who attended either camp enjoyed activities such as archery, rifle and shotgun shooting, first aid, kayaking, astronomy, and fishing, overall earning more than 100 merit badges!

The other premier event of the summer was the Sierra backpacking trip. Troop 664 hiked up the mountains near Lake Sabrina, carrying all the required gear—tents, stoves, food, and more—on their backs for the four-day journey.

Troop 664 scouts had a great time enjoying the wilderness and cannot wait for next year’s summer camps.

Cole Ferguson, Troop 664 Scribe

Help Hungry Kids

Cadette Troop 8631 is collecting used backpacks for Blessings in a Backpack, a local nonprofit that provides backpacks full of food to school children on weekends. If you bought a new backpack for school this fall, consider donating your clean, gently used backpack to a worthwhile cause. Please contact troop leader Nancy Mullen at [[email protected]] for drop-off information. We hope to set up boxes at the local schools during the first few weeks of school.

Gold Award Project Helps Third World Children

Allison Zohn’s journey of teaching children about the importance of hand washing for her Girl Scout Gold Award began with her decision to voyage to Haiti as part of a mission team in December 2012. Before her arrival, she planned, practiced, and preached to her teammates a fun yet educational way to properly wash hands.

Due to the lack of access to clean water, the Haitian’s hygiene and cleanliness is in a dire condition. Upon arrival to the third world country, the children were so eager to use soap and get clean that they washed not only their hands but also their faces and feet. Allison’s goal was to make a change in the children of Haiti, but they made a change in her.

In San Diego Allison shared her journey: at Girl Scout Thinking Day, the SRCA Community Fair, Community Lutheran Preschool, Jerabek Elementary School, and Orange Ave. In addition, Allison and her team taught children the steps to proper hand washing:

  1. Wet your hands;
  2. Rub hands with soap;
  3. Scrub soap all over hands while singing Happy Birthday;
  4. Rinse; and,
  5. Dry.

Allison provided manuals, in both Creole and English, to the teachers for future instruction on hand washing.

Allison is a senior at Scripps Ranch High School, and she plays on the varsity basketball team. Congratulations, Allison, on a project that changed lives!

Adventure of a Lifetime!

This summer 14 girl scouts and their leaders had an adventure they’ll never forget—camping and hiking at Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon North Rim. “Steep cliffs, narrow canyons, and unpredictable weather,” says the visitor’s guide. No kidding! Summer monsoon season meant sunny mornings soon brought dark clouds, high winds, rain, thunder, lightning, and hail nearly every day.

Our goal at Zion was to hike “The Narrows,” a spectacular gorge carved by a river, with soaring 2,000-foot walls and natural springs. On day one we warmed up with hikes to the Emerald Pools, Weeping Wall, and Hidden Canyon, and a trip to Zion Lodge for ice cream, naturally!

On our second day we left camp by 7 am with full daypacks and headed to the Narrows. Our group hiked four hours up river into the Narrows and Orderville Canyon and then back out in three hours. The current is swift and at least 60% of the time is spent hiking in the river. It was beautiful, challenging, and inspiring.

At the Grand Canyon we woke up early and took our daypacks to the North Kaibab Trail. We hiked three-and-a-half miles and 2,100 feet down into the Grand Canyon. The hike back up was steep, hot, and challenging. However, the end of our hike featured a hailstorm that almost made you forget how steep the trail was. Refreshing!

On the way home we stopped at Pipe Springs National Monument for some pioneer history. All in all, we laughed a lot and we were glad we had prepared so well and practiced for our trip.