Pack 614’s Fall Activities

Busy Pack 614 cub scouts had a successful fall campout at Indian Hills in October. More than 100 scouts and family members traveled to the campsite in Jamul to take part in a unique scouting adventure. Beginning Friday evening with setting up camp and dinner under the stars, our boys had their pick of activities on Saturday, including zip lines, BMX Derby, human foosball, hiking, farmyard, pool, archery, and pumpkin carving.

The evening concluded with a shared pack dinner, campfire songs, skits, a moving flag retirement ceremony, and the ever-popular s’mores. On Sunday our scouts enjoyed breakfast, hiking, and then headed home for a well-deserved rest. Many of our boys earned achievements and awards for their participation in this annual event.

Next up is our December pack meeting, along with mistletoe sales and preparations for the upcoming Pinewood Derby. For more information about our pack, please visit [ We welcome new boys and parent volunteers.

Pack 615 Stays Busy in the Community

September brought the beginning of school and several of our scouts handed out information at Back to School Night at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School. Thank you, boys, for lending a hand. Our Webelos II scouts used their woodworking knowledge to make wompons sticks for their campout in October. We can never get enough wompons!

October brought the year’s first campout at William Heise Campground near Julian. The winds blew all weekend long, bringing some tents down and creating lots of dust. No fires were allowed so our newly made wompon sticks are still brand new. Saturday was beautifully clear and warm, so everyone went for a glorious two-hour hike in the hills.

Also in October scout families volunteered to hand out fire preparedness materials to people on Alderhill Terrace and surrounding areas. It was a beautiful day and the boys took a picture with our councilmember, Mark Kersey (below).

Later in October we held Geology Day at Vulcan Materials Company in Mira Mesa. Geology Day was a councilwide event with 300 boy scouts and cub scouts participating. Our pack was represented by Ryan Krown, Karthik Ramaswamy, Grant Goodrich, and Alex Ballard. The boys learned about the science of geology, erosion, and the process of making asphalt and concrete, among many other activities. There was also a guided tour of the entire plant. Geology belt loops and pins were earned at the event.

In November cub scouts earned the Horseback Riding pin. We visited the Helen Woodward Animal Center and learned how to ride and take care of horses. This was a great opportunity to learn about community service that can benefit animals as well as humans.

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 616 Cub Scouts Learn While Having Fun

Tiger Cubs in Den 4 took a field trip to the Helen Woodward Animal Shelter in October. They toured the facilities and learned a lot about animals. The boys had a chance to interact with many exotic animals, including a rosy boa snake and hissing cockroaches from Madagascar.

The Bears had their first meeting in September with a fun pool party that also allowed them to complete some of their electives and belt loops. Since then, the Bears have had several other meetings learning about bicycle safety, culminating with a five-mile bike ride around Miramar Lake. They further explored health and fitness concepts with some friendly competitive activities among the scouts.

Den 8 Webelos scouts worked on their Outdoorsman badges in September. They made box ovens and learned how to tie knots and fuse ropes. In October they worked on their Scientist badges and learned about Pascal’s and Newton’s laws. They played with a water pressure vehicle and stomp rockets.

In December all our cub scouts will attend a special pack show at the Solid Rock Gym in Poway where they will get to test their rock climbing skills. Come and see what we’re about! If you have a son who is interested in joining our pack, please visit us at [].

Milk a Cow or Take a Hike, Pack 1216 Does it All

It’s not every day that kids in Scripps Ranch get to milk a cow, but Pack 1216 had its day at its October pack meeting. Okay, maybe the cows weren’t real, but the boys sure had fun milking our cardboard cows while learning about teamwork and responsibility. The theme of responsibility flowed through the month as our scouts were out in full force helping with cleanup after the Miramar Ranch Elementary Halloween Carnival.

In November our Tiger scouts took part in the Tiger Safari at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. We also hiked as a pack through Penasquitos Canyon and had another rousing pack meeting that focused on citizenship.

This month we welcome new cub scouts: Iain Evans and Jakub Malinowski in the Tiger den; Alexander Evans in the Bear den; and, Alexander Hagstrom as a new Webelos I scout! Our next pack meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 pm at Miramar Ranch Elementary School. Be sure to attend, as our pack is growing by leaps and bounds. We’ll also get our Pinewood Derby kits at that time.

Join us! Please visit [] to find out more about Pack 1216.

Troop 616 Stays Busy and Helps the Community

In October there were many opportunities for the scouts to earn service hours, as well as a couple of other activities. On the first weekend of the month the scouts either participated in trail building at Mataguay Scout Ranch or went on a troop hike at Penasquitos Canyon. Trail building is a great chance to earn many service hours in one day by helping clear or make new trails. This allows for other scouts to be able to explore many more places at Mataguay Scout Ranch and make the experience more fun.

The Penasquitos Canyon troop hike went through the beautiful Los Penasquitos Canyon Reserve. The scouts loved hiking near the creek and gazing at the scenery the reserve provided. The hike also was great training for the scouts attending Philmont in 2014.

The second weekend of October offered Unit Backpack Training, which is required for scouts before they can go on backpacking trips such as Philmont. It teaches scouts the fundamentals of backpacking and gives them some important backpacking experience.

The third weekend there was the Agua Caliente campout located in the radiant Anza Borrego desert, famous for its natural hot springs and limitless hiking trails. Finally, at the end of October our scouts graciously helped clean up Pomerado trail after someone illegally dumped dirt and rocks on it. The scouts spread the rocks and dirt out so the trail could be walked on again. The scouts were eager to help their community and represented one of the aspect of the Scout Law, “a scout is helpful.”

Michael Huang, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 663 Camps Out

Boy Scout Troop 663 has kept busy. The activities included the annual Webelos Woods campout, where the troop created a rope bridge as an attraction for Webelos scouts to attend.

Also, fellow scout Collin Beaty recently finished his Eagle project and is on his final step to becoming an Eagle Scout. We had two campouts: the Salty Llama and the Salty Rat. Those who attended received the respective patches.

Wilson Vo, Troop 663 Scribe

Troop 301 Goes for the Gold

Troop 301 started off the fall season by going to Julian to camp and explore the Eagle and High Peak Gold Mines. With a very knowledgeable guide, we ventured into the mines and followed gold veins, just like the old miners used to do!

We traversed through tunnels that led us to mining equipment and the original elevator used to hoist miners up and down the levels of the mine. The tour gave us a glimpse of the past and how difficult it was to be a miner at that time. Afterward, we panned for gold in the troughs provided to us outside.

The excitement continued when we had to set up camp while there was an unusual amount of high wind, but we were able to do so quickly and efficiently. Once home base was set up, we hiked onto a beautiful ridge where we were able to view both the Salton Sea in the east and the Coronado Islands in the west. We also had a surprise birthday party for Dr. Bryon, including chocolate cake, an REI gift card, and a donation to the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Thank you to our parent drivers, senior patrol leader Bradley Sweeney, and emcee Jack Fine for a wonderful campout!

Troop 301 went on two hiking/backpacking adventures. The first was a short two-mile practice hike at Miramar Lake. It helps the new scouts prepare for longer treks as well as gets their bodies and feet moving! The second hike was during a campout weekend at Lake Jennings where we hiked five miles. At Lake Jennings, about two-thirds of the way through the hike, many of our scouts enjoyed stopping at the snack bar for ice cream and candy. Our newer scouts also were introduced to the marvels of backpack meals, such as the troop favorite Mountain House.

The Law merit badge concluded with a mock trial session. After watching a video scouts and parents were broken up into two groups and given the task of deciding the fate of the two characters. Congratulations to all scouts who finished or are finishing the Law merit badge! Thank you to Mr. Tannenberg for leading this!

Our other merit badge was the Eagle-required Communications merit badge, where scouts learned, practiced, and demonstrated various forms of communicating with others. Congratulations to all scouts earning or who have earned this merit badge! Thank you to Mrs. Simmons for leading this!

Troop 301 will have two visitation nights for 5th graders: Wednesday, Dec. 4, and Wednesday, Jan. 22. If you would like to attend one of these, please contact our committee chair, Mrs. Susan Klug, at [[email protected]].

Michael Simmons, Troop 301 Scribe

Encampment Meetings

Calling all Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and older Girl Scout troops! Encampment planning meetings are in full swing! The schedule for this year’s events are:

  • Brownie Encampment—weekend of Apr. 26 at Green Oaks
  • Junior Encampment—weekend of Feb. 22 at Winaka
  • Cadette Encampment—weekend of Feb. 15 at Winaka
  • Camp Surf for older girls, Cadettes and above—weekend of May 3

All participating troops must send a representative to the planning meetings being held at 6 pm prior to the leader meetings. The next planning meeting is on Monday, Dec. 2, in the Dingeman Elementary School multipurpose room.

Cookie Training Meetings

It’s not only holiday season, it’s also cookie training season! All cookie managers must attend one of the available meetings. You can choose from either Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8:30 pm or Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 8:30 pm. Both will be held in the Dingeman Elementary School multipurpose room.

Just a reminder: all selling troops must have an appropriate checking account. Please contact our service unit troop treasurer, Lynn Bautista, at [[email protected]] for further assistance. If you have any questions regarding cookies, please email our cookie manager, Janice Hartung, at [[email protected]].

New Girl Scout Leaders Celebrated

In November Lynn Bautista led a ceremony celebrating the investing of leaders and co-leaders to the Girl Scout adult volunteer community. Each woman was given a pearl as part of a traditional ceremony, symbolizing how individual pearls, when strung together, make a beautiful pearl necklace for all to see.

After finishing this once-in-a-lifetime ceremony, the newly vested were presented a Girl Scout adult volunteer pin to wear proudly. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who make a difference in a girl’s life!

Cynthia Collins, Scripps Ranch Service Unit Co-manager