Troop 301: Hiking, Chess, Finances, and Rockets

Troop 301 worked for its turkey in November, with the troop constantly up and moving! One of our physical activities was our Lake Jennings backpacking trip, which took place earlier in November. This is one of the milestones our troop requires to prepare us for the famed Yosemite Daypacking and Backpacking trip, as well as Philmont Boy Scout Reservation.

Speaking of hiking, 25 adults and scouts from Troop 301 went on a 10-mile hike up Ellie Lane at Iron Mountain. The view is second to none, revealing much of the beautiful Poway and Ramona scenery.

The Chess merit badge was started in November, where our scouts learn about the history and strategies of the game. Our scouts also took part in a tournament.

The Personal Management merit badge is starting. Scouts are learning to organize money and investments. They are keeping track of income, payments, and purchases for at least 13 weeks. Scouts also have to do a project with their family to benefit the household, as well as research a career.

Our scouts also were shooting for the stars by building model rockets. They bought individual rocket kits ranging from simple ones to very complicated kits. We will launch these rockets at our desert campout, and it will be rewarding to watch our hard work soar into the skies.

Life Scout Michael Fitzgerald, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Scouts Provide Community Service

Troop 616 participated in two service opportunities in November. Early in the month the troop provided the Color Guard for the presentation of the Bronze Star to World War II veteran Allen Quinn at the Chinese Museum in downtown San Diego. Jerry Yang and Nikhil Kalita accompanied scoutmaster Paul Honeycutt as the Color Guard. They had a memorable experience observing the ceremony and meeting their congressman.

The other service opportunity was at Ladle Soup Kitchen, one of the most meaningful service experiences for scouts. The scouts go to the First Presbyterian Church in downtown San Diego to help feed the homeless lunch. This Ladle Soup Kitchen trip was especially meaningful since it took place during Thanksgiving week.

The scouts who went to either of the service opportunities represented Troop 616 well, setting an example that our scouts are ready to help the community.

Michael Huang, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 663 Plans for 2014

In November Troop 663 held its Court of Honor, which awards scouts for their latest achievements, merit badges, and ranks. One laudable award was Ryan Fifield’s rank advancement to Eagle Scout.

Elections for the troop—and sub-categorized patrol—positions were held in December. Plans for 2014 are being worked on by both the scouts and adults.

Wilson Vo, Troop 663 Scribe

Eagle Scout: James Poirier

Troop 664 congratulates its newest Eagle Scout, James Poirier (above right with scoutmaster Blan Cox). Eagle Scout is the highest rank a boy scout can earn. Many requirements are needed, including a service project to a nonprofit organization and an Eagle Board of Review. James rebuilt nine benches around Miramar Lake.

The board was impressed with how well-rounded a scout James is. He serves as a leader to younger scouts, is involved with Core Team at St. Gregory the Great, and is a varsity cross country runner and track pole vaulter. Congratulations, James!

Troop 664 Stays Busy

Troop 664 held its fall Court of Honor at Balboa Park. The purpose of the ceremony is to recognize scouts’ individual achievements and awards. One of the highlights of the event is the Dutch oven cooking contest, in which scout patrols compete to cook the best dessert possible. Scouts had tons of fun! Congratulations to George Thomas and James Poirier for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout!

Another event the scouts participated in was the troop’s annual Advancement Camp, held at Dos Picos in Ramona. The older scouts taught the newer scouts how to camp safely and worked on many of the requirements and skills they need to advance in rank. The higher rank scouts taught skills such as safe hiking and the buddy system, rope whipping, knots, lashings, first aid, basic compass, fire preparation, and lighting and cooking safety. This camp is a great learning experience!

Troop 664 will host a Webelos Night for interested Webelos and their parents in Saint Gregory the Great’s community room on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 6 to 7 pm. We will have information about the troop.

Cole Ferguson, Troop 664 Scribe

Pack 614 Learns About Respect and Sportsmanship

Eager cub scouts from Pack 614 continued to learn and live Scouting values in November and December with a variety of activities. Cub scouts from Den 1 participated in two sportsmanship events in November, observing good sportsmanship while viewing a men’s basketball game at UCSD (above right) and honing their fishing skills at Lake Poway.

The theme for our December pack meeting was respect, and our boys learned about the importance of respecting others and themselves. They also listened to a presentation about earning badges and achievements at Camp Balboa, as well as upcoming preparations for the very popular Pinewood Derby. For more information about our organization, please visit our website at [www.Pack614.com].

Pack 615 Horses Around then Honors Soldiers

In November Pack 615 scouts earned their Horseback Riding pin. The scouts visited the Helen Woodward Animal Center and learned how to take care of horses, from medical problems to grooming. This was also a great opportunity to learn about community service that can benefit animals as well as humans, since horses are trained to be service animals like dogs. It was a very interesting day. Thank you to Peg Ferrier, education program coordinator at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, for a wonderful experience.

In December we were honored to be part of Wreaths Across America. This is a national organization that remembers those who have served in the military and honors their service and sacrifice by placing wreaths on all the gravesites in national cemeteries across America. The goal is to teach others to do the same, and that’s exactly what the scouts learned. Junior Marines handed our scouts wreaths that they laid on the gravesites at Ft. Rosecrans or Miramar National Cemeteries that day, showing their appreciation and thanks for all those in uniform.

In January uniforms will be inspected. So remember, scouts, make sure all is clean and in order before the day comes. If you have a young man in grades 1–5 who is interested in joining Pack 615, please contact Kevin Krown, our new cubmaster, at [[email protected]].

Sandra Leeman

Pack 616 Cub Scouts “Collect” Information

Pack 616’s theme for November was “Collections.” Boys shared their personal collections, which included impressive displays of rocks and minerals, turtles, soccer jerseys, Disney pins, and items collected from nature. This was a great opportunity for the boys to learn about each other’s interests, and it satisfied the Collections requirement. At the end of the month Wolf scouts concluded this topic by viewing a collection of artifacts at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

Pack 616’s Bear scouts are well on their way to earning their Bear patch. Recently Bear scouts earned their Whittling Chip patch after satisfying the requirement to learn how to properly and safely handle a pocketknife. They also honed their mountaineering skills by taking some rock climbing lessons.

As we enter 2014 Bear scouts look forward to more adventures as they complete more achievements. Come and see what we’re about! If you have a son who is interested in joining our fun pack, please visit us at [www.pack616.com].

Cub Scout Pack 1216 Sends Care Kits to Typhoon Victims

As Thanksgiving approached and our boys reflected on the many reasons they were grateful, they decided to dedicate the November pack meeting to helping others less fortunate. The boys constructed personal hygiene kits, which included soap, a washcloth, towel, toothpaste, toothbrush, bandages, a comb, and shampoo. The kits were then mailed to Heart to Heart International, a global relief aid distribution company, that sent the kits to Typhoon Haiyan victims.

Personal hygiene is one of the top needs for people struggling to obtain reliable sources of food, water, and shelter. Heart to Heart care kits offer that first line of defense against the spread of illness, a first step toward good health, and they provide dignity in a small bag.

Upon receiving the kits, Jen Mellard, Heart to Heart International volunteer coordinator, wrote to the pack, saying, “On behalf of the people we serve, Heart to Heart International appreciates the opportunity to connect your pack with individuals in need. Typhoon Haiyan has drastically changed the lives of everyone in its path. The 30 care kits you donated will make a big difference in the life of each individual who receives one.” We are proud of Pack 1216’s spirit of world citizenship and compassion!

Next up for scouts is our pack meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Miramar Ranch Elementary, followed by the always-exciting Pinewood Derby on Friday, Jan. 31, at Marshall Middle School. Please see our website at [http://sr-pack1216.weebly.com] for details on how to join.

Attention: Girl Scout Leaders

It’s hard to believe it’s cookie time already! Good luck to all the troops as they begin their site sales in February. Be sure to enjoy those yummy cookies while supporting your local girl scout!

Anyone in need of CPR or first aid training? Don’t forget to sign up for the final set of training opportunities! Please email [[email protected]] for your reservation for either Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 9:15 am to 1:15 pm at Jerabek Elementary School, or Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 10 pm at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. Please make your $50 check payable to Linda Mullvain, and send it to my attention to: Cynthia Collins, 8220 Mira Mesa Blvd. Suite A, San Diego, CA 92126.

Leader meetings are on Monday, Jan. 13 and Feb. 10, at Dingeman Elementary School. The final encampment meetings for Juniors and Cadettes are at 6 pm, prior to the leader meetings. Brownie and Camp Surf meetings are also at those times.

Daisy Day news will be announced when we have details. Check your emails, leaders. If you are not getting service unit emails, contact us at [[email protected]] and we will fix that as soon as possible! Thanks again for all you do for the girls in Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts!

Cynthia Collins and Jill Herbold, Service Unit Co-managers

Girl Scouts Help Typhoon Victims

Girl Scout Troop 8376 teamed up with the Scripps Ranch community to provide relief to the typhoon victims in the Philippines. Girl scout Juniors from Dingeman Elementary School led a relief and supply drive at their school for the typhoon victims. They answered the call to action when SRCA president Bob Ilko sent out a message for assistance.

The Capacia family, longtime Scripps Ranch volunteers, organized and packed supplies to be sent to the Red Cross in the Philippines. The girls (pictured below)were able to provide lots of assistance. Great job, girls!

Brownie Troop Demonstrates a Giving Spirit

Brownie friends from Troop 3144 showed their giving spirit by donating to two worthy causes in December. The Brownies chose to support the Salvation Army, and they took over bell ringing duties at the Vons on Scripps Poway Parkway in mid-December. For two hours they sang carols to draw attention to their support to fill the red kettle. We hope you had a chance to see them helping out!

Another group they supported was the San Diego Rescue Mission. They provided 130 “blessing bags” to the organization. The girls learned how generosity can be received as well as passed on when they collected donations to surpass their goal to assemble 100 bags. The blessing bags contained toiletry products, snacks, and an assortment of items such as playing cards, socks, and friendship loom bracelets.

The Brownie troop felt happy to donate their time and learned it can be lots of fun to help others.