A Girl Scout Bond

Troop 8135 (right), all sophomores in college, reunited at leader Susan Todd’s house over the holidays. The girls caught up on each others’ lives and decorated cookies. They attend universities all over the country but have a special bond through Girl Scouts that will keep them friends forever.

Tigers from Pack 614 Spread Cheer

Pack 614’s Tigers from Den 9 (below) recently exemplified Cub Scouting’s core values of doing their best and helping others when they brightened the day of many residents at Frederika Manor Retirement Community. The Tigers started the visit with a flag ceremony, followed by the pledge of allegiance, and then performed a few patriotic songs. Then the boys personally greeted the residents with crafts they had made during a previous meeting. The visit was a huge hit with young and old alike!

Next up for our pack are preparations for the popular Pinewood Derby. For more information about our organization, please visit [www.Pack614.com].

Pack 1216 Cubs Earn Awards and Plan for Blue and Gold

Thirteen boys from Cub Scout Pack 1216 drank “tiger blood” (pictured right) and recited from memory the Cub Scout promise, Law of the Pack, motto, and other meaningful scouting phrases and customs to earn their Bobcat rank at the December pack meeting. Congratulations to Kaden Reinert, Ryan Stadtherr, Matthew Schultz, Joshua Bottomley, Vatche Lacy, Jace Troendle, Iain Evans, Hunter John, Jakub Malinowski, Alex Field, Alexander Evans, Alex Hagstrom, and Miguel McPhail for earning this achievement!

In January the boys participated in the annual Pinewood Derby model car race. We’ll have winners and details next month. They’ve now set their sights on the annual Blue and Gold dinner, which is on Friday, Feb. 28, at 6 pm at Marshall Middle School. The dinner is scouting’s annual birthday party, and our pack goes all out to make it a fun night.

The potluck affair will feature a raffle of terrific local prizes such as restaurant gift cards, Game Truck parties, Padres game tickets, and more, all to benefit the pack. We also will sell SRCA “Country Living” license plate holders as a fundraiser for both our pack and the SRCA. Most importantly, we’ll hold the Arrow of Light ceremony for our Webelos II boys who are transitioning into Boy Scouts.

Please visit our website at [http://sr-pack1216.weebly.com] to find out more or to order your SRCA license plate holder!

Troop 301 Shifts into High Gear

Troop 301 was moving to keep warm in December! Our troop did our famous “Scripps Ranch to the Sea!” hike, consisting of 20 miles through Scripps Ranch, Sabre Springs, Penasquitos Canyon, Sorrento Valley, and Del Mar to dip our feet in the cool water of Torrey Pines State Beach. This is the biggest of the preliminary hikes for any scout or scouter who wants to go to our Yosemite summer trip.

Another way Troop 301 kept in high gear was our first annual Game Day! Scouts came with their game face on to play some friendly capture the flag, soccer, and football over the winter break. This is hopefully the first of many more exciting Game Days to come for our troop.

As the new year begins we rotated our leadership positions in the troop to allow new scouts to try different posts. The troop would like to thank Bradley Sweeney and all other former senior patrol leaders (SPL) for leading Troop 301 so well. Our newest SPL, Justin Todd, follows in his brother’s footsteps and takes the reins of the troop. Good luck, Justin!

It is also our pleasure to announce that on Dec. 26, 2013, Matt Ringel earned the highest achievement possible in Boy Scouts: Eagle Scout! The Eagle Board of Review was impressed with his thoughtful and well-spoken answers, leadership at the troop level, teaching younger scouts in our troop, High Adventure trips, more than 500 miles of hiking, mission trips with his church, and leadership abilities. Matt built a stage for his church youth group for his Eagle service project. Congratulations on this late Christmas gift, Matt!

Michael Fitzgerald, Troop 301 Scribe

Matt Bernard Receives Soaring Recognition

I had the privilege to recognize Troop 616 member Matt Bernard for attaining the Eagle Scout rank. To become an Eagle Scout, Matt completed a service project, earned 21 merit badges, and served in troop leadership positions.

Matt is an extraordinary young man who works 24 hours a week and has a 4.3 GPA. In addition, he volunteers at St. Gregory the Great Church mentoring young men and women. Congratulations on receiving the rank of Eagle Scout, Matt!

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein

Troop 616 Stays Busy

There were many troop activities the scouts participated in as the year neared an end. In early December the scouts explored their community by going on the Scripps Ranch trails troop hike. This was an enjoyable seven-mile hike through local trails in Scripps Ranch. Scouts, ranging from beginning hikers to scouts preparing for Philmont, took part in the hike. They had a great time discovering the trails.

Opportunities for scouts to gain service hours were offered in December. First was the San Diego Chargers vs. the New York Giants game. After working for a few hours the scouts enjoyed the football game for free. This service opportunity was a huge success with the maximum number of scouts attending. They had a blast watching their beloved home team cruise to victory against the Giants.

The troop also volunteered for the Wreaths Across America. Scouts honored the actions of brave American soldiers who passed away by placing wreaths on their graves at the Miramar cemetery.

The last activity offered was broomball. It is one of the most popular activities the troop provides. Scouts gathered at the Ice-Plex in Escondido. The scouts had fun scoring goals on each other and running around on the ice in athletic shoes and brooms. It was a great event for scouts and their friends.

Michael Hsiang, Troop 616 Scribe

Learn to be a Leader with Troop 664

We are well into the new year and it looks great! I am so honored to be able to serve some of your boys as Boy Scout Troop 664 (pictured below) scoutmaster. Scripps Ranch supports scouting better than any other San Diego community, and we thank you for helping us succeed.

Boys Scouts is for all young men who are interested in learning to be leaders while enjoying many physical and mental activities. If your son is interested in checking out what scouting is all about, please feel free to visit us on the second, third, and fourth Tuesday of every month. We meet at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in the parish hall at 6 pm.

We host a campout almost every month and have two different summer camps on the calendar this year. Check this Newsletter for updates on our troop, and visit our website at [www.Troop664.us] for what we have coming up.

Scoutmaster Blan Cox