Learning and Having Fun

Troop 301 started 2014 with an exciting and educational campout at Lake Jennings. Twenty scouts earned the Engineering merit badge. Mr. Sweeney taught us helpful lessons about engineering and future jobs. We learned about many types of engineers such as: mechanical, civil, chemical, and nuclear.

For dinner, instead of the normal patrol-prepared meal, the troop had Domino’s pizza. To end the night Troop 301 performed a patrol skit and campfire song, enjoyed s’mores, and held an honorable flag retirement. The only way to end the day was to get in “them” sleeping bags and let the sheep running on the pastures do the job. During the night we heard coyotes laughing in the distance. No wonder their Latin name means “laughing dogs.”

Troop 301 has done it again with a successful Webelos Night! Many future boy scouts came to check out all the cool things Troop 301 has to offer. Our scoutmaster, Dr. Bryon Solberg, took the parents on a mini-tour of what’s to come. Meanwhile, Troop 301 boy scouts played games with the Webelos scouts, such as a race to set up and take down a tent, a knot tying challenge, and a trivia game. To end the night Troop 301 made a human foosball with balloons. The Webelos walked away with a smile on their faces…and a balloon.

Andrew Yip, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Stays Busy

The first month of 2014 was a success for Troop 616. The troop enjoyed a challenging hike up to the peak of Mt. Woodson. From the skilled hikers training for Philmont to the younger hikers, all of our scouts had a great experience exploring Mt. Woodson’s landscape and the beautiful views the trail offers.

In January Troop 616 welcomed many young Webelos who are deciding which Boy Scout troop to join once they cross over from Cub Scouts. Our troop entertained the aspiring boy scouts with a fun program building “towers” out of play-doh and paper bowls. Hopefully, our troop made a lasting impression on the Webelos, and they will choose to join our family.

The campout was a delightful trip to Mt. Palomar State Park in Pauma Valley. The scouts enjoyed the amazing scenery and the experience of being so deep into nature. Adding to the experience, the elevation of the mountain was quite high, around 5,000 feet above sea level, providing stunning views on the trails.

Finally, on the last weekend of January, the troop participated in two service outings. A few of our scouts helped Cub Scout Pack 614 with its traditional Pinewood Derby. Our scouts officiated races and shuttled cars to different heats.

The next day, the increasingly popular Ladle Soup Kitchen activity was offered. This is a unique experience where scouts help the First Presbyterian Church in downtown San Diego with its soup kitchen that feeds the homeless lunch every Sunday. Ladle Soup was an extremely meaningful experience for our scouts and made them feel glad that they were doing a good deed for people who are less fortunate. The gratitude of the people who were served lunch was very moving and touching to all the scouts.

Michael Huang, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 663 Tackles Many Projects

During January and February Troop 663 achieved significant progress. The troop congratulates Dayne Barton for earning his Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouts. Dayne, the son of Nelson and Fransesca Barton, completed several rank requirements, including his Eagle project where he fenced off an area in Mission Trails Park for environmental protection. The troop is very proud of this well-rounded scout, who also plays violin in orchestra and enjoys cooking and drawing. Dayne will play Division 1 water polo for UC Davis in the fall.

The troop held two Webelos Nights in January and February. We welcomed several guests from various Cub Scout packs, who hopefully will join the troop. Also note that Troop 663 is now allowing many to join this time of the year!

In early February most Troop 663 scouts camped at Joshua Tree, with all participants spending the two days rock climbing, bouldering, and hiking.

Also in February the troop held elections for troop positions and announced future events, such as The Order of the Arrow Trials and summer camps—including Camp Chawanakee, Mataguay, and Fiesta Island. With troop positions, Webelos Nights, and many projects tackled, the troop is making a great deal of progress.

Wilson Vo, Troop 663 Scribe

Pack 614 Racers Speed to the Finish Line

In February more than 100 Pack 614 cub scouts lined up their cars for a fast finish in the popular Pinewood Derby. The event is an annual Cub Scout tradition in which Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos compete to build miniature race cars from a block of wood. With no additions to the cars other than paint, plastic wheels, nails, and weights, our scouts produced creative and speedy vehicles that were fast and fun.

Pack 614 recognizes not only the fastest racers but also highlights cars for originality, wackiness, and workmanship. Resourceful scouts who take the time to build cars earn a patch, special award, and a Pinewood Derby Racer CA driver’s license. This year’s event featured our largest turnout in memory and was a success!

Next up is the Blue and Gold Dinner that celebrates the birth of Scouting. This year’s event will build on the old-fashioned birthday party theme and include a scout-made birthday cake contest. If you are interested in learning more about our pack, please visit [www.Pack614.com].

Pack 615 Revs up for 2014

In January we had our monthly pack show that included the annual uniform inspection by our resident military men Brian Ferguson and Dan Hager. After checking over the uniforms from belts, pins, shoes, hair, and everything in between—even their nails!—all the boys passed inspection (above). The rest of the night was filled with crafts, games, and fun.

Our Pinewood Derby is around the corner. The only criterion for the cars is weight. Painting and decorations can be anything you want. There have been Snicker bars, watermelons, and even racing cars. So if you want to join our pack, this is a great time. Final inspection is on Saturday, Mar. 15. Come see the races on Thursday, Mar. 20, in the E. B. Scripps Elementary School multipurpose room!

The San Diego Sheriff-Search and Rescue (SAR) Bureau from El Cajon met with our pack at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. This volunteer group, who are ready to go 24/7, is highly trained and respond to missing persons, evidence searches, and other missions. They have 10 units and the canine unit, demonstrated by leader and originator Pam Medhurst, came to show off its talents. The boys couldn’t hide from the dogs. They took one sniff of each boy and found them all!

We had several events in February. Our pack show was our annual Blue and Gold Dinner, celebrating the birth of Scouting in 1910. Solid Rock climbing gym hosted the event, while the scouts earned their Climbing patch. Also, many of our scouts watched the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters on Valentine’s Day.

Our first campout of the year is called Fun with Son at Camp Balboa and takes place on the weekend of Apr. 11. Join the fun and learn how to shoot BB guns and bows and arrows. If you have a boy in grades 1–5 who is interested in joining Cub Scouts, please contact Keven Krown at [[email protected]] for details.

Sandra Leeman

Pack 616’s Busy Spring

Pack 616 has been busy this spring. At the last pack show cub scouts made paper airplanes and explored the concepts of aerodynamics, lift, gravity, drag, and propulsion. Wolf cubs had two exciting outings. First they went to Poway Bowl and learned the rules of bowling. Then they visited Old Poway Park. They rode the train and got a behind-the-scenes look at the historic trains being restored.

The Bear scouts just finished the “Law Enforcement is a Big Job” achievement. Officer Roland visited the den and discussed how officers serve and protect the public. He also explained how important it is for citizens to help out when a crime is witnessed. The Bears learned about the techniques the police use to apprehend criminals, such as fingerprinting and casting of footprints. They also got a reminder about gun safety; in particular, what we should do when we come across a firearm.

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].

Pack 1216 Feels the Need for Speed at Pinewood Derby

In late January Cub Scout Pack 1216 held its annual Pinewood Derby at Marshall Middle School. Dozens of boys raced vehicles they built that ranged from Formula 1 cars, police cars, army trucks, and every manner of creativity in between.

Tiger cub Ryan Stadherr won first place overall. He had the fastest car and will represent our pack in the Pinewood Derby 500. Additional speed winners were:

Pack level:

  • 2nd—Aidan Sanders
  • 3rd—Garret Peterson
  • 4th—Rishi Veerepalli

Tiger Den level:

  • 1st—Matthew Shultz
  • 2nd—Joshua Bottomley
  • 3rd—Vatche Lacy

Wolf Den level:

  • 1st—Ollie Wright
  • 2nd—Alexander Moorhead
  • 3rd—Shreyas Rangan

Bear Den level:

  • 1st—Hayden Holzhauer
  • 2nd—Colin Bickel
  • 3rd—Rory Long

Webelos I level:

  • 1st—Matthew Bogle
  • 2nd—Lucas Coglianese
  • 3rd—Sam Jackowski

Webelos II level:

  • 1st—Jonathan Howo
  • 2nd—Miguel McPhail
  • 3rd—James Merritt

Every winner received a trophy and patch. Each car was then recognized with a ribbon for its individual creativity.

The pack also held its annual Blue and Gold Dinner in February. Future events include a hike of Iron Mountain on Sunday, Mar. 16, a Scouting for Food drive benefiting Feeding America San Diego, and the pack meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 19. New scouts are welcome! Visit us at [http://sr-pack1216.weebly.com].