Pack 614 Celebrates Scouting Anniversary

In February Pack 614 cub scouts celebrated the birth of Scouting with the yearly Blue and Gold Dinner. Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos enjoyed an old-fashioned birthday party, complete with games and our first-ever cake decorating contest (above). Our winners were:

  • Best Scouting Theme—Benjamin and John Stephen Powers
  • Best Outdoor Theme—Jackson Baldis
  • Funniest—Rylan Sigdestad
  • Scouts’ choice—Tyler Magnuson
  • Leaders’ choice—Ben Walter

To learn more about our organization, please visit [].

Pack 615 Races, Camps, and Bridges to Boy Scouts

In late March we held our annual Pinewood Derby in the Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School multipurpose room. The scouts attended several workshops to complete all the preparations of cutting, sanding, painting, and assembling their cars. This is by far one of the most fun events of the year for the boys.

Our first campout of the year is Fun with Son at Camp Balboa on Friday–Sunday, Apr. 11–13. This is a one parent/one scout camp. Come join the fun and learn how to shoot BB guns and bows and arrows.

In April our Webelos II cub scouts will bridge into Boy Scouts. The Poway Community Park hosts this year’s Arrow of Light Ceremony on Saturday, Apr. 19. It’s a very moving event for all who attend. It took many accomplishments, much work, and lots of dedication to arrive at this point. Come and watch them receive the highest award in Cub Scouts.

As always, if you have a boy in grades 1–5 who is interested in joining Cub Scouts, please contact Keven Krown at [[email protected]] for information.

Sandra Leeman

Race to the Finish Line!

We held the eagerly anticipated Pinewood Derby race. It was an exciting event where scouts went head-to-head racing wooden cars that they built and designed themselves. Special thanks to Karl Iliev for organizing the event and to all the boy scouts and parent volunteers who helped make it a great night! Trophies awarded for speed and design were:


  • 1st place: Henry Hammer, “Blue Thunder”
  • 2nd place: Samuel Kramer, “Fasty”
  • 3rd place: Donovan Burton, “Black Bullet”
  • 4th place: Luke Fine, “Green Machine”
  • Finalists: Nick Rhea, “Blue Flame”; Mason Thompson, “Petty Express”; Stephen Zanotelli, “Green Flash”; and, Lorenzo Ryan, “The Minion”


  • Best Workmanship: Lorenzo Ryan, “The Minion”
  • Boy Scouts’ Choice: Jarod Cuarto, “Poke-mobile”
  • Most Original: Alex Wu, “Iron Steve”
  • Most Patriotic: Nathaniel Barba, “Marine”
  • Most Rustic: Kevin Salazar, “Smaug”
  • Parents’ Choice: Eddie Iliev, “Dragon Cannon”

In March Wolf scouts had fun learning how to play marbles. They learned the game “Ringer” and earned their Marble belt loop! The Bear scouts learned all about electricity and went through some exercises to satisfy that elective. They created a musical doorbell, an electric motor with a propeller, an electric buzzer, plus a couple of other smaller projects. In addition, they had some communication lessons that were needed to earn the Communicating belt loop.

This year Pack 616 participated in the Feeding America—Scouting for Food—campaign. Our local council teamed up once again with Feeding America San Diego to collect more than 50,000 pounds of food. Cub scouts went door to door and set up donation stations outside Vons. Scouts also sorted and bagged food in the Feeding America warehouse.

Pack 1216’s Webelos IIs Journey to Boy Scouts

Jonathan Howo, Drew Kulischak, Miguel McPhail, and James Merritt bridged from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts in February during Pack 1216’s annual Blue and Gold Dinner. The Order of the Arrow conducted the Arrow of Light Ceremony, which was rife with scouting symbolism. The ceremony culminated with the Webelos IIs receiving their arrows and bridging to their Boy Scout troops. Pack 1216 cubmaster, Joe Bogle, and former cubmaster, John Kulischak, were instrumental as the ceremony’s Akelas.

In March the pack held its Scouting for Food drive that benefited Feeding America San Diego. April events will include our participation at the annual Scout Fair on Saturday, Apr. 12, at Qualcomm Stadium, and our Wednesday, Apr. 16, pack meeting at Miramar Ranch Elementary School, as well as our individual den meetings.

Ready to join? New scouts are always welcome! For information, visit us at [].

Troop 301’s New Eagle Scouts

Troop 301 has done it again! Three of our troop’s boy scouts earned the highest award in Scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout! Congratulations to Nathan Khuu, Matthew Kang, and Kevin Graham! Each has had a wonderful Scouting career, filled with personal achievement, leadership, service, and adventure. Troop 301 has 35 scouts who have earned Eagle Scout in the last four years.

Troop 301 went camping at Agua Caliente in the Anza Borrego Desert, where we ventured through mud caves that were extremely dark: it’s a good thing we brought flashlights! We also hiked through the canyon. Along the path you could see old algae and rocks that had many crystals. The reason you could find algae is because this desert used to be a part of the ocean. There were also fossils you could find in the rocks. When we started to walk back into the mud caves, we all turned off our flashlights and it was pitch black! The only thing you could see was a black wall.

For dinner Troop 301 has a tradition of doing a patrol cook-off! The Pink Panthers made pizza with Italian bread, pepperoni, and mozzarella sauce. The Nighthawks cooked Korean BBQ, rice, and asparagus. The Flaming Phoenix cooked quesadillas: they were very cheesy and hot. Everyone had a good time cooking. In the end, all the three patrols won something.

Troop 301 is working on new merit badges: Robotics and Citizenship In The World. In Robotics you learn how robotics move or sense the environment. We will learn how to create and program a robot. Doing robotics will introduce us to a career that we could do in the future.

In Citizenship In The World, we will learn about other countries and how America relates to them. We will explain the rights, duties, and obligations of becoming a citizen of the world. You definitely learn things in Troop 301.

Andrew Yip, Troop 301 Scribe

A Fun Time for Troop 616

February started with a troop hike along the South Poway Trail, which is part of the Sea to Sea Trail that goes from the Salton Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Also in February scouts attended Scout Sunday Mass at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. Scout Sunday is meant to mark the founding of Scouts in the United States.

The scouts assembled with other troops and packs to process in with the priest. This was a great way to support St. Gregory the Great, which has been generous in assisting our troop by letting us use their school for our troop meetings.

Later in February the troop held its Court of Honor at Marshall Middle School. The following scouts were recognized for their advancement: Brandon Stadtherr for Tenderfoot; Lucas McGaugh for Second Class; Cameron Jones, Justin Fitzmaurice, Evan Rayder, and Jonathan Cederquist for First Class; Ben Ballard and Nick Fernandez for Star; and, Michael Huang for Life. In addition, Max Audick was recognized for earning the Eagle Award. The scouts were excited to receive praise for all their hard work and are eager to continue to be active in scouting and troop activities

On the last weekend of the month the troop camped at the Culp Valley campground that overlooks the Anza-Borrego Desert. On Saturday the scouts backpacked down the rocky trail to Hell Hole Canyon and enjoyed the amazing views.

After spending the night at Palm Canyon, the scouts saw six big horn sheep and two lambs on the hike back. This trip gave the scouts much knowledge to prepare them for other exhilarating backpacking trips in the near future.

Michael Huang, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 663’s Many Activities

Congratulations to Ryan Fifield, son of Perry Fifield and Kathy White, for earning the Eagle Scout rank! The final step of his achievement was passing his Board of Review in late February. We compliment Ryan for going to great heights to earn his rank and thank him for his hard work.

Troop 663 held troop elections in February. After the elections, all scouts with a position in the troop set off to Fiesta Island to learn about their position, the needed skills, and what to do to perform their jobs now that they are edging closer to becoming a leader.

Later in February, Troop 663 attended Pack 1216’s Blue and Gold Ceremony. With the awards handed out, the troop gained two new young recruits from the pack: Miguel and Michael Merit. We welcome both of you to our troop!

We have many events coming up in April. On Tuesday, Apr. 1, scouts will learn safe gun use. The Poway Gun Club will host the event.

Wilson Vo, Troop 663 Scribe

Troop 664’s Newest Eagle Scout!

Troop 664 congratulates Evan Caplinger on earning his Eagle Scout rank! Evan worked hard and has been very active in our troop since 2008. We are proud of Evan and his accomplishments.

Also, Clayton Jerlow completed his Eagle Scout project. Check out his benches at Scripps Ranch High School.

During our February troop meetings we worked on our communications skills. In March we worked on our scouting skills in preparation for the Camporee. We are very excited to attend the Scripps-Mesa Camporee in April.

We have new troop officers: Daniel Cox, senior patrol leader; Taylor Goldstein, assistant senior patrol leader; Hayden Ball, quartermaster; Zach Mudd, webmaster; Josh Rosen, librarian and Order of the Arrow representative; Alex Poirier, chaplain’s aide; and, Sean Hodgson, scribe. We meet every Tuesday from 6 to 7 pm at St. Gregory the Great. If you would like more information about us, email our scoutmaster, Blan Cox, at [[email protected]].

Sean Hodgson, Troop 664 Scribe

Cadette Scouts Help Teens

Girl Scout Troop 8435 Cadette members are working on their Silver Award project: supporting teens who are aging out of the foster care system. Teens in the foster care system are faced with going out on their own once they turn 18, without family connections and other support—support these scouts are lucky to have.

For Troop 8435’s Silver Award project, the scouts are making care backpacks for teens from the Promises2Kids program at the Polinsky Children’s Center. They will fill the backpacks with items such as gift cards to grocery stores, pre-paid phone cards, journals and pencils, granola bars, socks, and travel-size personal care items.

The troop is collecting donations of these items and fabric and thread for the backpacks. If you can donate any items, email us at [[email protected]].

Cadette Troop 8435

Cadettes Love Girl Scouting!

A lot of Cadettes showed their love for Girl Scouts on Valentine’s Day weekend! Almost 60 girls and their leaders (above) took advantage of a four-day weekend to experience the first-ever Cadette Encampment! Under the theme of “A Walk on the Wild Side,” the girls had fun working on their Night Owl badge. Activities included making fleece hats and decorating pillow cases with their troop’s photo ironed on.

A night hike blended old-fashioned outdoor fun with high tech use of an app that identifies the constellation by pointing your iPhone toward it! Thanks to the leaders and volunteers who made our inaugural Cadette Encampment unforgettable!

Cynthia Collins, SR Service Unit Co-Manager, Encampment Director