Help Our Four-Legged Friends

Please donate! As a part of our Girl Scout Silver Award, Julia W., Brenna S., and I are accepting donations in exchange for dog toys. All proceeds go directly to the Helen Woodward Animal Shelter to benefit the dogs that are staying there. We hand-made each and every toy and plan to donate the excess toys to the shelter as well.

Julia, Brenna, and I all have a soft spot for dogs, which helped us decide how we wanted to impact our community. We even visited Helen Woodward to see the faces of those we were helping. There were so many dogs that we wanted to take home with us so badly. It really encouraged us and after that trip we knew our project idea would be helpful.

If you are interested in making a donation in exchange for a dog toy, please contact us at [[email protected]].

Christie H.

Troop 301 Gears Up for Another Season of Fun

We are still sorting through the pictures from our summer adventures, including trips to Emerald Bay Catalina, Lost Valley Scout Camp, Yosemite, and Philmont Scout Reservation. We had a lot of fun and there are lots of pictures!

We are transitioning into fall knowing that we will have another great season of scouting. As usual, we have tons of awesome activities planned. We will:

  • Work on our Citizenship In The Community merit badge.
  • Have a campout at Dos Picos where our newest scouts will finish off their First Class requirements and we will have a massive game of capture the flag.
  • Enjoy Belmont Park amusement park.
  • Volunteer at Charger games.
  • Do a troop bike ride.
  • Finish Eagle Scout projects, including: building furniture for the Ronald McDonald House; building a gazebo for a park; creating a fire ring and cement benches for a synagogue; building/installing owl and bat boxes at Lake Jennings; and, recreating emergency markers at Marshall Middle School.

Summer may be over but the scouting fun continues.

Tyler Kuperstein, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Hikes the Philmont Backcountry

At the beginning of August, after months of training and anticipation, our big Philmont adventure finally arrived. Two crews consisting of Eric Lehmann, Brian DeJesus, Kyle Lemmon, Sean Heising, David Fronk, Mr. Paul Honeycutt, Mr. Robert DeJesus, and Mr. Alan Fronk from Crew 1, and Max Audick, Cohl Tabor, Nick Pickett, Charles Wong, Matthew McCallum, Mr. Ron Tabor, Mr. Man Wong, and Mr. David Audick from Crew 2 backpacked more than 60 miles through the New Mexico Rockies at Philmont Scout Ranch. Both crews hiked through lightning, rain, and hail. However, it was worth it for the sights they saw and the things they were able to do.


The crews hiked as high as 11,700′ to the top of Mt. Phillips and as low as 6,500′ at base camp. Along the way they got to fly fish, shoot bow and arrow at a 3D archery range, shoot and reload black powder rifles, and go rock climbing and rappelling, among many other activities. We also did trail building as a service project. Both crews had a great time in the pristine wilderness of the Philmont backcountry, and it was an incredible experience that we will never forget.

Max Audick, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 663 Braves the Wilderness

It’s back to school and back to work for Troop 663 scouts. On the last weekend of September, we will explore the wilderness while earning the Wilderness Survival merit badge. We’ll learn exactly what to do during a wilderness emergency such as signaling for help, finding food, and more. We’ll even make a shelter and spend the night in it!

In October Webelos scouts and boy scouts will head over to Mataguay Scout Ranch for a weekend of fun and learning at the annual Webelos Woods campout. The older boys will teach the younger scouts what it takes to become a boy scout by building rope bridges, making sling shots, showing them how to make campfires, and more. There will be camp food made and served by the boy scouts.

Congratulations to Stephen Bieber for becoming a Troop 663 Eagle Scout!

Keoni Rodriguez, Troop 663 Scribe

Troop 664 Starts a Fun New Scout Year

Troop 664 scouts returned to school in September and with the new school year came a new variety of activities for the scouts to enjoy. In September scouts went on a weekend trip to Fiesta Island. In addition to camping, scouts got to enjoy a variety of fun activities like swimming, canoeing, boating, and kayaking. It was a very exciting and memorable trip for all involved.

During the troop meetings in September scouts focused on teaching essential scout skills to new members while the older boys focused on reviewing them.

Scouts also have an enjoyable October in store for them. The Fall Court of Honor will be held, where scouts will be honored for all the achievements and accomplishments they have earned during the past year. It is an important and special time for both scouts and their families. During the Court of Honor, scouts will hold a Dutch oven cooking contest and will host a campfire. It is sure to be a wonderful time.

Also in October scouts will devote a day to earning the Geology merit badge. Scouts will learn about geology and what professions involve that science.

Casey Aguinaldo, Troop 664 Scribe

Pack 614 Cubs Camp Under the (Baseball) Stars

Pack 614 had a fun-filled summer of scouting activities. Several cub scouts in our pack traveled up to Lake Elsinore to watch the Lake Elsinore Storm minor league baseball team beat the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Before the game scouts participated in a parade on the field while dressed in their Class-A uniforms. After the game our scouts got to meet the players and get autographs.

Then our boys set up their tents on the outfield grass and enjoyed an overnight campout under the starry skies, including a midnight snack and breakfast. Many other dens from around San Diego and Riverside counties participated in this event. It was exciting for our cub scouts, who earned a special Storm Sleepover patch for the event.

Along with the Storm Sleepover, Pack 614 cub scouts could participate in three of seven planned activities to earn a Summer Activity pin. Options included the Memorial Day flag placement, Ranch Round-Up recycling, 4th of July Parade, laser tag, Dos Picos camping, Bike Rodeo, and the Storm Sleepover. More than 60 of our boys met the requirements and earned their pin at our first den meeting of the school year. We also welcomed two new dens of Tigers.

We look forward to an exciting year with the start of school. Our pack leaders have planned a wide range of activities for our boys as they learn core scouting values in the 2012-2013 school year. For information about our pack, please visit []. We welcome new boys and parent volunteers.

Pack 615 Lends a Hand

Pack 615 cub scouts volunteered again at Feeding America San Diego in August, helping provide food for more than 73,000 people in our communities. With more than 435,000 people facing hunger in San Diego County and one in four children without a consistent source of food every day, Pack 615 gladly gives time to help those in need to be sure everyone gets a healthy meal every day.

Late August brought our second annual Fishing Day at Hendrix Pond. Caden’s dad, Brian Farrow, a lifelong fisherman and our resident master fisherman, assisted the boys in learning how to bait their hooks, cast their rods, reel them in, and eventually hold their catch.

September brought the start of school and several of our scouts handed out information at Back to School Night at E.B. Scripps Elementary School. Thank you all for volunteering your time.

October brings some of the year’s first events. Out first campout will be at William Heise Campground on the weekend of Oct. 12-14. If you have a young boy in grades 1-5, please join our pack and experience the fun and camaraderie of Cub Scouts, friends who last a lifetime.

Another interesting day for our scouts will be Geology Day at Vulcan. This day introduces the scouts to the science of geology with the use of displays, classes, and activities. Those who attend the full-day event should qualify for their Geology belt loops and pins. Come join us.

If you have a boy in grades 1-5 who is interested in joining Cub Scouts, please don’t hesitate to contact Jennifer Ballard at [[email protected]] or 848-9511 for more information.

Sandra Leeman