Troop 301 Springs Into Fun!

Troop 301 has been busy! By busy, I mean campouts, merit badges, and more! The troop did a campout to Lake Jennings campground for our 18 new boy scouts. They learned knots, first aid, and more cool requirements that they need for the Tenderfoot rank.

Also, Troop 301 did a five-mile hike at Miramar Lake. The new scouts learned how to use a compass. We set a new record for out unit: 65 scouts and scouters came on the hike (above)! Troop 301 is moving along great. Thank you to all the veteran scouts and scouters who came along!

Andrew Yip, Troop 301 Scribe

Neither Rain Nor Sleet Stops Troop 616 from Backpacking

Troop 616 had a backpacking trip in late April on the Oriflamme Canyon section of the Sea-to-Sea Trail (middle picture). The trip coincided with the last big storm of the season. We camped at Paso Picacho near Lake Cuyamaca Friday night. It was windy when we set up tents and around midnight, it poured. By morning, we had a half inch of sleet surrounding out tents!

The trek started Saturday morning with sleet blowing sideways on 40 mph winds! The scouts persevered and when the rain stopped, they enjoyed the desert just starting its spring bloom. We had lunch at a beautiful tree-lined wash where we could see pockets in the granite where long ago Native Americans ground their acorns. The weather was better on the desert floor.

We finished the outing Sunday, completing our trek through Box Canyon, learning about the Mormon Battalion and early exploration of the desert. It was great for the troop to experience some rare bad weather on an outing! Even in the horrible weather, everyone enjoyed themselves.

Also in April, Nick Pickett earned his Eagle award. He is Troop 616’s 107th Eagle Scout! Congratulations, Nick!

New Scouts Learn Quickly

Troop 664 is helping our scouts through the journey to become Eagle. All of our scouts have improved since the first time we saw them. At first, they were all shy and passive, but now they are assertive and want to get requirements signed off.

Troop 664 participated in the Scripps-Mesa Camporee, and our troop won eight medals. We had two patrols. “Orange Team” got third place in Row Boating, second in Map and Compass and Tying Knots, and first in Lashings. Our second patrol, “Blue Team,” got third place in Map and Compass, First Aid, and Tying Knots, and second place in Sling Shot.

We received a second place ribbon for our gateway entrance into our camp. We lashed together our gateway using three support poles on each side, and one pole across the center with a Troop 664 sign. The new scouts helped with this a lot.

We had another camp in May called Rocket Camp. There were rockets that went from 200 feet to 8,000 feet high. There were rockets that were the size of a pillow to bigger than a dinner table.

Troop 664 meets every Tuesday from 6 to 7 pm at St. Gregory the Great Parish. For information, please email our scoutmaster, Blan Cox, at [[email protected]].

Sean Hodgson, Troop 664 Scribe

Pack 614 Gets Healthy

All of Pack 614’s 11 dens participated in a pack meeting that met the Cub Scout requirement of “Keeping Your Body Healthy.” The boys played fun games including sock softball, tug of war (below), and toe marble racing. The games were designed to teach them the importance of exercise and lifelong good health habits. The boys gained a new perspective on how being healthy can be fun.

Our pack is gearing up for a whole slate of awesome summertime activities, including our annual summer family campout at Dos Picos near Ramona and Padres Scout Night. To learn more about us, please visit [].

Pack 615 Round-Up!

Cub Scout Pack 615 is excited that several new boys and parents joined our pack at our May Round-Up pack show! Our scouts, led by Carlos Chavez, participated in the annual flag placement in Fort Rosecrans on Memorial Day weekend. The boys always look forward to this event.

Our largest campout of the year was at Indian Hills Campground at the end of May. In addition to all the activities such as zip-lining, BMX, and swimming, scouts and their families enjoyed fine Dutch oven cooking by our campmaster, Mike Sanders! During our pack show, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos I boys went through a special ceremony to recognize their transition to the next rank.

If you have a boy who will be in grades 1–5 in September, join us! Please email me at [[email protected]] for details.

I want to thank Sandra Leeman, our SRCA Newsletter contributor for many years. We will miss her. We are proud that Collin Leeman bridged to Boy Scouts!

Kevin Krown, Pack 615 Cubmaster

Pack 616 Enjoys the Great Outdoors

Pack 616 recently held its spring camping event at William Heise County Park near Julian. The boys and families (below) enjoyed nature hikes, roasted marshmallows, and told jokes and stories by the bonfire. They also learned about the constellations and planets with a telescope. While enjoying the outdoors, the new Webelos signed off on some of the requirements toward achieving Tenderfoot, the first rank as Webelos. They are working toward the Arrow of Light award.

On Sunday, June 8, the pack’s Cub Graduation Ceremony takes place at Jerabek Park. Cubs advance to the next rank during this event. This month scouts also eagerly begin preparing for their march in the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade. For more news and events or to get more information regarding joining our pack, please visit [].

Pack 1216 Head to the “Hills”

Scripps Ranch Cub Scout Pack 1216 is heading to Indian Hills for another great annual campout over Father’s Day weekend. The boys will go on a hike that ends with Miner Jack’s Tales and a campfire with s’mores on Friday night. On Saturday they’ll enjoy zip-lining, gold mining, and a rousing game of human foosball with the adults.

Saturday also will feature swimming, BMX bicycling, a pack-wide barbecue dinner, and more s’mores! More than 50 pack members and parents attended last year’s Indian Hills adventure, and the scouts are eager to do it all again.

The pack will take part in Scripps Ranch’s July 4th Parade, and they may even do a special SeaWorld campout later this summer. For more information about Pack 1216, please call 735-2879 or visit our website at [].

Special “Bridging”

More than 6,000 5th grade girl scouts from all over the country, including more than 50 from Scripps Ranch, came together in San Francisco in May to walk 3.6 miles across the Golden Gate Bridge. The walk over the bridge symbolizes the “bridging” to the next level of scouting—from Juniors to Cadettes. Scripps Ranch girls pictured top right: Troop 8170: Camila, Carly, Emma, Francesca, Frankie, Isabelle, Katie, Samara, Zoe; Troop 8376: Katherine, Brielle, Neha, Stephanie, Jillian, Samantha; Troop 8461: Catrina, Delaney, Emma, Izzy, Kalli, Katie, Noelle, Olivia, Peyton, Reilly, Sabrina K., Sabrina T.; Troop 8633: Samantha, Grace, Sydney G., Sydney M., Esha, Ruhee, Julia, Sara, Kaylin, Emma, Eden, Katie; Troop 8714: Ashley, Sanjana, Elizabeth, Jasmine, Lauren, Grace, Kaylee, Taryn, Emma, Kayden, Makena. Not pictured, Troop 8641: Natily, Jessica, Alie. Troop 8703: Brooke, Isabella.

Brownies Have a Great Time

In late April, 86 Scripps Ranch Brownies descended upon Green Oak Ranch in Vista for a day and night of encampment fun. The girls loved visiting the animals in the nature center, doing skits, exchanging Special Whatchmacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere (SWAPS), fishing, hiking, going on hayrides, and earning their Celebrating Community badge. In the words of the girls, it was “fun,” “exciting,” and “awesome”!