Troop 301

“Pulls Rank”

Troop 301 is “ranking up” our scouts! Congratulations to the 17 new scouts who earned the rank of Tenderfoot. We also would like to congratulate the four young men who earned Star Scout and one who earned Life Scout.

  • Tenderfoot: Shea Briere, Ryan Clausen, Evan Coats, Matthew Fagen, Raunak Kahlon, Devon Ray, Tyler Riedell, Ben Ritter, Kevin Salazar, Aidan Stone, Ryan Sweeny, Spencer Thompson, Bennett Treitler, Michael Trifoglio, Alex Wu, Hudson Lovell, and Nico Lovell.
  • Star Scout: Luke Bosworth, Christopher Holland, Gabriel Pennington, and Ryan Hartanto.
  • Life Scout: Kentaro Hansen.

Also recognized at the Court of Honor were scouts Bradley Sweeney and Justin Todd and Ms. Barbara Hauschildt and Mr. Dennis Sweeney, who hiked 500 miles!

Troop 301 did two hikes last month: the 10-mile “Tour de Scripps Ranch,” and the 20-mile “Scripps Ranch to the Sea!” The scouts start from Scripps Ranch and hike to Torrey Pines beach. There are aid stations along the way with juice and fruits to encourage the scouts. At the end the scouts get to take off their socks and shoes and dip their feet into cool ocean.

Troop 301 has a Memorial Day tradition. Scouts placed flags on the graves at El Camino Memorial Park to honor those who served our country in the military.

Andrew Yip, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Backpacks at Mt. San Jacinto

May brought multiple backpacking outings, service projects, and an Eagle Court of Honor for Troop 616. Our troop took a hike at Daley Ranch. It’s about 40 minutes away, but the scouts enjoyed the rocky terrain of the mountain. Our Philmont crews were required to wear backpacks since the hike would prepare them for their 10-day expedition in the southern Rockies.

Our younger scouts were backpack trained at Mataguay Scout Ranch. We learned the ins and outs of backpacking and had a great time. Also, we made a necessary stop at the Julian Pie Company!

Our troop’s 102nd Eagle Scout, Alex DeWitt, had his Eagle Scout Court of Honor. This is where we honor scouts who have been dedicated to scouting and have done a service to the community to show for it. We thank these boys and their parents for all their hard work.

Our troop volunteered at Ladle Soup Kitchen again. It was held at the First Presbyterian Church downtown. Our scouts love interacting with people less fortunate than themselves and come away with a whole new perspective on things. We love volunteering there!

Our troop had a major backpacking trip to Mt. San Jacinto in preparation for our summer trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and our weeklong expedition to Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon. The two Philmont crews and the Havasupai Grand Canyon crew backpacked 18.5 miles, including a total elevation gain of 3,500 feet. There was limited water, so we learned a valuable lesson when it came to planning our water needs to get us to the water source in Round Valley. We have many fun things happening in the summer…stay tuned!

Carson Leighty, Troop 616 Scribe

A Busy Time for Troop 663

Troop 663 initiated and celebrated many events in May and June. With the troop starting its Cooking merit badge and continuing work on the Fitness merit badge, a cooking and hygiene expert joined the troop at a May meeting to share her knowledge of the utensils, ingredients, health, and sanitation of cooking.

Later in May scouts attended the International Camporee. There were fun activities as we competed against troops from different counties and states. Every moment was a fun time. During Memorial Day weekend our troop visited Fort Rosecrans to participate in a flag placement ceremony for the military.

To bring an end to the month, a Court of Honor was held at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to officially award Ryan Fifield his Eagle Scout rank. Congratulations to Ryan on his wonderful accomplishment!

In June all scouts met in the Scripps Ranch Community Park to celebrate the end of the school year with delicious food, mingling, and fun.

Wilson Vo, Troop 663 Scribe

Troop 664 is Ready for Summer Camps

We had a family campout at Lake Jennings in May. We only allow parents and siblings to join us twice a year. We had a great time and an amazing campfire program. It was a trip to remember!

In June we had a campout at the Lemon Grove Rod and Gun Club. All of the scouts who went earned their Rifle Shooting merit badge. Mr. Wilkenson had a full staff of adults to assist us, so there was one-on-one coaching while shooting. Thank you, Mr. Wilkenson and everyone at the Lemon Grove Rod and Gun Club!

During the summer break don’t hold down the couch. Be active! Go swimming, running, biking, walking, hiking, camping, and do other activities.

If you go hiking or camping, watch out for poison oak. Signs of a poison oak plant are three leaves on one stem. It is possible to see a reddish color on the tips.

Our next adventure is summer camp. We will go to Fiesta Island and Camp Tahquitz. Troop 664 meets every Tuesday from 6 to 7 pm at St. Gregory the Great parish at 11451 Blue Cypress Drive. If you would like more information about us, please email our scoutmaster, Blan Cox, at [[email protected]].

Sean Hodgson, Troop 664 Scribe

Pack 614 Honors Veterans

Early on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, 38 Pack 614 cub scouts honored our nation’s veterans by placing flags on their graves at El Camino Memorial Cemetery in Sorrento Valley (above). By participating, our Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos demonstrated citizenship, respect, and responsibility—three core values of scouting.

School doesn’t end at Jerabek until mid-July but we look forward to our summer events, which include the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade, Padres Scout Night, BMX, Bike Rodeo, and family camp at Dos Picos Park in Ramona. Scouts who participate in at least three summer activities earn a Summertime activity pin.

For more information about our pack, please visit []. We welcome new boys and parent volunteers.

Pack 615—Indian Hills Fun!

Pack 615 had a fantastic time at our annual Indian Hills campout in sunny Jamul! The amenities at Indian Hills are outstanding, and campers enjoyed swimming, biking on two BMX tracks, and zip-lining. In addition to all the fun, the scouts found time to learn, participating in hands-on sessions on fire building, knot tying, and identifying edible plants.

The pack was well fed during the weekend, thanks to campmaster Mike Sanders, with an assist from former campmaster Brad Cotton. Capping off this great event, all the scouts participated in a bridging ceremony as they graduated a rank. Den leaders presented scouts with their belt loops and other awards, which were numerous. The boys learned a lot!

To honor our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, scouts participated in a flag placement ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. This community service event was a way to teach our scouts about the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Pack 615 is excited to again participate in the 4th of July Parade. We hope to see you along the parade route! If you have a boy in grades 1–5 interested in joining our pack, contact cubmaster Kevin Krown at [[email protected]].

Erik Foley, Pack 615 Scribe

Pack 616 Graduates to the Next Rank

As the Webelos bridged to Boy Scouts, the rest of the Cub Scout dens advanced to the next rank at the Cub Scout graduation ceremony that took place at Jerabek Park in June. K-9 unit officers from the sheriff’s department attended the event and gave an entertaining and informative presentation.

As the Tigers graduated to Wolf scouts, they reflected on all they have done since joining Pack 616. They have visited the CBS8 studio, spent an afternoon meeting with Scripps Ranch Fire Station 37 firefighters and paramedics, visited the Miramar Air Museum, and attended a clinic with the San Diego Sockers, followed by a soccer match during halftime.

The boys took time out of their busy schedules to lay wreaths at Miramar National Cemetery and collect food for the Feeding America campaign. The Den 5 Wolf scouts are Donovan Burton, Hayden Cox, Joe Cronin, Lorenzo Ryan, and Raghav Patrachari. Congratulations, guys!

For more news and events or to get more information regarding joining our pack, please visit [].

Pack 1216 and SRCA Sell License Plate Holders

Cub Scout Pack 1216 is selling the wonderful “Scripps Ranch Country Living” license plate holders (below). In partnership with the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA), 50% of the proceeds of each license plate frame—$10 each—goes to the SRCA, with the other 50% benefiting our Cub Scout pack. To order yours, email [[email protected]].

In June more than 50 Pack 1216 scouts and their families camped at Indian Hills. In July we will take part in the 4th of July Parade and host the annual scout Twilight Camp from Monday through Friday, July 14–18, at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. Interested in joining? Email us or visit [].

Girl Scouts Teach Gun Safety

Hi, we are Girl Scout Troop 8461 and we are working on our Bronze Award, which is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout—4th or 5th grader—can get. To earn the Bronze Award, a troop plans and completes a project they hope will make a difference.

Our troop chose to do our project on gun safety. We chose to do this because a boy in our community got killed by a gun he found. To learn as much as we could, we met with Officer Tomeldon and Mark at the American Gun Center. They both provided us with good information on how to be safe around guns.

For our award, we want kids to know:

  • If you find a gun, leave it alone and tell an adult.
  • Always assume a gun is real and loaded.
  • It’s never funny to say you have a gun or threaten to shoot someone.
  • Even if you think you’re safe, anything can happen once you put your finger on the trigger.
  • Treat a toy gun as if it was real to create good habits.

We want parents to know:

  • If you have a gun, make sure it is locked up when not used.
  • Don’t tell your kids the safe combination or where the safe is located.
  • If a child gets hold of your gun and does something with it, you will be held responsible.
  • Kids should be taught about gun safety like they are taught about drugs and health in school.

We created a slogan. We want kids to “SBT”—Stop, Back Away, Tell an Adult.

We want to thank Karin Whiteley for creating our logo and the American Gun Center for donating gun locks for us to pass out at the SRCA Community Fair. Congressman Duncan D. Hunter gave us a Congressional honor for our work.

Girl Scout Troop 8461

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts Earn Gold Awards

Jessica Cohen and Allison Zohn, both part of the Scripps Ranch High School Class of 2014, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award—the organization’s highest honor—for their outstanding leadership and commitment to community service.

For her Gold Award project, Jessica (below right) promoted cyber safety. Realizing many young people had no idea how much information Tweets and Facebook posts could reveal, she reached out to people ages 12–22 from San Diego to Uganda. She gave presentations—in person and over Skype—to teach how to stay safe from online predators, scammers, and identity thieves. Jessica is a member of Troop 8399. Her mother, Claudia Cohen, also earned the Gold Award as a girl.

Allison (above left) developed a program about the importance of hand washing and preventing the spread of disease for her Gold Award project. She traveled to Haiti to educate children, providing them soap, washcloths, and supplementary handouts. Back in the United States, she taught a class of refugee students in City Heights and other groups at schools and churches. Allison’s parents are Kelly and Richard Zohn. Her mother is her leader in Troop 8069. Congratulations to both girls on their hard work and achievements!

Girls End Time Together

Troop 8150 celebrated 12 years together as a Girl Scout troop at the annual Scripps Ranch Girls Scouts Bridging Ceremony in June at Jerabek Park. The girls, all high school graduates, bridged to adults as they finished their time together as a troop.

They met in 1st grade at Miramar Ranch and Jerabek elementary schools. They met monthly throughout their elementary, middle, and high school years, and attended encampments, earned badges, sold cookies, and performed community service together. Several of the girls earned their Silver Awards. Troop 8150 formed it’s parting friendship circle, as they will attend different colleges in the fall.