Girl Scouts Enjoy Record Bridging Event!

Sunday, June 1, was an amazing day for Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts. From Daisies to Ambassadors, girls of all ages gathered with their families to cheer each other on in their ongoing journey with Scouting. About 200 girls bridged at Jerabek Park (above)—an event that marks a girl scout’s progression to the next level. Also in attendance were five of the seven service unit managers from the past 13 years: Rita Datko, Carol Stachwick, Jennifer Malcangio, Jill Herbold, and Cynthia Collins.

Three Ambassador troops bridged into adults. Each of these amazing high school graduates announced how many years they were in Girl Scouts, what college they will attend, and what major they will study. It was no surprise that these girls had been scouts since they were young, since it is a known fact that Scouting tends to tie in with going to college. Congratulations to all the bridging girl scouts! And thank you to all the leaders and families who continue to support Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts!

Cynthia Collins, Service Unit Co-Manager, Bridging Chair

Troop 8714 Helps Save Horses for Bronze Award

For our troop’s Bronze Award, we unanimously decided to help a nonprofit organization called Saving Horses, Inc. This group rescues horses from slaughter, abuse, neglect, and abandonment. They rescue horses off slaughter-bound feedlots, at auction, and from neglectful or other life-threatening situations.

We met with the founder, Audrey Reynolds, who gave us a tour of the facility and educated us on how much money it takes to care for the horses. Needless to say, between the food and medical bills alone, it is very expensive.

To help Saving Horses, we decided to hold fundraisers around our community, and the support we received was incredible! We did a bake sale at the Scripps Ranch All-Star Soccer Tournament, we had a booth at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, we held restaurant fundraisers at Panda Express and Rubio’s, we had a garage sale, and we collected recyclables at our parks. Overall, we raised $1,218.50 for Saving Horses! When we presented the check to Audrey, she was amazed and very grateful!

We want to thank our community for all the support and donations, specifically:

  • Marlene Lipe, Scripps Ranch Softball Association board member
  • Scripps Ranch Farmers Market organizers, Bev and Mike Cassity
  • Scripps Ranch Service Unit troops
  • Our family, friends, and neighbors

We also want to thank Audrey Reynolds for sharing her love of horses with us. We learned so much from this project. We learned that we can make a difference in this world, that Scripps Ranch is a great community in which to live in, and with people’s support, anything is possible.

Girl Scout Troop 8714

Girl Scouts Hike in Yosemite

In June nine Ambassador and Cadette girl scouts from Troops 8250, 8428, 8178, and 8144 and their leaders packed their hiking boots, tents, and sleeping bags and headed to Yosemite National Park for a week in one of the most beautiful locations in the country. The week began in the southern part of the park where we hiked through the grand sequoias in Mariposa Grove and took in the breathtaking view of Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point. We explored the valley on bike followed by a hike up the Mist Trail to the Vernal and Nevada waterfalls a few days later. The hike to the tops of the falls provided a challenge for everyone but gave some of the biggest “wow” moments of the week.

The Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite was the base for the second half of our trip. Chilly nights became warm days filled with hiking amid lodgepole pines, Jeffrey pines, and wild flowers. Hikes to Lake Elizabeth and along the Tuolumne River allowed us to take in the wonders of this region just after the spring thaw.

We appreciated the vastness of the Yosemite area in the views from Olmstead Point and atop Pothole Dome. A day trip to Mono Lake on the eastern side of the Tioga Pass provided a nice contrast to the vibrant subalpine forest to the west. It was a great week enjoying time with friends in the beauty of the High Sierras.

Pack 614’s Busy Summer!

Although the majority of our members were still in school at Jerabek until mid-July, Pack 614 still is having a jam-packed summer! Our big event of the summer was our Bridging Ceremony held at Lake View Park where 62 scouts advanced to new ranks.

Bobby Colbourne of Den 5 placed an incredible third at the Pinewood 500 Regional Derby Race! Scouts also represented our pack as the Honor Guard at the Padres Scout Night and strutted their stuff in the 4th of July Parade.

Several boys attended Twilight Camp at the Scripps Ranch Park Community Park, and even more enjoyed the great outdoors at Dos Picos during our family campout.

Den 1 was treated to a tour of the U.S.S. San Francisco, a nuclear submarine, led by the commanding officer, CDR Jeff Juergens. Den 5 also had an exciting military experience as the cub scouts got to fly F-16 simulators and tour the hangars at MCAS Miramar. Den 9 had fun in the sun as the boys worked to clean up the beach at La Jolla Shores.

This month we look forward to the Bike Rodeo on Sunday, Aug. 3, and the BMX Bike Race on Sunday, Aug. 17. We’ll also kick off our Popcorn Rally!

Best of all, we welcomed our new Tiger scouts and other scouts, as new members join and dens were formed. For more information about our pack, please visit [www.Pack614.com]. We are always open to new boys and parent volunteers.

Pack 616 Scouts March, Camp, and Build Rockets

Pack 616 has been keeping busy this summer. The highlight of the season was marching in the annual Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade (below)! The boys marched proud, rode scooters, and helped pull the pack float. In July scouts also enjoyed a baseball game when they attended Padres Scout Night. Wolves, Bears, and Webelos scouts participated in Twilight Camp in the evenings. This year’s Twilight Camp theme was “Know Your Powers.”

This month Pack 616 boys will have fun with model rockets. Each scout will build his own rocket with help from his parents. In September the pack will launch the rockets at the model rocket event on Fiesta Island. It will be so much fun!

For more news and events or to get more information regarding joining our pack, please visit [www.pack616.com].

Pack 1216 Builds Memories at Indian Hills

More than 50 Scripps Ranch Pack 1216 cub scouts and their families pitched tents at Indian Hills over Father’s Day weekend for what was, once again, a fun-filled summer tradition. The boys enjoyed gold mining, BMX bike racing, swimming, hiking, zip-lining, and human foosball—in which the competitive parents also participated!

Each night ended with campfires where the boys ate burgers and hotdogs, sundaes, and s’mores. After dinner the boys were entertained by scary stories, which elicited happy shrieks and giggles until the 10 pm call for lights out. On Sunday morning bleary-eyed dads emerged from their tents and were treated to Starbucks coffee and donuts for Father’s Day. What a great annual tradition this has turned out to be!

After Indian Hills the pack took part in the annual Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade, and this year hosted the San Diego County Twilight Camp, a full week of half-day camp for cub scouts in mid-July.

Don’t forget the pack is selling those wonderful “Scripps Ranch Country Living” license plate holders, with 50% of the proceeds benefiting the pack and 50% going to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. Call 735-2879 or email [[email protected]] to buy one for $10. We will deliver it to you or you can pick it up at a convenient location.

A Wild Month for Troop 616

We began meeting at the Scripps Ranch Community Park, as we do every summer. We also held our Court of Honor there. It is where we honor scouts who receive awards, such as rank advancement, merit badges, and more.

The scouts who reached Scout level were: Hudson Kahn, Hunter Kahn, Nikhil Kalita, Michael Hoang, Henry Hammer, Julian Kenyon, and Michael McClellan. Jerry Yang reached Second Class, and Matthew Cederquist reached Second and First Class. Among others to reach First Class were Lucas McGaugh, Alex Lawson, and Carter Hass. Matt McCallum reached the rank of Life. And a big congratulations to Sam Gherrity, who became an Eagle Scout recently. His special Eagle Court of Honor was in June.

In June we hiked to Mt. San Gorgonio in the heart of the San Bernardino mountains. Then we had our National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), where scouts learn the virtues of leadership. We had no scouts participate, but we had an older scout, Sebastian Sanchez, go as a counselor. Thank you, Sebastian!

Next up is our Philmont trek, which the scouts who are going on it have been preparing for during the last year. Have fun, guys! It also will be our biggest month of summer camps yet, so stay tuned!

Carson Leighty, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 664 Camps and Has Fun!

Our troop went to a summer camp at Fiesta Island in late June. Scouts had so much fun sailing and swimming all around Fiesta Island. We also helped set up for the 4th of July Parade on July 1 and helped take it down on July 4.

Many scouts just returned from Camp Tahquitz. They had lots of fun earning merit badges, swimming in the pool, and shooting at the rifle range. On Friday, Aug. 22, we will have our annual family campout. This is one of only two times that we allow parents on campouts.

If you are interested in Troop 664 we meet the first three Tuesdays of every month from 6 to 7 pm at St. Gregory the Great Parish at 11451 Blue Cypress Drive. For more information about Troop 664, please contact our scoutmaster, Blan Cox, at [[email protected]].

Davis Pond, Scribe Troop 664

A Troop 301 Summer of Fun!

Boy Scout Troop 301 is having an amazing summer! Here’s a quick look at just some of our activities:

  • Working on the Citizenship In The Community merit badge.
  • Performing Eagle Scout service projects at Miramar Lake.
  • Camping at Lost Valley Summer Camp near Warner Springs.
  • Hiking more than 50 miles in the high country of Yosemite.
  • Backpacking at the Boy Scouts of America epicenter of High Adventure: Philmont in New Mexico.
  • We are one of the first troops ever to take a weeklong trip based at the new High Adventure Base: St. Thomas Sea Base.

We wish you all a wonderful summer!