Pack 614 has Tons of Fun!

Summer was just what it should be…fun! The Bike Rodeo (above) was a huge success. Boys learned bike safety, performed maintenance, and practiced skills while riding through obstacle courses and other games. A few weeks later the boys took to the track at Kearny Moto Park for some BMX riding. Boys also enjoyed a night in the outfield, camping under the stars after cheering on the Lake Elsinore Storm baseball team.

Popcorn sales are sure to be huge after a great kick-off event at Camp Balboa. The boys enjoyed games, crafts, a barbecue, BB gun shooting, archery, and more.

Now school is starting and our year is looking great! Our first pack meeting of the school year is on Monday, Sept. 8, at Jerabek Elementary School. Dens are forming if you’re interested in joining. For more information about our pack, please visit [www.Pack614.com]. We are always open to new boys and parent volunteers.

Pack 615—What a Summer!

It’s hard to believe that summer is already winding down! A number of our scouts participated in the 4th of July Parade, and they had a blast seeing and high-fiving many of their neighbors and friends on the parade route.

In August our scouts enjoyed a geocaching event. This is a great outdoor activity for kids of any age. The boys had a fun time learning to operate a GPS and locating caches. There are many right here in Scripps Ranch. Visit [www.geocaching.com] to see how many you can find! We wrapped up the month with our annual pack barbecue at Spring Canyon Park.

Looking to fall we have a number of exciting activities coming up, including Scout Day at Petco Park, our annual campout at William Heise Park in October, and much more. If you have a boy at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School in grades 1–5 who is interested in joining in the fun, please contact our cubmaster, Kevin Krown, at [[email protected]]. Also, visit our table at the EBS Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 11.

Exciting Time for Troop 616

This was the biggest month yet for Troop 616. We had several scouts go to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for two weeks. The scouts and adults who went were Gary Cederquist, Matt Askins, Brett Benzie, Chase Colbert, Zach Askins, Cameron Deschenes, Jonathan Cederquist, Jordon Kulischak, Aidan Tait, Nick Pickett, Sam Gherrity, Glenn Pickett, Don Tait, and Paul Honeycutt. It was an awesome experience!

We saw a lot of wildlife and enjoyed many programs such as rock climbing, rifle shooting, horseback riding, and others. Our experience included hiking in varying terrains with scenery ranging from tree-covered mountains to steep rock canyons and flowing streams. We also experienced a variety of weather from blazing hot days to crackling thunderstorms. The 50+-mile trek included great views from many peaks, some more than 11,000-feet tall. All in all, it was a great experience that no boy scout would ever forget.

Troop 616 also went to Havasupai in the Grand Canyon (above). The scouts and adults who went were Nick Fernandez, Evan Rayder, Sebastian Sanchez, Tyler Jones, Mrs. Rayder, Mrs. Sanchez, Michael Huang, Max Audick, Zack Askins, Ben Ballard, Dave and Penny Audick, Quinn Gorham, Hunter Kahn, Charlie Wong, Matt McCallum, Mike McCallum, Man Wong, David Linton, Cohl Tabor, Aidan Tait, Theo Jurist, Ron Tabor, Steve Linton, and Kelton Tabor. We had a blast!

We started by hiking down on Monday. We tubed down a river, and a few people scratched their backs pretty badly. I guess it was all worth it though, because they went right back to the river head and came right back down.

At one point we went to a place called Mooney Falls, where we had to scale down a cliff to get to the river below. Havasu Falls, the main waterfall, was a great place to just sit in the water and cool off. A few people even went to Navajo Falls, which is the smallest waterfall and the first you see, and tubed down the river. All in all, it was a great experience. Stay tuned for more fun experiences for Troop 616!

Carson Leighty, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 301’s Summer of Fun!

Troop 301 had a blast during our week at Lost Valley! Scouts completed various merit badges including: Archery, Wilderness Survival, Rifle Shooting, and many more! New scouts finished their first merit badges, and there will surely be many more to come. After merit badge sessions during the afternoon, everybody was able to explore the enormous camp of Lost Valley. A favorite activity was to mountain bike around to explore the large area.

A few days after Lost Valley several scouts went to Yosemite for a week to do day hikes. We stayed at our campgrounds in Tuolumne Meadows at night, but for most of the day we went hiking to see the extraordinary sights of Yosemite! We learned about many unique plants to complete the Forestry merit badge. In all, we hiked more than 50 miles during the week and had great experiences that we surely will remember.

After coming back to Scripps Ranch scouts continued to do Citizenship in the Community, an Eagle Scout-required merit badge. Since starting it, we have learned a lot more about the community in which we live. Overall, Troop 301’s summer has been amazing, and we all look forward to the fall and beyond!

A New Girl Scout Year!

Welcome back to a new year of scouting! We look forward to an exciting year of activities. It all starts with our first Girl Scout leader meeting of the year on Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 pm. All leader and team meetings are held in the Dingeman Elementary School auditorium. Mark your calendars so as not to miss it. We look forward to seeing you all!

On the same night just prior to the leader meeting, we will hold our first Brownie, Junior, and Cadette encampment meeting at 6 pm. Please send a camp mom from your troop, since all encampments are operated as a co-op. If your troop would like to attend, then your troop also will have a job to make encampment a success!

As always, we will have an early bird drawing for the leader meeting promptly at 7 pm. In addition this year we want to be green and recycle. Therefore, we ask that you bring any Girl Scout items you no longer want or need, and share them with another troop. We will put the items out on a table for other leaders to look through and take if they like. Leftovers will be donated to less fortunate troops and service units. Thank you!

Cynthia Collins, SR Girl Scouts Service Unit Co-manager