Troop 301’s Amazing Summer

Troop 301’s summer has come to an end, but not without amazing events, including trips to Yosemite, Philmont, and the St. Thomas Sea Base. At the end of July our scouts hiked more than 50 miles in six nights in the High Country of Tuolumne Meadows/Yosemite National Park. We experienced Tuolumne Meadows, Elizabeth Lake, hiking to the summit of North Dome, and climbing over Gaylor Lakes—an elevation of about 11,000 feet. This was the troop’s eleventh trip to Yosemite National Park.

In early August a crew of 11 braved the wilderness of Philmont in New Mexico, spending seven nights on the trail. Huge thanks to Mr. Sweeney, Mrs. Simmons, Mr. Seifert, and Dr. Bryon for making this another great experience for our scouts.

Later in the summer scouts embarked on an awesome Sea Base Adventure in the Virgin Islands. Adam Trubitt, Stephen Lofy, Andrew Jessani, and Andrew Scott, and adults Christian Gildersleeve, Paula Trubitt, and Harrison Trubitt experienced this great trip. Scouts flew to St. Thomas and boarded a 40-foot sailboat for a five-day/six-night adventure circumnavigating St. John island. They sailed and snorkeled in aquamarine coves and saw colorful fish, endangered turtles, and beautiful coral.

Finally, a Troop 301 scout was awarded the highest rank in scouting, Eagle Scout. Congratulations to Andrew Izzo! Andrew has had an outstanding scouting career: 500+ miles of hiking; teaching pioneering to new scouts; being crew leader of a Yosemite trek; and several terms in our troop’s highest leadership positions. He also has completed three 50-plus mile hiking trips to Yosemite, Philmont Scout Ranch, and the Florida Sea Base.

For his Eagle project, Andrew led the paving of a courtyard at Marshall Middle School. Again, congratulations, Andrew!

An Action-Packed Month for Troop 616

We took an eight-hour drive up to Camp Chawanakee for a week, and it was beautiful. High in the Sierra Nevadas, we fished, played cards, and played capture the flag on the beach with a nearby troop. It was an amazing experience and was very helpful to scouts in need of merit badges.

The scouts and adults who went were Cole Gorham, Nikhil Kalita, Sahil Athalye, Henry Hammer, Charles Hammer, Lucas McGaugh, Chris McGaugh, Matthew Cederquist, Carson Leighty, Jordan Kulishak, Drew Kulishak, John Kulishak, Jerry Yang, Carter Hass, Julian Kenyon, Brandon Stadtherr, Sean Van Degrift, Alex Lawson, and Eric Maurer.

We also did a Military Outreach event at the First Presbyterian Church downtown. We got shopping carts, helped families get food, and brought the items to their cars.

Quinn Gorham is building work tables for a science teacher at Dingeman Elementary School as his Eagle Project. He is almost finished, so good job, Quinn!

Carson Leighty, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 664 Looks Forward to Lots of Fun

Troop 664 has a lot coming up. On Sunday, Oct. 5, we will have our annual fall Court of Honor. Then on Saturday, Oct. 11, we will do some restoration at Mission Trails. In addition, we will go camping and explore the mud caves, as well as help at the Miramar Ranch Elementary School’s Halloween Carnival.

Kenan Draughorne earned his Eagle rank in late August. Congratulations, Kenan! Eagle is a very a challenging award to achieve and all of Troop 664 is very proud of Kenan for his accomplishment.

Troop 664 meets every Tuesday from 6 to 7 pm if you want to check us out. Starting in October we will meet at Innovations Academy at 10280 Spring Canyon Road. This is a new location for us. For information about Troop 664, contact our scoutmaster, Blan Cox, at [[email protected]].

Davis Pond, Troop 664 Scribe

Cub Scout Pack 614 has a Blast!

We celebrated the start of the new school year by launching water rockets at our first pack meeting in September. Each boy created a simple rocket at home and launched it with everyone during the meeting.

Our popcorn sales are in full swing. Please support the scouts if you see them outside a store or at your door.

We now we have close to 100 members! There are tons of exciting activities planned for the new year as the boys work on achievements and other activities. For more information about our pack, please visit []. We are always open to new boys and parent volunteers.

Pack 1216: Full Steam Ahead

Scripps Ranch Cub Scout Pack 1216 got off to a rousing new year with a September pack meeting that included getting-to-know-you games for new scouts, skits, raffle prizes, and pizza! The pack has many activities for the coming year, including Webelos Woods, a camping trip for 4th and 5th grade scouts on the weekend of Oct. 17–19, annual pack favorites such as the Pinewood Derby and the Blue and Gold Dinner, and new activities!

Pack 1216 is always looking for new scouts! Please visit our website at [] for information on joining and to see our calendar. The next pack meeting is on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 pm in the Miramar Ranch Elementary School auditorium. All are welcome!

Pack 615 is Ready to Camp

Our first campout of the new school year is already upon us, and the scouts are excited! We’ll be at William Heise campground near Julian from Friday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 26. This is always great fun for the whole family.

It was great to meet prospective scouts at E. B. Scripps Elementary School’s Back to School Night. If you have a boy at EBS in grades 1–5 who is interested in scouting, contact our cubmaster, Kevin Krown, at [[email protected]].

Another Great Year for SR Girl Scouts!

Fall Discovery Nite is on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 7 to 8 pm. Join us at Dingeman Elementary School’s multipurpose room for Girl Scout fun! Your scout or potential scout will do some fun crafts! We also will have our troop-level consultants help new scouts get registered or adults start a troop! For more details, email us at [[email protected]]. Bring a friend!

On Monday, Oct. 6, at 6 pm we will have a planning meeting for Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Encampment. The monthly leader meeting follows at 7 pm. All are welcome!

Cynthia Collins and Lynn Bautista