Congratulations, Eagle Alex Poirier

Troop 664 congratulates Alex Poirier on achieving the Eagle Scout rank. Eagle Scout is the highest rank a boy scout can earn. Many requirements are needed to earn the title, including a significant service project to a local nonprofit organization and an Eagle Board of Review. Alex’s Eagle project consisted of building fencing around a portion of the parking lot at Torrey Pines State Beach to save the local native plants.

The board stated that Alex (above right with Scoutmaster Blan Cox) was one of the most poised and articulate young men they had the pleasure to interview. Alex has many interests including sports and being active in his church. Congratulations to Alex for a job well done!

Troop 664 Camps, Hikes, and Earns Merit Badges

Troop 664 has had a lot of fun. In September we went to advancement camp at Lake Dixon. The scouts completed a two-mile compass course, five miles of hiking overall, and many scout skills activities. We had many scouts advance rank. In October we held our fall Court of Honor. There were a lot of merit badges earned!

Coming up we have two big camping trips. One is our canoeing trip where we will canoe and camp down the Colorado River. The other we will go snow camping, if we can find snow in the local mountains. We also will learn tricks to stay warm.

In Troop 664 two more scouts achieved the Eagle Scout rank. Special congratulations to Daniel Witham and Alex Poirier. This is a huge accomplishment.

For the next few months we will meet at Innovations Academy at 10380 Spring Canyon Road. If you are interested in Troop 664, we meet on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm. For more information about Troop 664, please contact our scoutmaster, Blan Cox, at [[email protected]].

Davis Pond, Troop 664 Scribe

A Fun Fall for Troop 301!

Troop 301 enjoyed many activities to start off autumn! The troop has been working on two merit badges: Personal Fitness and Programming. In the Programming badge scouts learned about the different programming languages, such as Java, Python, and more. In the Personal Fitness badge, the boys did activities to get their hearts pumping! Then they were taught how to live a healthy lifestyle.

We presented more than 300 awards at our fall Court of Honor! Congratulations: Second Class—Shea Briere, Ryan Clausen, Evan Coats, Matthew Fagen, Raunak Kahlon, Hudson Lovell, Niko Lovell, Devon Ray, Ben Ritter, Kevin Salazar, Aidan Stone, Ryan Sweeney, Spencer Thompson, Bennett Treitler, Michael Trifoglio, and Alex Wu; First Class—Shea Briere, Evan Coats, Raunak Kahlon, Hudson Lovell, Niko Lovell, Kevin Salazar, Aidan Stone, Ryan Sweeney, Bennett Treitler, and Alex Wu; Star Rank—Jake Keller, Andrew Yip, William Van Duren, and Cole Grissom; Life Rank—Ilias Pihas, Joshua Kang, and Grant Jung.

Ryan Hartanto, Troop 301 Scribe

Exciting Time for Troop 616

We drove up to Big Bear for two nights, then we rented mountain bikes and rode around the beautiful mountains. The scouts who went were Max Audick, Matt McCallum, Sahil Athalye, Sanjeev Rangan, Carson Leighty, Sebastian Sanchez, Carter Hass, Ben Ballard, and Tyler Jones.

Nick Pickett had his Eagle Court of Honor after building a shade structure at Marshall Middle School. One special part of the ceremony was having Staff Sergeant Jason Ross participate in the “Gathering of the Eagles.” Staff Sgt. Ross is an Eagle Scout and comes from a strong scouting family. The Pickett family met Staff Sgt. Ross through the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps service members injured in combat, and through Dogs on Deployment, where families care for the pets of service members while they are deployed.

Staff Sgt. Ross is an inspiration for all of us to overcome obstacles and reach our goals. We are very proud of Nick for his hard work, and we are inspired for our own journey to Eagle. Way to go, Nick!

Lucas McGaugh, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 663 Stays Busy!

This summer the scouts and leaders of Boy Scout Troop 663 ventured to Zion National Park and Fishlake National Forest in Utah for a nine-day camping trip including hiking, fishing, horseback riding, bat cave exploration, river rafting, merit badge work, and wilderness camping and cooking. The troop completed The Narrows hike at Zion National Park—all 22 miles in one day! Troop 663 is also a regular participant in the Operation Outreach service programs with the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego.

Boys interested in finding out more about Boy Scout Troop 663 can visit [www.troopwebhost.org/Troop663SanDiego]. Troop 663 meets most Mondays and will hold an open troop meeting on Monday, Dec. 8, at 6 pm in the E. B. Scripps Elementary School’s multipurpose room for interested boys and their parents.

Fun events we have planned include bouldering, a wilderness survival campout, and a broomball tournament. Kids from grades 5 to 11 are welcome. It’s never too late to join Boy Scouts!

Pack 616 Parents Unite

Last month parents of Pack 616 cub scouts enjoyed the first annual Cubmaster Kickoff Night at Cubmaster Mike McCallum’s house. This was a great opportunity for the parents to get to know each other and enjoy excellent food and drink. More importantly, it was a chance for parents to learn about the different ways they can volunteer to help Pack 616. Parent participation not only helps the pack but is also a great way to be a role model for your child.

We held our annual popcorn sale recently. This was a great character building experience for the boys. This fundraiser provides the largest revenue for the pack. If you purchased popcorn from a cute cub scout in front of Vons, know that your money will help fund Pack 616 activities like the fall and spring campouts and a rock climbing event in December.

Coming up on the weekend of Nov. 7– 9 is the fall family campout. Pack 616 will visit Indian Hills Campground in Jamul. Also scheduled this month is an exciting carnival and uniform inspection at the next pack meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Pack 616 will hold its second Bike Rodeo of the season. Cub scouts will bring their bikes and helmets and show off some of their sweet skills. There also will be a free barbecue lunch. This is a great opportunity to come learn about Cub Scouts and is highly recommended if you are interested in joining our pack! Take some time on Veterans Day to come say “hi,” and enjoy free food. The event will be from 10 am to 1 pm at the Innovations Academy parking lot at 10380 Spring Canyon Road.

For more news and information about joining Pack 616, please visit [www.pack616.com]. You also can email Juan Barba at [[email protected]].

Pack 614 Cleans Up Well

The young men of Cub Scout Pack 614 were looking sharp at their uniform inspection at the October pack meeting, as you can see in the picture below! However, the following weekend they showed they could get good and dirty at the annual Indian Hills Campout. More than 200 people attended the weekend event where the boys participated in gold mining, paintball, zip line, BMX derby, pumpkin carving, campfire skits, and lots of time just being boys! It was great fun!

October also included lots of popcorn selling. The scouts participated in site sales around town as well as selling door to door. The popcorn sales are the pack’s main fundraiser of the year, and the boys did a wonderful job earning money for their activities. The popcorn will be delivered in November.

If you would like more information about our pack, please visit our website at [www.Pack614.com]. We always welcome new boys and parent volunteers.