So Much Happening

Scripps Ranch Cub Scout Pack 1216 has had a busy fall and 2015 looks to be even busier. Our fall “Roundup” was well-attended, and we welcomed many new families. Welcome to our new: Tigers, 1st graders, Colin B., Matthew G., Zander V., and Logan T; Wolves, 2nd graders, Alexander O. and Kai D.; Bears, 3rd graders, Riley L. and TreVonte P.; Webelos I scouts, 4th graders, Danny V. and Kai R.; and Webelos II scouts, 5th graders, Taylor R. and Nathan O.! These new scouts join the 35 cubs who already make our pack an active unit.

In October the pack sold popcorn as a fundraiser, held den meetings, and helped clean up after the Miramar Ranch Elementary School (MRE) Halloween Carnival. Our Webelos II scouts went fishing at Lake Cuyamaca where they also hiked to a waterfall, learned about the forest, and made a cake in an orange peel! Webelos I scouts camped out for a weekend at Webelos Woods in Camp Mataguay.

Our next pack meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 pm at MRE. Please join us with your son to find out about Cub Scouts! The Pinewood Derby is just around the corner—Friday, Jan. 30—along with other exciting activities. Please visit [] for details.

Pack 616 Packs in the Fun

Cub Scout Pack 616 has had a busy fall season. Last month’s pack show featured a pumpkin carving contest (above). Prizes were awarded for most patriotic, spookiest, best scout themed, and best overall pumpkin. This month Pack 616 will visit Solid Rock Gym. This is the second annual rock climbing event for the scouts. Last year it was a big hit!

Den 4 Bear cubs grew by four new members this fall. Welcome to Kyle, Ollie, Alex B. and Alex F.! The den is now bigger than ever, with 10 scouts. The Bear cubs are working on their leadership skills by actively coordinating events at their monthly meetings. The boys have been making their own snacks, telling each other stories, and preparing skits for the pack shows. Bears from Den 4 attended a water polo demonstration at the Ned Baumer Aquatic Center. This month they have a field trip planned to the Star of India and Maritime Museum.

Den 5 Wolf cubs had their first den meeting last month at Lake View Park. The boys practiced a flag ceremony and worked on their Feats of Skill Achievements from the Wolf Handbook.

For more news and events or for more information about joining Pack 616, please visit [] or email Juan Barba at [[email protected]].

Cub Scouts “Milk” Their Adventures

Pack 615 has had an exciting start to the Scouting year. We had our first campout of the season at William Heise Park near Julian at the end of October. Campers enjoyed hiking, and each den participated in a hands-on skill-building session. Unlike last year, there was no red-flag warning, which meant we could build a campfire and enjoy wampums after our pack show. Thanks to Mike Sanders, Steve Unger, and all the volunteers who made sure everyone was well fed over the weekend!

In November we visited the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona. We don’t often think of camels as dairy animals, but we learned their milk is used to make a number of products, including soaps, lotions, and even chocolate! The boys had a great time learning about the process and getting up close and personal with the animals.

We have many exciting events coming up, include Geology Day in December and our Pinewood Derby in February. If you have a boy at E. B. Scripps Elementary School in grades 1–5 who is interested in joining our pack, please contact Kevin Krown at [[email protected]].

Erik Foley, Pack 615 Scribe

Pack 614 has a “Nose” for Adventure

November was filled with lots of great adventures for the boys of Cub Scout Pack 614. Members of our pack helped spread wood chips and mulch at Mission Trails Park as part of a conservation project. Boys also had a roaring good time at the Tiger Safari at the Scripps Ranch Community Park and cheered for the home team during Scout Day with the Chargers.

Individual dens also had fun activities. The Webelos of Den 1 earned their Scientist activity pin by spending a day at the Fleet Science Center and their Citizen activity pin while visiting a crime lab. The Bears of Den 4 visited the dump, and you can see their reactions below! The Wolves of Den 9 learned some great history at Mission Trails.

Best of all, the boys worked hard on selling popcorn and made deliveries before Thanksgiving. This is our annual major fundraiser, and the boys did a great job.

Coming up this month, boys will enjoy Mining and Geology Day at Vulcan Materials Company. For more information about our pack, please visit []. We are always open to new boys and parent volunteers.

Congrats, New Eagle Scouts

Troop 664 has two new Eagle Scouts! We are very proud of Dylan McLain and Nick Armstrong. They both passed their Eagle Board of Reviews in October. It takes years of hard work to achieve Eagle, so congratulations to Dylan and Nick!

We had a great time exploring the mud caves (above) in the Anza Borrego desert. We spent the day crawling around and through three different caves. Unfortunately, we practiced some of our first aid skills. Hope you are feeling better, Kieran!

Thank you to everyone in the community who purchased popcorn from one of our scouts over the last couple of months. This fundraiser helps support the San Diego Imperial Council as well as Troop 664.

If you are interested in coming to one of our meetings, we meet the second, third, and fourth Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7 pm at Innovations Academy at 10380 Spring Canyon Road. For more information, please contact our scoutmaster, Blan Cox, at [[email protected]].

Davis Pond, Troop 664 Scribe

Troop 616 Stays Active

Troop 616 supported the San Diego Chargers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs football game. Our troop always has a great time doing this activity because after we pass out newspapers to people coming in through the gates, we get to go in the stadium and watch the rest of the game.

We had our October Court of Honor to celebrate our scouts advancement and awards. The following boys advanced in rank: Scout—Joon Bae, Theo Jurist, Drew Kulischak, and Benji Snyder; Tenderfoot—Sanjeev Rangan; Second Class—Carson Leighty and Cole Gorham; and First Class—Jerry Yang, Zack Askins, David Linton, Carson Leighty, and Cameron Deschenes. The rank of Star was earned by Cameron Jones, Jonathan Cederquist, and Evan Rayder. Life was earned by Cohl Tabor, Jordan Kulischak, and Nick Fernandez. Three scouts earned the Eagle Bronze Palm: Max Audick, Sam Gherrity, and Nick Pickett. Scouts also were recognized for the merit badges they completed.

One very important thing that happened at the Court of Honor was that Evan Ryder (below), our senior patrol leader, received an award called the Order of the Medicine Pouch from Mr. Pickett. This is not an award that you apply for. The Order was formed in the mid-1970s as a means for scouters to recognize consistent scout-like behavior. Actions must speak louder than their words. Only a Pouch Holder can bestow a pouch on another scout or scouter. It is a personal gesture of recognition from one scout or scouter to another.

There are only seven Pouch Holders, so we’re very impressed that Evan received one. We recognize all the work Evan does for the troop, and we are proud of him.

Lucas McGaugh, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 301 Falls Into Fun!

Troop 301 scouts, as always, have been learning essential skills, earning merit badges, and going on hikes and campouts. At the William Heise campout scouts completed the Weather merit badge, where they learned about the ways weather can affect different kinds of people.

On Oct. 15 the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America was awarded to a Troop 301 scout. Congratulations to John Quincy Goodrich for earning the rank of Eagle Scout, who did so through hard work and perseverance! Congratulations!

Troop 301 invites you to visit one of our special Webelos Nights. Fifth grade boys also are welcome! Second year Webelos and their families may visit any meeting, but these are nights when we have special activities about Troop 301.

We have a very active outdoor program and many activities. Our advancement program is extremely successful. Our rate of scouts earning the Eagle rank is more than 16 times the national average.

We meet most Wednesday nights. Webelos Nights are Wednesday, Dec. 10, and Jan. 21, from 7 to 8:15 pm at Jerabek Elementary School. Parents should attend with their son. RSVP to committee chair, Mrs. Sweeney, at [[email protected]]. We hope to have the pleasure to meet you!

Ryan Hartanto, Troop 301 Scribe

Special Ceremony

Once in her lifetime a Girl Scout leader participates in an Investiture Ceremony. On Monday, Dec. 1, all leaders who have never participated are invited to take part. It features a pearl ceremony you don’t want to miss!

Prior to the leader meeting, at 6 pm, we will hold mandatory encampment planning meetings for Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes. If you want to attend these encampments, you need to send a representative. For questions, email [[email protected]]. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers who make Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts the largest service unit in San Diego-Imperial County!