Special “Blue Star” Eagle Project

The ability to demonstrate leadership is the underlying concept of an Eagle Scout project. Chris Abeyta led and involved several community and civic leaders, Scripps Ranch High School ROTC members, and Colonel Bob Dingeman in his project. It consisted of placing a Blue Star Memorial plaque at Miramar National Cemetery, composing a formal presentation ceremony, and teaching others about the memorial plaque.

“I was able to educate many individuals on the significance of the Blue Star, supporting our military troops during the Veterans Day holiday.” The Blue Star represents hope and pride and was placed in the windows of those serving in the armed forces during WWI and WWII.

The installation was followed by a formal ceremony where the SRHS ROTC presented the colors and flags. Col. Dingeman, who was influential in the initial placement of Miramar National Cemetery, was an honoree. Chris followed up his project with an interview on KCBQ radio’s Military Monday segment, continuing to educate the community. Congratulations, Chris, on a successful project!

Troop 301 Scouts Invite

Boys to Join Them

Troop 301 is at it again with more fun hikes and activities. We invite you to one of our 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 for the boys and presentations for the parents about Troop 301.

Our troop has a very active program and activities: cycling and mountain biking; canoeing/kayaking/snorkeling/SCUBA at ocean camps; hiking and backpacking; Florida Sea Base Adventure; Saint Thomas Sea Base Adventure; caving; white water rafting; and four or more summer adventures each year. These activities follow the model of Boy Leadership, as older scouts, with adult support, are the leaders of these and other activities.

Our advancement program is extremely successful. Our rate of scouts earning the highest rank—Eagle Scout—is more than 16 times the national average.

We meet most Wednesday nights. The last Webelos Night is on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 7 to 8:15 pm at Jerabek Elementary School’s auditorium. A parent should attend with their son. Please RSVP to committee chair, Mrs. Sweeney, at [[email protected]]. We hope to meet you!

Ryan Hartanto, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 663 Enjoy “Deep Fry”

In October Troop 663 had two Webelos recruitments. At our second one, Webelos Woods, we served doughnut holes to Webelos. We made the dough by scratch and cooked it in oil heated by charcoals.

In November Troop 663 did many fun things. After the successful experimenting at the Webelos Woods our troop decided we should have a deep fry troop meeting. Later in November many boys started the Wilderness Survival merit badge at Breen Park. Then we camped out at Lake Hemet.

In December we had a chess tournament, won by Nathan Pennington! Then we had a wilderness survival campout that helped the boys finish their merit badge.

Troop 664 Camps in Canoes

We had a great canoe trip on the Colorado River. We spent two nights on the river camping out in our canoes. You can ask us about “Dry Man” and the Arizona Hot Springs. We started our awesome trip seeing Hoover Dam from the bottom up, and we finished our trip by walking across it so that we could see it from the top down.

We have visited Scripps Ranch Cub Scout packs to talk to them about Boy Scouts in the hope that Webelos II scouts will become boy scouts. We hope to see our new cub scout friends at the Scripps-Mesa District Webelos Day, on Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. We meet every Tuesday from 6 to 7 pm at Innovations Academy. Everyone is welcome. For more, email our scoutmaster Blan Cox at [[email protected]].

Pack 615 Rocks Out!

In addition to celebrating the holidays with family and friends, Pack 615 found time to fit in several activities in December. Many of the boys attended Geology Day hosted by Vulcan Materials in Mira Mesa. We got a tour of the facility and learned about the types of rock that are mined there and the processes and machinery used. There were even geologists giving us hands-on instruction. It was a great event and the boys had fun.

Also in December a number of our scouts participated in Wreaths Across America. This nationwide event involves laying a wreath on a service member’s grave. In San Diego the event is held at Fort Rosecrans and Miramar National cemeteries. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach our young men to honor and remember our veterans.

We have a number of exciting activities coming up in the new year. If you have a boy at EBS in grades 1–5 who is interested in joining our pack, please contact Kevin Krown at [[email protected]].

Erik Foley, Pack 615 Scribe

Bears Visit “Pirate Ships”

Pack 616’s fall campout at Indian Hills Campground was a success. The boys and their families had a great time hiking, zip-lining, and riding bikes during the day and toasting marshmallows by the bonfire at night. Everyone had a great time.

Last month the Bear den organized in a field trip to the San Diego Maritime Museum and the Star of India. The scouts learned much about San Diego’s boating history and got to see what those fascinating “pirate ships” in the San Diego Bay really look like up close.

For more news and events or to get more information about joining Pack 616, please visit [www.pack616.com] or email Juan Barba at [[email protected]].

Happy New Year!

The monthly Girl Scout leader meeting is on Monday, Jan. 12, at 7 pm in Dingeman Elementary’s multipurpose room. Join us to see what our service unit is doing! The planning meetings for the Brownie, Junior, and Cadette encampments start at 6 pm.

The Cadette Encampment is from Friday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 25, in Indian Hills. The Junior Encampment is from Friday, Feb. 20, through Sunday, Feb. 22. And the Brownie Encampment is on Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 25 and 26.

There will be CPR and first aid training classes on Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 9 am to 1 pm and Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 10 pm. Both will be in the Crown Pointe clubhouse. Certification is valid for two years. Email us at [[email protected]] with any questions!

Cynthia Collins and Lynn Bautista, Service Unit Co-managers