Due to a significant amount of Scouts news and space limitations in the SRCA Newsletter, please visit www.scrippsranch.org/NLScouts for the complete Scouts report. Here we highlight the activities.

Girl Scout News

Don’t forget that the monthly leader meeting is on Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 pm in Dingeman Elementary School’s multipurpose room. If you are interested in what our service unit is doing, please join us! Get there early and enter the early bird drawing for a Nordstrom gift certificate!

At 6 pm we will hold the planning meetings for the Brownie and Junior Encampments, as well as the older girl encampment at Camp Surf. Look for more information in emails and our Facebook notices. If you are not in our Google group, email us and we’ll add you!

Our monthly team meeting is on Monday, Feb. 23. Want to join our team? Come see how our great service unit can use your talents! You don’t have to be a leader to be on the team!

Last but not least, it’s cookie season! Thanks to the community for always supporting our Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts in this fabulous and tasty troop fundraiser! Good luck to all our troops! Email us at [email protected] with questions!

Cynthia Collins and Lynn Bautista, SR Service Unit Co-managers

Troop 8007 Girls Give Back

Girl scouts from Troop 8007 showed their generous and compassionate spirit to make the world a better place! In the bottom photo the girls and moms took part in Wreaths Across America. They honored veterans by placing wreaths on gravesites at Miramar National Cemetery. Pictured left to right at Kaitlyn, Cassie, Mehak, Paige, and Lauren. Great job, girls!

Gold Award Helps Others

Helping those in need is a miracle in itself. It takes a great amount of time and consideration to help people you may never meet and receive nothing in return. To those who helped me with my Girl Scout Gold Award, I want to thank and congratulate you for helping achieve a miracle this holiday season. Through our efforts, we crafted more than 1,600 hand-made Christmas ornaments for those in need. They were given to schools, orphanages, and soup kitchens in Tijuana, fire victims in Northern California, military families, and others in need of holiday cheer.

Mindy Rodenbaugh

Creative Cubs!

Pack 614 cub scouts have been working on their Pinewood Derby cars! The races were in late January, with tons of creative and fast cars designed and built by the boys. Our Blue and Gold Celebration is on Friday, Feb. 20. For more information on Pack 614, visit www.pack614.com.

Pack 616 Keeps Busy

The new Tiger Den welcomed four members: Patrick, Darren, Luke, and Bryson. Coming up for Pack 616 is the annual Pinewood Derby, where boys design and build wooden cars and race them. The high-adrenaline event is on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 pm at Dingeman Elementary School. For more about Pack 616, please visit www.pack616.com. You also can email Juan Barba at [email protected]

Pack 615 Honors Veterans

January is always exciting because it means race season! The Pinewood Derby is eagerly anticipated. The boys look forward to seeing how their cars perform on Wednesday, Feb. 18. If you or your son is interested in scouting, this event is a lot of fun. Join us at the Pinewood Derby races at E.B. Scripps Elementary for a fun time!

Desert and Ice for Troop 616

Some Troop 616 scouts had a blast in the desert of Little Blair Valley. We stayed one night at base camp and the next morning we hiked up Whale Peak, elevation about 5,000 feet. We found Native American pictographs written by the Kumeyaay Indians. It was amazing to see that the clay they used for writing didn’t wear off. Also, the scenery was beautiful.

We also encountered many obstacles while we hiked, such as beavertail cactus, yucca, barrel cactus, and cholla. Unfortunately, our scoutmaster, Mr. Honeycutt, got to experience the sharpness of many cholla and yucca spikes. One yucca spike went about half an inch into his leg, but he was okay. Getting out to the desert was a great weekend activity.

The troop also participated in the Military Outreach at the First Presbyterian church in downtown San Diego. We helped military families “shop” for food provided by the church and other groups.

Lucas McGaugh, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 664 Practices Charity

Troop 664 scouts participated in Wreaths Across America, placing wreaths on the graves of veterans at Fort Rosecrans and Miramar. In January we held elections and chose new leaders. Among them are: Alex Poirier, senior patrol leader (SPL); and Matthew North, assistant SPL.

We also had “Webelos Day” in January. This is when all the troops in the area meet at the Community Park and show the Webelos what scouting is all about. This helps Webelos decide which Boy Scout troop they want to join. Troop 664 lashed together a trebuchet and let Webelos launch water balloons. The Webelos had a blast trying to catch the balloons.

If you would like to join us, we meet Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm at Innovations Academy, 10380 Spring Canyon Road. For more information, contact our scoutmaster, Blan Cox, at [email protected]

Daniel Cox, Troop 664 Scribe

Troop 663: What a Year!

Troop 663 had a lot of fun and was very productive in the last year. Seven scouts earned Eagle out of our troop of about 30 boys. Our troop’s end of the year party was fun! We had a potluck and raffle using poker chips that we won or lost by playing Texas Hold ’em, blackjack, roulette, and horse races (pictured left).

In February our troop will have a snow campout at Joshua tree. We also will help at a homeless soup kitchen.