Pack 614 Pops with Excitement

At Cub Scout Pack 614’s February meeting the boys received their prizes for selling popcorn. They raised more than $8,300 to support campouts and other pack activities. Thank you to all who purchased popcorn!

Also at the February meeting Scott Powers was announced as the new cubmaster for the 2015–2016 school year. Seth Askins is the assistant cubmaster and will take over as cubmaster the following year. Michelle Wakefield will take on the role of committee chair. Jeff Theilacker and Cheryl Pritchard have done an incredible job but will step down as cubmaster and committee chair, respectively.

This month we look forward to the annual campout at Dos Picos in March. For more information on Cub Scout Pack 614, please visit

Pack 615 Looks Forward to Fun Times!

February was fun for Pack 615, highlighted by the popular Pinewood Derby. In addition to crowning an overall winner, scouts earned awards for design and creativity. Winners weren’t known at press time, so more details are to come.

We have many fun events coming up, including our first campout of the year, Fun With Son at Camp Balboa in April. Scouts will have the chance to earn badges in Archery, BB Gun Marksmanship, and more. If you have a young man at EBS in grades 1–5 interested in Cub Scouts, contact Kevin Krown at [email protected]

Pack 616 Stays Busy

Officer Jeremy Sielken (at right) made a guest appearance at our last pack meeting to teach the boys about gun safety. Scouts signed a gun safety pledge and some boys got to try on a bulletproof vest.

The Bear scouts will take a field trip to Suzie’s Farm in Imperial Beach. They will explore organic gardening and food systems and perform field tests of crops.

Webelos I scouts took a trip to Home Depot to earn their Craftsman activity pin. Home Depot provided them with two great teachers who gave a lesson on tool safety. Each scout built a test tube holder.

With spring just around the corner, Pack 616 scouts look forward to advancing to the next rank at the annual Blue and Gold Dinner and graduation ceremony later this month. For more information about Pack 616, visit or email Juan Barba at [email protected]

Pack 1216 Dazzles at the Pinewood Derby

Scripps Ranch Pack 1216 cub scouts put their homemade race cars to the test at the annual Pinewood Derby (below). The track was fast and everyone had a great time! Congratulations to pack winners: Alex Moorhead, first place; Aidan Sanders, second; Tyson Dougherty, third; and Colin Bickel, fourth! Each den also had first, second, and third place winners. Alex will represent the pack at the Districtwide Pinewood Derby in April.

In February Pack 1216 held its annual Blue and Gold Dinner. The highlight was watching our Webelos II scouts bridge to Boy Scouts. In March the boys will conduct the annual Scouting for Food to help needy families, and there will be a pack meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 18, at Miramar Ranch Elementary. Stop by at 7 pm! Also, visit

Troop 301 Scouts Advance

Troop 301 held its Court of Honor, where scouts are recognized for their accomplishments. The awards include earned merit badges and scout rank advancements. Congratulations to:

  • Second Class—Pranav Dhinakar and Tyler Riedell
  • First Class—Matthew Fagen, Ben Ritter, and Michael Trifolio
  • Star—Corban Sy
  • Life—Luke Bosworth, Michael Fitzgerald, and Christopher Holland

Also, congratulations to Bradley Sweeney, who earned the highest award in Scouting—Eagle Scout!

Troop 301 has been very active: bike riding, camping, and earning merit badges. The troop also ventured to the Lake Jennings campground. At this campout the scouts earned the Nuclear Science merit badge, which teaches people the dangers and uses of nuclear science.

Justin Lee, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Aims High

January was great for Troop 616. Our troop took part in Webelos Day, building a huge signal tower about 20 feet high out of logs and rope. We let the Webelos climb to the top if they wanted. We had a blast!

Another fun event was the privilege of going to the Ladle Soup Kitchen at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown San Diego. At these volunteer events our scouts do many things to help the event run smoothly. The scouts who went were Zach Askins, David Linton, Drew Kulischack, Jordan Kulischack, Lucas McGaugh, Zachary McGaugh, Julian Kenyon, and Nicholas Cassal.

Our scouts went to snow camp at Mt. San Jacinto where we hiked, explored, and had snowball fights. The scouts who went were Carter Hass, Sean Van de Grift, Matthew and Jonathon Cederquist, Ben Ballard, Zach Askins, and Aiden Tait.

Lucas McGaugh, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 663 Helps Others

January was a great start to a new year for Troop 663 (below). We had a handful of scouts complete the Chess merit badge, as well as a few rank advancements. Our troop had a Webelos day and a Webelos night! Our Red and Black Court of Honor was a great success. During the month we also had a service project called Operation Outreach, where we helped distribute food to the homeless and less privileged.

Our troop elected new leaders. The new senior patrol leader is Eric Sy and his two assistant senior patrol leaders are Frederick Wrightson and Andrew Mayer.

New Volunteers Welcome to Help Girl Scouts

Happy March to our Scripps Ranch Girl Scout volunteers! The first quarter of 2015 is almost over, but the fun just keeps rolling! On Monday, Mar. 9, the monthly leader meeting begins at 7 pm in Dingeman Elementary’s multipurpose room. If you are interested to see what our service unit is doing, feel free to join us! Prior to the leader meeting, at 6 pm, we will plan for Bridging 2015. Please send a troop mom to represent your troop.

Our annual Family and Me events and the Powder Puff Derby are set for Friday, Mar. 13 and 20, at Jerabek Elementary School. On Monday, Mar. 23, watch our service unit team in action and see what team position you can help us with next year! If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Cynthia Collins and Lynn Bautista, Service Unit Co-managers