Happy Mother’s Day, Scout Moms!

It’s time to reregister for Girl Scouts! All who do so early earn a free Scripps Ranch 2016 membership patch designed by kindergartner Makayla Hsu.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 5, from 7 to 8 pm for our Spring Discovery Nite. You’ll have fun doing crafts and activities and find out about summer camps. Bridging 2015 is set for Sunday, June 7, from 5 to 6 pm, with check-in at 4:30 pm.

There will be a leader appreciation dinner. Stay tuned for details. Thanks to our wonderful parent volunteers! You make Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts amazing!

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

Girls Feel the Need for Speed

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts held its annual Powder Puff Derby (above) and 132 girls participated in the races. There was an incredibly creative and inspiring batch of cars this year. Several girls received awards for design qualities and speed performance. Congratulations!

Girls Encourage Pet Care

Girl Scout Troop 8825 has been working for more than a year on its Silver Award. The girls focused on two main tasks: to educate the community on the importance of spaying and neutering pets; and encouraging people to adopt pets instead of buying them from a breeder or pet shop/puppy mill. To achieve the goals, the girls put together an adoption fair (above, scout with pet) at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market and made posters, brochures, and a slide show to educate the community. The Humane Society brought five dogs for adoption. The girls were happy to help the dogs look for their forever home. One of the dogs was adopted by a nice couple!

Special thanks to the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market for donating space and to the Humane Society for bring the adorable pets. Girl Scout Troop 8825 encourages you to visit the Humane Society website at www.sdhumane.org for information.

Pack 616 Learn from Brave Lifesavers

Tigers have been working on their last requirement to learn more about communication and those who keep us safe in our communities. In March we visited the San Diego Coast Guard offices and learned how these brave men and women keep our shores safe. We also added one new scout, Westley Moore. We welcome him and his parents, Rebekah and David.

Den 5 Wolves welcomed Robbie Pollard and family. The Pollards moved here from York, Maine. Robbie jumped right in! We took a tour of the San Diego Airborne Law Enforcement Base, where the guys got to meet with the air crew and climb inside an aircraft (right). The air crew treated the boys to ice cream sandwiches!

Pack 616 has lots of activities. For more information about joining us, please visit www.pack616.com or email Juan Barba at [email protected]

Eagle Candidate Helps Alma Mater

Troop 301 Eagle Scout candidate Adam Trubitt (above), a SR High School junior, delivered major learning upgrades to Jerabek Elementary School, his alma mater. This gift was in the form of a pest abatement system attached to garden boxes installed in the school garden.

In 2014 Chauncey’s Garden was awarded a San Diego Unified School District’s “Garden to Cafe” certificate. It allows food grown in a school’s garden to be served as part of the school’s meal program, providing students an opportunity to learn how and where their food is grown.

Chauncey’s Garden had one major setback—pests! The “furry neighbors” enjoyed the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord, until there was nothing left. With many plantings and little harvest, volunteers where looking for some protection, and that’s where Adam stepped in. He met with the garden volunteers and San Diego master gardener Heather Holland to discuss the protection needed to keep pests away and still have easy access.

After much research, Adam assembled a crew. He created a screened panel system that is durable and pleasant to look at. Each raised bed now has eight screened panels made of redwood, mesh hardware cloth, plexiglass, and stainless steel screws. The system works with ease, it’s effective, and, best of all, the “buffet” is closed to our fuzzy neighbors. Students are experiencing the result of their work in the garden! Thank you, Adam!