A Great New Year

Hello Girl Scout families! Hope your summer has been relaxing…and maybe you even got some camping in!

It’s time for our annual kickoff team meeting and dinner. It will be at Yanni’s on Monday, Aug. 24, on the patio. Dinner is at 6 pm and the meeting begins at 7. Please RSVP to [email protected] so we can be sure we have the right amount of food! We look forward to seeing you there. Another great year of Scripps Ranch Girl Scouting is ready to start!

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

Pack 615 Parades Old Glory

Pack 615 kicked off the 4th by marching in the 45th Annual Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s 4th of July Parade. While in the staging area, leaders from Boy Scout Troop 663 asked if we’d like to assist them with their presentation of flags. Scouts and dads marched in formation, with each person holding a different iteration of the American flag—from the original 13-star flag to the current 50-star version. It made for a particularly memorable day, and we were honored to help. It was great to see so many friends and neighbors along the parade route.

If you have a young man at EBS in grades 1–5 who is interested in joining Cub Scouts, please contact Kevin Krown at [email protected] for details.

Quite a Ride!

Troop 664 had an exciting and adventure-filled month. The troop participated in a white water rafting trip (at right) and had a blast. The rafts went into the water a few miles from Kernville and then the troop had an amazing day rafting down the Kern River. They got out of the water tired—some shaken—but all with smiles, proving a great time.

The troop also held a family campout, where scouts and their families enjoyed a restful and adventuresome weekend. The families got a taste of the scouting experience…and the taste was great because of the delicious Dutch oven cooked desserts!

We meet every Tuesday from 6 to 7 pm at Innovations Academy. Join us! For details, email Blan Cox at [email protected]

Daniel Cox, Troop 664 Scribe

Eagle Scout Uses Scouting Experience In Real Life

Jacob Van de Grift (above), Troop 616’s 109th Eagle Scout, is reaping the benefits of earning his Eagle rank. His years of scouting have truly served as a training ground for a host of real-life experiences. Jacob credits scouting for helping build the leadership skills, character, and discipline that led to academic and athletic success at Cathedral Catholic High School.

“Scouting gave me the necessary tools to use when interviewing for admittance to college,” said Jacob, a National Honor Society member and new recruit for the Yale football team. He credits the preparation necessary for his meetings with Scoutmaster Paul Honeycutt over the years with giving him the foundation to undergo the admissions process and college recruiting. “Learning how to master the scoutmaster conference and the Board of Review gave me the confidence and skills I needed in one-on-one and panel interviews during the recruiting process with nearly 40 college football programs across the nation.”

Jacob said the value of his scouting experience is not just about attaining merit badges and completing hikes and camps. “Those memorable experiences, and learning how to meet the challenges necessary for those undertakings, developed me into the person I am and the leader I strive to become both on the field and in the classroom.” Jacob now carries the confidence and mastery he gained in Troop 616 to meet the greater challenges of the Yale gridiron, an Ivy League curriculum, and the exciting world that awaits him.

Funds Needed For Eagle Project to Help Marshall

I am a Troop 301 Life Scout and a junior at Scripps Ranch High School. For my Eagle Scout project, I want to create emergency backpacks with essential supplies for each of the 69 classrooms at Thurgood Marshall Middle School (MMS). In March MMS was placed on a lockdown due to a bomb threat. Students initially stayed in their classrooms while police swept parts of campus. Later, students and teachers were moved to the blacktop.

After the lockdown MMS administration and staff reviewed their safety plan to determine if changes were needed. While the school has emergency food, water, and other supplies stored throughout the campus, individual classrooms do not have supplies other than a small first aid kit.

The administration determined it would be useful to provide teachers with portable supplies in case of a future emergency. When I heard the school was looking to come up with classroom kits, I contacted the principal and vice principal to see if I could lead the project as part my effort to become an Eagle Scout.

Each of the bright red backpacks will be stenciled with a classroom number. They will include items such as: clipboards with paper; pens and pencils; sunscreen; hand sanitizer and wipes; latex gloves; garbage bags; plastic tarps; a flashlight and batteries; hard candies; and things to keep kids occupied like cards and puzzle books.

I estimate the project will cost about $2,400. MMS will provide the backpacks at their cost, but I need to raise $1,500 for the supplies. I also am contacting companies to see if they will donate items.

My goal is to complete the backpacks before school starts in September. If you would like to donate funds, please email me at [email protected] I am very appreciative for any donations. This project will help our community be better prepared for an emergency that impacts the middle school. It benefits every Scripps Ranch family that has kids, or will have kids, at MMS.

Justin Todd, Eagle Scout Candidate