Fun Summer!

Cub Scout Pack 614 never slowed down this summer! The scouts participated in fun events while working toward their Summertime Activity pins. The boys started with a Raingutter Regatta, where they built and raced their own boats.

Then it was “Anchors Aweigh” as more than 100 scouts and parents walked in the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) 4th of July Parade. Scouts also enjoyed an overnight at the Padres game, a huge game of laser tag, the always popular Bike Rodeo, and indoor rock climbing.

With the school year starting, the boys look forward to the first pack meeting of the year, where they will build and launch water rockets. The pack always accepts new members. Visit www.pack614.com.

Busy Summer for Pack 616

In July Pack 616 cub scouts did a great job marching in the SRCA’s 4th of July Parade and sharing their spirit with the community (below). After the parade the new Webelos den enjoyed fun in the sun with a summer pool party.

The entire pack and their families had a great time camping at William Heise Park. The scouts had great opportunities to practice their wilderness skills like preparing for hikes, cooking out, and setting up tents. The boys even had some up close and personal encounters with wildlife, including wild turkeys, deer, a snake, and two tarantula sightings!

With fall just around the corner, Pack 616 is focusing on recruiting new scouts. The annual Bike Rodeo is on Monday, Sept. 21, in the Innovations Academy parking lot. If you’re interested in joining the pack, this is a great opportunity to meet new people and sign up. A free barbecue lunch will be provided.

For information about joining Pack 616, visit www.pack616.com or email Karl Iliev at [email protected]

Troop 616 Enjoys Emerald Bay

In mid-July Troop 616 scouts embarked on a six-day adventure to Emerald Bay summer camp on Santa Catalina Island. Everyone earned merit badges and had a great time on the beach. The troop went canoeing and snorkeling and some of the scouts went paddle boarding or kayaking. When the scouts weren’t in the water, there were plenty of other things to do, such as shooting sports like archery, rifle, and shotgun.

A highlight of the camp was the all-day war canoe trip. These massive canoes can hold up to 10 people and it takes teamwork to go in a straight line. After a couple miles of canoeing, the scouts were able to dive in the water and snorkel. The sites underwater were breathtaking considering Catalina Island is one of the top diving locations in the world. The crystal clear water made it easier to spot all the colorful fish. Afterward the scouts cooked a delicious stew and a peach cobbler using Dutch ovens. This dinner was much appreciated by the exhausted scouts.

Toward the end of the week, there was a campwide competition called “Aquacade.” All the troops took part in several games, including a belly flop contest, sand castle building, relay race, and more. Emerald Bay was a wonderful and unique experience at a certainly beautiful location.

David Linton, Camp Senior Patrol Leader, & Ben Ballard, Troop 616 Scribe