Blasting Off In the New Year

The school year started with a blast at the first pack meeting in September. The boys made their own water rockets at home then enjoyed the spray as they watched each other’s rockets shoot into the air.

This month the scouts will learn about the “Leave No Trace” philosophy at the pack meeting. Then they will put it into practice at the annual family campout at Indian Hills Camp. There, the boys will enjoy BMX racing, archery, paintball, zip line, skits, and s’mores!

Pack 615—Join the Fun!

It was great to see so many new faces at our recent Open House. We have a number of exciting activities coming up, including campouts, a pack outing to an Aztec football game, and more! If you have a young man at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School in grades 1–5 who is interested in joining Cub Scouts, please contact Scoutmaster Kevin Krown at [email protected]

Popcorn Sales Start

Pack 616 is gearing up for a fun and busy year. This month the pack begins popcorn sales. If you see some friendly cub scouts outside the “new” Vons grocery store—on Scripps Poway Parkway—stop by, say “hi,” and check out their delicious treats. Proceeds from the popcorn sales are the pack’s biggest source of revenue and help fund field trips and special events for the coming year.

Last month the Webelos participated in the state’s largest annual coastal clean-up event, California Coastal Clean-Up Day. The scouts patrolled the beaches of Del Mar, picking up trash and debris.

If you have a son interested in joining Pack 616, feel free to drop in on our next pack show on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 pm at Dingeman Elementary School. For more news and events or to get more information about joining Pack 616, please visit You also can email Karl Iliev at [email protected]

Lots Happening in Girl Scouts!

It’s another great year for Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts! Mark your calendar for our Fall Discovery Nite on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 8 pm. Come on over to Dingeman Elementary School’s multipurpose room for one hour of intense Girl Scout fun! Your scout or potential scout will have time to do some fun crafts, check out what’s happening with the Fall Nut Sale, and reconnect with other girl scouts!

We also will have our troop level consultants help new scouts get registered or adults start a troop! Please email us at [email protected] for more information! Bring a friend!

As alluded to above, the Fall Nut Sale is under way. Please help the Girl Scouts organization by supporting one of your neighborhood members. There are a variety of products available. And, best of all, proceeds stay in our area and benefit our local girl scouts.

Also mark your calendar for Monday, Oct. 12, for the planning meetings for Brownie Encampment, Junior Encampment, and Cadette Encampment, beginning at 6 pm. Join us in Dingeman’s multipurpose room! The monthly leader meeting follows immediately at 7 pm. See you there!

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

Troop 616 Dedicates Wounded Warrior Home

In late August Troop 616 scouts had the privilege to participate in the dedication ceremony of a new home for SSgt. Jason Ross, a wounded warrior who was severely injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) four years ago.

The Gary Sinise Foundation and Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment (RISE) stepped in and built SSgt. Ross and his family a new SMART home in Fallbrook. Pictured above are SSgt. Ross, his dog Kojak, his parents George and Linda Ross, and Troop 616 scouts: Nick Pickett, Sanjeev Rangan, Tyler Jones, Matthew McCallum, Glenn Pickett, Cameron Jones, Jacob McCallum, and Casey Snyder.

Backpacking in Laguna

A group of Troop 663 scouts are working on their Backpacking merit badge. Our first three-day 15-mile hike was over Labor Day weekend. We hiked the Pacific Coast Trail in Mount Laguna at more than 6,000 feet elevation.

We had fun eating freeze-dried meals, like mac and cheese and lasagna for dinner and biscuits and gravy for breakfast. We found water springs and learned how to filter our water to fill up our packs.

We had a small run-in with fire ants, and we learned the hard way to always pack a spare change of clothes. Kai Anders said, “My pants were ripped the first five minutes we started hiking. Even then, I had so much fun with all the people there. The views were super cool, we played games, and I got to enjoy how pretty it was.” By day three Kai’s pants were ripped from thigh to calf.

Cory Anders, Troop 663 Scribe

A Great Year Planned for Troop 664

Boy Scout Troop 664 has planned a fun-filled 2016 with lots of new and old campouts and activities. Scout Jack Izzo led the troop in our annual planning meeting where we came up with lots of great ideas for troop activities.

We plan to go to Joshua Tree again this year so we can scramble up rocky trails in the desert. There are even plans for a skiing and snowboarding trip later this year! There was talk about attending a national Jamboree camp in the years to come. There are plenty of fun activities for this year and great lifelong memories to be made in the process!

Cameron Settles, Troop 664 Scribe