Happy Holidays From Girl Scouts!

December is a busy month! It all starts on Monday, Dec. 7, with our Encampment planning meetings at 6 pm in the Dingeman Elementary School multipurpose room. Please send a troop representative as part of our co-op method for Encampments. Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Camp Surf will meet and collect registration checks and paperwork.

After the planning meetings will be our December leader meeting, which will feature our Volunteer Investiture Ceremony. We invite all Girl Scout volunteers to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event to formally welcome you into the world of Girl Scouts. It’s never too late to be part of this ceremony—so don’t be shy!

On Sunday, Dec. 13, from 4 to 6 pm the community gathers at Jerabek Park for our Tree Lighting Ceremony, an SRCA-sponsored annual event. Grab a blanket and enjoy hot chocolate and baked goods that girl scouts will sell, and plan to do some caroling! Thank you to Laleaque Grad and her Troop 8861 girls for organizing this popular event!

Another CPR/first aid training will be held in January. Please contact Linda Mullvain at [email protected] to schedule your training. Classes fill up quickly. Thanks again for all you do!

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

Troop 8007 Has Fun!

Troop 8007 members got the chance of a lifetime to represent Girl Scouts at the NBA preseason Lakers vs. Warriors game at the Valley View Casino Center! Before the game the girls were escorted to the players’ seats. As the Lakers ran onto the court, the girls got to high-five players! We thank Don Casey and the Lakers organization for this amazing experience!

The troop also visited residents at the Belmont Village senior facility (below) for its annual Halloween party. The girls entertained residents by singing songs, participating in a costume contest, and trick or treating. The girls were great role models for the younger scouts participating in the event. There were smiles all around! Great job, Troop 8007!

In Case of Emergency

The August SRCA Newsletter contained an article regarding my quest to create emergency backpacks for all 69 classrooms at Marshall Middle School (MMS) for my Eagle Scout project. I am happy to report that the backpacks, filled with essential supplies, were delivered to each classroom the Friday before school started in September.

The bright red backpacks include clipboards with paper and emergency procedures, pens, sunscreen, hand sanitizer and wipes, duct tape, latex gloves, garbage and Ziploc bags, plastic tarps, a flashlight and extra batteries, hard candies, and things to keep kids occupied, such as decks of cards and puzzle pages. There is also a tag on each backpack to remind teachers to add their first aid kits when they take their backpacks in case of an evacuation.

I wanted to get the backpacks (above) to Marshall before school started, even though I hadn’t finished raising the funds to cover the costs. I borrowed the funds and just finished my fundraising efforts. The total cost of the project was roughly $2,900. I could never have done this project without the generous support of many people. MMS purchased the backpacks and provided me access to its laminating machine. Barona Resort and Casino and Sycuan Casino both donated numerous decks of playing cards to keep kids busy.

The Smarties candy company donated candy so each classroom would have a small stash of food in case it was needed, as in the event of someone having low blood sugar. Also the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and numerous Scripps Ranch families generously donated funds or recyclables to help me raise $1,400 for my project.

To date, my project has taken roughly 400 hours to complete and required the assistance of almost 100 volunteers. While I hope Marshall never needs to use these backpacks, I have learned in Boys Scouts that it is always best to be prepared.

Justin Todd, Troop 301 Life Scout

Three Troop 616 Eagle Scouts Earn Rare Silver Palm

Troop 616 scouts went on a strenuous 20-mile hike that stretched from Cypress Canyon Park to Torrey Pines Beach. It was long, hard, and full of blisters, and more than a few of us walked unsteadily for a few days. But, like the road of Scouting, the effort needed was trumped by the sense of accomplishment felt by doing something few will ever experience.

Speaking of accomplishments, our troop has some scouts who demonstrate the highest level of excellence. They are our junior assistant scoutmasters, Nick Pickett, Sam Gherrity, and Max Audick. All three not only achieved the rank of Eagle but earned a few Palms as well. Eagle Palms are awarded by staying active as a troop leader, earning more merit badges, and putting even more effort in Scouting.

This is a rare accomplishment—less than 300 Eagle Scouts nationwide earn Silver Palms in a year. As Max Audick put it, “I see it as a symbol of continued commitment to the troop and to Scouting—as opposed to seeing the rank of Eagle as the end of my Scouting journey. I think it’s more of the beginning of my Scouting maturity.” The path of Scouting is endless and teaches us to never limit ourselves.

Cameron Deschenes, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 664’s Fall Fun

Troop 664 had an exciting October with lots of activities. Scouts sold popcorn to raise funds. The troop also went to the traditional Lake Dixon advancement camp where scouts had lots of fun and opportunities for rank advancement. At Lake Dixon scouts had a friendly hike/race to practice orienteering and teamwork skills.

Some Troop 664 scouts attended an overnight patrol to help clean up after the Saint Gregory the Great School carnival. Upcoming events include a go-kart day and the Eagle Court of Honor for Jakob and Josh Rosen. Congratulations, Jakob and Josh, for reaching Eagle Scout!

Cameron Settles, Troop 664 Scribe