Pack 614’s Fall Campout Adventure

In October Pack 614 had a successful fall campout at Indian Hills. More than 150 scouts and family members traveled to the campsite in Jamul to take part in a wonderful local scouting adventure.

Starting on Friday night the boys set up the campsite and had dinner under the stars. Then they headed into an activity-filled Saturday including paintball, zip lines, gold mining, BMX Derby, human foosball, hiking, farmyard, pool, archery, pumpkin carving, campfire songs, skits, and s’mores. All the boys and families had a wonderful time!

On Sunday our scouts enjoyed breakfast, hiking, and then headed home for a well-deserved rest. Many of our boys earned achievements and awards for their participation in this annual event.

Next up for our pack is a December pack meeting, along with caroling at a local retirement community. If you or your son would like to learn more information about our pack, please visit []. We welcome new boys and parent volunteers.

Pack 1216 Brings in Cash with Popcorn Sales

Scripps Ranch Cub Scout Pack 1216 raised more than $500 in October with popcorn sales outside of the “old” Vons shopping center (below).

The pack was busy in November as well, with many dens engaging in activities to fulfill requirements that enable the boys to reach the next level of Cub Scouts. Wolf Den 2 learned about the U.S. flag, exercise goals, and keeping their bodies free from colds and flu during three fun-filled meetings.

The pack ended November with a potluck dinner, relay games, and belt loop stations that were fun for all. We look forward to a busy December and wish all happy holidays!

An Action-Packed Fall for Troop 301

Troop 301 is having another action-packed season filled with community service, awesome campouts, hikes, and other activities. To kick off October some of our scouts went to help serve food to the needy at God’s Helping Hand Mission. It was a great experience to help homeless people, and the scouts felt good about doing something useful for the community.

In October we camped out at William Heise in Julian where we worked on the Weather merit badge. All of the scouts who went earned the merit badge thanks to our wonderful counselor, Mr. Mike Kuypers. We also took a hike up to the desert overview where you could see all the way to the Pacific Ocean and the Salton Sea. Several scouts in the troop are working on the Family Life merit badge.

Looking forward to next summer and lots of outdoors activities, the troop has focused on backpacking prep skills. We took a two-mile hike at Miramar Lake. All of our new scouts attended this hike. Some of our older scouts went to help the new scouts fit their packs and learn how to backpack safely and properly.

Then the troop did a campout and backpacking prep hike at Lake Jennings. Twenty-two scouts carried a backpack full of everything they needed to survive in the wilderness. During this campout we hiked five miles, set up camp, ate backpacking food, went to bed, got up, ate again, packed up all of our stuff, and took another hike in the morning. This gave the new scouts their first real backpacking experience.

As usual, we have lots of Eagle Scout projects in progress. We also would like to congratulate our four newest Eagle Scouts: Ryan Madsen, Grant Ingamells, Garrett Solberg, and Reid Barkell!

Tyler Kuperstein, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Has a Blast

This October we blasted off with our Agua Caliente campout and rocket launch. We camped overnight at Agua Caliente, and though we were disappointed to find that the hot spring pool wasn’t running, we still had a great time launching rockets at Plaster City with the San Diego Rocket Club.

Also, we had our fall Court of Honor. Several scouts advanced in rank.

  • Cameron Jones, Samuel Lathus, Alex Lawson, and Sean Van de Grift advanced to Tenderfoot;
  • Ben Ballard, Cameron Deschenes, and Nick Fernandez advanced to Second Class;
  • Cohl Tabor advanced to Star;
  • Max Audick, Tyler Jones, and Jacob Van de Grift advanced to Life;
  • Nick Pickett, Sam Gherrity, and Alex DeWitt earned the Ad Altaire Dei religious emblem; and,
  • Aseer Ali earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for participating in 250 hours of volunteer service over the past year.

Finally, some troop members participated in a Merit Badge Day with the Kit Carson District, as well as Geology Day at Vulcan Materials. Scouts had a chance to earn the Geology merit badge and tour the Carroll Canyon quarry.

Max Audick, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 664’s Newest Eagle Scout–Bill Feather

Once again Troop 664 welcomed yet another Eagle Scout to its ranks. One of our longest tenured scouts, Bill Feather, earned Eagle Scout in late October. On behalf of Troop 664, I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Bill on his accomplishments. Bill has been a longtime leader in Troop 664 and has been a model scout for the rest of the troop. Once again, congratulations, Bill!

Also, George Thomas completed his Eagle Scout project in November, which took place at Saint Augustine High School. This is a major step in George’s road to Eagle Scout. Congrats, George!

In November new scouts focused on completing Tenderfoot exercises, an important requirement in earning the first rank in Scouting, Tenderfoot. The exercises instilled one of the main principals of the Scout Oath, being “physically fit.” Older scouts worked on requirements for the Citizenship in the Community merit badge. This taught scouts about the importance of being a good, productive, citizen of Scripps Ranch.

Scouts also went on one of the most anticipated camping trip of the year in November, the Colorado River trip. Scouts spent a portion of their trip white water rafting in the Colorado River, an experience one does not often have an opportunity to participate in while living in San Diego. This trip has always been a favorite of Troop 664 scouts.

Casey Aguinaldo, Troop 664 Scribe

Help Save a Life

Hello, we are Cadette Girl Scout Troop 8178 and we recently completed our Vial of Life Project for our Silver Award. For those of you who haven’t heard of the project, it is a packet containing a medical form, vinyl sticker, and an instruction sheet. You fill out the medical form and post it on your refrigerator and you place the vinyl sticker on a window or door frame near the front door. That way, in case of an emergency and the patient is unconscious, any trained medical personnel will see the sticker and know to go to the refrigerator for any medical history.

Full packets are now located at the front desks and pharmacies at both Scripps Ranch Vons locations, Sharp Rees Stealy Scripps Ranch location in the family practice area, and the Scripps Ranch Library. Medical forms also can be printed from the SRCA website at []. Please pick up a free packet soon–it may save a life!

Brownie Troop 8753 Learn While Having Fun!

The 2nd grade Brownies from St. Gregory the Great Catholic School have been busy! In September the troop earned its Painting badge with the help of guest speaker and local artist Jessica Pearson. The girls discussed how to draw inspiration from the world around them and then created their own beautiful watercolor paintings.

The girls (pictured at left) also participated in a guided tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. They discussed the museum’s newest installations and created even more beautiful artwork of their own.

In October the troop earned its Fair Play badge by learning about good sportsmanship and fitness, playing games together, and discussing Title IX. The girls and their moms also enjoyed an exciting evening at a UCSD women’s volleyball game, where they saw fair play in action as top female college athletes competed in an exciting game.

The Brownies cheered as the UCSD Triton women won their match in three straight sets. The troop met the players after the game and received autographed posters. It was a great night! Brownie Troop 8753 looks forward to many more fun and educational activities!