Pack 614 Makes Blessing Bags

Pack 614 Helps Others

“To help other people at all times” is part of the Cub Scout Oath. In December Pack 614 did just that, and it was a community effort! The project started as a post-Thanksgiving family activity at the Muschek home and ended up being an enormous blessing to those seeking help at Interfaith Community Services in Escondido. Dawn Gencarelli organized the collection of travel-sized hygiene items at Jerabek Elementary as part of a school community service project.

Pack 614 cub scouts, with help from others, decorated and filled more than 330 bags with items to be used by the homeless. Blankets, socks, underwear, and snacks also were donated. It was an uplifting experience for those receiving the bags…and those who created them. Thank you to all who made this project happen!

In the new year the boys look forward to the Pinewood Derby on Saturday, Jan. 23. For more, visit

Pack 615 Honors Veterans

Our scouts participated in Wreaths Across America at Miramar National Cemetery in December. What started as a small grass roots effort to honor local veterans, Wreaths Across America has grown into a nationwide event. This annual ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to teach our young men to honor our veterans, and Pack 615 was proud to participate.

We have many exciting activities in the new year, including the Pinewood Derby. If you have a boy at E.B. Scripps Elementary interested in joining our pack, contact Kevin Krown at [email protected]

Pack 616 Learn to Handle Emergencies

Webelos I scouts finished their physical fitness adventure of “Stronger, Faster, Higher,” where they learned how to exercise safely and explored creative ways to stay active. They also began their “First Responder” adventure, where they learned how to build a first aid kit, respond in an emergency, and make a home emergency plan. Thanks to the parent volunteers who help run the meetings and provide snacks.

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

Full of Adventure

Troop 663 had an exciting fall: we canoed down the Colorado River; camped in the Palomar mountains and in the desert while working on the Wilderness Survival merit badge; backpacked in Anza Borrego Carrizo Badlands; hosted Webelos cub scouts at our Crestline campout and welcomed them at a troop meeting; and worked hard supporting Eagle projects at Mission Trails and a local school.

At our December Court of Honor scouts were recognized for rank advancement and merit badges earned. We honored our two newest Eagle Scouts, welcomed a new scoutmaster, Fred Murillo, and bid a fond farewell to our outgoing scoutmaster of nine years, Matt Muckerman.

We meet at E. B. Scripps Elementary on Mondays at 6 pm. To learn more about our troop, please contact our committee chair at [email protected] Our next Webelos Night is on Monday, Jan. 25, at 6 pm. Our troop also will be at the Scripps-Mesa District Webelos Day on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Scripps Ranch Community Park’s upper playground area.

Troop 616 Serves the Homeless

Troop 616 scouts took a trip to Ladle Soup Kitchen once again (left). This is a special outing where scouts can really contribute to the community’s welfare by serving food to both the homeless and anyone else in need of a hot meal. Scouts helped cook, set up tables, handed out food, and took care of any personal belongings to allow those who came to enjoy the food and socialize with each other.

It’s an amazing experience as those who go not only help but meet a number of different people. Talking to such a diverse group is an enriching moment for any scout—or anyone for that matter.

Ladle Soup Kitchen is an event Troop 616 attends often, participating as much as it can, and there is never a lack of scouts signing up for it. Four days prior, scouts brought bags full of blankets, winter clothes, sleeping bags, and tents to donate to those hosting the event.

Cameron Deschenes, Troop 616 Scribe

Happy New Year, Girl Scouts!

The next six months will be a whirlwind of activities for Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts. Please email us if you are not on our Google group—we don’t want you to miss a thing!

Our next leader meeting is on Monday, Jan. 11, at 7 pm in the Dingeman Elementary multipurpose room. Encampment planning meetings for Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and older girls are at 6 pm. The team meeting is on Monday, Jan. 25, at 7 pm at Dingeman Elementary. Journey in a Weekend for Juniors, Cadettes, and older girls is at 6 pm. Please watch your emails for any schedule changes.

Our final first aid/CPR training is on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 6 to 10 pm and Thursday, Jan. 14, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. Please contact Linda Mullvain at [email protected] Space is limited. The cost is $42 and certification is valid for two years.

Cookie sales begin this month! Much thanks to our community for supporting our girls, who not only learn business skills but earn money for their troops.

It’s also time for our annual Powder Puff Derby on Saturday, Mar. 12, from 4 to 7:30 pm at Dingeman Elementary, but you must register by Wednesday, Jan. 27. After three preliminary races, the fastest cars from each race advance to the Scripps Ranch Powder Puff Championship!

In 2015, 130 Scripps Ranch girl scouts worked hard to build and race their cars! Thanks again to all the participants and adult volunteers. Talk to your troop leader or go to the Scripps Ranch Powder Puff Derby website at to register.

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