Girl Scouts Have Fun and Stay Busy

Hello Scripps Ranch Girl Scout families!

By the time you read this, we will be winding down another successful cookie season! We made history—we knew we would!—when Betsy Benning and a team of volunteers delivered more than 44,000 boxes of cookies as an initial order! Awesome!

March brings a ton of activities for all levels! The weekend of Mar. 5, the Cadettes will have a blast at Indian Hills. On Saturday, Mar. 12, Dingeman Elementary will rock all day and into the night with our annual Powder Puff Derby!

On Saturday, Mar. 19, we’ll be back at Dingeman with International Thinking Day. That’s when we celebrate girl scouts around the world with booths representing countries that have scouts. Then there’s the first day of spring followed by spring break. It’s a busy time!

Our leader meeting is on Monday, Mar. 7, at 7 pm. Our team meeting is on Monday, Mar. 21, at 7 pm.

Anyone interested in doing a Brownie Journey in a Day? Please send a troop representative to a planning meeting on Monday, Mar. 21, at 6 pm prior to the team meeting. Many of the requirements for our first-ever Brownie Journey in a Day, World of Girls, will be satisfied with your participation in Thinking Day and the Brownie Encampment!

Don’t miss an opportunity to finish your Journey on Saturday, May 21, at the Community Park. More details to follow. Please note that it is a co-op event, so all troops who want to complete their Journey also will help make it happen!

Interested in joining Girl Scouts? Email us at [email protected]

Cynthia Collins and Lynn Bautista, Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts Co-managers

Snacks for a Good Cause

Troop 8861 will run a snack bar at the Powder Puff Derby on Saturday, Mar. 12. Help support the girls as they earn their Business Owner badge and raise money for troop bridging and other charitable activities. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase.

Camping Fun

Troop 663 is gearing up for cold weather camping! After learning how to stay warm from our resident survival guru, assistant scoutmaster Leneau, and other knowledgeable trainers, we tested our skills at two cold weather camps: Joshua Tree National Park and Laguna Campground. In addition to rock climbing and bouldering at Joshua Tree, we went to SolidRock Gym in Poway to further hone our skills.

We also spent a day working on a feeder trail to join Mataguay Scout Ranch and the Pacific Crest Trail. We hauled dirt by filling buckets, pouring the dirt into a wheelbarrow, and moving it where it was needed to level out steep parts of the trail. It was hard work, but it was rewarding to see the efforts of our work.

Kit Williams, Troop 663 Scribe

Troop 616 Rocks in February

January was quiet for Troop 616 as scouts took a break from camping for the month. Scouts did, however, take another trip to the First Presbyterian Church to help out at the Ladle Soup Kitchen, where they cooked and served food for the homeless or otherwise needy.

February was much busier, as scouts headed to SolidRock Gym to work on the Climbing merit badge and train for the Joshua Tree trip. At Joshua Tree, scouts were instructed on safety and knot tying before rock climbing for real on this adventurous outing. Afterward, scouts got to enjoy their time camping at Joshua Tree Lake. A fun time was had by all!

Finally, scouts helped Cub Scout Pack 616 with its Pinewood Derby race. Pinewood Derbies are one of the best parts of Cub Scouts, where kids can learn for themselves how to work with different tools that will help them construct their own mini-race cars.

Any boy scout who went through Cub Scouts remembers the Pinewood Derby fondly. Being able to help organize and run the event is great. For a boy scout, it’s always a pleasure to help the younger generations enjoy the same events the boy scouts themselves experienced.

Cameron Deschenes, Troop 616 Scribe

Cubs Race to Have Fun

It’s been a fun start to the year for Cub Scout Pack 615. In January we had our first campout of the year at Falcon Group Campground near Lake Elsinore. Scouts enjoyed activities ranging from hiking to rocketeering during the weekend. In February the scouts competed in our much-anticipated Pinewood Derby race.

If you have a young man at E. B. Scripps Elementary School in grades 1–5 who is interested in joining Cub Scouts, please contact scoutmaster Kevin Krown at [email protected]

Pack 616 Stays Healthy, Rocks, and Races!

Pack 616 cub scouts have kept busy. The Webelos’ “First Responder” health and safety unit culminated in a fun and informative visit to the MD Today Urgent Care in Scripps Ranch. The Webelos also continued their health and nutrition studies with a den barbecue where they got to practice their cooking skills.

Pack 616 cub scouts had a blast at the annual rock climbing event at SolidRock Gym in Poway (pictured at right).

Next up is Pinewood Derby season! The boys are currently constructing their wooden cars for the eagerly anticipated annual race. For news and events or for information about joining Pack 616, please visit or email Karl Iliev at [email protected]