Troop 616 Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary

Troop 616 participated in many fun activities in March, starting with our troop’s 45th anniversary dinner (above), held at the Officers Club at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar. We had a great turnout with many highlights. The first was Bill Driscoll, a U.S. Navy commander (Ret.) and a Navy fighter ace from the Vietnam War. He was our guest speaker and gave a passionate talk about his experiences during combat and how to optimize performance under pressure.

The second highlight was our troop being given a proclamation from San Diego County, presented by Supervisor Dave Roberts. All in all it was a great night.

One major outing in March was a 10-mile hike through Mission Trails Park. This was training for a larger backpacking trek this summer and one heck of a leg workout! Another fun camping trip was to Agua Caliente. The group had an amazing time in the desert, exploring the mud caves, and running in the wind caves.

Carter Hass, Troop 616 Scribe

A Scout is Helpful!

Troop 663 worked on two service projects. For Scouting For Food, we hung fliers on the doors of Scripps Ranch homes to let people know we would come by later in the week to pick up food for the San Diego Food Bank. We collected a lot of food and thank all who donated. Another fun service project was staffing EggVenture at Mira Mesa Presbyterian Church. We set up games and snacks for young kids and had an Easter egg hunt.

Our camping adventure was going to Arroyo Tapiado for some good ole desert camping and mud cave exploring (above). Sadly, most of the heavy rains earlier in the year washed out most of the mud caves and collapsed them. But that just meant having more fun finding them!

Kit Williams, Troop 663 Scribe

New Eagle Scout:Hayden Ball

Congratulations are in order to Hayden Ball, 664’s newest addition to our collection of Eagle Scouts. Hayden has been one of the most active scouts in the troop. For his Eagle project, he built a horse bridge in Mission Trails Park.

Boys in our troop learned exactly how hard canoeing 50 miles in three days is when they took on the feat in a stretch of the Colorado River. They had a lot of fun, and when they finally finished, found the experience extremely rewarding.

Coming up in May, Troop 664 will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 22, at St. Gregory the Great Church. We encourage everyone to join us for flapjacks and fun! To purchase advance tickets or find out anything about our troop, please email our scoutmaster at [email protected]

Cub Scouts Help Others

Pack 616 has been busy this spring. We hosted our annual Scouting For Food drive in partnership with the San Diego Food Bank. We donated 457 pounds of food and $175 that will help the food bank provide 1,256 meals to those in need in San Diego County.

The pack also held its annual Blue and Gold Banquet. This venerable tradition is an opportunity to reflect on a year of scouting, recognize the boys’ efforts at earning their next rank, and thank all the volunteers who help the pack grow.

Another exciting event this spring was the Bridging Ceremony for the Webelos II scouts who will move on to Boy Scouts. All of our Webelos II scouts earned their Arrow of Light, the highest achievement awarded to a cub scout. Congratulations to Nathaniel B., Jarod C., Samuel S., Mason T., Ryan V., Roman W., and Samuel W.!

Join us for the Cub Olympics, where the boys will do fun activities and compete in feats of strength! If you’re interested in Cub Scouts, this is a great chance to get involved. It’s on Tuesday, May 17, at 6 pm at the Scripps Ranch Community Park.

For more news and events or to get more information about joining Pack 616, please visit or email Karl Iliev at [email protected]

Pack 1216: Spring Roundup

Pack 1216 had a busy April as each den prepared for advancement in May. From neighborhood clean-ups, Fitness Olympics, hiking, and fishing, the boys have kept learning and growing. They scouted for food for the San Diego Food Bank. Some boys went on a “hiking stick hike” where fallen tree branches became the “right” hiking stick for each boy (above).

Our Spring Roundup is on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 pm at Miramar Ranch Elementary. If your son will be in grades 1–5 in the fall, he and you are invited. From building Pinewood Derby cars to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow, your son will love Pack 1216. Visit for details.

May Greetings!

We are in full swing for membership renewals and new sign-ups! If you register early your girl will receive the 2017 Scripps Ranch Membership patch! That also means our spring Discovery Nite is coming up. Join us on Tuesday, May 10, from 7 to 8 pm at Dingeman Elementary School for Girl Scout fun. Bring a friend! We will have folks there to help you register. Even if your daughter doesn’t have a troop, she can attend camps as long as she is registered!

Our final leader meeting of the year is on Monday, May 9, from 7 to 8 pm at Dingeman Elementary. The final bridging planning meeting starts at 6 pm. Bridging is on Sunday, June 5.

Our first-ever Daisy Journey in a Day/Daisy Day is on Sunday, May 15, and our first-ever Brownie Journey in a Day is on Saturday, May 21. Scripps Ranch has set the standards for San Diego/Imperial County in all our events, thanks to our wonderful volunteers! We have open team positions. Our team meeting is on Monday, May 23, at Dingeman Elementary. Join us! If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Cynthia Collins and Lynn Bautista-Barroso, SR Service Unit Co-mgrs.