Hello, Girl Scout Families!

The end of the year is here, and our final events are coming up. Bridging 2016 is on Sunday, June 5, from 5 to 6 pm at Jerabek Park. All bridging troops should check in around 4:30 pm. Guests are welcome. You can bring a blanket or chair, but if you have a higher seat, please sit toward the back to avoid blocking views. Girls are to wear closed-toe shoes and either their sash or vest. This is the largest service unit event of the year and the only time you will see the various levels of girls sitting all together!

Our annual Leader Appreciation Dinner is on Monday, June 13, at Yanni’s. Yum! We expect all leaders to have submitted their financials by this date and, hopefully, re-registered their girls. If we re-register more than 65% of our girls, our unit gets a 50% discount on Girl Scout property we are assigned this coming year. It’s great to save money and get registration out of the way! It’s simple. Just go online and follow the directions. Email us at [email protected] if you have any questions!

We are grateful for another great year. Thanks to all the volunteers!

Cynthia Collins and Lynn Bautista,

SR Service Unit Co-managers

Special Girl Scout Troop Marks 12 Years

Before Troop 8474 retires the troop number I would like to reflect on 12 years of service to my girls. Girls who joined as 5-year-olds have now grown into beautiful young women. At first you may think “12 years—wow, good for them,” and if you did you are spot on.

Over the 12 years we planned, we succeeded in our dreams, we laughed, we screamed at bugs, we did skits, we volunteered, we agreed and disagreed, we supported each other, we sold cookies and nuts, we achieved what we wanted to achieve, and we respected each other. At the beginning we chose our mascot and our color. We are the pink butterflies.

We started with eight girls from four different schools, grew to 16 girls in the troop, and we end with eight girls. We set paths for each milestone. From Daisies to Brownies we walked over the Girl Scout bridge in Jerabek Park. From Brownies to Juniors we walked over the Old Poway Park bridge. From Juniors to Cadettes we walked over the Golden Gate Bridge. From Cadettes to Seniors we walked over the Girl Scout Jerabek bridge again. Finally, from Senior to Ambassadors we saved our money and walked over the bridge of a cruise ship!

May many blessing continue with each of you as you bridge into your adult years. It’s been my pleasure to be part of your lives. Thank you for sharing the last 12 years with me. Love,

Your Leader—Ms. Robin

Pack 614 Scouts Move Ranks

The Cub Scout year is winding down but the fun never ends! Scouts worked hard all year and will promote to the next rank on Sunday, June 12, at Lakeview Park. At that time Cubmaster Scott Powers will pass the reins to new Cubmaster Duane Maxwell and Assistant Cubmaster Matt Brigger.

The pack held a New Scout Roundup for those interested in joining Cub Scouts. New dens will form soon. Now is a great time to join the pack! Please see www.pack614.com for more information.

There was exciting news for Wolf Scout Sam Callahan (above), who won first place at our pack Pinewood Derby. He went on to win second place in the district race, and he won the second place trophy for time trials across the whole council. He lost to first place in the time trial by 0.001 second! Congratulations, Sam!

Pack 616 Members Bridge to Boy Scouts

Cub Scout Pack 616 and its families saw seven Webelos bridge into Boy Scouts at a special ceremony. Nathaniel Barba, Jarod Cuarto, Mason Thompson, Ryan Vogt, Roman Wicker, and Sammy Wu bridged into Boy Scout Troop 301, while Sammy Snyder bridged into Troop 616. We congratulate the boys and wish them the best in their pursuit of Eagle Scout.

The pack also had a good time at the Cub Olympics. The boys competed in fun activities and feats of strength! As the Olympic motto says: Citius—Altius—Fortius (translation: Faster—Higher—Stronger)! If you would like more information about joining Pack 616, please visit www.pack616.com.

Troop 663 Camps Out!

April was a fantastic month! The troop camped out four of the five weekends! We kicked off our Order of the Arrow (OA) elections and many scouts are eagerly waiting for their OA ordeal. At the Scout Fair we again had an awesome activity booth—dodgeball! We look forward to this every year.

We welcomed new scouts at our Tenderfoot Campout at Lake Henshaw. The experienced scouts taught them new skills for rank advancement, such as how to set up a campsite and cook, and incorporated fun so they could make new friends.

Finally, we went to our district’s “Castaway Scouts” camporee on Fiesta Island. It was my favorite campout of the month. Our troop won the competition for best raft design!

Kit Williams, Troop 663 Scribe