Special Honor for Pack 614

Pack 614 cub scouts were honored to be chosen to perform the Color Guard for the start of the Padres game on Scout Night in May (above). Eight scouts, one from each attending den, carried the Pack 614 flags onto the field for the singing of the national anthem. We are very proud of our boys for representing Scouting in San Diego.

For Memorial Day more than 30 of our scouts honored our veterans who died in service to their country. They attended a flag ceremony and placed flags on markers at El Camino Memorial Cemetery.

In June our scouts bridged to their next ranks. We also started our summertime activity schedule with the boys making and racing model boats in our second annual Raingutter Regatta. New Pack 614 Tiger dens will form soon, though scouts of any rank can join any time. For more information, please visit www. pack614.com.

Pack 615’s Indian Hills Adventure!

It’s been an exciting few months for Pack 615 cub scouts, highlighted by our annual family campout at Indian Hills in Jamul. Our boys and their families enjoyed hiking, swimming, zip lining, and testing their skills on BMX tracks. This trip is one of the highlights of the year, and it was capped off with a bridging ceremony as scouts graduated ranks. The boys put a lot of effort into completing the requirements for their next rank. Congratulations!

To honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, scouts participated in a flag placement ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. This community service event is a great reminder to them about the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Pack 615 is excited to once again participate in the SRCA 4th of July Parade. This is a great community event, and we hope to see you along the parade route!

If you know a boy at E.B. Scripps Elementary in grades 1–5 who is interested in Scouting, please contact our cubmaster, Carlos Chavez, at [email protected]

Pack 616 Honors Heroes

Pack 616 cub scouts joined with hundreds of local cub scouts and boy scouts to place flags on the graves of fallen heroes at Fort Rosecrans in Point Loma over Memorial Day weekend. Scouts covered the 77.5-acre cemetery and placed flags on all 125,000 headstones in honor of our beloved veterans and their families.

Pack 616 also has been tidying up our parks. The Den 5 Bears spent two Sunday mornings picking up trash at Lakeview Park and around Miramar Lake.

Lastly, the members of Webelos I den earned their Webelos badge by completing their Earth Rocks, Webelos Walkabout, and Cast Iron Chef adventures this month.

Look for Pack 616 scouts in the 4th of July Parade. For more news and events or to get more information about joining Pack 616, please visit www.pack616.com.

Pack 1216 Finishes Strong!

Pack 1216 recently held its last meeting of the school year. It was also the pack’s Spring Roundup and the scouts advanced ranks. To add to the excitement a special visitor from Project Wildlife came and spoke to the scouts. The representative talked about the importance of each animal in the San Diego ecosystem, as well as provided an opportunity to meet a couple of their rescued animals.

Other recent activities included Vulcan Geology Day and participation in the Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day flag placement, which is always a special way to honor our veterans. The pack ended June with the annual all-pack camping trip to Indian Hills. Activities such as zip lining, archery, and a nighttime hike were favorites. If you’d like to join Cub Scout Pack 1216, please email [email protected]

Troop 616 Goes Whitewater Rafting

In May Troop 616 experienced many fun adventures around San Diego County and another part of our state. Our main troop event was a whitewater rafting trip to the Kern River. It was a blast! We did four runs, three of them Class 4 rapids, which are rapids with waves about five feet high, and several Class 3 rapids. The scenery was gorgeous in the lush Kern River Valley. It was a great trip and our troop expects to do it again because it was so popular.

We also took a beautiful hike through Torrey Pines State Reserve and helped out at the Ladle Soup Kitchen downtown.

Separately, one of our troop’s patrols held its own notable event. They did a COPE—Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience—course at the Boy Scout Mataguay Camp. One of the scouts who went, Sahil Athalye, said, “It was a lot of fun. We did zip lining and had lots of team-building activities. My favorite part was the high course, where you had to make your way through a network of bridges, ladders, and other obstacles in order to reach the end, all while 30 feet in the air.” This summer brings several weeklong adventures sure to provide lasting memories.

Carter Hass, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 664 Races Down the River

In May Troop 664 held its first pancake breakfast fundraiser and went on an extremely cool whitewater rafting trip. At the pancake breakfast scouts and parents made pancakes, bacon, and sausage for our customers. We raised more than our expected goal for the troop, so thank you to anyone who came out to join us.

On the Kern River the scouts rafted through Class 2, 3, and 4 rapids and had a blast! One of our chaperones was inducted into the Kern River Swimming Club when he fell off the boat, but, luckily, no one got hurt. The next day we went up to the Trail of 100 Giants and saw the giant sequoias, including one that had a fallen and was climbable. All of the scouts thoroughly enjoyed the trip. If you would like to find out more about our troop, contact our scoutmaster at [email protected]

Jack Izzo, Troop 664 Scribe

Happy Summer, Girl Scout Families

We are resting up for another amazing year in Girl Scouts! Our first leader meeting is on Monday, Sept. 12. Be ready to hit the ground running with Encampment meetings, especially since Junior Encampment is in January!

We will host our team kick-off meeting at Yanni’s on Monday, Aug. 22, at 6 pm. Join us if you would like to be on our fabulous team! If you have any questions, email us at [email protected]

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