Troop 616 Climbs to New Heights

So far this summer Troop 616 had many adventures and milestones. To start off, many of our new scouts attended Tenderfoot Camp. They went into the wilderness with little experience and in need of assistance with camping skills. They came out with new capabilities that will help them throughout their Scouting career. According to many of the scouts, it was a blast and a valuable trip.

Our troop also took a backpacking trip to San Gorgonio Mountain. According to one of the trip’s leaders, Mr. Cederquist, “Peaking on day two was the best part. It was a beautiful 360-degree view over Southern California. You could see Palms Springs below, Mount San Jacinto to the south, and the ski lodges to the north.” That, too, was a great trip!

Quinn Gorham celebrated attaining Scouting’s highest award with a very special Eagle Court of Honor (pictured right). He is the 115th Eagle Scout for Troop 616. Family, friends, and fellow scouts watched this special ceremony and were moved by Quinn’s recollections of his adventures in Scouting. He is well known in the community as a great person and friend, and it is great to see that his hard work paid off.

Summer holds more adventures for the troop with summer camp at Lost Valley near Warner Springs. Also, we have backpacking trips to Onion Valley in the Sierras and the Philmont Scout Ranch in the Southern Rockies. There’s still a lot of fun left this summer!

Carter Hass, Troop 616 Scribe

Pack 614 Celebrates the 4th of July

Pack 614 cub scouts enjoyed participating in the 2016 Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade (right). With this year’s theme, “All-Star,” they donned large foam hands and bounced star-covered beach balls down the parade route. The parade judges awarded the pack second place in the Youth Group category for its show of enthusiasm and spirit. Good job to all the scouts!

Earlier in the summer the pack held its 2nd Annual Raingutter Regatta, which was the first pack activity for many of the new Tiger Scouts. The boys built and raced model sailboats carved from plastic foam and used straws to blow them down the water raceway. Certificates were given to the fastest boats for each rank and trophies for overall in the pack. The scouts showed a lot of creativity in their designs.

Upcoming summer activities include indoor rock climbing, laser tag, and a bike rodeo. For more information about events and joining Pack 614, please visit our website at

Fun Events for Pack 615!

It was great to see so many friends and neighbors along the 4th of July Parade route! It’s hard to believe that school starts in a few short weeks. We’ve got exciting activities coming up, including our first Raingutter Regatta, where scouts—and prospective scouts—build and race a boat!

If your son is interested in Cub Scouts, this event is open to the public and all materials are provided. This is a great opportunity to learn what Scouting is all about! So if you have a son in grades 1–5 at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School, please contact our cubmaster, Carlos Chavez, at [email protected] for details!

Pack 616 Scouts Graduate!

Friends and families of Pack 616 gathered at the Scripps Ranch Community Park for the pack’s graduation earlier this summer. The ceremony included a trip through the “Cub Scout Cooker,” which magically turned Tigers into Wolves, Wolves into Bears, and Bears into Webelos. Congratulations to all the scouts!

On the 4th of July, Pack 616 cub scouts strapped on their helmets and boarded their scooters for the 46th Annual Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade. The scouts rode their patriotically decorated scooters in a procession that included San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Congressman Scott Peters, and San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. Onlookers could hardly contain their excitement as the red, white, and blue pack passed by and occasionally treated them to their patented float spinning maneuver. “Their performance made me proud to be an American,” said longtime Scripps Ranch resident Scott Upton.

The pack looks forward to its First Annual Family Beach Day on Saturday, Aug. 6, at La Jolla Shores and Scout Night on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Petco Park. For news about Pack 616, visit

Girl Scouts Plan Ahead

Hello families! This is a short August since school starts on Monday, Aug. 29! It’s hard to think Girl Scouts, but it’s that time of year to get it all rolling!

 It starts on Monday, Aug. 22, with our team planning dinner at Yanni’s. Dinner is at 6 pm, followed by the meeting at 7 pm. Look for the invite to come in our Google Group email so we can get a head count.

Our first leader meeting is on Monday, Sept. 12, at Dingeman Elementary School, starting with a 6 pm encampment planning meeting and followed by a 7 pm leader meeting. If your troop is interested in Brownie, Junior, or Cadette Encampment, please send a parent or representative. It is mandatory for all participating troops to attend these meetings.

Our September team meeting is on Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 pm at Dingeman. If your troop has a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award that involves other girl scouts, the project must be presented to the team, then the leaders. Let us know if you have any questions about the process.

Re-registrations and 2015–2016 financials should have been done by now. If not, your troop can’t sell nuts or cookies in the coming year. Let us help you! Questions? Email [email protected]

Cynthia Collins, Mike and Summer Gates, SR Service Unit Co-managers