Welcome to October!

Fall is here and Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts are ready for it! Our leader meeting is on Monday, Oct. 10, at Dingeman Elementary School. Encampment/Journey planning meetings are between 6 and 6:50 pm. The leader meeting begins promptly at 7 pm. See you there!

Our October team meeting is on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 pm at Dingeman. If your troop has a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award that involves the participation of other girl scouts, the project must be presented to the team, then to the leaders.

Nut sales started at the end of September and are a super way to get money into your troop’s treasury! Magazine subscriptions are a brand n w option this year.

Looking to meet some of us in person? Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Oct. 11, for one hour of intense Girl Scout fun at our no-cost Fall Discovery Nite from 7 to 8 pm in the Dingeman multipurpose room. All interested girls, as well as active scouts and friends or siblings, are welcome! Have fun with fall-themed crafts and activities. To register, email [email protected] Any questions? Email us at [email protected]

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

BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag

Over the past year I have been working to earn my Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. It is awarded to those who show leadership and are able to solve a problem in their community.

I have gone around San Diego (above) to tell as many people as possible about the impact plastic bags have on our environment and why reusable bags are important. This is a timely topic since the San Diego City Council voted in July for a plastic bag ban, and the November ballot will include a statewide bag ban.

The main goal of the ban is to encourage people to shop with reusable bags. There soon will be a 10-cent fee for paper bags at large grocery stores and pharmacies.

In addition to educating groups ranging from elementary school age to senior citizens, I received donations of reusable bags from grocery stores, companies, and local organizations. I partnered with the Hand Up Youth Food Pantry to distribute the bags to those who might not be able to afford them. That way more people can help keep the environment clean. Through this project, I hope I helped make the earth greener for generations to come.

Flora Perlmutter, Girl Scout Troop 8213

We Work in a Pig Sty

We are four girls from Girl Scout Troops 8461 and 8703. We are working on our Silver Award by volunteering at Grazin Pig Acres in Ramona, a nonprofit pig rescue (at left). They have more than 90 potbellied pigs that were given to them by people who couldn’t handle the responsibility, or t e pigs were found abandoned.

Our Silver Award is to educate people not to get potbellied pigs without proper equipment, space, or knowing what they’re getting into. Nan y and Martin, who run this rescue facility, have taken on a big responsibility by taking care of all 90+ pigs. Every day they feed the pigs, play with them, scoop their poop, and take special care of injured or disabled animals. They have two deaf pigs and one that came blind because she was so overweight she couldn’t function normally.

These pigs get hot every summer and cold every winter. In the summer they like to cool off in plastic kiddie pools, and in the winter they like to keep warm by snuggling in blankets. Therefore, we are doing a blanket and plastic kiddie pool drive. We are collecting donations of old or new kiddie pools and blankets. Please contact us at [email protected] to make arrangements to drop off your donation.

People get “teacup” or “miniature” pigs, expecting them to stay small. But miniature pigs turn into 150-pound potbellied pigs. They get aggressive when they get older and bigger because they need lots of space and other pigs to live with. If people know about the needs of potbellied pigs, they probably would not get them or be prepared to take care of them.

Pack 614 Celebrates

25 Years!

Pack 614 cub scouts are celebrating their 25th year serving the Scripps Ranch community! The September pack meeting included a birthday cake and a water rocket launch.

The scouts have great fall events to look forward to. First, we’ e camping at Indian Hills from Friday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 9. This is always a popular venue because it offers so many activities.

The Webelos Woods camping trip is from Friday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 23. This is for the older cub scouts to meet and enjoy activities with the local Boy Scout troops they hope to join.

Anyone interested in learning more about Pack 614 is welcome to attend our meetings. The next pack meeting is on Monday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 pm in the Jerabek Elementary School auditorium. Please visit www.pack614.com for more details.

Pack 615—Raingutter Regatta is a Hit!

Pack 615 held its first ever Raingutter Regatta at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. The boys got to demonstrate their creativity in the design, construction, and finish of their catamaran racers. Using a drinking straw, each scout generated the breeze to propel his vessel down the “raingutte ” race course. The kids had a blast! This will be an annual tradition!

Special congratulations to our newest Wolf Scout, Miles Perkins—four h from right in our photo above—who won the award for “Best Scout-Th med boat.” Welcome to Pack 615, Miles!

We have many fun activities coming up. If you have a boy in grades 1†5 at E. B. Scripps Elementary who is interested in Scouting, please email cubmaster Carlos Chavez at [email protected] for details.

Pack 616 at Petco Park

Pack 616 cub scouts joined other packs and troops for Scout Night at Petco Park. The boys marched on the field during the pregame Scout Parade and were treated to a “W” against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lots of fun was had by all!

The pack also had its first annual Family Beach Day at La Jolla Shores. The water was amazing and the waves epic! The pack will make this an annual event.

Are you a boy in 1st–5th grade who likes fun, adventure, a d activities? Are you a parent of such a boy who’s interested in providing a positive place where your son can enjoy safe, wholesome activities that focus on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills, and developing a spirit of community service? Interested families can reach us at http://pack616.com/contact.

Pack 1216 Start New Year

Pack 1216 at Miramar Ranch Elementary School kicked off the year with a bang at its annual Fall Round-Up as the boys learned to launch Alka Seltzer rockets. Opening with the traditional flag ceremony, the boys focused on the character quality of cooperation by playing team games.

The pack looks forward to a fun-filled year of camping, hiking, and learning new skills. Check us out at http://srpack1216.weebly.com, and email us at [email protected] to join.

Troop 616 Summits Mount Baldy—12,441 Feet!

Troop 616 embarked on a two-week trek to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, New Mexico, in the summer. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Scouts spent 10 days on the trail and two days at base camp. While on the trail, they rode mountain bikes through the meadows, shot multiple types of weaponry, climbed Mount Baldy—culminating with a 2,500-foot vertical cli b within two miles—met some wildlife, and had a few too-close-for-comfo t experiences with lightning. In total they backpacked nearly 70 miles through some of the most beautiful land in the Southern Rockies.

The troop is proud of its three newest Eagle Scouts. Congratulations to David Linton, Mike Huang, and Cohl Tabor for attaining the highest award in Boy Scouts. If you see them around the Ranch, give them your best!

Carter Hass, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 663 Stays Busy!

This summer the scouts and leaders of Boy Scout Troop 663 ventured to Portola Redwoods State Park for an eight-day camping trip including hiking, white water rafting on the American River, and merit badge work—like Nucle r Science and Public Health. The troop also went across the Golden Gate Bridge and took a day hike in Muir Woods.

Over Labor Day weekend some scouts took a three-day backpacking trek up San Jacinto Mountain. The scouts below—John Kwiatkowski, Kai Anders, a d Jakob Leneau—hiked to the summit of San Jacinto at 10,804 feet! There w s an elevation gain of 5,500 feet in 20 miles at an average altitude of 8,200 feet over three days. The scouts and leaders camped two nights at Little Round Valley.

Troop 663 has a group of newer scouts who just started hiking and are preparing for their first 10-mile hike. They hope to summit San Jacinto Mountain next year.

Boys interested in finding out more about Boy Scout Troop 663 can visit www.troopwebhost.org/Troop663SanDiego. Troop 663 meets most Mondays and will hold an open Webelos Night on Monday, Nov. 28, at 6 pm in the E. B. Scripps Elementary School’s multipurpose room for interested boys and the r parents.

Troop 663 also is holding a Webelos Campout in November. Join us and learn how to camp like a boy scout and work on your Arrow of Light requirements. To attend our Webelos Campout and Webelos Night, please contact Michael DeMeyere at [email protected]

Fun events we have planned include a Grand Canyon family campout, desert wilderness survival campout, Webelos campout, and annual adult social night. Kids from grades 5–11 are welcome. It’s never too late to join Boy Scouts!