Pack 614 Learns About Camping

Pack 614’s monthly meeting had the theme “Camping 101,” as scouts prepared for the annual campout at Indian Hills. The boys set up a tent (above) and learned about fire safety and how to recognize and avoid dangers they might encounter on camping trips.

Unfortunately, the Indian Hills campout was cancelled within hours of the scheduled start time due to an unforeseen problem at the campsite. But the cub scouts quickly put together a block party and movie night and had a great time!

Webelos scouts attended the Webelos Woods campout at Mataguay Scout Ranch. They had fun with boy scouts.

Join us at our next pack meeting on Monday, Nov. 7, 6:30 pm in the Jerabek Elementary School auditorium. Please visit for more details.

Pack 615 Loves Camping

Fall has arrived, and we’re looking forward to our first pack campout of the year at Mount Laguna. We’ve planned a great weekend of hikes, activities, skits, and food! Our Webelos dens practiced their camping skills while attending Webelos Woods at Camp Mataguay. This is a great event, where local Boy Scout troops provide an introduction to Boy Scouting to our Webelos. The boys had a blast!

We invite you to join our fun pack! If you have a boy in grades 1–5 at E. B. Scripps Elementary interested in Scouting, please email our cubmaster, Carlos Chavez, at [email protected]

Pack 616’s Bike Rodeo

Pack 616 kicked off the 2016–2017 season by holding its annual Bike Rodeo at Dingeman Elementary School. The picture below shows a bird’s-eye view! Scouts tested their skills on the precision bicycle course that included the new “John’s Jump” ramp. The pack recruited more than a dozen new boys at the event.

The pack thanks all who supported our popcorn sales. The money helps fund our activities. Are you a boy in 1st–5th grade who likes fun, adventure, and activities? Pack 616 wants you! Families can reach us at

Pack 1216 Stays Busy

Fall is in full swing for Pack 1216. All the dens have been busy accomplishing their rank requirements and taking time for the annual popcorn sales to raise funds for our activities. The pack also is planning for campouts, hikes, and a bonfire!

Our October pack meeting brought the scout value of kindness to the forefront. Each den created a skit on kindness with their parents. For more information or to join, visit or email [email protected]

Keeping Focus on the Scout Motto!

Be prepared! That was the focus for Troop 616 as scouts participated in Webelos Day, an annual event at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. Cub scouts from local packs that are about to bridge into Boy Scouts gathered to learn rope making, Dutch oven cooking, knot tying, troop tents, and much more!

Troop 616 enjoys welcoming new scouts in the spring, where they can participate in service projects, camping trips, merit badge days, and endless fun troop activities. One of our popular service activities is the Ladle Soup Kitchen, where scouts help set up, serve a meal, and clean up. It is always fun to help those in need.

Our monthly campout landed scouts at Lake Jennings. Boys focused on their fishing skills, in addition to camping, cooking, and outdoor fun!

Jacob McCallum, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 663 is Bound for the Grand Canyon

Troop 663 scouts had a great time demonstrating scout skills, knots, backpacking, and cooking to Webelos at the Rancho Mesa District Webelos Day. It was also fun to see boy scouts from other troops.

Our scouts, adult leaders, parents, and a few grandparents have been busy training and hiking to prepare for our upcoming family hiking/camping trip to the Grand Canyon. It takes place over Thanksgiving break. Scouts had fun hiking on the San Diego Trans-Country Trial.

Pictured below are two senior scouts—brothers Jakob and Joshua (back)—who are helping younger scouts, Jack, Cameron, Jason, Mathew, Karthik, and Morgan earn their Hiking merit badge.

Boys interested in finding out more about Boy Scout Troop 663 can visit 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 their parents.

Troop 663 also is holding a Webelos Campout on the weekend of Nov. 12 and 13. Join us and learn how to camp like a boy scout. To attend our Webelos Campout or Webelos Night, please contact Michael DeMeyere at [email protected] Kids from grades 5–11 are welcome. It’s never too late to join Boy Scouts!

Cory Anders, Troop 663 Scribe

Happy Thanksgiving,

Girl Scouts!

Our leader meeting is on Monday, Nov. 7, at Dingeman Elementary School. Encampment/Journey planning meetings are between 6 and 6:50 pm. The leader meeting begins at 7 pm. If your troop is interested in Brownie, Junior, or Cadette Encampment, please send a representative.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, our team meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 pm at Dingeman. If your troop has a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award that involves the participation of other girl scouts, their project must be presented to the team, then to the leaders.

Mark your calendars for the 34th Annual Community Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 6 pm at Jerabek Park. Bring a blanket, chair, and flashlight for this annual community tradition. This event is sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association and is being presented by Girl Scout Troop 8861.

Thanks to all our volunteers who make Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts the largest zip code service unit in San Diego-Imperial County! We couldn’t do it without you! To reach us, email [email protected]

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