Troop 616 Bikes to New Heights

Troop 616 went on a trip recently called Snow Summit Campout, where the troop biked many trails and camped for a night. Everyone had a great time biking the trails in Big Bear, especially going downhill. The weather couldn’t have been better! Troop 616 can’t wait to do this campout next year.

Troop 616 congratulates Nicholas Fernandez and David Linton on their Eagle Courts of Honor. Nicholas received his Eagle rank in June and became the troop’s 117th Eagle Scout. David received his Eagle rank in August and became the troop’s 120th Eagle Scout. If you see Nicholas or David, congratulate them on their success in Boy Scouts.

Jacob McCallum, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 663 Heads to the Woods

Troop 663’s trip to Mataguay’s Webelos Woods campout was a huge success! The Webelos enjoyed snacking on Dutch oven-made donuts while doing various merit badges activities. As Kyle Dees recalls, “There were many energetic Webelos who had fun learning first aid from us.”

In the spirit of Halloween we held a troop Pumpkin Carving Contest. For many scouts this was the first time they carved a pumpkin on their own. In November we participated in the first-ever Rancho Mesa District’s Scout Expo. We got to demonstrate the adventure and fun of Scouting to all who stopped by our booth.

On Monday, Jan. 9, Webelos IIs are invited to our second Webelos Night, where you and your parents can find out more about our troop. We meet in the E. B. Scripps Elementary School multipurpose room on Mondays from 6 to 7:15 pm. For details, please email Michael DeMeyere at [email protected] More about our troop is at We welcome all Webelos and boys in 5th grade and above. It’s never too late to join Boy Scouts!

By Wilson Vo, Troop 663 Scribe

Troop 664 Scouts Advance

Troop 664 held its annual fall Court of Honor and recognized scouts who advanced ranks, as well as everyone’s accomplishments in earning merit badges, volunteer hours, and completing other scouting activities in the past six months. Our Dutch oven dessert contest again yielded many delicious desserts that delighted our guests.

Full of Halloween spirits, some scouts participated in the haunted trails in Dos Picos. They suited up and scared children! Both the scouts and children had fun. 

Many scouts are working on their Eagle projects, and the latest one was building oak log benches at Dos Picos County Park in Ramona by Tanner Florio. It required lots of heavy lifting and both scouts and parents (above) helped complete the project. For more information about us, check us out at or email our scoutmaster at [email protected]

Pack 614 Serves the Community!

At November’s meeting Pack 614 cub scouts worked with Jerabek Elementary School to collect and sort toiletries for the homeless in cooperation with Interfaith Community Services. Scouts wrote notes to include with the packages. They explored how community service is encompassed by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law and other ways to help the homeless.

The pack also celebrated one of the boys, Bo D., receiving his Religious Emblem Award, and three new scouts achieving their Bobcat rank.

Pack 614 sent 25 Webelos scouts to the 34th Annual Webelos Woods campout at Mataguay Scout Ranch in Santa Ysabel. The boys engaged in a lot of activities with local Boy Scout troops, including climbing through a 3D cave simulator, learning to tie knots, making a stretcher from a blanket and sticks, lighting camp fires, launching water balloons from a catapult (above), and participating in team-building activities. This campout is part of the preparation for the older cub scouts to transition to Boy Scouts. More than 1,000 cub scouts and 300 boy scouts attended.

In December the pack will finally have its annual Indian Hills family campout, which was rescheduled from October. Scouts will race their bikes on a BMX track, ride a zip-line, and shoot paintball, along with enjoy a campfire with skits, songs, and s’mores—all under the stars.

The pack looks forward to a favorite activity in January, the Pinewood Derby! If you have a boy in grades 1–5 who is interested in becoming a cub scout in our active pack, please visit

And A Camping We Will Go…

Pack 1216 headed for a weekend camping trip (below) to Dos Picos with a plethora of activities: hiking, biking, geocaching, knot tying, ultimate Frisbee, fishing, football, stargazing, campfire stories, skits, and much more! But the best was a Cast Iron Chili Cook-off that was enjoyed by the entire pack and its families.

November brought the theme of being courteous to the forefront, as the pack practiced this key part of the Scout Law at our meeting. The pack also participated in our annual Thanksgiving potluck.

From the Tiger den to Webelos II, the boys have been working hard at accomplishing their requirements from bike safety to performing a campfire skit. Our monthly meeting is the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Miramar Ranch Elementary School cafeteria. Please visit for more information.

Busy Month for Pack 616

Pack 616’s 2016–2017 program season is in high gear. We held our pack show and Pumpkin Carving Contest in October. Gavin Ireland won top honors for best traditional carving, Will Sedgwick won for best Cub Scout-themed carving, and Tommy Mansfield won for scariest carving. A fun time was had by all.

The pack headed to Indian Hills Camp for its Annual Pack 616 Fall Family Campout. Scouts and their families enjoyed a weekend of camping, biking, zip-lining, archery, and more. The Saturday night campfire included cubmaster Mike Cronin’s rendition of the notorious ear worm “Baby Shark,” and the retirement of an American flag highlighted the weekend.

Are you a boy in grades 1–5 who likes fun, adventure, and activities? Pack 616 wants you! Interested families can reach us through our website’s contact page at For more information on scouting, see

Happy Holidays, Girl Scouts!

We have a short December before school gets out, so please note our special dates. Our December leader meeting is on Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 pm in the Dingeman Elementary School multipurpose room. Those who have never experienced our Investiture Ceremony—similar to a leader initiation—please join us at that leader meeting. You only get invested once in your life, so if you’ve never done it, be there! Encampment and Journey planning meetings are at 6 pm.

Our annual team Holiday Party is on Monday, Dec. 12, at Janice Hartung’s home—thanks, Janice! We will have a hors d’oeuvres potluck and gift exchange between 6 and 7 pm. The team meeting starts at 7 pm. Any troops that need to present for their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards may do so at the beginning of the meeting. All are welcome!

Don’t miss our big holiday tradition! Come join the Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts for the 34th Annual Community Tree Lighting at Jerabek Park on Sunday Dec. 11, from 4 to 6 pm.

Hope you all have a great winter vacation with your families!

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