Happy New Year!

We’ve got a busy second semester coming up! Our leader meeting is on Monday, Jan. 9, and our team meeting is on Monday, Jan. 30. We will have some of our final Journey/Encampment planning meetings at 6 pm prior to the leader meeting. Junior Encampment is the weekend of Jan. 21–22 at Whispering Oaks in Julian. The Seniors’ Journey in a Weekend starts on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Cookie sales start on Sunday, Jan. 29. We send an early thank you to Scripps Ranch residents for supporting our girls as they learn the art of selling, financial planning, and money handling! We are usually one of the largest selling service units in San Diego-Imperial County, and it’s all possible because of everyone’s patronage.

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, we will be at Dingeman Elementary’s multipurpose room for our first-ever Scripps Ranch Cookie Kick-Off. All scouts are welcome to check out the latest, greatest cookies! Drop by between 6:30 and 7:30 pm for a sneak peek at the 2017 cookie season.

Last month we held our Investiture Ceremony, featuring a pearl tradition, reminding us of Girl Scout founder Juliette Low’s selling of her pearls to fund her vision. Volunteers received a pin, while we read all the reasons we do what we do for our wonderful girl scouts. We all can make a difference, one girl at a time!

Our next first aid and CPR training will be in mid to late January. Watch for emails or Facebook notices. All are welcome, even if you aren’t a Girl Scout leader! Attendance is limited to space on hand.

Registration starts for the Powder Puff Derby in March. Watch for emails or Facebook notices with a link to register. To reach us, email [email protected] We hope your 2017 is wonderful!

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

Pack 614 Runs for the Hills!

In December Pack 614 cub scouts held their rescheduled Family Campout at Indian Hills in Jamul, with 130 people attending. The boys had a packed activity schedule with BMX biking, archery (below), paintball, and zip-lining.

The Webelos II scouts cooked a wonderful dinner, while the Bears arranged an evening activity where the ranks competed by building with glow sticks. The nights were cold, but the overnight campers came prepared as always. The evening pack campfire had the scouts performing skits and singing songs, ending with the solemn retirement of a worn U.S. flag.

At the end of the year the boys trekked to downtown San Diego to participate in the annual Holiday Bowl Parade. They carried signs in front of the floats.

The boys look forward to the Pinewood Derby in January. It’s an annual favorite, where the boys race small wooden cars they make themselves.

If you have a boy in 1st through 5th grade interested in Cub Scouts, visit our website at www.pack614.com for details and to see our calendar. We offer a year-round program in a large, active pack.

Pack 615 Has Fun

The last few months have been busy! In November our Webelos scouts took part in Webelos Woods, where they got an introduction to what they can expect in Boy Scouts. We also enjoyed our first pack camping trip of this school year at Dos Picos campground in Ramona. The weather was perfect, and the full moon provided light for a night hike. The kids had a blast!

In December our scouts participated in Wreaths Across America at Miramar National Cemetery. This annual ceremony is a great opportunity to teach our young men to honor and remember our veterans. Pack 615 was proud to participate.

We have many exciting activities in the new year, including the ever-popular Pinewood Derby. If you have a boy in grades 1–5 at E. B. Scripps Elementary who is interested in Scouting, please contact our cubmaster, Carlos Chavez, at [email protected] for more information.

Pack 616 Carnival a Hit!

Scouts and their families headed to Stanley Steemer headquarters in November for the annual pack carnival. Attendees had a ball playing Rat Toss, Corn Hole, Plinko, and other fun games. Also, scouts earned their Indoor Climbing patches at a pack event at the Solid Rock Gym.

Are you a boy in 1st through 5th grade who likes fun, adventure, and 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? Pack 616 wants you! Interested families can reach us through our website’s contact page at http://pack616.com/contact.

Troop 663 Prepares for 2017

Troop 663 kicked off the camping season with the Path to First Class Campout, also called the Webelos Campout. We also took an amazing trip—the Grand Canyon Expedition! “The hiking trip to the Grand Canyon was actually the ‘grandest’—pun intended—trip in mileage, fun, and beauty ever for me! The trip was pretty darn cold too with the rain, but even that added to the prettiness,” said Jon Kwiatkowski.

We took a nice holiday break in December, but even then Troop 663 held a few activities. We had troop elections as scouts took on different leadership roles. Scouts also enjoyed a campout specially made for the Wilderness Survival merit badge.

Troop activities will be a bit scarce in January, but the Cold Weather Campout will be a true test of preparedness with the frigid temperatures. Then on Monday, Jan. 9, we will hold our second Webelos Night, where we welcome boys interested in learning about Boy Scouts and Troop 663. Join us at E. B. Scripps Elementary School from 6 to 7:30 pm.

Co-manager Cynthia Collins (left) and Recognitions chair Lynn Bautista Barroso (second from left) recognize newly initiated Girl Scout leaders.