Pack 614 on the March!

Pack 614 cub scouts, along with other packs and Girl Scouts troops, was invited to carry the “Patriot Flag” (above) during the annual Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade. The flag is 60 feet long and 28 feet wide, and it took a lot of scouts—and parents—to carry. At several points in the parade, we would stop and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

As a tribute to America’s military, emergency responders, and the families of our fallen heroes, this flag has been displayed in all 50 state capitals, the site of the former World Trade Center, the Pentagon, many state memorials, and most recently at Pearl Harbor. Pack 614 was honored to participate and become part of the history of this precious artifact.

In late January the pack held its annual Pinewood Derby, where the boys built cars from wood and raced them on a track. This is one of the highlights of the Scouting year. As usual, there were creative designs and the competition was fierce!

If you have a boy in grades 1–5 interested in Cub Scouts, please visit Our next meeting is on Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 pm at Jerabek Elementary School.

Pack 616 Climbs to New Heights

Scouts scaled the walls at the Solid Rock Gym in Poway in December to earn their Indoor Climbing badges (below getting instruction prior to climbing). Later that week, several scouts also participated in Wreaths Across America at Miramar National Cemetery. After a touching ceremony that gave special recognition to the Vietnam War veterans who were there, attendees laid wreaths on the graves of America’s fallen heroes.

The pack looks forward to the San Diego Gulls Scout Night and the Pinewood Derby in February.

Are you a boy in grades 1–5 who likes fun, adventure, and activities? Pack 616 is always looking for new families to join us! Contact us through our website at For more information on scouting, see

Pack 1216 Races into the New Year

Pack 1216 reveled in its final 2016 activities: hiking Iron Mountain, mountain biking in Los Peñasquitos Canyon (pictured below), attending the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony while enjoying hot cocoa and cider, Webelos II scouts finishing a “Tiny Library,” and Webelos I scouts holding a progressive dinner and caroling. Whew!

But the revelry ended as we stepped into 2017. School was back in session, and the boys prepared for the annual Pinewood Derby. Scouts could not wait to send their cars racing down the track. Fun was had by all! Visit for more details on Pack 1216 at Miramar Ranch Elementary.

Troop 616: 12 Scouts Earn Eagle Rank in 2016

Troop 616 congratulates the following young men for becoming Eagle Scouts: Aiden Tait earned the rank in October; Jonathan Cederquist and Alex Lawson received their rank in November; and Brett Benzie received his rank in December. These four Eagle Scouts helped break the Troop 616 record for the most Eagle Scouts in one year! In 2016 Troop 616 had 12 Eagle Scouts (at right). The last record was in 2011 with nine!

The troop enjoyed several activities recently, including broomball and Wreaths Across America. At a local ice arena, the troop played broomball, a winter sport very similar to hockey that also incorporates some soccer strategies and is played in regular shoes with broom-like sticks. Broomball is a tradition we play each winter!

Another tradition Troop 616 participates in annually is the National Wreaths Across America Day at Miramar National Cemetery. Many Boy Scout troops and volunteers participate in the ceremony and place wreaths on service men and women’s graves in honor of the sacrifice they made to defend our country. The boys were asked to say the veteran’s name aloud and take a moment to thank him or her for their service to our country as they placed the wreath.

Jacob McCallum, Troop 616 Scribe

Happy Valentine’s Day, Girl Scouts!

February is a short month with lots going on! The leader meeting is on Monday, Feb. 13, at Dingeman Elementary School, and the team meeting is on Monday, Feb. 27. Any encampment planning meetings will be at 6 pm. If you want to be part of these co-op events, make sure you have a representative attend so your can troop participate.

By the time you receive this Newsletter at your front door, cookie sales will be in full swing! We thank our wonderful community for its support of our girls’ efforts! All troops get a portion of the price of each box of cookies. The cookie program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial undertaking in the world.

The Daisies will be busy with their Daisy Day on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Girl Scouts’ Escondido property in Kit Carson Park. All Daisies will finish their Daisy Journey in a Day!

World Thinking Day will be on Saturday, Mar. 4, at Dingeman Elementary. This popular event celebrates Girl Scouts around the world. We hope your troop has a country they research and share with their fellow scouts!

The annual Powder Puff Derby will be on Saturday, Mar. 18, at Dingeman Elementary. Watch for emails. Dads, please be sure the girls build their own car! To reach us, email [email protected]

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