Troop 616 Has a Blast, Honors New Eagle Scout

In January Troop 616 had an amazing time at Rocket Camp near El Centro. Scouts and parents shared a rocket build day in November to prepare for the big launching weekend! All who attended shot their rockets all day at an abandoned WWII airport in the middle of the desert. It was extremely fun for all the scouts because there was a crew of adults who shot huge rockets that flew so fast you couldn’t see them if you blinked.

Also, the scouts played a lot of other games like football, exploring, and cards while they watched each other’s rockets soar. There were also many laughs from weird rocket launches and misfires. Overall, it was one fun weekend with beautiful weather and lots of rockets.

Congratulations to Aiden Tait (left), who celebrated attaining his Eagle rank with a Court of Honor at the end of January. He is Troop 616’s 123rd Eagle Scout. The Court of Honor is a special ceremony for the Eagle Scout and his family and friends. We are so proud of you, Aiden!

Jacob McCallum, Troop 616 Scribe

Pack 614 Goes to the Races!

Cub Scout Pack 614 held its popular Pinewood Derby. The boys built cars from wooden kits and raced them against each other. Nearly 70 cars were registered, and the competition was fierce (pictured below). Awards were given for the fastest—and slowest!—cars, as well as for style and craftsmanship. Congratulations to Samuel C., whose car will be entered into the district-level race in April. Good luck!

At a recent pack meeting cub scouts had a LEGO building competition and heard the results of the Popcorn Fundraiser. Congratulations to Nate L. for raising the most funds for the pack!

Upcoming events include service projects such as Scouting for Food, where the boys collect food donations, and the bridging of Webelos II scouts to Boy Scouts. Our next meeting is on Monday, Mar. 6, at 6:30 pm at Jerabek Elementary School. If you have a boy in grades 1–5, visit for details about our active pack!

Fun for Pack 615

February was a fun month for Pack 615, highlighted by the always-popular Pinewood Derby. The boys worked hard on their cars, and we had impressive designs! Winners weren’t known at press time, so watch this space for results and photos.

In January cubmaster Scott Campbell built two rocket launchers. After a physics lesson, the boys took turns launching two-liter bottle rockets. It was a huge hit!

We have many fun activities, so if you know a boy in grades 1–5 at E. B. Scripps Elementary School who would enjoy Scouting, please email our cubmaster at [email protected]

Pack 1216 Ready to Move on Up

Every den in Pack 1216 was busy with exciting and educational adventures as cub scouts sought to fulfill their rank requirements. Webelos I scouts learned first aid, and Webelos IIs made their own plaques for the upcoming Arrow of Light Ceremony. The Wolf den built robots from recyclables, and the Tigers had an engaging trip to the Coast Guard Station where they toured the boats and a helicopter.

The pack also spent time preparing for the annual Blue and Gold Banquet, where they will say goodbye to the Webelos IIs as they begin their new journey in Boy Scouts. Visit http://sr-pack for more information on Pack 1216 at Miramar Ranch Elementary School.

Spring is Almost Here!

Upon delivery of this March SRCA Newsletter, our Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts will have worked hard to make this Cookie Season the best ever! The last day for sales is Sunday, Mar. 12. We thank our wonderful community for its ongoing support of our girls’ primary troop fundraiser!

The March leader meeting is on Monday, Mar. 13, at Dingeman Elementary School, and the team meeting is on Monday, Mar. 20. Any encampment planning meetings will be held at 6 pm prior to the leader meeting on Mar. 13. If you want to be part of these co-op events and would like your troop to participate, be sure you send a representative.

The Annual Family and Me event—the Powder Puff Derby—is on Saturday, Mar. 18, at Dingeman Elementary. Watch for email messages closer to the date. Parents, please make sure your girls build their own car. It’s only fair that the girls build their own cars, right?!

Any questions regarding Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts can be emailed to [email protected] For all our registered leaders, check out our Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts Facebook page!

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

Troop 301’s Great Adventure to the Sea

Troop 301 scouts hiked the 22nd edition of the “Scripps Ranch To The Sea!” 20-mile hike. The prerequisite for this trek is to have strong two-, five-, and 10-mile hikes, and parents are required to do the same. Scouts enjoy this event because it’s a physical and mental challenge. For most scouts the best part is putting their feet in the ocean once they finish. All the parent volunteers deserve special thanks for setting up stations along the way to cheer on the hikers. At these stations scouts get a small break, as well as refreshments, to help them accomplish this challenging task, which is to reach the sea and dip their sore feet in the water. Ryan Chaiyakul, Troop 301 Scribe