Hello, Girl Scout Families!

By the time you get this SRCA Newsletter, most of you will be enjoying or finishing up spring break…and, hopefully, recuperating from a wild and woolly cookie season! Lots of thanks, again, to our wonderful community for its ongoing support of our girls’ primary fundraiser!

The April leader meeting will be on Monday, Apr. 10, at Dingeman Elementary School, and encampment planning meetings will be held at 6 pm, prior to the leader meeting. The team meeting will be on Monday, Apr. 24. If you want to be part of these co-op events, send a representative so your troop can participate.

We have two wonderful encampments this month: Brownie Encampment at Green Oaks in Vista; and older girls’ Camp Surf. Both are on the weekend of Apr. 29. Thanks to all of you for making these events so great for our girls. From little pre-kindergarten girls to high school seniors, we offer a valuable program in which our girls grow strong!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 9, for our Spring Discovery Night! Bring your friends—they don’t have to be girl scouts!—for one hour of intense Girl Scout fun! Enjoy safari-type activities that embrace the theme of “Get Wild With Girl Scouts!” If you are interested in joining Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts, come register your daughter and maybe find a troop to join. It will be a great night to network.

This evening will be followed by our first-ever Girl Scout Fun Day on Saturday, May 13, from 11 am to 2 pm. Bring the kids to the Community Park and meet under the gazebo for outdoor socializing! Kids can bring their bikes, scooters, balls, whatever…and enjoy the great outdoors, while parents get to know other scout parents. Bring a picnic or some snacks and drinks. What a great way to relax!

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

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

Race Winners!

Pack 615 held its popular Pinewood Derby races. The boys brought a lot of creativity to their car designs, and there were quite a few fast cars this year! The top three finishers overall were (above, L to R): Tyler Campbell, first; Sean Chavez, second; and Ethan Sestok, third. Congrats to Tyler on his third consecutive overall win and good luck at the San Diego 500!

In March our scouts enjoyed a campout at Camp Balboa. We have more family campouts coming up, including our most popular trip of the year—Indian Hills! If you have a son at E. B. Scripps Elementary in grades 1–5 who wants to get in on the fun, please email cubmaster Scott Campbell at [email protected]

Scouts are Castaways

Pack 616 has been busy! Webelos attended the Webelos Winteree on Fiesta Island where they worked on their Castaway Adventure pin. The boys refined their fire starting and survival skills and learned what to do if they got lost in the wilderness and how to signal for help.

Pack 616 held its Annual Pinewood Derby, with Webelos Ollie Wright winning for the second year in a row! Ollie will represent Pack 616 at the Scout Fair at Qualcomm Stadium this month.

Finally, Webelos Den 5 built owl boxes as a conservation project for Dos Picos County Park in Ramona after a number of owl boxes were damaged in recent storms. Special thanks goes to Chris Pollard for making this project a success! If your son is interested in Cub Scouts, please contact us through http://pack616.com/contact.

Pack 614 Scouts Move On Up

At our March pack meeting we held the Arrow of Light ceremony, which acknowledges cub scouts that have achieved the highest rank, Webelos II. Several of these scouts will join Boy Scout Troop 616. Congratulations to all of them!

Also, our pack participated in the Scouting for Food program. The food donations collected by our scouts benefit the San Diego Food Bank that serves almost 500,000 residents.

We are looking forward to our spring campout at Dos Picos County Park in Ramona. Our next meeting is on Monday, Apr. 10, at Jerabek Elementary. If you have a boy in grades 1–5 interested in Cub Scouts, please visit www.pack614.com for more information about our active pack!

Troop 616 Finds “Lost” Scout

After the Search and Rescue merit badge was created in 2012, Lost Valley Camp began running a special program for scouts to earn the badge, and Troop 616 scouts participated recently. After spending a Saturday learning how to run a command center and implement a search grid, at 8:30 pm it was announced that a scout was “lost” and had “life-threatening injuries,” which meant he had to be found within two hours. Troop 616 scouts jumped at the challenge, took charge of the command post, and manned two of the search parties. After one hour and 55 minutes one of our troop’s search parties found the lost and injured scout. It was a fun and realistic exercise that our scouts really enjoyed!

One of the most special celebrations in Scouting is the Eagle Court of Honor. It was such a pleasure to see Eagle Scout Carson Leighty (above) honored by his troop, family, and special guests. Congratulations, Carson!