Troop 616 Explores Remnant of Exploded Star

Troop 616 had an amazing outing to the San Diego Astronomy Association’s Tierra del Sol Dark Sky Observing Site (right). The Astronomy Association has a 22-foot telescope, and we were able to see some amazing things in our universe.

Our favorite sights included the Orion Nebula, which is sometimes described as a “cloud,” where stars are born. We also liked the Crab Nebula, a remnant of a star that exploded in 1054, recorded by ancient Chinese astronomers. Seeing it triggered thoughts of 1,000-year-old civilizations.

The weekend was a fun way to work on our Astronomy merit badge, one of the original 57 merit badges issued back in 1911. Special thanks to our host, the San Diego Astronomy Association’s vice president Kin Searcy, and all those who helped make our weekend so special.

Congratulations to Evan Rayder and Flynn Steele, our new Eagle Scouts. They are our 128th and 129th Eagle Scouts!

Casey Snyder, Troop 616 Scribe

Girl Scout News

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you! Our May leader meeting is on Monday, May 8, at 7 pm at Dingeman Elementary. Tuesday, May 9, is our Spring Discovery Night! Bring your friends—they don’t have to be girl scouts! If you are interested in joining Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts, come register your daughter.

Join us at first-ever Girl Scout Fun Day on Saturday, May 13. Bring the kids to the Scripps Ranch Community Park and meet up for outdoor socializing! Kids can bring their bikes, scooters, balls, whatever…and enjoy the great outdoors. Bring a picnic or some snacks and drinks.

Reregistration has started. Register now and receive the new 2018 Scripps Ranch Membership patch. It was designed by 4th grader Clare Deilke of Troop 2188!

Bridging is set for Sunday, June 4, at Jerabek Park. Email us at [email protected] with questions.

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