Best District Camporee Ever!

Troop 616 was among more than 170 scouts who took part in the Mountain Recon 100 Camporee at Mataguay Scout Ranch in late April. It was a fun-filled weekend with competitions that used our scout skills and teamwork to accomplish various “missions.” 

We started Friday night with a “night raid,” where we used our communication, navigation, and signaling skills to reach the compound, cross the “electric fence,” and raid the supply depot. On Saturday we infiltrated the opposition headquarters using lashings to build a ladder and teamwork to navigate the hazards and collect intel from inside. It was a blast!

Also in April we joined other scouts and varsity team members, venturers, and explorers from across our council—and about 5,000 other participants—at Qualcomm Stadium for the 67th Annual Scout Fair. This year the San Diego-Imperial Council is celebrating the 100th year of Scouting in San Diego. 

Our troop set up multiple Dutch ovens to demonstrate how to cook with them, and we provided samples. The food ranged from French fries, calzones, pound cake, and chili. One special note is that this year our scoutmaster, Paul Honeycutt, placed third amongst 35 participants in the annual Chili Cook-Off! 

Casey Snyder, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 664 Meets New Challenges

Troop 664 scouts have been very busy hiking and canoeing. Scouts hiked up all five peaks in Mission Trails—Kwayy Paay, Cowles Mountain, Pyles Peak, North Fortuna, and South Fortuna—in just two days! They also canoed more than 35 miles down the Colorado River in seven canoes, paddling with all of their gear. 

The troop celebrated its spring Court of Honor, where scouts received merit badges and awards. Scouts will work on swimming skills as they prepare for Camp Three Falls. If you would like to join us, please email our scoutmaster, Art Nagano, at [email protected]

Joshua Cox, Troop 664 Scribe

Pack 616 Scout Takes Third at Pinewood Regionals

Ollie Wright (below) did Pack 616 proud at the San Diego 500 Pinewood Derby by taking third out of 34 Rancho Mesa District cars. Ollie advanced to the regionals by winning the pack’s Pinewood Derby race. Congratulations, Ollie!

Scouts and their families enjoyed a relaxing and fun weekend camping at Dos Picos County Park in Ramona. As part of a team effort between the pack and Dos Picos, the Den 5 Webelos designed and constructed four owl boxes to replace and expand the park’s housing options for the birds. Barn owls need a dark, dry place to raise their young, and the scouts’ boxes are just the thing. About the size of a microwave oven and painted a dark green to match the tree’s foliage, they have a downstairs nesting chamber for mom and an upstairs “man-cave” for dad, as well as a platform for the nestlings when it is time for them to fledge. The boxes will be placed in the park’s native oak trees.

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Girl Scouts Help Greyhounds

We are Carly, Camila, Francesca, and Samara from Scripps Ranch Girl Scout Troop 8170 (below), and we love greyhounds. We decided to turn our love of these beautiful, family-friendly animals into our Silver Award. While working with the Greyhound Adoption Center (GAC) in El Cajon, we met with board members, visited the facility, learned about the nonprofit organization, and created a proposal we thought would help the greyhounds and get the word out to our community.

We conducted a fleece drive that collected enough materials to produce 30 blankets for the dogs. We also built a bridge for their memorial garden. Finally, we developed a badge workshop for Junior and Cadette girl scouts and raised more than $300 for the GAC. We hope you take a moment to learn about these animals and how you can help them at We would love to see more greyhounds in Scripps Ranch!

Why Surf Camp Rocks!

Even after five years my troop still looks forward to our yearly trip to the YMCA Surf Camp for a weekend of s’mores, surfing, boogie boarding, and early morning hot chocolate. Beginning in 6th grade, we went to surf camp together! 

In addition to water activities, they have archery, rock climbing, arts and crafts, and early morning walks on the beach. Camp activities accommodate everyone no matter what they like to do, which leads to a different and fun experience every year. 

Even as high schoolers (above), it’s the highlight of our month. We can hear the waves crashing on the sand from our cabins in the morning and as we go to bed. It is the perfect way to start and end a perfect day! From the second we leave camp, we look forward to next year!

Lauren Lloyd, Troop 8825

Girls Bridge to Next Level

Bridging 2017 is here! On Sunday, June 4, more than 200 girls will move up to their next level at Jerabek Park. Come watch from 5 to 6 pm. Congratulations to 3rd grader Alexis MacInnes, the winner of the Bridging patch design contest! Questions? Email [email protected]

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