Troop 663’s Busy Summer

Troop 663 has had many exciting events! Kit Williams was recognized for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout on June 22. Read more about Kit’s journey to Eagle Scout in the Spotlight on Scripps Ranch on page 32.

The Atomic Spartan Patrol, a patrol of first-year scouts, hiked at Peñasquitos Canyon to the waterfall. They were led by experienced scouts who gave them important training including backpacking skills.

The troop also held its twice-annual leadership election for leaders to serve the coming half-year. The newly elected leaders include: Matthew DeMeyer, Nathan McKinney, Alex Lempiainen, Morgan Davis, John Kwiatkowski, Kai Anders, Diego Stone, Dominic Ferrari, and Ben Mayer. These scouts participated in leadership training.

At our Court of Honor the Atomic Spartans received the Honor Roll Call award, which had never been awarded to a Troop 663 patrol. This award is given to patrols that meet certain standards for attendance, activities, and service.

In August the troop will go to Cherry Valley and Fiesta Island for two summer camps. Scouts also will help at the Scripps Ranch Twilight Camp for cub scouts. If you are interested in joining us, please contact assistant scoutmaster Mike DeMeyere at [email protected]

Troop 616 Ocean Kayaks at the Channel Islands

Troop 616 had a great four-day adventure ocean kayaking and exploring the Channel Islands National Park at the end of June. We drove up to Malibu Creek State Park on Thursday and spent the day on Zuma Beach. Charlie Basinger volunteered to be buried up to his head in the sand. You should see his tan line now!

We drove to Ventura Harbor to take the ferry to Scorpion Bay on Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel Islands. Once at Scorpion Rocks, we began exploring the sea caves. We then set up camp in a giant eucalyptus forest where the trees are three times the diameter of the ones in Scripps Ranch. They are not native to the islands and how they got there is a mystery.

The next day was amazing! We explored a dozen sea caves, with Sea Lion Cave being our favorite. It is 600 feet deep—we only went back 300 feet! Then the wind picked up and we could see white caps ahead. We were really ocean kayaking!

Our guide had us tie up at Sentinel Point while we waited for Scoutmaster Honeycutt to tell him we had to turn back. As soon as he got there, he capsized! He got right back in and capsized again! We got the message and headed back to camp. It was an awesome adventure!

Hello Girl Scouts!

Happy summer! In addition to Monday, Aug. 28, being the first day of school, we also will have our Team Kick-Off Dinner. We will meet at 6 pm at O’s American Kitchen in Mira Mesa for dinner first, and our meeting will begin promptly at 7 pm. If you have questions regarding Girl Scouts, please email us at [email protected]

Cynthia Collins/Somer and Mike Gates, Scripps Ranch Service Unit Co-managers

Girl Scouts Celebrate 100th Year with Good Deeds

To mark the centennial birthday of Girl Scouts San Diego, girls from Scripps Ranch and throughout the county have been doing good. As part of a challenge called “100 Days of Girl Scouts,” troops and members took action in their communities to make the world a better place.

Scripps Ranch Junior Troop 3077 (bottom picture) volunteered at Feeding San Diego, reported co-leaders Kelly O’Day and Christine Dopson. Other girl scouts honored veterans, created care packages for pediatric cancer patients, made goodie bags for families adopting rescue pets, beautified beaches and parks, and helped host events for younger girls. The 100 Days of Girl Scouts challenge—March 12–June 19—coincided with the national birthday of Girl Scouting. Juliette Gordon Lowe founded Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the nation’s preeminent leadership development organization, dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence, and character. Girls discover there is power in every G.I.R.L—Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader.

Girl Scouts San Diego was launched in 1917 when Troop 1 of Coronado became the first troop west of the Rockies. Today, more than 35,000 girl and adult members in San Diego and Imperial counties benefit from activities and training.

Adults are invited to attend Urban Campout: Celebrate 100 Years of Girl Scouts San Diego. The annual “fun fundraiser for grown-ups” is set for Friday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 11 pm. Find details at To learn about Girl Scout opportunities for girls and adults in Scripps Ranch, contact Tracy Browns at [email protected] or 619-610-0757. Also, visit

Girls Go For the Gold

Two Scripps Ranch girl scouts were among the 55 San Diego scouts to receive their Gold Award at Copley Symphony Hall. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable “Take Action” projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond. Just 5% of girl scouts nationwide earn this honor.

Flora Perlmutter earned the Gold Award for her “Project BYOB—Bring Your Own Bag.” She educated groups from elementary schools to senior citizens about California’s plastic bag ban and the importance of reusable bags. In addition, she distributed more than 1,100 donated reusable bags to families who might not be able to afford them.

Amira Walia earned the Gold Award for her “Career Corner Club.” She hosted Career Club meetings at Scripps Ranch High School, showing young women many different fields they could enter. She also urged their male peers to promote women’s advancement in the professional world. Guest speakers demonstrated real-life evidence of female success.

We are so proud of these girls for their hard work and accomplishments!