Troop 301 Walks in a Winter Wonderland!

Troop 301 is having a fun-filled winter. In December many scouts completed the 20-mile Scripps Ranch to the Sea (SR2DaC!) hike. Twice a year, our troop hikes from Cypress Canyon Park in Scripps Ranch to the Torrey Pines State Preserve where we end the hike by dipping our tired feet in the ocean. Due to rain, the trails through Penasquitos Canyon were closed, so we used the urban route. It was fun and great preparation for summer hiking and backpacking trips. It was also great exercise!

In addition, we went on a campout to Agua Caliente where we went to Plaster City to launch rockets.

In January we had a skills campout at Lake Jennings to help the younger scouts get the achievements they need to advance rank and prepare for camping and backpacking. We also had patrol and individual competitions.

We continue to work on merit badges, including Family Life, Emergency Preparedness, and Auto Maintenance.


Thank you to Mrs. Simmons, Mr. Yip, and Mr. Jung for all they are doing to teach these merit badges.

We are also happy to congratulate our newest Eagle Scouts including, Grant Ingamells, Garrett Solberg, Ryan Madsen, Christian Nagano, and Stephen Lofy. Several more scouts are working toward the Eagle rank, and the troop is always helping out with Eagle projects at schools and in the community. Congratulations to all our new Eagle Scouts!

Tyler Kuperstein, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Has a Ball on Ice

This December our troop did community service work by handing out the Tailgate Times newspaper at a Chargers game. Afterward, we watched the game.

Also in December more than 20 Webelos from local Cub Scout packs attended one of our troop meetings. We taught the Webelos essential first aid skills, then played a game to test their knowledge. We hope to see them in our troop this spring!

In addition, some of our scouts did trail building at Mataguay Scout Ranch. We created more than 300 feet of new trail. It gave us a new appreciation for all of the trails we have hiked.

Finally, our troop enjoyed playing broomball, one of our favorite winter activities. We went to the Escondido Iceoplex and played a game where we would hit soccer balls with broomsticks into goals. After, we warmed up with hot chocolate and cookies. Everyone had a great time, and we can’t wait to go back!

Max Audick, Troop 616 Scribe

Pack 614 Scouts Scale Iron Mountain

On a chilly morning in late December, hardy Webelos II from Pack 614 traveled to Iron Mountain in Poway and took part in a five-mile hike to the peak and back. Family members accompanied our cub scouts in this activity. Participating boys met a requirement to earn the Arrow of Light Award later this spring.

Next up for our pack are preparations for the popular Pinewood Derby, followed by the Blue and Gold Dinner. If you are interested in learning more about our pack, visit [].

Pack 615 Back in Action

Pack 615 is ready to take on 2013. Our Tigers visited Scripps Ranch Fire Station 37. The firefighters gave the Tigers a tour of the fire station, they took turns sitting in the fire trucks, squirted the fire hose, and learned about the importance of dialing 911 in an emergency.

As I mentioned in December, we had our uniform inspection. After checking over the uniforms from belts, pins, shoes, hair, and everything in between–even their nails–all the boys passed inspection (below left). The rest of the night was filled with crafts and fun.

The Pinewood Derby is around the corner. The only criteria the cars have is weight. So if you want to join our pack, this is a great time. The final inspection is on Sunday, Feb. 10, when they inspect form and weigh all the cars. If you need further details, please contact Kevin Krown at [[email protected]]. Also contact Kevin if you have a boy in grades 1-5 who is interested in joining our pack. We look forward to hearing from you!

Pack 1216 Looks Forward to a Busy 2013

In January Pack 1216 cub scouts prepared for the Pinewood Derby by learning how to use basic hand and power tools at their den meetings and by dropping by Gil Boswell’s house to take advantage of his fantastic woodshop. The derby was held on Friday, Feb. 1.

As 2012 ended, December’s pack meeting was bittersweet as it was the last one for Webelos moving to the next level of Scouting. Also, our tireless committee chair, Cory Anders, moved on with her son. We’ll miss our friends and Cory!

The pack’s annual Blue and Gold Dinner is on Friday, Feb. 22, at Marshall Middle School. This annual celebration of scouting features a great dinner, funny skits, the Arrow of Light ceremony, and a raffle of fabulous prizes. If your son is in grades 1-5 and interested in joining the pack, please contact Denise Herich at [[email protected]].

Girl Scouts’ New Cookie Boxes

Get ready for National Girl Scout Cookie Day on Friday, Feb. 8! Show your support for the world’s biggest girl-led business and buy cookies.

Girl Scout cookie boxes have a fresh design this year! The revamped boxes now include pictures of girl scouts engaged in various pursuits, with quotes from the girls. The recognitions girls can earn, such as the Financial Literacy badge and Girl Scout Gold Award, are also featured. Through the cookie program, participants gain real-world skills such as goal-setting, decision-making, money management, and people skills. Girls set personal and troop goals for sales, then work together to decide how to use their proceeds. They learn how to track earnings, interact with adults, and divide work fairly. Proceeds stay local.

Scripps Ranch 5th graders Molleigh Rae Verhoye and Sydney Johnson of Junior Troop 8070 are among the thousands of business-leaders-in-the-making selling America’s favorite cookie. When the girls were Brownies, they used their proceeds to fund a trip to Disneyland, where they "bridged," or graduated, to Juniors in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. For more about cookie sales, go to [].