Troop 616 Enjoys Camp Kern

Seventeen scouts from Troop 616 enjoyed the great outdoors of the western Sierras at Boy Scout Camp Kern this summer. Scouts took part in water activities including sailing and kayaking on the beautiful lake, and earned merit badges like Rifle and Shotgun Shooting, Basketry, Leather Work, and Bird Study. One highlight of the trip was a 10-mile hike across three dams for a lakefront lunch of burgers and shakes. Troop 616 finished the trip with a first place finish in the Kern Olympics, while setting the sailing and rifle shooting records for the summer.

Zak McGaugh and Evan Rayder (top right) were honored at an Eagle Court of Honor on the Midway Museum. It was a magnificent venue to honor our 118th and 128th Eagle Scouts. Congratulations!

An Amazing View

Pack 1216 experienced a summer outing that eclipsed all others…viewing the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017. Pack 1216 joined others at the Scripps Ranch Library for a viewing party. Members of the pack were able to create their own viewers or use the special eyewear created for the eclipse. As San Diego only offered 60% coverage of the sun, the full eclipse was shown in the Community Room. Fun was had by all!

Also, Troop 1216’s Webelos IIs hiked near San Elijo (left). They learned how to identify local trees and plants, as well as how animals use them.

We invite all boys in 1st–5th grade at Miramar Ranch Elementary to our Fall Round-Up this month. Visit http://sr-pack or email [email protected] for more information.

Girl Scout News

Hello, Girl Scout families! Our first monthly Community/Leader meeting is on Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 pm at Dingeman Elementary. Our first Encampment and Journey in a Weekend planning meetings will be at 6 pm, just before the general meeting.

Want to find out what our fantastic team is all about? Attend our team meeting on Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 pm at Dingeman.

Mark your calendars for the Fall Discovery Night on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 7 to 8 pm, also at Dingeman. It’s one hour of intense Girl Scout fun for all prospective, new, and current girl scouts!

We want to say a big thank you to Mike and Somer Gates, past co-managers and volunteers extraordinaire! They moved out of Scripps Ranch, and we will miss you! Lynn Bautista-Barroso steps back in as our service unit co-manager, which means we need a new treasurer. She will train anyone who can help. Please email us at [email protected]

Cynthia Collins and Lynn Bautista-Barroso, Scripps Ranch Co-managers

Scripps Ranch Women Plan Girl Scout Gala

Scripps Ranch resident Katie Sullivan and her three daughters are co-chairing the honorary committee of Urban Campout: Celebrate 100 Years, Girl Scouts San Diego’s 20th annual “fun fundraiser for grownups.” Ann Holler of Scripps Ranch is a member of the planning committee.

Katie and daughters Megan Delgado, Lindsay Estrada, and Sarah Houghton are all Girl Scout alumnae. An active Girl Scout volunteer for more than 30 years, Katie has earned a Thanks badge, the organization’s highest award for adults. She chaired Girl Scouts San Diego’s Board of Directors, as well as a capital campaign.

Katie and Ann co-led a Scripps Ranch troop that included their daughters, Lindsay and Christina Holler Herschelman. Part of a four-generation Girl Scout family, Ann joined as a girl in New Jersey.

Urban Campout is on Friday, Sept. 15, at Girl Scout headquarters in Balboa Park, and it will salute a century of local Girl Scouting. Guests will earn badges, dine on gourmet fare, enjoy s’mores around the campfire, and dance to music by The Suffragettes, an all-woman band. Proceeds will help fund programs focused on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, STEM, life skills, outdoor training, and entrepreneurship.

Girl Scout Troop 8170 Provides Books to a School

We completed our Silver Award by creating a book exchange program at the San Diego Cooperative Charter School (SDCCS) in Linda Vista. The small charter school has a grade range from kindergarten to 8th grade, and it does not have a library.

We love reading and we wanted to combine our passion with the Silver Award. The goal of our Silver Award was to provide books to children who do not have easy access to reading. We achieved our goal by building a small bookhouse for the SDCCS, where children can exchange books. The bookhouse has three shelves and contains reading material for all ages.

We collected more than 900 books for this cause by donating our own and asking for contributions from friends and family. Thank you to all those who gave books. We presented our project to one 3rd grade and one 4th grade class at SDCCS, then held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to present the bookhouse to the entire school.

Given the need for books and maintenance of the bookhouse into the future, we are asking if other Girl Scout troops would be interested in supporting this effort going forward. If would like to support SDCCS, please contact our troop leader, Jacqueline Perez, at [email protected] Thank you!

Francesca Kelly, Emma McIntosh, and Mara Juergensen