Troop 616’s Eagles Soar

Troop 616 was founded in 1971 in Scripps Ranch. We are proud to have 134 Eagle Scouts! Our most recent additions include: Chris Abeyta, #131, and Derek Abeyta, #132, in September; and Jerry Yang, #133, and Ben Ballard, #134, in October.

The troop meets on Wednesday nights at 7 pm at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School. We typically camp out once a month and have many more activities. In the summer we have a Boy Scout Summer Camp and a High Adventure Trek.

We will host Webelos visits on Wednesday, Dec. 6 and Jan. 10. If you are a cub scout looking for a Boy Scout troop, we invite you to check us out! Also, go to for more information.

A Busy Troop!

Troop 664 went up to Mt. Palomar for a fun campout (pictured right). Scouts got to hike up the mountain and enjoy the beautiful view at the top.

We held our Annual Fall Court of Honor in Balboa Park. Scouts were recognized for their awards and achievements.

Our patrols competed against each other in a Dutch oven cooking contest. This year produced the “best ever” desserts. Congratulations Young Goats Patrol! For more information about our troop, contact our scoutmaster at [email protected]

Pack 614 Heads for the Hills!

Pack 614 cub scouts had record attendance for the very popular Annual Family Campout at Indian Hills. Scouts enjoyed activities such as zip-lining, paintball, panning for “gold,” and BMX racing, following by a delicious dinner by the Webelos scouts.

Cub scouts also held a joint campfire with Pack 951 from El Cajon, enjoying creative skits and jokes. Scouts retired a special U.S. flag that had been flown on a Navy warship during the first Gulf War.

The cub scouts have been fundraising with popcorn sales in the neighborhood. Thank you all for your support! At our last pack meeting the scouts collected toiletries for donations to a local homeless charity. The boys also talked about how to support our community.

The next pack meeting is on Monday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 pm in the Jerabek Elementary auditorium. If you have a son in K–5th grade and would like information about our pack, visit

Pack 616 Camps Out at Indian Hills

Pack 616 headed to Indian Hills for its Annual Fall Campout. Scouts and their families enjoyed a weekend full of hiking, biking, zip-lining (Shay G. below), campfire songs, and other fun activities. Indian Hills has become a pack favorite and the “can’t miss” activity of the year.

Scouts are looking forward to earning their Rock Climbing badges at the pack event on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Boys also will participate in Wreaths Across America on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Miramar National Cemetery. Wreaths Across America is a national organization on a mission to remember those who served in the military, honor their service and sacrifice, and teach others to do the same. Each December wreaths are laid on the gravesites at national cemeteries in all 50 states.

Are you a boy in K–5th grade who likes adventure and activities? Pack 616 wants you! Reach us through our website’s contact page at

Learning How to be Leaders

Pack 1216 thanks the Scripps Ranch community for buying popcorn over the past few months. Our pack raised all the funds it needs for the year, thanks to you! A special shout-out goes to Ben Leader, our top seller, who raised $1,553!

At our November pack meeting we celebrated our country and community by having our annual Thanksgiving potluck. We ate great food, played silly games, and held a canned food drive for those in need. Our Webelos II den had the honor to meet with Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) president Bob Ilko to learn about how to be leaders in our community. Thanks, Bob, for investing in our scouts!

For more information about Pack 1216 at Miramar Ranch Elementary, please visit http://sr-pack or email [email protected]

Happy Holidays, Girl Scouts!

It will be a quick month, since winter break starts on Friday, Dec. 15! The next Community/Leader meeting is on Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 pm in the Dingeman Elementary multipurpose room. Planning meetings for Journeys and Encampments are at 6 pm. Our annual Investiture Ceremony will be held during the meeting.

Our annual team holiday party is on Monday, Dec. 11, at Lynette Rodenbaugh’s home. Potluck and Kris Kringle start at 6 pm and the meeting starts at 7 pm. Join us!

We are so excited about collaborating with Symphony in the Park for our 35th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 10! Creating a joint community event is a new tradition. Page 5 has details.

Questions regarding Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts can be emailed to [email protected] Have a blessed holiday season! Thank you for all you do!

Cynthia Collins/Lynn Bautista-Barroso, SR Service Unit Co-managers

Silver Award Projects Help Others

Troop 8461 girl scouts celebrated the completion of their Silver Awards. Nine girls worked more than a year on various projects. They included working with a pig sanctuary, teaching middle school students CPR, creating a vegetable garden at a low-income school, and providing sports equipment to kids in Haiti. The projects reflected the diverse interests of our troop and its commitment to the community. Here is a summary of two projects:

Our Silver Award project was designed to help people in our community by creating a way to recycle unused sports equipment that can be given to others who need it. We came up with this idea to solve a problem for our own families. After kids outgrow their shoes, the footwear is often kept in the garage instead of being reused.

So the idea of recycling popped into mind, not bottles but old shoes and soccer balls. Recycling these shoes would not only help families clear out their garages but also give other kids the shoes they need to play soccer and be active.

We worked with the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club and created a drop-off spot (above) for unused cleats and soccer balls. We were able to collect and ship more than 150 cleats and 75 balls to a soccer camp in Haiti. This Silver Award helped the people around us and taught us how the most simple things can be reused.

Izzy, Riley, and Noelle

The goal of our Silver Award project was to find a fun way to educate elementary school students in the area of food, health, and food production. We worked with Webster Elementary School to create a vegetable garden on campus. Students had wanted to have a garden for years but did not have the funding or people to create it.

Working with the principal we built two cedar garden beds (above). We surveyed the students and staff to see what fruits or vegetables they wanted to grow. A master gardener taught us what was best to plant in the garden and how to plant it.

The students and staff took care of the plants and seeds. We were pleased to hear that the students enjoyed pulling the vegetables from the garden beds and eating them. The school is already planning next year’s crop!

Katie, Lucie, and Sabrina