Troop 664 members recently went on a three-day bike trip in Borrego Desert State Park (pictured right). Scouts biked around the park terrain, explored the mountain hillsides during the day, and set up camp inside the park at night. The troop looks forward to similar campouts in the future.

Troop 664 scouts also helped out at the Toys for Tots Drive at the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Center during the holidays. Thank you to all the scouts who volunteered to help the less fortunate in our community. We have more fun activities planned for 2018! For more about Troop 664, email [email protected] 

Troop 616 scouts recently went trail building at Mataguay Scout Ranch (right). Trail building is the act of creating new trails for people to use. Thank you to all the scouts who worked hard in this effort.

Troop 616 will host a Webelos Night on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 7 pm at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School on Stonebridge Parkway. If you are a cub scout and want to see what Troop 616 is all about, we hope you join us. Also, if you have never tried scouting and want to start the adventure, you are welcome as well. For more details, visit www.T616.org.

Benji Snyder, Troop 616 Scribe

Happy New Year, Girl Scout Families!

First of all, I want to recognize the top Scripps Ranch producers of our Fall Product Sale. Check out these numbers!

Top Troop Sales

  • Troop 2864, 13 girls selling—total sales: $4,521
  • Troop 4548, 15 girls selling—total sales: $3,781
  • Troop 3955, 9 girls selling—total sales: $3,541

Top Individual Sellers

  • M.D., Troop 3955, $938
  • V.N., Troop 2067, $759
  • A.B., Troop 8861, $750
  • A.G., Troop 3152, $744

Congratulations to all our girls, who collectively sold more than $66,000 in nuts and magazine subscriptions!

Special thanks to Troop 2865, who organized our first joint effort with the Symphony in the Park for our 35th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in December. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association also co-hosts the event. We look forward to this wonderful holiday community celebration next winter!

The January Community/Leader meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 8, at 7 pm in the Dingeman Elementary School Multipurpose Room. Planning meetings for Journeys and Encampments will be at 6 pm, prior to the Community/Leader meeting. Please send a representative if your troop wants to participate. All events are co-op and require troop participation to make them a success and more fun!

World Thinking Day, hosted as a Bronze Award project by Troop 3821, is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 24. Your troop should have chosen its country by now. The cost of $11 per girl needs to be paid with one troop check, made out to Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts, by the January Community/Leader meeting. We also have the Powder Puff Derby on Saturday, Mar. 10. Look for emails or Facebook posts about details regarding payment, car building workshops, and car weigh-ins.

CPR/First Aid classes will be held this month at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. You have your choice of either Tuesday, Jan. 23, or Thursday, Jan. 25. Both will be from 6 to 10 pm. Be sure to sign up so that we meet our minimum attendance or the class could be canceled. Look for information on Facebook and in your emails. Anyone, including girl scouts, can attend. Be prepared to save a life!

Cookie sales are starting! Thank you to our wonderful community for supporting our troops’ primary fundraiser of the year. Thank you to Troop 2188 for hosting our first ever—but hopefully the first of many—Scripps Ranch Cookie Kick-Off on Thursday, Jan. 11. Good luck to all our girls this cookie season!

If you have any Girl Scout items you would like to donate for others to use, feel free to bring them and lay them on the table prior to the Community/Leader meeting. We are particularly looking to build a Journeys library. If you’re done with your Leader/Girl Journey books, please consider donating them to our service unit for future use! Recycle, reuse…

Questions? Need to be added to our Google Group? Email us at [email protected] For all registered leaders, check out your Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts Facebook page!

Cynthia Collins and Lynn Bautista-Barroso, SR Unit Co-managers