It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season!

Special thanks to our community for supporting Girl Scouts by buying cookies! This is the primary fundraiser for our troops, and we appreciate everyone who makes a purchase. We are lucky to have an amazing cookie team, led by Amie Lyons. Amie doesn’t even have an active girl scout—they all aged out of the program—and yet is giving so much of her time to be sure this is successful!

The monthly Community/Leader meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 12, 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.

Our monthly Team meeting is on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 pm also at Dingeman. All are welcome to attend either monthly meeting for the latest information.

World Thinking Day, hosted as a Bronze Award project by Troop 3821, is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 24. We also have the fun Powder Puff Derby on Saturday, Mar. 10. We purchased a track for our service unit, so don’t miss its inaugural races! Look for emails and Facebook posts with details about payment, car-building workshops, and car weigh-in schedules.

Please email us at [email protected] for questions or concerns.

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

Small Acts of Kindness

For her Silver Award Lauren Marvuglio, a troop 8007 Girl Scout Cadette, has been spreading the word “kindness”! She met with girl scouts and students from Scripps Ranch, Poway, San Marcos, Rancho Bernardo, and Rancho Peñasquitos to explain how a simple act of being kind can have a huge impact. (Lauren is pictured above, center back, with students.)

During these meetings everyone was able to put that idea into action by making “Kindness Cards” for Polinsky Children’s Center. Lauren explained how the Polinsky Center helps kids by providing a temporary emergency shelter for those who must be separated from their family for their own safety. Understanding how someone else might feel in that situation inspired everyone to create beautiful cards with kind and uplifting messages.

Also, many of the scouts and students donated art supplies for the Polinsky Center. Lauren has a goal of creating 50 art bags for the center, with a “Kindness Card” included in each one. Early this month Lauren will deliver the supplies and cards. Great job, Lauren! We are so proud of you!

Pack 615 is Ready to Race!

February is here, which can only mean one thing—it’s Pinewood Derby season! Mike Demeyere from Boy Scout Troop 663 was kind enough to host our Pinewood Derby workshop. The boys have been busy painting and tuning their cars in anticipation of race day on Wednesday, Feb. 21. This event is always one of the highlights of our Scouting year.

It’s not too late to get in on the fun! If your son would like to join us, please check out our Facebook page at or email our cubmaster, Josh Vosovic, at [email protected] for more information.

Troop 616 Honors Fallen Heroes

Troop 616 ended the year by celebrating Cameron Jones’ achievement of Eagle Award (at right). He received his rank earlier in the year and had his Eagle Court of Honor in December.

Also in December Troop 616 honored veterans at the Miramar National Cemetery by participating in the Wreaths Across America ceremony. The troop laid down dozens of wreaths on the graves of fallen veterans. In total 8,100 wreaths were placed by hundreds of volunteers.

The troop ended the year by hitting the ice at the Escondido Ice-plex to play broomball. This event is one of the highlights of the year for the scouts! We look forward to many activities in 2018! For more information about Troop 616, please visit our website at

Benji Snyder, Troop 616 Scribe

Happy Birthday, Troop 301!

We just celebrated the 11th birthday for Troop 301 of Scripps Ranch! With the Black Mountain District’s support, Troop 301 has been recognized through the Eagle Scout Alumni Association and the National Eagle Scout Association as a very successful troop in the council and the country!

In its relatively short life Troop 301 has made quite a few achievements:

  • 59 Eagle Scouts—a rate more than 17 times the national average
  • Hikes and backpacks totaling 2,200+ miles
  • 25+ High Adventure trips to Yosemite, Philmont, the Colorado River, Florida Sea Base, the Virgin Islands, Grand Canyon, Mount Whitney, and Yosemite

The annual troop Eagle Scout and parent reunion (pictured above) is always a great time to reconnect with these scouts. We hold it each year during the holidays, when many of the scouts are in town for the holidays. The young men have had success in Scouting, college, graduate school, and their careers! Congratulations to them all! To find out more about our troop, visit