Pack 614 Goes to the Races!

Pack 614 cub scouts took part in a favorite activity—the Pinewood Derby (above). The boys crafted cars from blocks of wood and raced them against each other. Medals were awarded for creativity and style, and trophies were awarded to the fastest cars. This year’s overall winner, Finn B., will represent Pack 614 in the District Race to be held later in the spring.

The Webelos scouts of Pack 614 are touring the various local Boy Scout troops to see which ones they’ll choose to join. In March the pack will hold the Arrow of Light Ceremony where these boys will finish their careers in Cub Scouts and transition to Boy Scouts, as they move ahead on the path to Eagle!

If you have a boy in kindergarten through 5th grade interested in Scouting, please visit Pack 614 typically meets on the first Monday of the month at Jerabek Elementary School.

Pack 615—Off to the Races!

In late February Pack 615 conducted its Pinewood Derby races at E. B. Scripps Elementary School (EBS). Many thanks to the leaders of Pack 617 for their assistance with the race! The boys worked hard on their cars, and there were some very creative designs. Winners weren’t known at press time, so watch this space in for full results and photos!

If you have a son at EBS who is interested in Scouting, please check out our Facebook page at, or email our cubmaster Josh Vosovic at [email protected] for more information.

Pack 616 Science Night

Assistant cubmaster Shidfar Rouhani blinded Pack 616 with science at our annual Science Night. Shidfar’s demonstrations with dry ice were a crowd favorite! Also, a number of scouts were recognized for individual achievements before the show.

Several members of the Webelos II Den look forward to receiving their Arrow of Light at a ceremony on Sunday, Mar. 11, at 2 pm at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. The Arrow of Light is the highest award a cub scout can earn. Later in the month the pack will hold its annual Bridging Ceremony, where Webelos “bridge” to their chosen Boy Scout troop. The event will be on Tuesday, Mar. 20, at 7 pm at Dingeman Elementary School.

Are you a boy in kindergarten through 5th grade who likes fun, adventure, and activities? Pack 616 wants you! We are always looking for new families to join our pack. Interested families can reach us through our website’s contact page at

Pack 1216 Races Through Winter

It’s been a busy time for Pack 1216, including exciting races during our annual Pinewood Derby at Marshall Middle School. Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 295 and one of our parents, Timothy Garrison, it was a huge success! We are proud to announce that Zander Vance, a Webelos I, took first place in the pack and is headed to the San Diego 500. Joshua Bottomley, a Webelos II, took second in the pack and first for his den. Hali Arnold, a Bear and the pack’s first female member, took 3rd place for the pack. (Picture on page 31.)

February saw our Webelos IIs bridge to Boy Scouts at the annual Blue and Gold Dinner held at the Scripps Ranch Library. The celebration was followed by a flashlight hike around the lake. Our proud graduates include: Adrian Mendez, Jakub Malinowski, Matthew Shultz, Kaden Reinert, Joshua Bottomley, Ryan Mansour, Ryan Stadtherr, Hunter John, Gabe Cavanaugh, Kai Duckworth, and Peter Ratcliffe.

Pack 1216 would like to sincerely thank Rachel Bottomley. Rachel has been the primary operating force behind the success of Cub Scout Pack 1216 and its members for more than five years. She has served as both committee chair and den leader and has volunteered in so many other ways to support our pack. She will be missed!

Troop 616 Hikes to Whale Peak

Over Martin Luther King Junior weekend, Troop 616 hiked up to Whale Peak in the Anza Borrego Desert. The scouts enjoyed setting up camp, hiking to the top of Whale Peak, and seeing the Indian rock carvings. The hike to the top involved walking a mile to a canyon, three miles to a large group of boulders, then to the top of the ridge. This is one of the troop’s favorite high adventure campouts.

Benji Snyder, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 664 Blasts Off

Troop 664 has been having tons of fun! In February we held our annual Rocket Camp at Holtville Airport. Scouts built their own rockets and shot them into the sky many times! Some went higher than 1,000 feet! Along with shooting their rockets, the scouts brought their bikes to ride and explored the area around the camp, which is on an abandoned airport.

Coming up Troop 664 will go on a snow camp, where we will snowboard and ski. In early March we will take part in a conservation service project. For more about Troop 664, please email scoutmaster Art Nagano at [email protected]

Joshua Cox, Troop 664 Scribe

A Busy March!

Hope you are having an amazing cookie season! We wind down in March and look forward to a well-deserved spring break.

The monthly Community/Leader meeting is on Monday, Mar. 12, at 7 pm in the Dingeman Elementary Multipurpose Room (MPR). Planning meetings for Journeys and Encampments are at 6 pm that night. Please send a representative if your troop wants to participate. If your troop is bridging, please attend the mandatory Bridging meeting at 6:30 pm. Send a mom—it is a requirement!

Our monthly Team meeting is on Monday, Mar. 19, at 7 pm in the Dingeman MPR. All are welcome to attend either monthly meeting to hear the latest information regarding our service unit. We are starting to build our team for next year, so please inquire about our positions!

March is super busy! We have the fun Powder Puff Derby on Saturday, Mar. 10. We purchased a track for our service unit and this is its inaugural race! For the older girls, we have Cadette Encampment at Indian Hills. It will be a day trip with the theme of “Luck of the Irish.” Never a dull moment for Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts!

Questions? Need to be added to our Google group? Email us at [email protected] Also, check out your Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts Facebook page!

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