Baseball, Fire Station, and Camping!

Pack 615 cub scouts had a blast at the Mataguay Scout Ranch campout (pictured above)! We also enjoyed Scout Family Night at Petco Park, where all the scouts and families got to watch Padres baseball and fireworks!

Pack 615 also toured Scripps Ranch Fire Station 37, and the scouts learned about what it is like to be a firefighter. Before the school year ends, we have one more campout planned for the first weekend in June at Indian Hills. It’s a busy time but that means lots of fun!

Your son can get in on the activities! If he is interested in Scouting and would like to join us, visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CubScoutPack615, or email our cubmaster, Josh Vosovic, at [email protected]

Pack 616 Webelos Earn Arrow of Light

Pack 616 saw eight of its Webelos earn the Arrow of Light in a ceremony at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. Recipients of this award, the highest honor in Cub Scouts, included Hayden Cox, Robbie Pollard, Shashank Sanigepalli, Aidan Lum, Jack Colyer, Gavin Ireland, Joe Cronin, Lorenzo Ryan, and Donovan Burton. These boys personify the Cub Scout motto: Do your best!

The pack also held its annual Bridging ceremony. Joe Cronin, Aidan Lum, and Robbie Pollard bridged to Scripps Ranch Troop 301. Hayden Cox and Shashank Sanigepalli bridged to Scripps Ranch Troop 616. Gavin Ireland bridged to Troop 644 of Rancho Peñasquitos, and Jack Colyer bridged to Troop 007 of Tucson, AZ. The pack wishes them well as they begin their journey as Boy Scouts.

Then the pack held its annual Blue and Gold Dinner at St. Gregory the Great church. The scouts and their families were treated to a night of great food and fun as they reflected on all of their achievements over the last year. VIPs from the Rancho Mesa District Council attended.

The pack looks forward to its graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 10, at noon at the Scripps Ranch Community Park.

Cub Scouts Creative Use of “Junk”

Pack 1216 cub scouts were at it again! The last couple of months the scouts hiked Annie’s Canyon in Encinitas, explored Cabrillo National Monument, participated in the first-ever Pack 1216 “Junk Yard Build,” led the Flag Ceremony at Miramar Ranch Elementary School (MRE), took part in the Annual Scouting Fair at the former Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, took to the pool for swimming challenges, and learned about water safety and rescue. Wow, were we busy, but we had so much fun!

At the Junk Yard Build the scouts worked tirelessly in their dens to build a race track, Wall-E robot, a landing strip, and a recycling robot. The scouts learned about repurposing broken toys and other household items, while incorporating recyclables such as cans and cardboard.

Also, Pack 1216 held its May Open House at MRE, which was a huge success! We love to welcome new members. Pack 1216 will open its first-ever Lion Den in September. This will give kindergartners a chance to participate in cub scouts.

Pack 1216 is planning its Father’s Day campout at Indian Hills in Jamul. We’ll play human foosball, do archery, paintball, zip-lining, swimming, hiking, a BMX bike course, and participate in our annual campfire program with skits and s’mores. Don’t let your children miss out on being part of our wonderful pack. Contact us at [email protected]

Troop 616 Experiences Topock Gorge

Troop 616 scouts spent a month getting ready for their big canoe trip on the Colorado River. Completing the Swimming and Canoeing merit badges got the scouts prepared for the exciting times ahead.

Twenty scouts and adults drove to Lake Moabi Regional Park to camp on the river. From there, they headed south on the river early in the morning to enjoy the tranquil waters. Canoeing through the calm waters of the Topock Gorge (pictured above) was a very peaceful and enjoyable experience.

Sadly, after turning the corner at Devil’s Elbow, the troop was met by a thunderous herd of 1,700-horsepower boats that had just finished racing the Desert Storm Shootout at Lake Havasu. Buzzed by boats creating enormous wakes, the scouts held their own until one canoe capsized.

Finding the Castle Rock takeout also proved challenging. One canoe missed the turn and had to paddle upriver to make it back! The next day was much more peaceful as we were further upriver and away from the big boats.

Next time we plan to go to Black Canyon near the Hoover Dam where big boats are prohibited and the scenery is fantastic. All in all, it was a fun experience and the biggest complaint was that there was too much sand in the river! Ha!

For more information about Troop 616 and our adventures, please visit our website at http://t616.org/.

Super Women of Tomorrow

Happy Father’s Day to all our dads, granddads, and any man who is like a dad to you! June is here, which means another scout year is coming to a close. We look forward to another amazing display of Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts when we gather to celebrate Bridging 2018 on Sunday, June 3, from 5 to 6 pm at Jerabek Park on the stage next to the playground. The theme this year is “Super Women of Tomorrow,” and that is what these bridging girls are!

If you have any Girl Scout items you would like to donate for others to share, feel free to bring them to the table as you check in for bridging. We are particularly looking to build a Journeys library, so if you’re done with your Leader/Girl Journey books, please consider donating them to our service unit.

Our annual leader appreciation dinner is on Monday, June 4, at St. Gregory the Great church. Please be sure to RSVP so we don’t miss our chance to serve you dinner for all the work you’ve done this past year! We will have drawings for fun prizes and, of course, participate in our tradition of exchanging “My Favorite Things.” We are building our team for next year, so please ask about our positions.

The 4th of July Parade is right around the corner. We hope a bunch of you will show up and represent our service unit! Look for emails and Facebook notifications to keep up with where we plan to meet and what we plan to do!

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! Have a great summer!

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