Girl Scout Helps Others

Scripps Ranch High School senior Mattie Christofferson continues to amaze our service unit with her accomplishments. Her dedication to raising money for less privileged girl scouts started when she was a high school freshman–an unprecedented job for any high school student in San Diego and Imperial counties. She has inspired us with her creative ideas and generous donation of time by raising more than $13,000 during that period!

Her latest project was a silent holiday auction before the December leader meeting, which netted another $400+ for the Share Her Annual Real Expenses (SHARE) program. In the beginning of January she turned into council more than $800. That not only included the auction proceeds but also the refreshments and bake sale profits from the December Tree Lighting Ceremony at Jerabek Park.

SRHS junior Megan Schmidt is working with Mattie as her successor. We are so proud of the work Mattie started and what Megan continues. Thank you, girls, for your dedication to helping others!

Cynthia Collins and Jacqueline Yang, SR Service Unit Co-managers

Troop 301 Camps, Has Fun, and Advances

Troop 301 had an awesome start to a new year with exciting activities and campouts. At Lake Jennings–one of the troop’s favorites–everybody participated in the Scout Skills Competition, where scouts were able to take part in activities such as pioneering, orienteering, and fire safety. Talk about adrenaline-pumping teamwork activities!

Troop 301 went to Solid Rock to partake in the indoor rock climbing event. Teamwork was a plus as scouts had to work together to achieve success on the toughest routes. Troop 301 also participated in the advanced backpacking trip at Daley Ranch to prepare for High Adventure Backpacking at Yosemite and Philmont, New Mexico.

Not only did Troop 301 have fun this month, but scouts advanced in rank.

  • Advancing to First Class: James Boldt, Drew Juergensen, Andrew Kuypers, and Will Van Duren;
  • Advancing to Star: Illias Pihas, Anders Ortlieb, Ryan DeRienzo, and Michael Fitzgerald; and,
  • Life Scout Award: Zachary Killam, Ryan Rafferty, Christopher Siefert, Phillip Steiner, and Tyler Sweeney.

Finally, Troop 301 is proud to congratulate the seven scouts who achieved the highest rank, Eagle Scout, in 2012: Harrison Trubitt, Ryan Madsen, Grant Ingamells, Garrett Solberg, Reid Barkell, Christian Nagano, and Stephan Lofy.

Matthew Kang, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Starts 2013 on a High Note

In January our troop attended Webelos Day at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. We showed cub scouts how great our troop is. As usual, we built our signal tower out of wood poles held together by rope, taught cub scouts how to tie knots, and showed our troop gear that we use on outings.

Also in January our troop hiked Iron Mountain. This is the first of several hikes that we will do throughout the year.

Later in January our troop went snow camping at Round Valley. Scouts took the Palm Springs aerial tram to the San Jacinto wilderness area. Then we snowshoed several miles to our campsite at Round Valley. We had a great time hiking and camping in the snow, and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

Congratulations to Hayden Wisniewski, who had his Eagle Court of Honor and became Troop 616’s 99th Eagle Scout. Also, congratulations to Scoutmaster Paul Honeycutt for earning the Order of the Arrow Vigil Award, the Order of the Arrow’s highest honor.

At the end of January we attended Ladle Soup Kitchen and served meals to the homeless. We also handed out bags of clothes that they need in cold weather. We had a great time in January, and we look forward to a great year!

Max Audick, Troop 616 Scribe

Fun in the Snow

January was another busy month for Troop 664. The theme for the meetings was “Snow Sports” to prepare scouts for the month’s main event–a ski trip to Big Bear. Despite initial complications and a small amount of rain, the scouts had a great time skiing and snowboarding.

Also in January we had activities oriented toward Webelos, such as Webelos Day, where Troop 664 scouts built a trebuchet for the visiting Webelos to launch. Our troop meetings also were visited by Webelos, who were able to build and launch water bottle rockets.

Scouts in our troop certainly defied expectations and upheld Scout values in early February. They gave part of their Super Bowl Sunday to help the homeless at the Ladle Fellowship soup kitchen in downtown San Diego.

Congratulations to Taylor Cottle, who had his Eagle Scout Court of Honor this month, and to Casey Aguinaldo, who finished his Eagle Scout project.

Overall, it was another great month. February’s theme was “Rockets,” in preparation for Rocket Camp in early March. Webelos are welcome to come to this camp; it is always a great experience! If you are interested in joining Troop 664, please contact Lorelle Mudd at [[email protected]].

Evan Caplinger, Troop 664 Scribe

Pack 614 Racers Speed to the Finish Line

In January more than 70 Pack 614 cub scouts participated in the popular Pinewood Derby. It is an annual rite of passage for many cub scouts who build miniature racing cars from a block of wood with little more than paint, plastic wheels, and nails. Each year our scouts produce creative and speedy designs, and our pack recognizes not only the fastest racers but also originality, wackiness, and workmanship.

Participating boys earn a patch, special award, and a Pinewood Derby Racer California driver’s license. This year’s event was a great success, and our cub scouts produced fast and fun vehicles.

Next up for our pack will be to celebrate the birth of Scouting with the yearly Blue and Gold Dinner. We are planning an old-fashioned birthday party, complete with games and cake. If you would like to learn more about our organization, visit [].

Pack 1216 Starts 2013 Feeling Positive

Scripps Mesa Cub Scout Pack 1216 started the year by welcoming Miramar Ranch Elementary teacher Tom Giaquinto as its guest speaker for the January pack meeting. Author of the book Be a Good Human, Mr. Giaquinto talked to the boys about lifelong friendships, success, and happiness that can emanate from a positive attitude.

The boys took that positive attitude to heart as they created then raced their five-ounce wooden cars in the pack’s annual Pinewood Derby. Cars of every shape and color blazed down the track. In the end three winning cars and their owners took home trophies: Brandon Stadtherr, first place, Webelos II; Lucas Coglianese, second place, Bears; and, Colin Bickel, third place, Wolves.

Brandon will represent Pack 1216 at the San Diego 500, where the fastest cars in the San Diego-Imperial Council compete. The race is held during the San Diego-Imperial Council Scout Fair on Saturday, Apr. 20, at Qualcomm Stadium. Good luck, Brandon!