San Diego Girl Scouts held a ceremony to honor the 428 2018 Silver Award recipients. The Silver Award is the second highest of Girl Scouts of the USA and the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.

The award represents the completion of a Girl Scout Journey and a Silver Award project. The project is designed and led by a small group of girls with the goal of benefiting the community. Each girl puts in at least 50 hours on her project. Projects in 2018 included: building a garden at a low-income school; teaching CPR to middle schoolers; and providing toiletry supplies to a youth homeless shelter.

Scripps Ranch should be proud—we had strong representation at the ceremony with 63 girls receiving their Silver Award (some pictured above). Also, the keynote speaker was Amira Walia, a Gold Award recipient from Scripps Ranch High School! Congratulations to all the girls. They are community leaders of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place! We are proud of you!

Harriet Hall, Troop 8461 Co-leader

A Fun Year Coming Up

Hope all of our Girl Scout families are enjoying what’s left of their summer vacation. School starts at the end of this month. That means our Team Kick-off Dinner is coming! All those who are interested in attending, including team members, please mark your calendars for Monday, Aug. 20, at 6 pm. The service unit will provide a simple dinner. We would love to see new faces! Come check out what’s in store for 2018–2019. Events are available for your troop to sponsor, and you can sign up to chair events!

Reregistration is still happening, and financials were due at the end of June. Please remember that you can’t participate in Fall Product Sales if you have not registered and submitted your financials.

For those who registered, the 2019 membership patch is available for $1 each, while supplies last. Some of you who registered early asked if I could leave your patches on my porch—they are still there! Let me know if you registered early and would like to pick up your patches.

July 4th seems so long ago! Thank you to Anna Hernandez for organizing our service unit as participants in this year’s SRCA 4th of July Parade!

We look forward to another great year of Girl Scouting! Thank you for all you do! Questions? Feel free to email us at [email protected]

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

Pack 615 Raingutter Regatta

Pack 615’s Webelos scouts represented us well during the flag ceremony at the Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School’s 5th Grade Promotion (pictured left). Good job, Webelos!

We have been keeping busy this summer. Some scouts attended the Rancho Mesa Twilight Camp in July at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. Our Annual Raingutter Regatta will be at the end of August this year. Our scouts will exercise their creativity and engineering skills by creating the fastest sailboat in the pack!

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

Taking on New Challenges

Troop 616 attended a week-long summer camp at Mataguay Scout Ranch where scouts do various activities similar to the activities they do at Camporee. Some of the activities are the core challenges, a series of difficult events that the scouts must overcome. Some are team based, but most are done alone.

One of the challenges is to participate as a team and stand in a hoop that gets smaller and smaller. You can’t touch the outside of the hoop or you must go back to the start. One scout felt the best part of the challenge was that they could improve each time they failed.

Ben Ballard (below) celebrated his Eagle Award at his Court of Honor this month. Ben received his Eagle Award on Oct. 26, 2017, and became the troop’s 132nd Eagle Scout. Congratulations, Ben!

Sam Snyder, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 664 Works, Eats, and Plays

Troop 664 has been busy! Before the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s 4th of July Parade, Troop 664 scouts set up all the no-parking signs and barricades. After the parade, we took them back down.

Troop 664 also held a pancake breakfast fundraiser at St. Gregory the Great Church. Adult volunteers cooked and scouts distributed and cleaned up the food.

Troop 664 also had its yearly Advancement Camp at Lake Dixon. That’s where our newest scouts were assisted by older, more experienced scouts and were able to complete many of their needed requirements. These new scouts learned skills such as knot tying, first aid, cooking, fire building, and others. And they did it all while having a great time camping! To learn more about Troop 664, please contact our scoutmaster, Art Nagano, at [email protected] or visit

Joshua Cox, Troop 664 Scribe