Wilderness Exploration…and Lights, Camera, Action!

In August one of our newest scouts, Jake, took Pack 615 on a hike through Rancho Peñasquitos Reserves. He taught the boys what to look out for and what to wear to stay safe from dangerous plants and animals.

The scouts brought plastic bags to pick up any trash left in the wilderness (pictured above). The boys had a blast exploring the trails and learning about the natural lands around our neighborhood.

In September Ethan will lead the Webelos den meeting and teach the scouts about moviemaking. They will learn how to create a storyboard and make a live-action or animated film about what they experienced in Cub Scouts. Pack 615 is excited to start a new school year, and we hope to welcome new scouts into our pack along the way!

It’s not too late to get in on the fun! If your son is interested in Scouting and would like to join us, please check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CubScoutPack615, or email our cubmaster, Josh Vosovic, at [email protected] for more information.

Pack 616 Prepares for New Scout Year

It’s hard to believe that summer is already winding down! Pack 616 participated in the 4th of July Parade, and they had a blast seeing many of their neighbors and friends on the parade route. In August Pack 616 got together for a day at the beach. They enjoyed the water, sand, and spending time with great friends to celebrate the end of summer.

With fall just around the corner, Pack 616 is focusing on recruiting new scouts. Are you a boy in grades 1–5 who likes adventure, activities, and developing lasting friendships? If so, you will love being part of Cub Scout Pack 616. If you are interested, please go to www.pack616.com. We also invite you to our annual Bike Rodeo. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and sign up. Check our website for updated information.

Troop 301 Has Fun in the Sun!

Troop 301 boy scouts recently went on a trip to Mataguay Scout Ranch! Fifty scouts and scouters participated in many activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, shooting sports, and ATV driving. They also completed many merit badges, including Radio, Orienteering, Pioneering, Swimming, First Aid, and Nature. The troop, with the help of Jacob Pritchard as the skipper, also won second place in the “Dragon/Draggin’ Boat Race!”

Troop 301 also went to Emerald Bay Summer Camp on Catalina Island. Scouts did awesome water activities, such as snorkeling and kayaking, and got to hike around Catalina Island. Add two upcoming High Adventure Yosemite 50-mile weeklong hikes, and Troop 301 is having an amazing summer!

Lucas Coglianese, Troop 301 Scribe

Welcome Back, Girl Scout Families!

It’s going to be another amazing year of Girl Scouting! Our first Community/Leader meeting is on Monday, Sept. 10, in Dingeman Elementary School’s Multipurpose Room (MPR). Encampment and Journey in a Day/Weekend planning meetings will be at 6 pm. If your troop is interested in Brownie, Junior, or Cadette Encampment, please send a troop representative because all of our events are co-op style. The Community/Leader meeting portion begins at 7 pm.

Nut sales begin on Monday, Sept. 24! There will be two training nights to choose from for all new nut managers. The first will be on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 6 pm at 11350 Belladonna Way, and the other will be before the Monday, Sept. 17, team meeting at 6 pm. Previous nut managers will have the option of doing online training. Look for emails with details.

Please note that the September Team meeting is on Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 pm in the Dingeman MPR. Any troop who needs to present its Bronze, Silver, or Gold awards to the Community/Leader meeting must first present to the team.

Fall Discovery Nite is set for Tuesday, Oct. 9! Don’t miss this one hour of intense Girl Scout fun from 7 to 8 pm! All existing and potential scouts and friends are invited This fun no-cost event will be in the Dingeman MPR, and the theme is Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You Will Go!

Got questions? Email us at [email protected]

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

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts’ Gold Awards Change Lives

Scripps Ranch residents Audrey Ball and Chelsea Campbell have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award—the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. To earn her Gold Award, Audrey created a kid-friendly wildfire preparedness and safety program. By leading an eight-week children’s series at a local summer camp, she increased community fire safety readiness. She also collaborated with law enforcement and fire departments to produce educational materials that were placed in San Diego County libraries and posted online.

“I chose this project because I noticed a lack of awareness surrounding wildfire preparedness,” said Audrey. “I especially wanted kids to be aware of how vital it is to have a family evacuation plan and to be prepared when a wildfire occurs.”

Audrey started in Girl Scouts 11 years ago as a Brownie. She also has earned the Bronze and Silver awards.

Chelsea has been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten and earned her Silver Award as a Cadette Girl Scout in Troop 8158. In addition to Girl Scouting, her community activities include serving as a physics tutor, volunteering for St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, and coaching junior varsity softball, for which she won a coach’s award. She was also on the Scripps Ranch High School’s Honor Roll.

For her Gold Award project titled “Be the Best You,” Chelsea planned and facilitated a retreat to teach girls ages 10–15 to be “presentable” from the inside out. She developed her curriculum after seeing girls at church or events who could benefit from self-care guidance. Chelsea discovered that participants became more prepared for social situations and major life events like transitioning to college or moving into the workforce.

Audrey and Chelsea are among the 58 girl scouts in San Diego who earned the Gold Award this year. Less than six percent of girl scouts nationwide attain this prestigious award. Congratulations!