Happy Thanksgiving, Girl Scout Families!

November is going to fly by with such an early Thanksgiving vacation! Our next Community/Leader meeting is on Monday, Nov. 5, 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 representative since all of our events are co-op style. Since the Cadette Journey in a Weekend is in early December, it is critical that you attend that planning meeting!

The Community/Leader meeting begins promptly at 7 pm. Don’t miss a chance at the early bird drawing—enter to win by 7 pm! Anyone interested in our service unit may attend.

Hope your fall sales were strong. What a great way to build your troop’s treasury! Thank you again to the Scripps Ranch community for supporting our troops’ efforts to earn money for their activities!

The November Team meeting will be after Thanksgiving on Monday, Nov. 26, 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 for approval and suggestions. We encourage anyone interested in what our team does to attend.

Cookie training is just around the corner. Look for cookie news via our Google group or Facebook page. Also look for our fall CPR and first aid classes in November. Anyone in the community is welcome to attend and attain their CPR and first aid certification. Just email us and we will forward your information to the right person.

Got questions? Need to be added to our Google or Facebook groups? Please email us at [email protected] For all registered leaders, check out your Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts’ Facebook page! Hope you enjoy lots of turkey and pie!

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

Learning and Having Fun

At Pack 615’s first meeting of this scouting year cub scouts were presented with pins they earned over the summer. We also welcomed new members: Evan Ferreira, Jake Brenner, and Max Zomerdyke. Melissa Perkins took charge of the meeting and taught the scouts about obedience by using sports references.

At a den meeting Brandon Goodmar taught his fellow scouts about Aware and Care, where they learned about disabilities. They picked up a bit of sign language during this meeting. Later in the month the entire pack made use of its knife skills and had fun carving pumpkins together to get ready for Halloween!

It’s not too late to get in on the fun! If your son is interested in Cub Scouts 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 Starts off Strong

Pack 616 kicked off the 2018–2019 program by holding its annual Bike Rodeo at Dingeman Elementary School. Scouts tested their skills on an obstacle course and learned about bike repair.

Pack 616 has a new Lion and Tiger den! Our newest scouts are: Will, Dominic, Ethan, Hunter, and Austin. Welcome!

The big event this month is the pack’s annual fall camping trip at Indian Hills camp in Jamul. This event is open to the all the cub scouts and their families. Indian Hills is an amazing campground with tons to offer including a BMX trail, pool, farm animals, and a huge playground.

The pack wants to thank those of you who supported our popcorn sales. Proceeds from the popcorn sales and donations to the pack help fund activities throughout the year. Our pack feels fortunate to live in such a generous community. For more information about joining Pack 616, please visit www.pack616.com.

An Autumn Filled with Adventure

Pack 1216 had a busy fall! The scouts not only hit record popcorn sales, but also welcomed two young ladies into the pack and started a Lion den for kindergartners. Dannie Wurtz, a healthcare professional and cub scout parent came to a recent meeting and educated us on first responder care. We learned how and when to give an EpiPen, and then we practiced using a tourniquet.

At another meeting a mixed martial artist presented his self-defense program. He showed the scouts some amazing moves, in addition to teaching them about focus and meditation. At the end of October we took our annual camping trip to Dos Picos and had an outdoor adventure to remember, followed by an amazing camp fire program. If adventure is for you, email us at [email protected]

Kathryn Crivello, Cubmaster 1216

Troop 616 Camps at Mission Trails

Troop 616 took a quick drive to Mission Trails for a short one-night Tenderfoot campout. We had an unusually high number of scouts attend—25! The campout is designed to help younger scouts work on requirements needed for their Tenderfoot rank. Many older scouts participated to help younger scouts in their activities.

After a chaotic start the scouts arrived, pitched their tents, and got to work. There were many activities you could do for Tenderfoot and for fun! Some of the highlights were making fires, tying knots, or learning first aid. The most meaningful event took place at night when we had the flag retirement ceremony. This is often done at special events and it brought us together in a way nothing else could. Carter, our senior patrol leader, was in charge and did a great job. At last bedtime brought quiet to the campground.

The next day we woke up when the sun rose and had breakfast. Throughout our campsite you could smell the sizzling sausages and see pancakes being made. We cleaned up and squeezed in some last requirements. As a tradition we ended the campout with roses and thorns, where scouts tell their favorite part of the campout and their least favorite. By 11 am we were gone, “leaving no trace behind.”

Adrian Mendez, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 301: Camping Fun!

Troop 301 scouts and adults went on a camping trip to Dos Picos and participated in many fun activities! They played games like Capture the Flag and Ovation, went fishing, and got to have fun at the campsite. The group is pictured above.

They also got their requirements for their merit badges and their ranks completed. The scouts made up skits and songs to act out around the campfire at night, which is a tradition in the troop.

Troop 301 offers more than 40 nights of camping and 200 miles of hiking a year, while helping scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout at a rate above the national average. If you would like to join our troop, we have two Informational Nights coming up. Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 12, or Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Please RSVP to committee chair Cheryl Pritchard at [email protected] If you have any questions, let us know. We hope to see you at our meetings!