Troop 616 Hikes Volcan Mountain

Troop 616 hiked to the top of Volcan Mountain. The peak is at 5,353 feet and we gained 1,253 feet of elevation. It was worth every step, as we were able to see all the way to the Pacific Ocean and all the peaks to the west in San Diego County. To help us identify them, the Volcan Mountain Foundation has installed a permanent picture with all the peaks labeled. There was a fantastic hand-carved bench at the top dedicated to Clinton Powell, a longtime supporter of the preserve.

Troop 616 welcomes visits from Webelos dens. Every year Webelos come visit our troop to see if they want to join. Senior scouts introduce them to the troop and the Webelos experience what it is like to be a boy scout. They learn what takes place during a Boy Scout meeting and have fun meeting everyone. Our next Webelos Night is on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 pm. We meet at St. Gregory the Great School, 15315 Stonebridge Parkway. For more information about Troop 616, please go to

Finally, Troop 616 is proud to present our two newest Eagle scouts: Cole Gorham and Eric Maurer. Both of them worked very hard to earn this rank and it paid off. After all the projects, campouts, and approvals, they became Eagle Scouts on Nov. 27. They are Troop 616’s 137th and 138th Eagle Scouts. Congratulations!

Adrian Mendez, Troop 616 Scribe

Congratulations, Shea Briere!

It is a great honor and pleasure to announce that at approximately 5:21 pm Pacific Time on Nov. 19, 2018, Shea Briere of Troop 301 earned the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America—Eagle Scout! The Eagle Board Of Review was especially impressed with his: character and citizenship; teaching of younger scouts in our troop as a troop guide and at the council level as part of the National Youth Leadership Training staff; his varsity letters in multiple sports; public speaking awards; athletic accomplishments; and service to his school and church.

Shea has been in scouts since 1st grade. He achieved the esteemed rank of Eagle Scout while in 10th grade. His Eagle project entailed designing and leading a group of scouts to build two garden boxes for his previous school, St. Gregory the Great Catholic School. Shea has had many adventures while camping and hiking and has made many great friends in Troop 301.

Troop 301 scouts went on a camping trip to Lake Jennings! The scouts hiked six miles around the lake and stopped at the snack bar along the way.

Coming up is the Troop 301 Webelos Night on Wednesday, Jan. 16! Visiting Webelos will be taught basic skills by older scouts, as well as how the troop is run. 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. So join us on Webelos Night! Please RSVP to committee chair Cheryl Pritchard at [email protected]

Troop 664 Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail

Troop 664 endured a 24-mile, three-day backpacking trek from Lake Morena to Mt. Laguna along the Pacific Crest Trail. The scouts carried all of their gear, food, and water during the 6,000-foot ascent.  This trek was part of the Troop 664 Pacific Crest Trail High Adventure program that will cover the entire 110-mile San Diego County section of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Anthony Chiodo, Troop 664 Scribe

Teaming Up to Design Games

Pack 615’s Bruce Vosovic took charge of our last Webelos den meeting. He chose to educate the scouts about game design! Bruce split the boys into three teams. Each group had to design its own game using poster boards, figurines, construction paper, and markers. All three teams worked efficiently and well together. Everyone on the teams contributed to creating each game. When time was up, each team showed the rest of the scouts how to play their game. What a fun way to use some imagination and demonstrate quality team work.

Our pack meeting turned into our winter celebration. Everyone got to contribute to a feast and hung out together one last time before the end of 2018!

It’s not too late to get in on the fun. If your son is interested in scouting and would like to join us, check out our Facebook page at Also, email our cubmaster, Josh Vosovic, at [email protected] for more information.

Pack 616 Honors our Military and Learns from Police

Pack 616 scouts participated in Wreaths Across America, a national organization on a mission to remember those who served in the military and sacrificed so much. Each December wreaths are laid on the grave sites at national cemeteries in all 50 states. It was an honor for Pack 616 scouts to take part.

Scouts and their family enjoyed our annual pack carnival at Dingeman Elementary School. Attendees played Rat Toss, Plinko, and other carnival games. Scouts also successfully completed a uniform inspection at the carnival. At another outing, scouts earned their Rock Climbing badges. It was a fun time for all.

The Bear den visited our local police station and learned about forensic science from one officer. We thank the officers at the Northeastern Division for allowing us to check out their substation.

Are you a boy in grades 1–5 who likes fun, adventure, and activities? Pack 616 wants you! Interested families can reach us at

Happy New Year, Girl Scouts!

Hope you all had a fun holiday break! It’s time to hit the ground running! Our next Community/Leader meeting is on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 pm in Dingeman Elementary School’s Multipurpose Room (MPR). Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Encampment planning meetings begin at 6 pm, so please send a troop representative so you don’t miss important information.

If your girl would like to join Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts, it is never too late. Please contact our service unit registrar at [email protected] to help your girl find a troop. If you have registered your girls, the 2019 Membership patch is available for $1 each, while supplies last.

The January team meeting is on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 pm in the Dingeman MPR. Any troop who needs to present their Bronze, Silver, or Gold awards to the Community/Leader meeting must first present to the team for approval and suggestions. Contact the service unit if you would like to present or attend.

Time for cookie sales! Cookie kickoff is on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 6 to 8:30 pm in the Dingeman MPR. Delivery day is Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27, is the first official day of sales. Thank you to our community for always supporting this major fundraiser for our Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts!

CPR and first aid classes are on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 10 pm at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. This is open to anyone who needs their certification, but reservations are required. Please contact Linda Mullvain at [email protected]

Mark your calendars for the annual Powder Puff Derby on Saturday, Mar. 9, at Dingeman. World Thinking Day is on Saturday, Mar. 2, from 10 am to 2 pm, also at Dingeman. Cadettes will enjoy a day trip encampment at Indian Hills on Saturday, Mar. 2. Sounds like a fun March, right?

Thank you for all you do for your girls! Got questions? Need to be added to our Google or Facebook groups? Email us at [email protected] For all registered leaders, check out your Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts’ Facebook page. Happy New Year from the Girl Scouts!

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