Welcome to Cookie Season!

Time to work hard and make money for your troop! Thank you to the Scripps Ranch community for supporting our biggest fundraiser. Cookie sales also teach the girls about valuable skill sets used in public relations, business, and sales. A heartfelt thank you goes to Amie Lyons and her team of dedicated cookie volunteers for enabling our service unit to be one of the top-selling service units in San Diego-Imperial County!

Our next Community/Leader meeting is on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 pm in the Dingeman Elementary School Multipurpose Room (MPR). Brownie, Junior, and Cadette encampment planning meetings begin at 6 pm. Please send a troop representative so you don’t miss out on important information.

The February team meeting is on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 pm in the Dingeman MPR. Any troop who needs to present its Bronze, Silver, or Gold award to the Community/Leader meeting must first present to the team for approval or suggestions. Contact the service unit if you would like to present or attend.

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. And Cadettes will enjoy a day trip encampment to Indian Hills on Saturday, Mar. 2. March will be a blast!

If your girl wants to join Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts, it is never too late. Please contact our service unit registrar at [email protected] to find a troop. If you have registered your girls, the 2019 Membership patch is still available.

Mark your calendar for our Spring Discovery Night on Tuesday, May 7, from 7 to 8 pm in the Dingeman MPR. You will be able to meet council and service unit representatives while your daughter has fun with crafts and other girls. It’s one hour of intense Girl Scout fun!

Spring registrations are just around the corner. We really could use some help from financial gurus. If we could have three to four volunteers help review the financials of our renewing troops, it would lighten the load. Please let us know if you can help with this annual process.

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

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

Honoring Our Heroes

Pack 616 has been busy with several activities. Our scouts participated in Wreaths Across America at Miramar National Cemetery (below). This annual event is a great opportunity to teach our boys to honor veterans, and Pack 616 is proud to participate.

Also, many boys attended our annual Rock Climbing event. Check out the picture above! It was a great event and the boys had fun.

Coming up for Pack 616 is the annual Pinewood Derby, where boys design and build wooden cars and race them. If you are a boy in grades 1–5 who likes fun, adventure, and activities, Pack 616 wants you! Interested families can reach us at http://pack616.com/contact.

Racing to the Finish Line

Pack 1216 has been busy planning two major events. First, our annual Pinewood Derby takes place this month at Marshall Middle School. The scouts have been hard at work designing their cars. Our faithful Pinewood Derby chair, Timothy Garrison, once again dedicated his garage, tools, and time in order for our scouts to successfully construct their cars.

Next, our Blue and Gold Dinner is scheduled for early March. Carol Master, serving as our Blue and Gold chair, has generously donated her time to organize this event. The Webelos IIs are finishing up their requirements and advancement plaques, as they bridge to Boy Scouts during the Blue and Gold Dinner.

At a recent pack meeting scouts learned about different natural disasters and emergencies. Parent volunteers and scout leaders set up six stations to instruct the scouts on fire safety, earthquakes, hurricanes, venomous bites, water safety, heat exhaustion, and hypothermia. Following the station rotations, the scouts participated in a trivia session to see what they learned. Prizes were won and fun was had! If you think Scouting is in your future, email cubmaster Kathryn Crivello at [email protected]

Sports and Fun in the Snow!

At a recent Webelos den meeting Miles taught his fellow scouts about sportsmanship and working together as a team. During Martin Luther King Jr. weekend Pack 615 families took a trip to Big Bear where the scouts took ski and snowboard lessons and enjoyed a whole weekend in the snow!

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.

Troop 616 has a Busy, Fun Month!

Another month has gone by and Troop 616 has not let it go to waste. Boy scouts participated in an event called Wreaths Across America at the Miramar National Cemetery (below). This event honors the fallen soldiers who protected our country. Wreaths were transported from Maine all the way to California by truck. Scouts saw the importance of protecting our country.

The troop hiked to the San Pasqual Valley area, where they earned the San Pasqual Battlefield patch. Patch requirements include a seven-mile hike along the beautiful San Pasqual Valley, watching a video about the Mexican- American War, and taking a quiz. The patch will be a collector’s item once the current supply is exhausted as the Kit Carson District has been renamed and the patch will be redesigned. We also learned about San Diego’s historic Mule Hill.

The next day the troop helped at the San Pasqual Battlefield State Park by directing traffic during Battle Day. The event commemorates the battle in December 1846 that secured California for our nation. This gave scouts service hours and time to give back to the community.

Finally, our troop had fun playing broomball at an ice skating rink. The game is similar to hockey except you play with tennis shoes and a stick called a “broom” with a triangular head to hit a small ball on the ice. This game was the highlight of the month. It took place from 10:30 pm until midnight, so it made it even more fun. At the end cookies and hot cocoa revitalized the scouts from the cold rink.

Adrian Mendez, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 301 Hikes to the Sea

Troop 301 scouts did a 20-mile hike from Scripps Ranch all the way to the sea! They took the urban route this time, hiking underneath highways and through streets. They stopped at three aid stations along the way, which gave them food and an extra boost to get through the hike.

Their ending point was Torrey Pines State Beach, where they got to dip their feet in the water after a long day of hiking.

Also, scouts camped at Agua Caliente, where they put on a “chopped” cooking contest and swam at the Agua Caliente campgrounds. It was a blast.