Pack 1216 Cubs Advance to Boy Scouts

Cub Scout Pack 1216 had much to celebrate at its Blue and Gold Dinner in February. In addition to the annual celebration of Scouting, the enjoyment of a potluck dinner, and terrific raffle prizes by area businesses, the event held special significance with the Arrow of Light Ceremony.

The Arrow of Light is the highest ranking achievement for cub scouts and was awarded to the pack’s Webelos IIs. The ceremony, conducted by the Order of the Arrow, celebrates the boys’ Scouting achievements and welcomes them as new boy scouts. The pack’s special guests, the Order of the Arrow and representatives from Boy Scout Troops 301, 616, and 663 in Scripps Ranch, helped transition the boys in a festive, memorable manner.

Each boy was presented with a special engraved board that highlighted his most cherished Scouting achievements to date and included his own, unique arrow. Congratulations to the new boy scouts!

The pack would like to thank the following businesses for generously donating raffle and silent auction prizes for the evening, as this is a prime pack fundraiser.

  • Air and Space Museum
  • Anthony’s Fish Grotto
  • Belmont Park
  • Best Buy
  • Birch Aquarium
  • Boomer’s
  • Chili’s
  • Filippi’s Italian Grotto
  • GameTruck
  • H&M Landing
  • Home Depot
  • Hornblower Cruises and Events
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Living Coast, Chula Vista Nature Center
  • Maritime Museum
  • USS Midway
  • Mt. Baldy
  • Natural History Museum
  • PRP Wine International
  • Rainwater Spa
  • Roppongi Restaurant, Sushi Bar
  • Rubio’s
  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
  • San Diego Ice Arena
  • San Diego Repertory Theatre
  • Starbucks
  • San Diego Symphony
  • Target
  • Ultrazone
  • Yanni’s Bistro

Pack 614 Webelos Become Boy Scouts

Fourteen boys from Pack 614’s Webelos II dens participated in the Arrow of Light Ceremony in March, bridging from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. Scouts who achieve this milestone have met 17 requirements and must earn a minimum of eight badges. The rigorous steps to achieve the Arrow of Light include learning about physical fitness, first aid, science, and knot tying; participating in camping and hiking; and, demonstrating skills such as building a tent, preparing and cooking a camp meal, and starting a campfire with only a match.

During the ceremony our pack was joined by Order of Arrow boy scouts selected by their troop to perform this rite of passage for the cub scouts. After the ceremony our pack enjoyed dessert and refreshments, while families and friends gathered to congratulate their scouts. Pack 614 is proud of its new boy scouts!

Our upcoming events include a Scouting for Food drive and our spring family campout at Mataguay Scout Ranch in Santa Ysabel. This event features pack favorites such as fishing and canoeing in the lake, hiking, mountain biking and games, and a Saturday night bonfire and skits. If would like to learn more about our pack, please visit [].

Pack 616 is “On the Air”

Our Tiger cubs visited radio stations Z90, 91x, and 92.5. They got a super cool behind-the-scenes tour, including meeting DJs from all the stations. One of the cub scouts had the chance to talk live on air. The station manager was extremely accommodating, letting the boys touch all the knobs and even playing their favorite song, Gangnam Style by Psy, which got the scouts dancing and giggling.

They learned about how stations operate, how callers are selected to win prizes, how fun it is to be a DJ, and how everyone in the industry has a genuine love of music. Did you know that vinyl records are still played at times? The boys were given memorabilia including stickers, key chains, and magnets. It was a night our cub scouts will never forget!

In February Pack 616 had its annual Pinewood Derby. Special thanks goes to Dustin Rosing for all his hard work planning and running the derby. The cub scouts had a great time watching their cars race down the tracks. Congratulations to all who participated! The results for the pack are:

  • Fastest Car, 1st place—Jack F., Webelos II
  • Fastest Car, second place—Spencer T., Webelos I
  • Fastest Car, 3rd place—Luke F., Bear
  • Most Creative—Jack P., Webelos II

The pack’s annual Blue and Gold Dinner was held at St. Gregory’s parish hall. Scouts and their siblings enjoyed playing games together. The scouts advanced in rank with colorful face painting. This is a great annual event to celebrate the Cub Scouts “birthday.” Big thanks to Kerry Pearce for all her time and effort in putting together this event for our pack. For questions or contacts, please go to our website at [].

Troop 301’s Desert Adventure

Agua Caliente and the mud caves had sunny, clear windy weather. Troop 301 was in for a great time.

Mud Caves: The mud caves were very clear and nice. Scouts had to wear bandanas because the caves were dusty and 90% dry! The scouts witnessed something amazing, as they all stood still, very quiet, listening…it was pitch black and dead silent. Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Troop 301 walked all the way up to the top, led by senior patrol leader Duncan Klug, to get a spectacular view. Thanks, Duncan!

Cooking Contest: Troop 301 also looked forward to the evening’s cooking contest, featuring different kinds of food. Some of this delicious food included: pork chops by the NightHawks, led by patrol leader Philip Steiner; Korean BBQ by the Pink Panthers, led by patrol leader Thomas Yip: bacon wrapped hot dogs by the Raptors; and, finally, the guacamole beef tacos by the Flaming Phoenix, led by patrol leader Ryan Tannenberg.

But it doesn’t stop there. Our wonderful adults—where would we be without them—feasted on their feeding frenzy, including chili, Korean beef ribs, chicken kabobs, and Oriental chicken salad. In the end, the Pink Panthers won the contest. But congratulations go to everyone!

Campfire: Thanks to Philip Steiner and Anders Ortlieb, Troop 301 enjoyed a spectacular but relaxing campfire. The Pink Panthers brought in a new original song into the campfire about Korean BBQ, kimchee, and white rice. Troop 301 gave its solemn memorial, and as Dr. Solberg retired his old camping chair, Troop 301 saluted a final farewell.

Back Home: Last but not least, Troop 301 had to drive home, right? Driving along I-8 to camp, some of the scouts drove through Julian. On the way back, once the roads were clear, they picked up the famous, delicious pies.

Matthew Kang, Troop 301 Scribe

Troop 616 Helps Scripps Ranch Cub Scout Packs

In February our troop celebrated Scout Sunday. We went to St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and helped out at Mass. We also attended the Merit Badge Jamboree, where several scouts had the opportunity to earn many different merit badges.

Also in February our troop had elections for the Order of the Arrow. Congratulations to Matthew McCallum, Tyler Jones, Flynn Steele, and Jordan Kulischack. In addition, our troop held our Court of Honor, where many scouts were recognized for their achievements and moved up in rank. Congratulations to all of them!

Troop 616 also assisted with several Cub Scout functions. Troop 616 scouts helped out at Pack 614’s Blue and Gold, Pack 615’s Pinewood Derby, Pack 616’s Pinewood Derby, and Pack 1216’s Arrow of Light Ceremony. It is rewarding to see cub scouts who are so enthusiastic and looking forward to becoming boy scouts in the future.

Max Audick, Troop 616 Scribe

Troop 664 Launches into Outer Space

Last month Troop 664 was involved in a number of fascinating and engaging space-themed activities. During the meetings several scouts earned the Space Exploration merit badge with the help of Mike Caplinger.

In early March scouts took to the road and drove to Plaster City, near El Centro, for our annual rocket camp. There, many scouts built and launched their own rockets. Also, scouts were able to watch as hobbyists launched larger and more powerful rockets—some of them were quite impressive.

In February two hikes were held, one at Mount Woodson and one at Torrey Pines State Park. Thanks go to Mrs. Corvin and Blan Cox for heading both of these hikes.

This month our meetings are themed after wilderness survival. We hope to learn a lot from these lessons. Scouts also can look forward to two more hikes, which are both sure to be a lot of fun.

Evan Caplinger, Troop 664 Scribe