Eagle Scouts Soar!
Troop 301 had a wonderful quadruple Eagle Court of Honor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Congratulations to Stephen Lofy, Reid Barkell, Daniel Lofy, and Reed Hallums! Stephen Lofy has been very helpful in teaching younger scouts. He has done a 50+-mile trek in the high country of Yosemite. His Eagle project was leading others to create display and storage structures for Jerabek Elementary School’s Safety Patrol and Lost and Found.
Reid Barkell led Troop 301 to many victories in aquatic competitions, and he was one of the first scouts in the nation to earn the Scuba merit badge. His Eagle project was leading others to paint hundreds of letters and numerals on the Marshall Middle School blacktop to aid with its evacuation protocol.
Daniel Lofy has helped teach new scouts and created a great system for our troop library. He completed two 50+-mile treks in the high country of Yosemite, and he hiked hundreds of miles in Scouting. His Eagle project was leading others to build a new sandbox and play area for young children at Jerabek Elementary School.
Reed Hallums was a founding member of Troop 301 and completed both a trek and a 50+-mile backpack in the high country of Yosemite. His Eagle project was leading others to create a special video helping organ donor recipients at Rady’s Children’s Hospital.
Thank you to their families for hosting a great event! These scouts represent four of our Troop 301’s 25 Eagle Scouts in the last 3½ years. Of the 21 scouts who were the founding members of Troop 301, 14 earned the rank of Eagle Scout—17 times the national average of 4%.
This year Troop 301 also is proud to welcome 14 new scouts. This group includes siblings of older scouts, Webelos graduates, and first-time boy scouts. They are: Philip Bogle, Luke Bosworth, Nathan Brown, Jack Fine, Cole Grisson, Ryan Hartanto, Christopher Holland, Jake Keller, Matthew Killam, Justin Lee, Jack Pearce Gabriel Pennington, Corban Sy, and Andrew Yip. These young men just became official scouts as they completed the Scout rank and are now able to work on their Tenderfoot rank.
While the new scouts get accustomed to the troop, the rest of the scouts continue to studiously work on their merit badges: Personal Fitness and Radio. For the Personal Fitness badge, scouts are required to participate in various exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups, and running a mile. Scouts in the Radio merit badge class learn concepts such as frequencies, waves, and diagrams. We would like to extend a big thank you to the counselors, Mrs. Christine Simmons and Mr. John Goodrich, who make these merit badge classes possible as they share their expertise with us!
Life Scout Matthew Kang, Troop 301 Scribe
Troop 616 Elects New Leaders
Troop 616 conducted our troop elections in March. The scouts elected Max Audick as our new senior patrol leader and his assistants are Tyler Jones and Nick Pickett. James Berry, Sam Gherrity, Brennan Amsberry, Nicholas Fernandez, Ben Ballard, Alex Lawson, and Cole Gorham were elected as patrol leaders. Cole will lead our patrol of 12 new scouts who just bridged from Cub Scouts. Hopefully, they will have a productive six-month term.
Scouting for Food was completed in March in conjunction with Feeding America San Diego. Scouts collected donations to replenish local food banks to help feed the one in four children who face hunger in our county. Scouts also served food at the Ladle Soup Kitchen, sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church downtown.
Finally, the scouts who were elected into the Order of the Arrow went through their Ordeal at Mataguay Scout Ranch. They included committee member Don Tait and scouts Jordan Kulischak, Flynn Steele, Matt McCallum, and Tyler Jones. Congratulations on becoming members of the OA! Aiden Tait was one of the Wulinaxin Chapter’s Elangomats, serving as a guide for one of the clans of OA candidates. March was fun for our troop and we look forward to more good times!
Michael Huang, Troop 616 Scribe
Troop 664 Welcomes New Scouts
Troop 664 has a number of new boy scouts. We’d like to welcome all of them for what promises to be a wonderful year of Scouting. In addition, congratulations to Casey Aguinaldo, who earned his Eagle Scout rank, and Bill Feather, who was honored at the SRCA’s Recognition Night for his extensive community service.
In March we had two fun hikes, at Elfin Forest and Cowles Mountain, both headed by Kathy Corvin and Blan Cox.
In early April scouts went to Joshua Tree for the annual campout involving hiking and boulder scrambling.
April’s theme was wilderness survival. We had activities such as setting up tents and building fires. May’s theme is advancement, so our new scouts should get a good start advancing through the ranks!
Evan Caplinger, Troop 664 Scribe
Pack 614 Visits Medical Center
Eight boys from Pack 614’s Wolf den visited Naval Medical Center San Diego in Balboa Park as part of the cub scout requirement, “Keeping Your Body Healthy.” During their visit the boys saw an operating room and learned how doctors and nurses train to take care of patients using lifelike patient simulators.
The staff of the Medical and Surgical Simulation Center put together a wonderful first aid demonstration. The boys who attended gained a new perspective not only on emergency medical care but also on the importance of training for doctors and nurses. Thank you to the staff.
Pack 614 is gearing up for the annual spring family campout at Mataguay Scout Ranch in Santa Ysabel at the end of spring break, as well as the traditional placement of flags on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. To learn more about our organization, please visit [www.Pack614.com].
Pack 1216 Welcomes a Wild Visitor and a New Cubmaster
In March Scripps Ranch Cub Scout Pack 1216 got to know a new friend from Project Wildlife—a screech owl! Nicole, the owl’s caretaker, talked to the boys about animal rescues, the effect of trash on wild animals, and the many different types of owls that we see in Southern California.
The pack meeting also saw the changing of the guard as John Kulischak, Pack 1216’s cubmaster since 2008, turned over the reins to Joe Bogle, the pack’s new cubmaster. Thank you, John, for everything you’ve done for our pack, and congratulations, Joe, on your important new post!
Wednesday, May 15, will be Pack 1216’s Spring Roundup, held at Miramar Ranch Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 pm. This fun-filled meeting is open to anyone who would like to learn more about our Cub Scout pack. We welcome any and all Scripps Ranch parents and sons who will be in grades 1–5 this fall. If you have any questions, please send us an email at [[email protected]]. See you there!
Bridging girl scouts of all levels will gather on Sunday, June 9, at Jerabek Park from 4 to 5 pm. This year’s theme of “Looking out on the World” will feature a backdrop banner decorated with windows designed by each bridging girl. This annual event is the only time you will see more than 100 Scripps Ranch girl scouts gathered from all levels—from Daisies to Ambassadors. It is always emotional to mark their progressions but gratifying to see these girls move up to their next level of Scouting.
We also will say goodbye to the high school seniors as they prepare to graduate and attend college in the fall! Some of these girls have been together in Scouting since they were in kindergarten. Congratulations to all of you! Thanks for being a part of Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts!
Cynthia Collins, SR Service Unit Co-Chair and Bridging Chair
Junior Encampment 2013
Scripps Ranch’s Junior Girl Scouts spent their President’s Weekend doing what they love best! More than 65 4th and 5th graders (pictures above) camped out in one of Camp Winaka’s four lodges in snow-free but windy Julian. More than 40 adults also attended Junior Encampment, making for a lot of girl bonding.
This year’s theme was “Journey into Nature.” The event kicked off with a scavenger hunt on Friday. On Saturday the scouts enjoyed four activities that earned them the Camping badge and some of their requirements for a Journey. Mixed into Saturday was great home-cooked food, sharing “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere” (SWAPS), and a skit night that had everyone rolling!
Sunday morning culminated with a huge friendship circle and each person talked about the favorite thing they loved about their Encampment weekend. It was an unforgettable experience! Thank you to all the Girl Scout leaders and volunteers who contributed their time and talent to making this weekend a great memory and a special time for the girls!
Cynthia Collins, 2013 Junior Encampment Chair