Boy Scout Troop 616

Hi there! I’m your local updater about how Troop 616 is doing. I don’t think I’ve ever given recognition to the people who create this letter and make it possible. First, there’s me (I write this), then there’s Ms. St. Clair, my editor.

Now, onto the camping. In December, we had Junior Leadership Training. The only people who are allowed to go on this are patrol leaders, senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and a few other people with certain troop jobs. There were only about 10 people who went. It was fun! We camped out for two nights.

We had no troop campout for the month of December. That was because the one that we were supposed to have to Navy SERE school had to be canceled by the Navy, and we couldn’t come up with one that would work in time.

In January, we are going to Borrego. It should be fun. If it’s not raining, we will go to some mud caves. If it is raining, we will go to Joshua Tree National Park. So, either way, we will have a lot of fun.

Cub Scout Pack 613

December was family time for Webelos Den 1 as the scouts completed the activities for the Fitness pin with their parents. They performed “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” at the pack meeting and received their Webelos patch. In January, they will meet at Matt Heuss’ house to complete an activity for their Compass Point emblem.

Webelos scouts in Dens 3 and 5 could be found right on the cutting edge as they completed requirements for their Craftsman activity pins. Armed with wood, coping saws, nails, and hammers, they carved out notepad and letter holders and then added final touches to their creations with wood-burning kits. The sawdust and wood chips were overwhelming! Their much anticipated annual cookie exchange rounded out the December den meeting. In spite of their busy schedules, these fifth-grade scouts also spent their Sunday afternoons in November and December preparing and serving more than 400 hot meals at a soup kitchen.

Bear scouts in Den 9 completed achievement #9, baking cookies with an adult. Not your average chocolate chip cookies, but fortune cookies! The fortunes were written by the scouts and inserted into the cookies. Then they decorated the fortune cookie boxes. The boys got a head start on the December pack meeting as they stuffed candy into cardboard tubes and wrapped them. Their next achievement was #7, which included touring a police station in Rancho Penasquitos and taking fingerprints off glass, plastic, and enamel surfaces. They now know police and FBI methods!

Pack 613 collected boxes of school supplies to distribute to students living at St. Vincent de Paul Center. Each scout filled a box with his choice of supplies, then wrapped it in holiday paper. At the December pack meeting, they stuffed cardboard tubes with candy and wrapped them. These were handed out with the boxes at the Center.

Next, the scouts will be honing their woodworking skills on their Pinewood Derby cars. The Pinewood Derby will be held Tuesday, Jan. 25. The Blue and Gold meeting, chaired by Janet Schweiger and scheduled for Friday, Feb. 25, is going to be “3, 2, 1… Blastoff!” Decorations made by each den will represent planets, stars, and rockets. Each den also will need to turn in individual photos of members for a fantastic slide show set to music. What a great way to congratulate graduating Webelos!

Girl Scout Troop 8017

As shown in the photo above, Girl Scout Troop 8017 made a wreath for the Wild Animal Park’s Festival of Lights. The troop also decorated bags for the San Diego Homeless coalition and cleaned up Jerabek Park this past month. They are organizing a fitness fair to be held at Mira Lago Park on Monday, Jan. 17, from 10 am to 12 noon and are inviting all third-year Brownies to participate. Please call Jan Liebman at 549-0905 for details.

Cub Scout Pack 616

Members of Den 4–Richard Duckworth, Ian Halliburton, Brian Long, Jonathan Pimentel, and Devan Torres–all received their Bobcat at the November pack meeting. Congratulations! The boys did a terrific job selling popcorn; way to go! They are busily working on their Pinewood Derby cars for the upcoming races and completing their requirements for their Bear patch. All of us at Den 4 want to wish all of you a wonderful and safe holiday season and thank you for your continued support.

Members of Den 5–Colin Anning, Ryan Carden, Kenneth Duckworth, Blake Friedman, Michael Hill, Matt Magguadda, Thomas Valenti, and Woojae Yi–met in November to discover nature. To start, Mrs. Anning read a story about animals and how they survive the winter, which led to a lively discussion. Then, we made bird feeders to feed all the hungry birds around Scripps Ranch this winter.

Nadir Dally, Blake Friedman, and Michael Hill again met in December for a Pinewood Derby workshop. Mr. Hill volunteered his garage for working on the cars. Mr. Friedman lent us his power tools. We shaped some awesome cars.

Pack 616 and their families hope you had a joyous holiday season; best wishes for the coming year!

Cub Scout Pack 1216

At our November pack meeting, the boys placed stickers on large maps of the different continents so that we could see where our ancestors came from. It turns out that most of our ancestors hailed from Western Europe–surprise, surprise! The boys from the pack are busy now collecting canned food for our annual pack food drive.

Tiger Den A spent the first Sunday in December learning the ways of the Pinewood Derby. Charlie Glass, David Ouellette, and Curt Lehnhoff pooled power tools to get the boys started on their first Pinewood Derby cars. Mick Henderson, Kyle Glass, and Josh Ouellette shared their vast experience, since they are Webelos, in sanding and shaping with Travis Henderson, Phil Glass, Michael Rogers, Garrett Keohane, Nick Lehnhoff, and Jake Ouellette.

The new Wolves in Den 2 have been active hiking in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and making candles for the holidays. Congratulations to David Robinson, Conor Hawblitzel, Nicholas Baily, Austin Dickerson, Michael Petrucci, and Chad Collins for completing the requirements for the Bobcat award.

Den 5 news for this month is brought to you by…Josh. About a week ago, my den went on a tour of News 8. At the station, we got to see things such as a camera called the web cam. It shows everything that goes on in the room where the news gets put together, on the web. We also got to see where the news gets on the air. We got to see high tech things like controls. It looked like a hard job. But it looked rewarding at the end of a hard day’s work.

The Holidays Come Alive

The San Diego Coalition for the Homeless asked for holiday donations to aide the 4,000 homeless children in San Diego and they received more than that. Brownie Troop 8327 made Christmas stockings and filled them with toothpaste and toothbrushes to make the holidays brighter for San Diego’s homeless children. The stockings were distributed by Santa at the San Diego Convention Center. Great job Scripps Ranch Brownies!

Boy Scout Troop 663

In November, the Troop 663 went on another exciting campout, this time to Palm Canyon in the Anza Borrego State Park. As is their custom, the scouts were able to sleep out under the Milky Way, and most did. The following morning the rangers told the scouts about the fossils and history of the park including many artifacts and remains of local wildlife over the last 200 million years.

The scouts took a 4-mile hike to the natural palm oasis, and at mid-day, it was hot! The scouts learned the value of having enough water and proper hydration. The trip went through a rugged canyon and, of course, the scouts had to see how high they could climb at every opportunity. The scouts administered first aid to another hiker with blisters who had taken a fall. Way to put that training to work and be prepared! On the way back, the scouts stopped to do a service project, repairing and re-lining about 80 yards of trail that had been washed out.

Competitions between the patrols included lashing the most useful camp gadget (won by the Bobcat’s with their fine hat and sleeping bag rack), dinner preparation and cleanup (Trail Dogs), skits (Bobcats), and stories at the campfire (Moose and Bobcats). There was another fire-starting competition with the Trail Dogs burning through the 18-inch-high string target in just over two minutes, and all the patrols accomplished the objective in less than five minutes. What a difference a couple of months makes!

The fall fund raiser, selling popcorn to raise money for the troop and to send the scouts to camp next summer, was successful with over $3,100 sold. Congratulations to our top seller, Wesley Crooks, and runner up, Eric Thornton; and thanks to everyone in the community who supported the troop by buying popcorn.

At the troop’s second Court of Honor, scouts were recognized for their achievements over the preceding months before an audience of their families and community leaders. The troop recognized one new scout, eight Tenderfeet, four Second Class, two First Class scouts, and numerous who completed merit badges. Each scout was congratulated for putting in over 10 hours of community service since the troop was founded last March.