Placemat Gifts

Troop 8327 earned a special community service award for their commitment to helping others. They made and donated over 30 placemats to Children’s Hospital. The placemats will be used by the children in the hospital and will surely brighten their day.

The girls also made over 25 hand-stitched Christmas stockings for the Homeless Coalition. After the girls stitched their stockings, they filled them with tubes of toothpaste and tooth brushes before taking the stockings to children who are living on the streets.

Girl Scouts Say Thank You!

The Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts want to thank Champion T-Shirts, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, both Scripps Ranch Vons stores, and those who purchased t-shirts, sweatshirts, or polo shirts this year. The benefits from this sale will be put back into the community by updating some neighborhood tot lots. If you missed this year’s sale, watch for the announcement next fall in the Newsletter.

New Daisy Troop 8354

A new Daisy Troop is blossoming in Scripps Ranch. Nine new Girl Scouts met for the first time in October to have fun while learning about being Girl Scouts. Since then, they have become good friends, made many fun crafts, and earned several Learning Petals to create their daisy flower. They earned the Spring Green petal by learning how to be “considerate and caring,” the Purple by learning how to “respect myself and others,” and the Yellow for being “friendly and helpful.” The Daisies also worked on many fun crafts, including name tags, pine cone turkey centerpieces for Thanksgiving, and Christmas wreaths incorporating “hand” leaves. They also are practicing the Girl Scout Promise to earn The Promise Center of their daisy flower.

Other special events to be enjoyed by the Daisies are the 18th annual holiday tree lighting, a holiday party in December, and a trip to Girl Scout headquarters for Daisy Day in January. Members of Troop 8354 are Jordon Begley, Lauren Conroy, Sarah Crawford, Sarah Douglas, Brianne Goodlake, Laura Holland, Aubrey Rice, Audrey Stien, and Ashley Williams. Troop leaders are Tammy Rice and Dianne Nugent.

Aiding the Homeless

The Cub Scouts of Pack 614 are busy during the Jerabek school break earning achievements, tiger paws, and finishing the work on their Wolf, Bear, and Arrow of Light awards before the Blue and Gold Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Our pack meeting in December was full of fun and excitement. Patrick Thompson from the Vons on Scripps Poway Parkway presented us with a check for $742, our portion of the proceeds from the hot dog sales and raffle fundraiser sponsored by Vons last summer. We also have benefited from the generosity of Zany Brainy. We earned $103 at a gift-wrapping fundraiser at the store in December. They provided the materials and we wrapped customers’ packages for donations. We are indeed lucky to have such civic minded and generous businesses within our Scripps Ranch community. Thank you very much!

We continued our efforts to aid the San Diego Coalition for the Homeless by adding to our on-going food drive and by decorating treat bags for the Coalition’s annual children’s holiday party. We also enjoyed the annual Jerabek Park tree lighting ceremony in December. The boys brought toys for the Toys for Tots program, received a patch, and enjoyed some warm refreshments before joining in the carol singing.

The headline event for the month of January is the Pack 614 Pinewood Derby 2001. The race will begin at 7 pm on Friday, Jan. 19, in the Jerabek auditorium. In addition to the competition for the fastest car, the creativity, artistry, and engineering feats of the boys will be recognized by the many static awards to be given. In the past, these have included “most creative,” “most original,” “best paint job,” “most patriotic,” and “best car resembling a food item.” Mandatory weigh-in will take place on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 10 am to 4 pm in the Lighthart’s garage. The winner of the derby will go on to represent the pack at the district-wide scout fair at the Del Mar fairgrounds on Saturday, April 28.

At this time we extend a warm welcome to Max Thompson, Bear Scout of Den 5, who has joined us this year. Glad to have you, Max!

We are very pleased to announce that Michelle Little and Mary Nasland have taken over the duties of Awards Chair. These intrepid volunteers will handle the tracking, purchasing, and awarding of the many patches, pins, badges, belt loops, and other awards the boys have earned. Many thanks!

Car Racing

Happy New Year to the entire Scripps Ranch community from Cub Scout Pack 613! Preparations for our December pack meeting got us all off to a busy start last month. Thanks for the terrific response despite your busy schedules. Pack 613 encouraged all scouts to participate in our December service projects which were a holiday “wrapped” shoebox to be provided to a less fortunate boy or girl and a letter offering holiday cheer to a serviceman or woman.

A quick thank you to those scouts who participated in Toys For Tots this year either at the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Scripps Ranch or through other drop-off locations. Your contributions made someone else’s Christmas a little brighter and that should make you feel absolutely wonderful inside.

During the past months, 1st Year Webelos Dens 8 and 9 have managed to stay focused on earning more pins. They worked on earning their artist pin and their craftsman pin. During their last den meeting they used pipe cleaners to make mice, bees, caterpillars, and alligators to complete their artist pin. They also made a small journal book and soap to give to the homeless to complete their craftsman pin. This month they look forward to starting their sportsman pin.

Pack 613 is getting ready for our annual Pinewood Derby on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 7 to 8:30 pm. The kits, compliments of Pack 613, and specifications for race cars were passed out at our December pack meeting. As usual, Holt Mebane has everything well under control for this much anticipated event.

Please mark the following dates on your calendar. The Pinewood Derby workshop is on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 1 to 3 pm at the Mebane’s. Bring your cars and tools! Weigh-in and registration are on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 3 pm at the Mebane’s. Don’t forget to bring your finished car, a shoebox, and tape. Your car will be weighed officially and then will be sealed up. Holt will impound all cars until the race. Many thanks to Holt for chairing the Pinewood Derby yet another time! If you can help Holt with the planning of the workshop or registration on Tuesday, Jan. 23, please give him a call at 549-8393.

Our annual Blue and Gold dinner is fast approaching next month. Keep an eye out for more information in the January Pack Tracks newsletter. Pack Tracks also can be found on our website at []. Please utilize this resource and give us your feedback.

Tiger Safari

In Cub Scout Pack 616, Den 1, Tiger Cubs Tim DeRego, Jacob Iwig, and Dominick Schumacher joined fellow Tiger Cubs for a day of fun events at the Tiger Safari at Lake Poway in December. The Cubs earned their first scouting patch by participating in games, crafts, and outdoor activities.

The Webelos of Den 4 have been busy craftsmen in Ray’s garage. The boys built their own toolboxes at the beginning of December and then made a frog-shaped puzzle with their coping saws. Beautiful work one and all. At the last meeting of December, they finished their coup stick. Each boy’s coup stick will show his achievements toward rank and eventual advancement to Boy Scout. Greg, Ricky, Devon, Ian, Brian, Jordan, Sam, Jonathan, Lance, and Bryce are progressing well toward earning their Webelos rank. Ricky earned his computer belt loop this month. Good work boys!

Hebrew Birthdays

Excitement filled the air at Chabad Hebrew Academy when the cubs of Cub Scout Pack 645 wore their uniforms to school for the first time. Monday is Cub Scout day and the boys looked forward to all the compliments they received from parents, students, and faculty.

Our first meeting exceeded our expectations with many boys in attendance. Tiger cubs, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos packed the library for an exciting and fun-filled hour. We began with an introduction of everyone present and learned about Cub Scouting. We said the Pledge of Allegiance, recited the Cub Scout Promise and learned how to earn the first badge on the Bobcat Trail. Next, we all went outside and were shown how to use a compass. We used our new skill at reading a compass to locate treats that were hidden around our beautiful 27-acre campus. And what would scouting be without singing a silly song! “Mom, wash my underwear!” was happily sung by all.

We welcomed two new members at our second meeting and celebrated the birthday of one of our Webelos by looking up everyone’s Hebrew birthday and discussing what it means to celebrate a Judaic birthday. Afterwards the cubs created a neckerchief arch with the den leaders.

Jewish Cub Scouting is open to all boys from 1st through 5th grade. Den meetings are the first three Mondays of the month with one pack meeting on the last Sunday of the month. Any boy who is interested in transferring into or joining our pack is encouraged to attend a meeting or call Julia at 549-3070 or Ellen at 578-7377.

Advancement is Us

These last two months were full of advancement in Boy Scout Troop 663. Craig Araki and Tommy Halldorson achieved Tenderfoot. Scott Green, Tommy Leet, Steven Markano, Alex Nunn, and Logan Swartz made Second Class. Matt Clark, Josh Gilman, Greg Golembeski, Bobby James, Ruben Leal, Dane Lighthart, Ryan Mulvey, and Duece Williams achieved the rank of First Class Scout. Congratulations to all of you. Bradley Markano became the third person in troop history to achieve the rank of Star, and Wesley Mitchell the second to achieve Life.

In November, the troop held its Webelos Day with Troop 616. The troops both set up outstanding booths to give the Webelos a taste of Boy Scouts. More than forty cubs went through and hopefully they came out yearning to go on to Boy Scouts.

Hiking in Unexpected Snow

During the month of November, the Boy Scouts from Troop 616 worked on the pioneering merit badge under the leadership of Mr. Ray Bussett. Scouts learned how to make rope, as well as how to tie knots. They also learned the different lashings to make structures with rope. In December, they will be tested on the skills they have learned over these past months. Thanks to Mr. Bussett for his help in creating such great meetings.

A small group of our scouts went backpacking in early November. Five scouts and two adult leaders met on the coldest Saturday morning of the month with full backpacks at Mataguay Scout Reservation. Led by Senior Patrol Leader Elliot Spaulding, the scouts headed to the ridge trail north of the scout camp. The day brought partly cloudy skies, cold winds, a brief rain shower and a snow shower which turned out to be the highlight of the trip. Scouts learned the value of having a compass during the snow flurry when they were at risk of losing their sense of direction.

The hike ended in the campground where they had a roaring campfire, very appropriate for a very cold night! All participants ended the trip with a healthy respect for cold weather and skills learned about how to keep warm in a cold environment. Many thanks to leaders Larry Hinck and George Ulrich for helping the scouts tough this one out!

November was election month for our troop. Zach Edwards is our new Senior Patrol Leader. Congratulations Zach! Patrol Leaders are Alex Higgins, Ronnie Lewis, John Hawkins, William Wood, and Luke Ulrich. These scouts and others holding leadership positions in the troop will undergo Junior Leader training at Dos Picos Park in early December.

Troop 616 says farewell to Rich Keller, his wife Mary Rose, Richie Jr., and two daughters, Amanda Rose and Irena. They are moving to the east coast. Mr. Keller served the troop as Assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster. Thanks, for all your efforts for Troop 616, happy landings, and good luck in your new surroundings.