Troop 8193

Members of Cadet Girl Scout Group 8193 present a “station-warming” gift of hand-decorated mugs to members of Station 37 during the open house on Dec. 1. Representing the troop are L-R, Allison Aronoff, Allison Critchlow, and Amanda Balaoing. Other troop members are: Paola Adler, Marie Brown, Dani Cohen, Alexa Datko, Cassie Gurrola, Jessica Manning, and Megan Westfall. Co-leaders are Georgia Critchlow and Annabelle Balaoing.

Brownie Troop 8321

Scripps Ranch Brownie Troop 8321 painted ceramic holiday ornaments and created a festive holiday wreath for residents at Poway’s Huntington Manor Board and Care facility. The wreath was presented to the 18 residents in late November, along with the singing of holiday songs. The wreath was hung in the dining room for all residents and families to enjoy. The 6 & 7 year old Brownies spent time visiting with the residents and sharing information about their school, families and holiday plans. The collective group also shared cookies and punch.

Troop 8321 members are: Caroline Boldt, Dana Cantine, Elizabeth Crooks, Ellen Gable, Carly Kakuris, Kelly Mahaffey, Shannon Manso, Rachel Meserve, Alexis Paton, Mikayla Rivera, & Olivia Thummel.

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts Say Thank You!

Thank you to Champion T-Shirts, SRCA Newsletter, both Scripps Ranch Vons Stores, and those who purchased T-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops or polo shirts this year. The benefits of this year’s sale will be put back into our community once a need is identified. If you missed our fall sale, we will be selling some of the above items at the Scripps Ranch Community Fair this spring. Happy Holidays!

Cub Pack 616

Pack 616 conducted a flag salute at Dingeman Elementary School for Dens 1 and 8, Pack 616. The salute wa s attended by Scouts Dominick Schumacher, Rafael Lindon, Arjun Kumar, Michael Alexander, Tim De Rego, Steve De Rego, and Jacob Iwig, Vivek Vishwanath and den leader Bryon Solberg. The two dens toured the Rancho Penasquitos Police Station together on Oct. 25. Also on the field trip were Joshua Solberg, brother Garrett, and Ian Iwig, with den leader dad Steve.

Cub Scout Pack 614

Cub Scout Pack 614 had a very active fall season with the various dens learning skills in first aid, camping, cooking, tools and crafts, sports and games and learning about our local government and city services. We have participated in service projects, including the San Diego Food Bank, Scripps Ranch fall cleanup, Toys for Tots and the San Diego Homeless Coalition.

We extend grateful thanks to our Scripps Ranch family, friends and neighbors for supporting the Trails End Popcorn Fundraiser. Thanks to your generosity, we sold $11,466. of popcorn. Our three top sellers each sold more than $1,000 worth! They are:

1) Markus Raimondi (Den 3- Bear)

2) Tendai Mukau (Den 4- Webelos 1)

3) Brian Holmes (Den 5-Webelos 1)

Other top salesmen from each Den are as follows: Tigers 1 – K.C. Rodenbeck; Tigers 2- Matt Rosi; Den 1 – Nikolas Marino; Den 2- Dominic Thomas; Den 4- Kyle Hoffer ; Den 5-Chris Honeycutt; Den 6-Evan Dunn; Den 7-Kevin Stock; and Den 8-Max Thompson

Many thanks to Rick Raimondi for chairing this very successful venture. Our profits from the sale pay for the many badges and other awards the boys earn throughout the year, as well as subsidizing our camping trips and the Pinewood Derby expenses.

The sounds of sanding, sawing and drilling you have been hearing the past month may not have been elves working, but rather the Cubs of Pack 614 preparing their Pinewood Derby cars. Race night is Friday, Jan. 25, in the Jerabek Auditorium. In addition to the first, second and third place speed awards, there is also fierce competition for the static awards, which include such categories as Most Original, Best Paint Job and Judges’ Favorite.

On Feb. 22 we will be honoring our second year Webelos scouts of Dens 6 and 8 at the Blue and Gold Dinner at the Admiral Kidd Club. These boys will be receiving their Arrow of Light Award, the highest award in Cub Scouting, and will also be graduating into Boy Scouts in a special ceremony that night.

Three Scouts received their Bobcat badge. Congratulations to Derek Ma (Bear), Robbie Lewis (Wolf) and Eric Turner (Wolf).

Cub Pack 1218

Pack 1218 has been very busy this winter. We have a new Cubmaster and committee chair. We were visited by a representative from “I love a clean San Diego” and followed that with a field trip to the recycle center. The scouts also visited the Birch Aquarium and wrote down what they learned about aquatic life. Since it was the Holiday season, our scouts focused on service. The Webelos den did three service projects including: beach cleanup with the other dens, delivering meals to needy families and cleaning/sterilizing the church nursery. Nate Mortensen earned Bear award and our Wolf den earned their Bobcats. Jacob Seelinger saved the day by displaying super scout skills when he changed an unexpected flat tire. He received the AAA award. The Webelos earned the physical fitness and athlete pin. The wolf den was also busy earning their swimming and soccer belt loop.

Cub Pack 613

Happy New Year Scripps Ranch from the Cub Scouts of Pack 613! We are proud to be a part of such a wonderful neighborhood. Over the next year we all look forward to doing our best at being good citizens and helping our community in any way that we can.

During November, Pack 613 participated in the Thanksgiving Food Collection for the Ladle Fellowship Program at the San Diego First Presbyterian Church. A special thanks to all the scouts who participated in this community service project and experienced what it is like to give something back to the community

In December the scouts continued along the same lines by participating in three other community service efforts. First off we e-mailed letters to the military. We let them know that we were thinking of them not only during the holidays but always and wishing them well during this time of war. Secondly the pack took up a collection of new books for children of all ages as well as adults to donate them to St. Vincent de Paul’s Literacy program. Lastly the scouts also made Christmas dinner favors for all those who will be served at St. Vincent de Paul during the holiday season.

December 8th was Webelos Day in Scripps Ranch. Many thanks to the local Boy Scout Troops for sponsoring the event. Congratulations on a job well done. We have some magnificent up and coming public speakers who put on entertaining demonstrations especially, on the subject of hiking and back packing.

At our December Pack meeting on the18th, our 2nd year Webelos were honored for the accomplishment of earning their Religious Faith Emblems. Receiving the Jewish Faith emblem were Alex Lipkis, Daniel Makela and Geoff Odelson. Receiving the Catholic Faith Emblem were Colin Masters and Brett Kerrigan.

All of the Pack 613 dens have been busy working on their rank specific activity badges and achievements. Tiger den 6 made family scrap books and visited Cabrillo Monument proving that they are well on their way towards completing the five achievements required to earn their Tiger Cub rank. First year Webelos Den 2 and Den 10 attended a Red Cross Demonstration to earn their Readyman Activity Badge. They also visited the Natural History Museum and earned their Geologist Activity Badge. Lastly these two Webelos dens got together and celebrated the holiday season with a pizza party and gift exchange. All these scouts are excited about the New Year and look forward to receiving their Webelos rank badge. The following report was submitted by Bobby Gowin about the activities that took place in second year Webelos Den 8. “Den 8 has earned their engineering pin by building bridges out of Lego’s and making catapults. Four of us participated in the license plate sales at Vons, and four of us in the Thanksgiving service project. Some of us visited Boy Scout troop 663, and some troop 616, to learn what it is like to become a Boy Scout.”

If scouts in your den would like to let the community know they have been up to, please submit your reports for consideration to [email protected] We entertain questions and comments from the community as well, at that same address.

Boy Scout Troop 616

Boy Scout Troop 616 held a number of activities during November.

Scouts camped at Balboa Park, went to the Natural History Museum and Birch Aquarium to earn their Oceanography Merit Badge, and they also went to Gateway Computers to earn their Computer Merit Badge.

Scouts accomplished a lot at Balboa. The leaders for this outing were Sam Dalrymple and Dr. George Ulrich. Scouts worked towards their Cooking Merit Badge and some were signed off for the Fireman Chit.

Ranger Bob demonstrated how to do pole lashings and all the knots for 1st Class. The HAM radio shack was opened up and several Scouts had an indoctrination into the HAM radio equipment and the associated Merit Badge.

For dinner, the Scouts cooked up some stew in a Dutch oven. Then they went to go see a Scout movie, and when the Scouts got back, they hit the sack right away. The next morning they cooked up some eggs, hash browns, and bacon. After breakfast, the Scouts headed home.

Congratulations to the 21 Scouts who earned their Computer Merit Badge. The tour leaders for this outing were Ric and Diana Nicastro, Melinda Griebel and Bill Barnsley. Those Scouts who earned the Merit Badge are Graham Nicastro, Matt Hickok, Mark Beyersdorf, Jeff Edwards, John Hawkins, Barry Hawkins, Kyle Glass, Steven Lewis, Sam Moreau, Arthur Moreau, Luke Ulrich, Greg Golko, Alex Griebel, Josh Ouellette, Matthew Michalek, Alex Davis, Jordan Davis, Matthew Weiner, Chris Barnsley, Matt Heuss and Greg Moy.

At this Merit Badge training, Scouts went through 12 sessions about computers, where computers come from, how they are made, and what computers are used for.

19 Scouts earned the Oceanography Merit Badge at the Natural History Museum and the Birch Aquarium. Those Scouts were Chris Barnsley, Chris Wimmer, Matt Heuss, Matt Price, Matthew Michalek, Matt McFarlane, Matt Rasmussen, Alex Nelson, Greg Moy, Jonathan Dotson, John Michael Steiger, Kevin Barber, Michael Huey, Greg Golko, Josh Ouellette, Alex Davis, Jordan Davis, David Yandell and Matthew Weiner. Leaders for the outing were Ed Wimmer and Bill Barnsley. Thank you for taking care of so many Scouts! At the Merit Badge, the Scouts went through different rotations and discovered many new things about plant life. They learned about the different types of ocean water and watched a movie on the Oceanography Merit Badge. At the Birch Aquarium, they were given a list of items to find all over the aquarium and they had a lot of fun. After the Scouts were done with their list, they went to the beach and measured the different tides.

Troop 616 is looking forward to more outings in the next month, including backpacking and ice skating.

Troop 663

The boys of 663 had yet another exciting month including community service, camping and even wearing backpacks on their heads. Indeed it was an invigorating month.

The month began with a trip to good old Palomar Mountain. The scouts had a great time hiking, stargazing or just lounging around camp. The highlight of the trek was a trip up to the huge Hale Telescope at the peak.

On Saturday Afternoon, the boys went on a nature hike and even saw a few deer! However on Sunday morn, the gods let loose their fury and dumped a rainstorm on the boys. But even with the rain, the boys had a blast.

Perhaps the most meaningful service project the troop has ever taken part in took place in late November. A group of about a dozen scouts trekked down to Chula Vista to the San Diego Food Bank warehouse. For a good three hours the scouts hauled cans upon cans of food, filled bags of food and loaded them onto wooden pallets where they were wrapped and delivered to people in need. In total the boys filled a total of 500 bags of food! The scouts went home knowing they had done something really beneficial for the community.

On Dec. 8, the annual Webelos Day took place at Spring Canyon Park. Boys from both troop 663 and 616 showed up and set up their exhibits for the Webelos. The various exhibits included an orienteering course, tents, backpacking, “buddy burners”, axes and hatchets and to top it off some delicious Dutch oven cooking. Thanks to everybody who participated.