Many Girl Scouts Helping in Many Ways

Troop 8495 and families donated monies to help Hidden Valley House at the Girl Scout annual rededication ceremony, where the girls rededicated themselves to Girl Scouts and to helping others. The girls raised enough in donations to purchase three $10 gift cards at Target. The moms at Hidden Valley could then do the shopping themselves for their children.

Troop 8495 are 2nd year Brownies and are excited about their next project for the Adopt- A-Family project. Senior Troop 8075 volunteered for the San Diego Park and Recreation Christmas carnival in December in Balboa Park. This annual event is for disabled children and their families. Seniors Mary Anderson and Brenna Boyce spent the day giving temporary tattoos and smiles. Kyle Van Dolah and Kristen Dienes used their equestrian skills to give cart rides with miniature horses.

In December, 3rd year Brownie Troop 8184 along with troops 8187 and 8174 visited the Villa Pomerado nursing facility in Rancho Bernardo. The girls pictured to the right sang some jolly Christmas carols, mingled with the residents and presented them with gifts the girls crafted themselves. The residents really enjoyed the visit, and the girls are looking forward to making this an annual event. Thank you to Karen Swartz for arranging this trip.

Thinking Day

In the Scripps Ranch Girl Scout Service Unit, we celebrate thinking day every other year at an all-girl event. Thinking day is a day set aside to learn and think about Girl Scouting around the world. It is an opportunity to embrace culture diversity within Girl Scouting.

This year our service unit event will be similar to two years ago. The event will be set up like a travel fair with troops representing different countries in Girl Scouts around the globe. Each girl can travel from country to country with her passport. Each troop will select a country and set up a booth with information, crafts, and possibly food from their country.

Remember countries are first come, first served. We encourage small troops to pair with another troop, also younger troops may want to pair with an older (sister) troop. Cost is $3.50 per girl, which includes a patch and any site fees.

When you turn in your registration with your money you will receive a travel voucher for each girl. The travel voucher is her admission ticket and will be used in a drawing at the event. Please sign up for your Thinking day country. Visit our web site at [].

Blue and Gold Time

Cub Scout Pack 614 will be honoring its graduating 2nd year Webelos scouts with the Arrow of Light ceremony at our annual Blue and Gold dinner on Saturday, Feb. 3. This special event, coordinated by Ruth Burr and Sue Londerholm, will be held in the Officer’s Club main dining room of MCAS Miramar. Wolf and Bear badges as well as other awards will be presented at the dinner, which is always well attended by the scouts, their parents, and other proud family members.

Our graduating Webelos scouts are: Max Andersen, Justin Burr, Shea Duncan, Tyler Heckendorn, Jonathan Londerholm, Jared Mimms, Mike Robinette, Michael Huey, Benjamin Kromray, Alex Nelson, Matthew Michalek, Gregory Moy, Nicholas Podimatis, and Daniel Silverstein. Congratulations to you all!

Last month we welcomed Max Thompson to the pack, but mistakenly identified him as a Bear scout. He is actually a proud 1st year Webelos scout and a member of Den 8. Sorry about the mix-up, Max! By the time you read this article, the Pack 614 Pinewood Derby 2001 will have been completed. Winners of this hotly contested event will be announced in next month’s issue.

This year our pack has been placing an increased emphasis on community service and helping our boys to become good citizens. In addition to our on-going pack commitment to the San Diego Homeless Coalition and participation in the Toys for Tots program, each Den has undertaken individual community service projects. I will be reporting on these individual projects in the coming months.

Doug Higgins Makes Eagle

In December, Boy Scout Troop 616 went to the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa for a family outing to have some fun before the holidays. This also was an opportunity for scouts to earn their ice skating merit badge. First, they were given a briefing on ice skates and how the ice arena works. Next, they took lessons on the basics of ice skating after which they were allowed to free skate and practice the things they had learned.

About 20 scouts and 5 parents went, and everyone had a blast. Thank you to the Ice Arena, and to the scout leaders and parent chaperones, Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins, Dr. Edwards, Mrs. Golko, Ms. Siroky, and all the other parents who made this outing a fun and safe time.

Troop 616 is proud to announce that Douglas Higgins, a resident of Scripps Ranch for 12 years, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in December! For his Eagle service project, Doug led a team of scouts in the replacement of distance marker posts along the path around Miramar Lake. As a scout since the age of 6 years, he earned a total of 38 merit badges, spent over 150 nights camping and was the troop bugler. Doug also is a National Merit commended scholar, an advanced placement scholar with distinction, and a winner of the President’s student service award for community service.

Doug is the son of Alan and Rebecca Higgins and is attending Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Congratulations Doug, and good luck as you move into the next exciting phase of your life!