Boy Scouts Get "Swept Away"

In December Boy Scout Troop 616 went to the Ice Chalet to play broomball. Broomball is played wearing special shoes and using broom poles that have plastic heads on them. The brooms are used to hit a small kickball into the opposing team’s goal.

The scouts had loads of fun, slipping and sliding all over the place. Nobody got hurt, so that was good. It was a great activity to have during the month of December.

Kevin Mahaffey is our troop’s latest Eagle Scout! Kevin’s Eagle project was the construction of a paved patio at a transitional home for the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation in Escondido.

Kevin planned the entire project and secured all the supplies needed to make a level patio base, layer it with gravel and dirt, and then place and secure all the pavers. It was quite a big job and took a whole weekend to complete. Scouts who helped Kevin said that this was one of the best projects they had worked on.

Kevin is a senior at Bishops, and we wish him luck as he heads off to university in the fall. Congratulations on your Eagle rank Kevin. Troop 616 is really proud of you!

Hope all Scripps Ranch families had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Matt Price, Troop Scribe

Troop 645–Having Fun!

Boy Scout Troop 645 has many exciting activities planned. We do lots of fun things you might want to do! In January we camped out at Camp Balboa. We did pellet shooting, archery, and worked on our First Aid badge.

Some events we plan to do are:

  • Saturday, Feb. 15, through Monday, Feb. 17–We will go on an overnight to the Anzo Borrego desert and earn our Horsemanship badge.
  • Saturday, Mar. 22–At midnight we will have "cosmic bowling." All scouts can bring a friend as a potential new scout.

Troop 645 is a kosher, Sabbath- observing troop in the Scripps Ranch area. Boy Scouts is an experience you will carry with you your entire life. Work your way up in rank and join the finest campers around. The only requirement for membership is a desire to learn and have fun. For more information, please contact scoutmasters Dr. and Mrs. Greenfield at 635-5557.

Maxwell Lightman, Troop Scribe

Pack 616 Carnival Cruise!

Yes, it sounds just like an adventure cruise! Fishing, lifeline throw, beanbag toss, basketball, candy, more candy, fun prizes, mazes, and even rat tossing! What a blast it was at the Pack Carnival!

Thank you to all of the den leadership and other parents who made this a great and fun event. Congratulations to all of the cubs who did such a fantastic job with passing uniform inspection as well!

This past month has been a busy one for the Pack 616 cubs. Webelos have been visiting Boy Scout troops in the area, as the Webelos earn the highest award in Cub Scouting–the Arrow of Light Award!

Den 5–Wolf–and Den 8–Bear–had "Nighttime Bike Rallies" on challenging slalom courses as they earned their cycling awards. Once again, the Black Mountain Fishing Derby failed to reward the cubs with any fish, but to the cubs’ credit, they had fun anyway!

The Bear Dens were exploring the Nimitz aircraft carrier at North Island. What an adventure, as we went on the flight deck, throughout the passageways, and even on the bridge of this huge ship! A big thank you to Mike Tooker and Pam DeRego for making this wonderful trip possible. Finally, we were dazzled with our own "Cub-ademy Awards" pack meeting. Whew!

Now it is off to the races with our annual Pinewood Derby race event! Thanks to chair Kelly Peters and crew for all the work they have put into this event. Eighty cubs in our pack build their own cars for an afternoon of racing fun! We even have an open category for all of the siblings and parents who want to try their hand at this Grand Prix event. Good luck to all!

Riding Into the New Year

Pack 1216 started the year off with several activities planned. Last month the scouts spent a Saturday afternoon at the BMX bike track. The boys were all having such a good time riding their bikes on the dirt track and over jumps that they inspired a couple of dads–and even one mom–to join in.

Also in January our scouts raced their cars at the annual Pinewood Derby. Our winners will be announced in next month’s article. Our pack is gearing up for the Blue and Gold Dinner to be held this month. Many of the dens are completing their achievements so that the boys will be able to receive their advancements at the dinner.


Girl Scouts Kick Off Cookie Sales

The 2003 Girl Scout Cookie Sales theme is for all girls to "Dream Big." You will see girl scouts asking for your support through cookie sales. You can preorder until Sunday, Feb. 9, from any girl scout.

From Friday, Mar. 7, through Sunday, Mar. 23, troop site sales will take place in front of your favorite Scripps Ranch establishments, and you may continue to purchase from any girl scout. Cookie sales end on Sunday, Mar. 23. The Scripps Ranch Girl Scout Service Unit would like to thank all of Scripps Ranch in advance for your continuing support.

In December the girl scouts coordinated the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Thanks to the following people who helped: all the troops who brought cookies for the bake sale; our Santa; Andy Nichols and Bridget Trovillion for sound system set up; the Marshall Middle School band; and, Bob Dingeman. The song program cover design contest winners were: Monica Hampton–Junior; Jenna Dern–Daisy; and, Catherine Edwards–Brownie.

So many scouts donated toys for the Toys for Tots program that we ran out of patches! More have been ordered and will be passed out to troop leaders.

A special thanks to the Troop 8449 scouts who coordinated the event: Christina Datko, Rachel Brown, Megan Dray, Lauren Honeycutt, Kaylyn Parrish, Taylor Trovillion, and leader Heidi Brown.

Also in December Junior Troop 8048–Emily Baker, Courtney Heck, Shivonne Lynch, Becky Odelson, Britny Parrish, Hannah Roitz, Haley Rowe, and leader Debby Parrish–made eight beautiful table centerpieces for Belmont Village, an Alzheimer’s home in Poway. The girls delivered them personally and sang holiday carols to the residents.

The girls also baked about 25 dozen cookies for the San Diego Senior Center. They were placed in hand-decorated boxes and delivered to the center.

Girl Scouts, Brownies, and Seniors

Megan Westfall and Allison Critchlow of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 8193 have started a wonderful program as part of their Silver Award project by adopting the Poway Adult Day Health Care Center. Their troop, along with Scripps Ranch Junior Troop 8033 and Poway Brownies, initiated the partnership. They provided a pre-Christmas celebration for the seniors and some children from the preschool next door.

The girls led a craft activity by making snowmen with the seniors, followed by Allison leading a Christmas sing-a-long. The sharing of special Christmas memories capped this joyful intergenerational event.

Megan and Allison said that they will coordinate a schedule in which a different Girl Scout troop will lead an "activities day" each month. The Poway Adult Day Health Care program provides care for elderly persons and other adults who require physical, psychological, and social support on a daily basis.

Kathryn Holt, the center’s executive director, says the girls’ activities align perfectly with the center’s social purpose. These 8th grade girl scouts benefit from seeing the happy faces of the elderly. The seniors thrive on their interaction with these energetic young people. It is especially laudable that two young girls initiated something that will have a positive impact on so many lives.

Brownie Holiday Wreath

Brownie Troop 8265 created a holiday wreath that was displayed at the Wild Animal Park’s Festival of Lights event during the holiday season.

Troop members are: Nadia Arzberger, Ashlee Benson, Mattie Jo Christofferson, Morgan Couch, Rachel Devinny, Emily Erlenbach, Hannah Fogg, Morgan Lacefield, Meredith Manning, Monica Roos, Michaela Shiflet, Meaghan Siegmann, and leader Lori Erlenbach.