Girls Provide Leadership and Service
Cadette Girl Scout Troop 8905 of the Scripps Ranch Service Unit presented a beautifully painted bookshelf filled with children’s books for the babies and small children who live at the Salvation Army’s Door of Hope in Serra Mesa. The presentation was the culmination of hours of work in building and painting the bookshelf and conducting book drives. The girls also donated a portion of their cookie proceeds to buy new children’s books to fill the bookshelf.
Four troop members took a leadership role in four different parts of the project and satisfied part of the requirements for their Girl Scout Silver Awards. They are Jill Foster, Kate Monroe, Taylor Tabin, and Nicole Vande Vooren.
The Silver Award is the highest award available to cadette girl scouts and the second highest award in Girl Scouting. The troop leader is Maria Arroyo Prokop of Scripps Ranch.
Life in the Fast Lane with Pack 616!
Over 85 cars were entered in the Cub Scout Pack 616 Pinewood Derby, and they all looked and raced great! Congratulations to all the cubs and their families on all their hard work.
When the dust cleared, Councilmember Brian Maienschein was there to award the trophies! The top racers were: Thomas Amling, 1st place; Aaron Goff, 2nd place; Ray Totah, 3rd place; and, Blake Wurtzler, 4th place. Rounding out the top "Elite Eight" racers were Mathew Huckleberry, Rafael Rendon, Joshua Solberg, and Zack Monroe.
Zach Totah won the Open Division, and Steve DeRego was second. "Most Unique Design" awards went to Sean Rowland–"Porcupine Car"–and Caleb Roitz–"Blockhead Car." The "Best in Show" awards went to Daniel Peters– "Battleship"–and Ryan Madsen–"Blue Rocketship Car." Great job, cubs!
Special thanks to: Kelly Peters, our "Pinewood Derby Queen"; Joe Roitz for holding the workshop and making trophies; and, Rob Overman for bringing his race car to the event. Also, special thanks to the Pinewood Derby Committee: John Buron, Matt Meis, Keith Greener, Erin Rowland, Diane Mosely, Sam Totah, the boys scouts of Troop 663, Awilda and Joe Parada, Vicky Peters, Eric "Tool Man" Sarbacker, and Bob Vildibill.
We will celebrate Scouting’s 92nd anniversary with our annual Blue and Gold Dinner on Sunday, Mar. 16. If you have not registered with your den leader or with Barbara Amling, please do so now! We hope to see the whole pack at this special evening!
A Day at the Pinewood Derby Races
Cub Scout Pack 1216 had a fantastic time at the Pinewood Derby. They proudly raced their cars, admired the craftsmanship of others, and cheered each other on during the races.
We want to send out a big "thank you" to all the parent volunteers who helped out: Louis and Kristine Weiner; boy scout assistant Matthew Weiner; Dean Luvisa; Kathy White; Lowell Crow; Charlie Glass; Mike Altiere; and, Michael Hawley.
Medal winners were:
- Tigers–1st, Rogan McDaniel; 2nd, Eric Hildebrandt; and, 3rd, Jake Todd.
- Wolfs–1st, Nolan Stephens; 2nd, Billy Feather; and, 3rd, Daniel Lofy.
- Bears–1st, Joshua Hawley; 2nd, Tommy Montalvo; and, 3rd, Ian Davis.
- Webelos–1st, Kyle Luvisa; 2nd, Michael Rogers; and, 3rd, Phillip Glass.
The top three finalists are: 1st, Nolan Stephens; 2nd, Kyle Luvisa; and, 3rd, Joshua Hawley. Nolan Stephens gets a chance to race his car again at the upcoming Scout Fair.
The cub scout families enjoyed an evening at the MCAS Miramar Officer’s Club for the annual Blue and Gold Dinner. Pastor Darrell Dunlap from Northstar Church did the invocation. The scouts provided the entertainment by doing skits. During the awards ceremony, many of the boys received merits.
The Arrow of Light ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 12, at 7 pm at Miramar Ranch Elementary School.
Farewells and Hellos for Pack 613
We welcome new leadership and say goodbye to loyal, hardworking friends in Pack 613. Stepping down after many years as Pinewood Derby guru–chair and race consultant–Holt Mebane was presented with a plaque of appreciation at the end of January’s Pinewood Derby. His excellent leadership resulted in another successful and fun-filled evening with four boys walking away with trophies. In 4th place was Kurt Newcomb, Den 4; 3rd was Brad Littooy, Den 5; and, 2nd was Andrew Tibbles, Den 1. Placing first was Dylan Walter, Den 1. Dylan will represent our pack at the upcoming Scout Fair.
Ten boys and their parents successfully completed the Cub Scout program and were awarded Cub Scouting’s highest award–the Arrow of Light. The boys celebrated their achievements at the Blue and Gold Dinner.
Please join us in congratulating Bryan Burgoon, Hunter Holden, David McCormack, Stephen Moser, Michael Rivera, Kyle Starr, Blake Wolfe, and Kevin Young of Den 7, and Joey Johnston, Noah Makela, Maxwell Schweiger, and Jared Tower of Den 10. Saying goodbye to these 10 second year Webelos unfortunately means saying goodbye to the leadership of Janet and Hal Schweiger, as they follow their son to Boy Scouting.
Stepping forward as treasurer is Greg Cobb and as co-committee chairs are Denise Blasband and Wendy Littooy. For questions, please contact us at [[email protected]].
Troop 616’s Weekend Adventures
Scouts in Troop 616 woke up early on a Saturday morning in January and headed out to Joshua Tree. Once we got there, the younger scouts set up a stationary camp, and a group of about 20 other scouts put on their backpacks and started hiking the trail.
The hike was hard on the way out because it was all uphill. That didn’t bother us too much because we knew that it would be much faster on the way back–it would be downhill. We managed to hike 5.8 miles that day.
That night we all saw a huge shooting star. An adult, who shall remain anonymous, described a light on the horizon as a fire–it turned out to be the moon! We hiked back to the stationary camp on Sunday; it took the whole morning.
Thanks Mr. Wimmer, and all the other adults, for a good outing. We will probably have to work harder on our next outing so that we accomplish more as we get ready to go to Philmont in New Mexico at the end of June.
A small group of scouts went down to the soup kitchen at the end of January, on Super Bowl Sunday in fact. We finished serving food to the homeless in time for us to be back to watch the Super Bowl halftime show.
I think that perhaps a lot of the usual people at the kitchen were at Qualcomm Stadium that afternoon! We also donated two large shopping bags filled with socks for people who need them.
Troop 663 Enjoys Winter Outdoor Activities
Winter has been good to Troop 663. We had our second annual Colorado River trip and the third Joshua Tree National Park expedition. On the river, the guys enjoyed rousing episodes of canoe wars, testing the skills of adult and scout canoe drivers. Congratulations to the Lighthart-Markano canoe for winning as a scout and scout canoe, and the James canoe for being the winning adult.
The scouts did a four-hour service project clearing brush off the main road at Park Moabi, a small park and marina outside of Needles. Thanks to Mr. Lighthart for being the tour leader for the event. Congratulations to the 11 scouts who completed the 53-mile trek.
The trip to Joshua Tree was a success once more. The weather was a bit nippy, but overall pleasant. The hikes to Ryan Mountain and Wonderland of Rocks went well, and the scouts learned about hiking safety.
There was an exhilarating game of hide and seek in the boulders above our campsite, and night brought a lanternfest–a term coined by our new Senior Patrol Leader Steven Markano. Thanks to Mr. Grady and Mr. Rogers for being the tour leaders.
Dane Lighthart, Troop Scribe
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