Order of the Arrow

Following Super Tuesday, another very special election was held, an election by peers in Boy Scout Troop 616. Five scouts were honored to be elected to join the ranks of the Order of the Arrow, an organization within the troop and run by the scouts with adult leaders acting as advisors. The scouts organize and carry out various scout services that are above and beyond the usual scout activities. The organization originated with Baden Powell. An induction ceremony was held at the Camp Mataguay Camporee on March 24-26. Congratulations to David Crawford, Zach Edwards, Barry Hawkins, Rich Keller, Jr., and Chris Purcell.

The scout newspaper drive continues to be held the first Saturday of each month for pickup south of Pomerado Road. The last pickup, however, will be May 6, at which time this project will be discontinued. Please do not put newspapers out for weekly city trash collection. The scouts depend on your newspapers for recycling, which is their primary fund raising source. Please place papers in bags at your curb by 9 am. Papers also can be dropped off at the west end of Willow Creek between 9 am and 1 pm. Many thanks for your continued support.

Boy Scout Troop 663

February marked the Troop’s planned backpack training at Mataguay Scout Reservation. The leaders were trained, the scouts had instruction, it was time to get on the trail, but it was the dead of winter. The troop got a call the day before the trip. The instructors anticipated heavy rain, flooding, wind, and cold. The options they proposed: reschedule, come up and get the instruction indoors, go on as planned if we thought we could handle it. It was a tough call, but the troop leadership decided to go for it and hope for the best. After all, the scout motto is “Be Prepared.”

Arriving at the rendezvous spot, we found that the weather was not cooperating. The rain came down, and the scouts started by meeting in the shelter of the barn to get words of wisdom from the veteran backpackers. Then, around mid-morning the rains stopped, and the skies lightened up. The scouts saddled up their packs, covered themselves with trashbags, and hit the trail for several miles and hours of on-the-trail instruction. With the exception of some adjustments made to the packs in the first couple of segments of the hike, there were no problems and the scouts showed they were up to the task; sloshing through muddy slippery trails. They even enjoyed it!

That night the scouts cooked on their lightweight stoves and then turned in for the night. This trip they all slept in tents and it paid off. The night was cool, then cold (in the 30s). Stars gave way to clouds, then rain and strong winds about midnight. The wind was so strong the sides of the tents kept trying to lift right off the ground. When breakfast time came around, it was still drizzling and windy, making it a challenge for the scouts to get their breakfast prepared. All-in-all, the trip was a success–the scouts got trained, they showed they were prepared for the elements, they all passed their first backpacking test, and they got another memorable experience under their belts.

For Opening Day of Scripps Ranch Little League, the local league called to get some scout volunteers to assist leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Several scouts stepped forward, including some in the league. The mix of scout uniforms and baseball uniforms on the guys really wasn’t odd at all. Scouting is part of a balanced life including family, faith, and self, and emphasizes physical fitness and fun.

The troop also would like very much to thank some of the organizations that have helped our troop recently with contributions: North Coast Tarpaulin Works, Walmart in Poway, and Brookfield Homes. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and helps make the program possible.

Cub Scout Pack 616

In February, we celebrated the 70th anniversary for Cub Scouts and our 29th birthday as a pack in Scripps Ranch. Our annual Blue and Gold dinner celebration was held this year at the Scripps Ranch Library.

Cub Grub was the night’s theme and pizza, the boy’s overwhelming entree choice, was in abundance. The boys were cleverly entertained by an FBI special agent from the Weapons of Mass Destruction unit. Cubmaster James and Assistant Cubmaster Roitz “painted” all the boys in attendance with the colors of their received rank. The boys also were presented with many other awards and patches. The evening concluded with this year’s pack Pinewood Derby winner, Wolf Scout Chris Organ, assisting Cubmaster James in cutting the cake in honor of these anniversaries.

The boys of Webelos Den 1–Adam Carver, Scott Green, Bobby James, Bobby Prine, Max Roitz, Bryce Schallhorn, Caleb Cato, Ben Illingworth, and Sean Thornton–had a wonderful time at the Blue and Gold ceremony. Most of the boys were presented numerous activity badges and patches. Bobby Prine, Ben Illingworth, Max Roitz, Sean Thornton, and Bryce Schallhorn joined previous recipients in being presented their Heavy Shoulder award for completing all twenty Webelos activity awards.

February was spent finishing off their Arrow of Light award plaques for presentation at the upcoming Arrow of Light ceremony in March. The Arrow of Light ceremony, remarkably conducted by RJ Maus from the BSA Order of the Arrow, will culminate the boy’s Cub Scouting career.

The boys have worked very hard over the past two years, striving to achieve their Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouts. They now look forward to the challenges ahead as they start a new chapter in their Boy Scouting adventures as they begin on the trail which leads to Eagle.

In Den 2, Shawn Sullivan, Brandon Sullivan, Quinton Petty, Chris Organ, Jeffrey O’Hanlon, Zack Monroe, William Hopkins, Weston Daigle, Mark Chercoe, Nicholas Burke, Chris Bovet, and Andy Bondesson have been busy! They welcomed spring at their March den meeting by learning about local birds and building birdhouses. They next will be learning about camping–and making rope–in preparation for our pack camping trip on Saturday, May 6, at Mataguay. They are very excited about that! The boys also are practicing the flag ceremony, which is their honor to perform at our graduation ceremony in June.

Plus, Scout Fair tickets are now on sale, so be on the lookout for one of our scouts selling tickets. The Scout Fair will be held Saturday, May 13, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Stop by the Pack 616 booth and test your skills at the bean bag toss and win a prize. Not only is the Scout Fair a great way to see the Cub and Boy Scouts in action, but also our pack will be cheering for Wolf Den 2’s very own Chris Organ at the annual Pinewood Derby 500!

In Den 4, Richard Duckworth, Lance Harrison, Ian Halliburton, Brian Long, Greg Rogers, Jonathan Rose, Devan Torres, and Jordan Williams were advanced to Bears at the Blue and Gold. Congratulations boys for all your hard work and accomplishments. We also are proud to welcome a new member to our den, Bryce Brewer! More fun and activities are in store as the boys work on their achievements to earn gold and silver arrow points.

Girl Scouts

Thank you to everyone in Scripps Ranch who made the Girl Scout cookie sale so successful this year. Each troop has a lot of great activities planned from the sales of cookies. Many troops have made the decision to take a portion of their proceeds and donate them to the community. Some of the community services that will be receiving donations from the troops are Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Hidden Valley, and the Polinsky Center.

Giving back to the community is the Girl Scouts from Scripps Ranch way of saying thank you. Also, thank you to the many families who bought extra boxes of cookies to be given as donations.

Girl Scouts are busy throughout the year making this a better place to live. And Cadette Troop 8046 is no exception. Up bright and early one Sunday morning in January, they volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul shelter in downtown San Diego. Seven scouts and three moms rolled up their sleeves, donned aprons and hairnets, and went straight to work preparing food for breakfast and lunch for over 700 homeless men, women, and children. The girls loved making peanut butter sandwiches–lots of sandwiches, about 600 in fact. Next they helped prepare trays with soup, bread, chips, fruit, dessert, and milk.

The scouts especially enjoyed interacting with the children coming in for breakfast. The girls played games, did puzzles, and read to these children as they waited for their meals. After the meals were served, the girls got busy mopping floors, wiping tables, and putting away all the games. It was a very busy morning, starting at 7 am and working until noon. But it was all worthwhile, and the girls were happy to help those in need.

Cub Scout Pack 613

Den 1 received their Scholar and Naturalist pins as well as the Webelos Compass Point emblem at the March pack meeting. They worked on the Athlete and Sportsman pins with Kevin Truitt’s family. There was a lot of running, jumping, and hollering!

Den 2 Wolves have been scurrying along the Wolf trail to earn their Wolf badge in April. David Collins and mom Linda helped the boys learn how to respect and care for the flag. They learned the correct way to fold it and how to lead a flag ceremony. William Mazzei’s house was the place to be for artistic expression when the boys created their Blue and Gold decorations. To complete the Living World achievement the scouts met at Eric Lopez’s to learn about what, when, and where to recycle. They also helped the neighborhood birds by making pine cone and peanut butter bird feeders.

Den 6 Webelos have earned their Communicator badge and belt loop with the help of Matt MacFarlane and mom Kathy. They learned about sign language, visited the library, and learned how the computer catalogue works. They also played the “Body Language Game” to learn about feelings. The scouts earned their Computer belt loop with ease and emailed their friends. The boys also participated in a wonderful program for community service by serving food and drink to the less fortunate at the First Presbyterian Church downtown.

Den 9 completed their Bear badge and received it at the March pack meeting. Congratulations to Max Nash, Daniel Makela, Kenny Cox, Kyle Kubs, and Geoff Odelson. Some scouts from Den 8 joined Den 9 for golf at Presidio Hills Golf Course. They earned their Golf belt loop as they teed off; though no hole-in-one was reported. Their next outing will involve skating.

Pack 613 will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 25. The always popular Cub Scout bingo will be played. Please remember Cans for Cubs the first Saturday of the month.