Girl Scouts from Troop 8310 have been working all year on the Disability Awareness and Blind Awareness badges. In November they were visited by representatives of the "Think First" group from Sharp Hospital. This group discusses preventable injuries and how many disabilities may be prevented. They showed the girls models of the spinal column and discussed the many decisions that young adults make every day that could leave them disabled or keep them safe.
In January the troop visited the Braille Institute in La Jolla. At the Braille Institute the scouts were educated about the many senses and how individuals with visual problems face the challenges of everyday life.
Brownie Troop 8115 recently participated in National Girls in Sports Day at the Balboa Girl Scout Council Service Center. Taylor Harrison, Kira Dosenberry, Gianna Liberatore, Samantha Nelson, Molly Pleskus, and Morgan Willis all attended this half-day event.
They started their morning with a cardio kickboxing warm-up, and then the troop rotated through four different stations. They got to experience softball, karate, rock climbing, and they attended a Career Fair. At the Career Fair they listened to top women athletes tell their stories. It was very interesting!
They met a professional surfer, a professional mountain bike racer, a female football player, as well as an author who writes books on female athletes. The girls all enjoyed the day and earned their Girlsports Try-It patch. They highly recommend this program to other troops!
Two Scripps Ranch Brownie Troops–8262 and 8656–took some time to share cheer with the senior center residents at The Arbors residential care facility in Rancho Penasquitos. The brownies entertained in the dining/social room with their cheerful versions of many songs. Prior to singing, the girls traced their hands, as well as the seniors’ hands, onto green construction paper and formed a wreath using the cutout hands for the wreath leaves.
The girls who caroled from Brownie Troop 8656 were Veronica Bonnie, Ali Conrad, Emily Forbes, Delaney Forrey, Danielle Holcomb, Katherine Madsen, Collette Naylor, Michelle Strickland, and Nicole Van Noy. Their leaders are Carolyn Van Noy and Vivienne Carosso. The girls from Brownie Troop 8262 were Annalisa Collins, Haylie Gardner, Maia Moran, and Sophia Phillips. Their leader is Cynthia Collins.
Daisy Troop 8334 had a wonderful time visiting with the seniors over at The Arbors residential care facility in Rancho Penasquitos. Both the residents and the girls got a chance to enjoy each other’s company, while assembling valentines that were later handed out to the residents.
The girls got a chance to learn about the daily lives of the seniors. And to the girls’ surprise, they realized that despite the age difference, both age groups enjoy many of the same activities–such as reading, playing games, shopping at Wal-Mart, and eating ice cream!
In February Boy Scout Troop 616 went on a backpack outing to Blair Valley. About 20 scouts and six adults hiked a total distance of 13.5 miles. We started hiking at an elevation of about 1,700 feet and ended at Blair Valley at an elevation of about 2,500 feet–for an elevation gain of about 800 feet.
Russell Greenfield is a brand new scout in our troop and this was his first outing with us–he did very, very well. All the scouts had loads of fun. We camped next to a huge mountainside covered with tons of boulders. Scouts were climbing all over those boulders whenever there was a spare minute.
We even came up with a game, "Javelin," using a dried tree trunk. It turned out that Ronnie Lewis could throw the farthest. Sunday’s hike was to Box Canyon and back to Blair Valley. It was level most of the way. Thank goodness.
Many thanks to tour leader, Mr. Hinck, for a great weekend. Next month our troop welcomes cub scouts from all the packs in Scripps Ranch who have decided to continue with Boy Scouts. They are in for some good times.
The month of March found Cub Scout Pack 616 with plans for our celebration of the "Birthday of Scouting: The Blue and Gold Dinner!" MCAS Miramar’s Officer’s Club was the site, and recognition of the cubs’ accomplishments was on the menu. Thank you to Barbara Amling, Mary Alexander, Matt Meis, Joy Schumacher, Joe Roitz, and the rest of the Blue and Gold Committee for all of your great work on this event.
Celebration of the 21 Tiger Cubs and 25 Webelos Scouts began the evening and was followed by awarding the rank of Wolf to 16 cubs in Dens 5 and 7: Conner Dyte, Brandon Dyte, Michael Russell, Austin Sarbacker, Gregory Seda, Luke Totah, David Watson, Blake Wurtzler, Alex Abeyta, David Mrdjenovich, Matthew Huckleberry, John Buron, Nick Vildibill, Tyler Boyce, Cory Hughes, and Aaron Cochrane.
Next, 15 boys from Dens 1 and 8 received their Bear Award: Thomas Amling, Tim DeRego, Jacob Iwig, Dominick Schumacher, Michael Alexander, Bryan Graham, Brendan Tooker, Ian Eckelman, Rafael Rendon, Joshua Solberg, Vivek Vishwanath, Dylan Youngs, David Mosely, Tyler Jorgensen, and Max Fleckner. Special thanks to the adult leadership of these two dens for all of your time and effort: Pam DeRego, Steve Iwig, Vish Vishwanath, and Bryon Solberg.
In April we will have our pack meeting–the theme is "Circle the Wagons"–where we will graduate the Webelos Scouts of our pack into Boy Scouts. We also have our pack campout near Julian. We are looking forward to both of these events.
In March Webelos I Scouts, along with their families, attended their Arrow of Light and Graduation Ceremony. Brent Barker, Nicholas Bailey, Nicholas Keiper, and Michael Wear worked hard in Cub Scouts and had to complete many requirements in order to achieve this rank and advance to Boy Scouts. Congratulations!
Last month Tiger Cub Den 3 went on a tour of The San Diego Union-Tribune in connection with earning their "How I Tell It" achievement. Since the theme in March was "Uncle Sam Depends On You," the boys made a patriotic centerpiece for the Blue and Gold Dinner, played red, white, and blue games, and learned about the American flag. The following boys earned the Tiger Cub rank in Den 3: Noah Braun, Luke Bronson, Kyle Burt, Alex Davis, Troy Holsapple, Eric Hildebrandt, and Jake Todd.
Wolf Den 5 has been busy working to complete their achievements. Addison Jerlow, Andrew Corvin, Andrew May, Billy Feather, Daniel Lofy, Nolan Stephens, and Tyler Salvato were awarded their Wolf badge at the Blue and Gold Dinner. Austin Monroe earned his Bobcat badge.
Both of the Bear Dens completed all their requirements to achieve the rank of Bear. In Den 7 they were John Travis Brown, Nathaniel Gaines, Alec and Ben Heifetz, Hans Hildebrandt, and Tommy Montalvo. In Den 6 they were Zachery Burns, Ian Davis, Noah and Joshua Hawley, Jason Horwitz, Patrick Ivison, Grant Kieckhaefer, Jordan Weiner, and Hunter Young.