Pack 613 Supports Our Troops
In a show of support for all our military men and women in Iraq, Den 5 devoted an extra hour during their April meeting making a banner and putting together a care package for our men and women overseas.
The package was sent to cub scout Zack Renier’s dad who is an F-18 pilot flying missions over Iraq. All the dens in Pack 613 joined in the care package effort, supplying plastic bags with wish list items such as energy bars, lip balm, sunscreen, baby wipes, candy bars, and Pringles potato chips!
Continuing in this spirit of community service and helping others, Pack 613 once again was called upon to put together Mother’s Day boxes for those less fortunate. Last year brightly wrapped shoe boxes with toiletry items were donated to women at a homeless shelter. This year the boxes will be distributed to the women at Hidden Valley House, a shelter for abused women and their children.
The month of May will also find scouts and their families from Pack 613 actively involved in the Scripps Ranch Community Fair. Look for our booth selling license plate holders and our newest fundraiser, the hot dog cart. Owned by the Olsen family, Matt Olsen of Den 9 will help his parents sell these authentic New York hot dogs, with a portion of the profits going to Pack 613.
Another ongoing new fundraiser for Pack 613 is our toner cartridge recycling program. Please take all empty computer printer cartridges to our recycling bin in front of the school office at Jerabek Elementary School. We want to thank the Olsen family for also spearheading this fundraising effort! It is family involvement such as this that makes Cub Scouting a successful and enriching experience for our boys!
Speaking of family experiences, our pack is gearing up for our annual Indian Hills campout on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 10-12. This summertime event bonds the boys, their families, and our pack like no other. Dust, mosquito bites, and burnt marshmallows–all in the name of Scouting! Any questions, contact us at [[email protected]].
In March’s article the scouts in Den 7 were incorrectly listed as graduating Webelos. Sorry for the error. Our "real" graduating Webelos were the hardworking boys in Den 2–Tyler Bratlien, Eric Lopez, Tim Stewart, Keith Hirsch, William Mazzei, and Darren Kulishchak.
Bryon Solberg Recognized
Bryon Solberg, Pack 616 Cubmaster, was surprised and honored when the Boy Scouts of America awarded him with their special God and Service Award in April. In order to qualify for the award, the adult must be an active member of a church. He must also provide a minimum of five years of distinguished service to young people through the church and through a national youth agency. What makes this recognition so special is that the award seeks the individual; the individual does not seek the award.
Several letters of recommendation were written in support of Bryon. Supporting members included: Reverend John Dennis, First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis, Oregon; Rich Cansdale, Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School principal; Malcolm MacCoy, Bryon’s former scoutmaster who lives in Meridian, Idaho; and Steven J. Parker, Bryon’s former council staff leader who lives in San Mateo.
Bryon, who is an Eagle Scout, has earned most of the possible honors available from the Boy Scouts of America with exception–until now–of the God and Service Award. I know that most of you will testify to the accomplishments that Bryon has made to Scripps Ranch, and that you already recognize and appreciate the value of having him as a member of our community. Please take the time to congratulate him on this prestigious honor.
A Whale of a Good Time With Pack 616!
Springtime found us on the high seas whale watching as Captain Ken Franke took Den 4 Tigers out on his great ship!
The Scout Fair in Del Mar was a blast, as we played games, walked on rope bridges, and made pop bottle rockets that shot 100 feet into the air!
Den 2 graduated 11 Webelos, and we are sure going to miss them! The awarding of the "Arrow of Light," Cub Scouting’s highest award, was part of the Native American-based ceremony. Congratulations, thanks, and best wishes to each of these cubs and their families: Chris Bovet, Nick Burke, Matt Dejesus, Corey Eckelman, Taylor Grant, William Hopkins, Bo Lee, Zack Monroe, Ryan Price, Quinton Petty, and Bryan Truitt.
In May we have our first Pack Eco-challenge! Watch out for those rapids!
Welcome to Troop 616
Spring in the Scouting calendar usually means Arrow of Light and bridging ceremonies in Cub Scout Packs, and therefore, new faces at Boy Scout Troop meetings. To the new scouts who joined our troop in March–welcome!
March was an eventful month for the troop. On a March weekend, 13 scouts and seven adult leaders backpacked to the primitive Arroyo Seco wilderness camp in Cuyamaca State Park. The trip covered a six-mile loop hike.
Scouts had ample opportunity to practice their foul-weather hiking and camping skills. It was a great opportunity to learn the value of the scout motto: "Be prepared"! Thanks to their readiness, a good–if somewhat damp–time was had by all. They will always remember the meaning of the word "Cuyamaca"–the place where it rains. Thanks, Layne Rasmussen, for leading this outing.
We also took care of our community service project at the Ladle soup kitchen downtown. A group of 15 adults and scouts helped serve just over 350 meals to the needy. Greg Golko turned out to be quite the pro with those huge commercial coffee percolators! Everyone agreed that an afternoon there is time well spent.
Then came the Scout Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. We had our "homemade" rope machines producing lengths of rope of different thickness at a great rate. Scouts had good fun with all sorts of activities, and there was also time to earn merit badges. Thanks to Jan Lewis for putting the outing together.
Fun Outings for Troop 663
The last two months have been full of excitement in Boy Scout Troop 663. February brought us the family campout at Palm Canyon campground, and March saw the long-awaited snow campout. The family campout was a great success this year. We had a great turnout, with 55 attendees, families included.
They enjoyed a fun-filled day in the desert, including a presentation by park rangers, a hike to the Palm Canyon oasis, and culminating with an excellent campfire emceed by Marc Sloate and Wesley Mitchell. Thanks to the adult leaders for enduring endless humiliation.
The second weekend in March was the snow campout. It’s really kind of sad how many of the group had never seen snow before. So, all you parents out there, take your kids to the snow! The weather was beautiful at Paso Picacho campground, and the ground was littered with patches of snow, both big and small.
The scouts enjoyed all means of snowy fun, including snowball fights, sledding, and snowman building. Mr. Grady was the only adult active in our enjoyment of the snow; the rest of them just napped. We thank you for your help building sledding jumps.
Troop 663 has also helped out on the home front. On two different occasions, boys planted trees with the "People for Trees" organization. We planted trees in Ocean Beach and Mira Mesa, beautifying the neighborhood and helping solve the worldwide problem of deforestation–subliminal political message.
Also in March the troop went on three tune-up hikes–to Penasquitos Canyon, Mount Woodson, and Boden Canyon. The weather was beautiful for all three, and the scouts had a great time.
Dane Lighthart, Troop Scribe
"He and Me" Event
The Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts are planning a "He and Me" event. It will be on Sunday, June 8, from 11 am to 3 pm at the Bonita Cove in Mission Bay Park. The cost is $10 for each "He and Me"; $5 for each additional girl scout.
Activities will include a sand castle building contest, limbo, a hula hoop contest, and more. Lunch, dessert, a goodie bag, and a patch are included. RSVPs must be mailed by Saturday, May 10, to:
He and Me Hawaiian Luau
c/o Debbie Thomas
10942 Riesling Drive
San Diego, CA 92131
For questions, contact Debbie Thomas at 549-0580 or [[email protected]].
A Camping Trip to Remember
The Girls Scouts of Scripps Ranch went on the "Older Girls Encampment" on an April weekend. The location was Camp Surf YMCA in Imperial Beach. On Friday night the 7th grade cadettes who were there "kidnapped" the 6th grade juniors from their cabins and took them to the eating area, blindfolded.
They were then put into trash bag dresses that the cadettes had decorated and were given "manicures." That night, when we all went to bed, it was about 58 degrees Fahrenheit. The next day everybody made sand candles and learned how to surf.
During free time, there was the choice of pier fishing, archery, sand castle building, or just hanging out with friends. That Saturday night each troop put together a skit to show the rest of the camp; the counselors even did a couple.
The next morning there was optional surfing and other activities. The girls and leaders then packed to go home–some before lunch, some after lunch. Most of us were tired when we got home, but we had a good time, thanks to our leaders and the wonderful YMCA counselors.
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