Girl Scouts and Dads Dance the Night Away

The rec center was hopping with dads and daughter on Friday, May 11th at the He and Me Sock Hop. The girls took our their poodle skirts and scarves and dads put on their white t-shirts and they hit the dance floor. There was hula hoops to shake their hips and see how long they could keep the hula hoop going. There was a d.j. that kept everyone dancing, hand jiving and doing the stroll. A big thanks to Heidi Brown, Maryann Jones, Debbie Parrish, Denise Quelette, Chris Eshelman and all the rest of the committee.

Attention Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts!

It’s parade time and we’re looking for all Daisys, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes to march in the 4th of July parade. You can join in with your troop, or on your own. We’ll be doing a simple “drill team” type routine to music along the one-mile parade route. Wear your uniform or vest… be a proud Girl Scout! There will be two practices to learn the routine:

Thursday, June 21 and Thursday, June 28, both will be held at Hoyt Park (near the old Vons), at 3:00 to 3:45 pm. Attending one practice is mandatory, but coming to both practices would be great. All Scouts will receive a parade patch. If you cannot attend the first practice on June 21, please call or e-mail Ruth Burr to be counted in on the patch order. If you have other questions, contact Ruth at 578-7934 or [email protected]

Dog Walk

Cadette Troop 8175 would like to ask the community for assistance on our Silver Award project. We are coordinating a dog walk on Sat. June 23 from 9am to noon at Lake Miramar. All proceeds will benefit the San Diego Humane Society. Registration is a 8:30am and the walk begins at 9am. Please bring your family, friends and dog(s)! The suggested donation is $10 per family and extra donations are welcome. Each participant receives a visor, water, and a raffle ticket.

Each dog will be given a bandana and a free bag of dog biscuits. Afterwards, there will be food, drinks and a raffle of dog items donated by PetsMart. Humane Society animals waiting for adoption will also be at the lake. The Humane Society would appreciate any donations of money, food, bowls, towels, blankets, toys, balls, or any other items you would like to donate. Please bring these donations to the lake with you the day of the walk. For additional information on donations please call the San Diego Humane Society at 619-299-7012. You may also contact troop leader Barbara Walker at 586-0669 with any other questions or possible donations.

An Animal Extravaganza!

April’s pack meeting was an animal extravaganza! The theme was “Man’s Best Friend”. The boys spoke about all their pets, from snakes to rats and everything in-between. We started the meeting with an outstanding flag presentation by Den 4. Our colorguards were: Phil Glass, Travis Henderson, Michael Rogers, Grayson Padgett, Jake Ouellette and Garrett Keohane. Good job, boys. Under the guidance of our pack leader, Ed Wimmer, the boys participated in a 3-legged race imitating various dog behaviors. This was a “dog-gonned” success! The following boys received their Wolf badges: Travis Henderson, Michael Rogers, Garrett Keohane, Dustin Davis, Connor Emmert, Andrew Griffin, Alex Ranum and Hunter Holden. Conor Hawblitzel, Joel Boutte-Burke, Nicholas Bailey and Tommy Kimpel received their Bear badge. Brett Blower, Greg Frederickson, Brian Hinck, Ian Lewis, Quintin Tucker and Zac Tuggle all earned their Geologist activity pin.Den 4 has been “tied up” with practicing their knots, and Den 3, our Webelos, have been swimming towards their Aquanaut activity pin. Way to go guys!

We all had a great time at the May 12th Padre Game where the moms were guaranteed their Mother’s Day gift – free headsets!!!!! We were treated to a tailgate party before the game and lots of fun during the game. Cub Scouts and The San Diego Padres, what a winning combination!

As we move into summer, the pack looks forward to graduation, summer pack activates and summer day camps. And as all summers go, lots of fun, good times and memories. Thanks parents for your efforts and involvement, you are giving your sons invaluable experiences that will help them grow into the young men we soon will be so proud of. 20

Brownie Girl Scouts Brave the Elements

There was hail, rain, cold, mud and sunshine. There were skunks in teepees and some other adversities but they were all overcome with a great adventurous, survivor spirit. On April 20-22 the Scripps Ranch Brownie Girl Scouts had their annual “Brownie Encampment”, in Jamul, at Indian Hills Campground. 351 girls and families registered to go camping and while not everyone showed up due to the elements many girls did and had a great time. The girls thought it was great to be able to walk through the mud puddles in the rain and not have their moms say “Don’t get your shoes muddy”. The encampment theme was “On the farm” and the girls did crafts to go along with theme. The girls did square dancing and did the chicken dance. Since it rained and some activities were changed to indoors, they learned about Rattlesnakes and poisonous bugs. One 2nd year brownie thought it was great to learn about rattlesnakes because she got to be the snake bite victim. The highlight of the evening was the skits. Each troop came up with their own skits and performed them in front of everyone. The was everything from dancing cookie boxes to a doctor’s office skit to one about a reporter looking for a story. When the skits were over everyone went to their cabins, teepees, covered wagons and prepared for bed. After everyone was in their pajamas the girls played games, giggled and ate snacks until 10:00 when it was lights out however some giggling was still heard. The next morning we all awoke to beautiful sunshine! The girls then played on the playground, did the obstacle course went for hikes and packed up to go home! There were lots of sighs when it was finally time to go and if all the girls are anything like my troop they are ready to come back next year! A big thank you to the encampment committee for putting together the encampment. The members of the committee were Heidi Brown, Cindy Stephens, Joyce Cary, Phyllis Owens, Mary Rosi and Holey Martens great job everyone!

Lisa Smith

Pack 613

In May, Pack 613 attended the Scout Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and had a blast working our “Bingo” booth. Our scouts also managed to check out the other booths and had tons of fun learning and playing new games. The highlight of the day for us was to watch our Wolf scout, Hunter Heck, race his award-winning car in the county-wide scout Pinewood Derby races. Congratulations to Hunter as he managed to make it to the 3rd elimination round and earned himself (2) 2nd place and (1) 3rd place ribbons. We are all very proud of Hunter and his accomplishments!!!

Mid month we sold license plate frames at the Scripps Ranch Community Fair. Thank you to all the scouts who pitched in with this fund raising effort.

Scouts were up bright and early to attend the flag placement ceremonies on Memorial Day weekend at Fort Rosecrans. It was truly inspiring and a beautiful sight to see as scouts from all over the county placed flags at the gravesites. It took the scouts approximately 2 hours to place the flags. What a wonderful help the scouts are on this special occasion. When the task at hand was complete, the scouts were able to chow down on orange juice and donuts and talk about their experience. All the scouts and parents who contributed to this effort are real winners!

Adam Steinberg submitted the following report for Webelos dens 8 & 9. “In May, we went on a field trip to Bally’s Total Fitness. We worked on our athlete pin and our physical fitness pin and belt loop. We received a tour of the gym and learned about the exercise equipment. We also went camping near Julian. While there we learned about knife and ax safety, first aid, map and compass reading, and recycling. It was fun to help build a campfire and cook meals. We also hiked and explored the mud caves.

We had a busy month!”

Pack 613 will wind down their year with June Bridging festivities at Camp Balboa. There will be plenty of pizza, sweets, laughter and conversation. Parents and siblings will watch as our accomplished scouts “bridge” over into the next level of scouting. After that, Pack 613 will pay tribute to those parent “volunteers” who have put in countless hours during the year either as a committee member, den leader or those rare gems who spend “extra” time doing BOTH! It’s these parents’ who keep Pack 613 running and a make it a wonderful organization to be a part of!

Our program year will be over at the end of this month, but we will continue to provide scouting fun for our pack through our Summertime Activities. Each scout has the opportunity to be awarded their Summertime Activity Pin by participating in at least (3) activities. Qualifying activities include: the June Bridging at Camp Balboa; the 4th of July Weekend License Plate Sales at Vons; the July 4th Parade and Bike Ride; the Indian Hills Family Campout; and/or the August Family BBQ and Pool Party. Scouts are also encouraged to participate in any district sponsored day camp or sleep away camp. These will also qualify as an activity towards the Summertime Activity Pin. We look forward to seeing all of our scouts at these various activities.

Cub Scout Pack 614

Cub Scout Pack 614 has embarked on a busy spring and summer schedule of activities. Nearly all our scouts had earned their rank badges by the time of the Blue and Gold Dinner in February, and have been working on arrow points, patches, belt loops and activity pins. Den activities have included craft and outdoor skill days, hikes, sports events and service projects.

Our most intrepid families braved the rain, hail, wind and freezing temperatures at the April 21st campout at Rancho Corrido and earned a well deserved Puddle Duck patch. We joined thousands of Cub and Boy Scouts at the Black Mountain District Scout Fair on April 28th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. For the first time in recent history we created a booth – with miniature catapults for target practice. For seven wild hours, contestants launched miniature marshmallows through the air and into the waiting nets of our nimble footed scouts. Brian Holmes, our Pack 614 Pinewood Derby winner, raced his car in the District-wide Pinewood competition. On May 28th, we helped place American flags on the graves at Fort Rosecrans cemetery as part of their Memorial Weekend Observances.

Our final Pack meeting of the school year will take place on June 4th at Jerabek School. We will have a pizza party followed by our advancement ceremony in which each scout will walk across our beautiful new hand- made bridge and be presented with the neckerchief symbolic of his new level in Cub Scouting.

On June 10, Pack 614 will enter a large team of scouts and their families in the San Diego Annual Liberty Run/Walk. This 4-mile race begins in the Gaslamp Quarter, crosses the Coronado Bridge and ends in Tidelands Park on the island of Coronado. Proceeds from this event provide support for countywide services and prevention efforts against domestic violence.

Be sure to look for us on July 4th, for we will be dressed in our best to march in the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade. The boys really enjoy seeing their families, friends and neighbors along the parade route as we celebrate being part of this great community on our nation’s birthday.

One of our service projects this year has been our monthly food collection for the San Diego Homeless Coalition. We will be providing more community service this summer as we volunteer our labor at the San Diego Food Bank in August.

Coming next month – a salute to our volunteers!

Troop 616

Boy Scout Troop 616’s backpack outing to Blair Valley was cancelled because of bad weather. The Scouts drove out to the Valley on the morning of Saturday, April 21st. Right from the start they experienced rain all the way to Santa Ysabel. From Santa Ysabel to Blair Valley, they ran into hail, sleet and snow. After arriving at Blair, the Scouts waited about 1 1/2 hours for the weather to get better. However, the weather only got worse. Not wanting to start the trip drenched and miserable, and to avoid hypothermia, the Scouts decided it was best to cancel the hike.

On April 22, Clint Wear had his Eagle Court of Honor at the Scripps Ranch Library. Many Scouts and family members were in attendance to witness Clint achieve the rank of Eagle. Congratulations Clint!

Troop 663

Troop 663 has recently gained 13 new members to our troop. They are Jason Bennett, Justin Burr, Andrew Burte, Brendan Edwards, Tyler Heckendorn, Erik Huckleberry, Jonathan Londerholm, Jared Mimms, Corey Page, Mike Pauley, Alvaro Rangel, Mikie Robinette, and Erik Steinholt. Some of those scouts were integrated into the already existing Traildog and Kangaroo patrols, and the rest formed their own new cobra patrol.

Our troop wasted no time in making them feel welcome. We have already begun to help them with their tenderfoot requirements at troop meetings.

Our first activity with the new scouts was a Troop Garage Sale on March 31. Scouts sold things they no longer needed, sold hot dogs to raise money for he troop, and washed dogs and cars. We had a good time washing the dogs and cooking the hot dogs.

Just one day later, we went on our first tune-up hike. After learning all the aspects of backpacking during our meetings in March, our troop took a ten-mile hike in Penasquitos Canyon Preserve while wearing our heavy backpacks to prepare for the longer backpacking trips that we will be taking later in the year. We were barely even slowed by a rattlesnake, which foolishly considered biting one of our adult members. The snake thought twice before trying to bite our Committee Chair Eric Lighthart, who had already gained troop renown by fighting off a bear in the Sierras. The tune-up hike was a big success.