Robert "Bobby" James is Scripps Ranch Troop 663’s second Eagle Scout. Bobby is a 7th grader at Marshall Middle School. He is a third-generation Eagle Scout, joining the ranks of his grandfather, his uncle, and his father.
Bobby has earned 59 merit badges thus far. He is also his troop’s bugler and first aid instructor, has been to four Boy Scout summer camps, and has camped over 50 nights as a boy scout. Bobby has been on numerous high-adventure backpacking trips and is the troop’s hike master. He has earned three of his religious faith emblem awards and is an avid baseball and soccer player.
Bobby’s Eagle leadership project was the restoration of Scripps Ranch hiking and biking trail number 12, running parallel to Pomerado Road between Fairbrook and Avenida Magnifica. He provided leadership to nearly 50 scouts, acquaintances, and adults assisting him with his project. Bobby, your proud family and troop congratulate you!
Things in Troop 663 have been picking up speed, moving faster and faster as the months fly by. In April, we participated in the annual Black Mountain District Camporee. During this three-day campout and competition, our senior patrols competed against other troops from all around the district. All of our patrols performed admirably. Special recognition goes to Dane Lighthart for a song presentation that the rest of the district is sure to remember.
April concluded with our final 10-mile tune-up hike. Scouts hiked around the tide pools, along the beach, and through Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. This was the troop’s last hike in preparation for the camelback backpacking trip in May. Congratulations to all the scouts who qualified.
May began with our annual troop garage sale and car wash. We ate Krispy Kreme doughnuts, as well as some fine hot dogs, while selling everything but the kitchen sink. Special thanks to Mr. Leal, a real wizard with the grill.
Things are only continuing to get faster. Every troop meeting includes activities for advancement of the younger scouts. In May, they went to our troop’s Tenderfoot Camp and on our camelback backpacking trip. Now, it is only a few short weeks until summer.
April was a busy month for Troop 616. It started out with a group of scouts and parents going down to a huge, dusty, vacant lot in Del Mar. They helped pitch tents for participants in the Avon Breast Cancer 60-mile Walk. If ever there was a meaningful way to spend an afternoon, this was it! Those ladies were so pleased to have someone put up a tent for them.
Our scouts were presents from heaven, and were appreciated like never before for being able to render a service to someone else. We did not want to leave. We worried about who would take down those tents Saturday morning, and who would put them up again Saturday night. We will definitely help again next year, hopefully in greater numbers. Great job to all who participated.
About 20 scouts attended the Council Camporee at Las Flores, near Camp Pendleton. Larry Hinck led the outing and reports our scouts had a great time participating in wild and crazy games and brushing up on scouting skills. In addition, the following scouts were voted in as members of the Order of the Arrow: Alex Griebel, Adam Harwayne, Stephen Hinck, Ronnie Lewis, Jason Swalwell, and Russ Edwards. Congratulations to all the boys!
The troop also had a Court of Honor in April. We officially welcomed new scouts Brett Blower, Greg Frederickson, Ian Lewis, and Chase Weaver to our troop. The following scouts advanced in rank that evening: Brett Blower, Greg Frederickson, and Ian Lewis to Scout rank; Alex Davis, Jordan Davis, and Kyle Glass to Tenderfoot; Chris Barnsley and Chris Dalrymple to Second Class; Luke Ulrich to First Class; Andrew Frederickson, Alex Glavis-Bloom, Steven Lewis, and William Wood to Star; and, Justin Glavis-Bloom to Eagle. Way to go scouts!
Pack 613 finished off the year with our June bridging ceremony at Camp Balboa in Balboa Park. It was a fun afternoon where our boys’ hard work was recognized and den and pack leadership was applauded. The boys proudly crossed the bridge into the next level of scouting while friends and family watched and reminisced about younger days and how much their boys have grown!
During the June bridging ceremonies, the boys joined their parents in honoring our retiring Cubmaster Craig Bratlien. Craig has served Pack 613 for eight years, never missing a pack meeting in all those years!
He has watched his sons, as well as many of our boys in Scripps Ranch, grow and move up the ranks of scouting. His youngest son has just entered his second year of Webelos and is working towards achieving his Arrow of Light at our "Blue and Gold Dinner" next February. Pack 613 will miss Craig dearly, but we appreciate and thank him for all his years of service.
Besides June bridging, our scouts were busy helping their community in May by participating in getting Fort Rosecrans ready for Memorial Day. Our boys joined hundreds of scouts throughout San Diego County to place flags on the gravesites at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. It took the scouts one hour to put up the flags and the Fort Rosecrans staff three days to take them down!
Speaking of flags, look for us in the 4th of July parade. Pack 613 does not completely close up shop in the summer. Our boys have the opportunity to earn a summertime pin by participating in three or more summer activities. They include bridging, license plate sales, 4th of July parade, Indian Hills campout, the new storm game overnighter, and the August barbecue at Whispering Ridge Pool. Any questions or comments? Let us know. Just send them to our new email address at [[email protected]].
It is hard to believe school is almost out and summer is here! Now it is June and time to get ready for our annual kite flying and Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, June 9, at Spring Canyon Park. All our boys in Pack 1216 have worked hard this past school year to earn their achievements and advancements. They will be honored at their graduation.
Over Memorial Day weekend, our pack participated in a very special outing. They went to Fort Rosecrans Cemetery to place flags on the graves of our servicemen and women. Afterwards, they got a chance to look down the rows at all the American flags they placed. Given the events that happened this past year, our boys felt very patriotic.
We could not have asked for more beautiful weather on a Sunday afternoon in April when our pack enjoyed a day of hiking at Torrey Pines Reserve. Docent Diana Davis led the boys along the trails to look at native plants and birds, and to catch the great ocean views.
Congratulations to each of the boys who earned the Cub Scout World Conservation Award from Pack 616! These cub scouts participated in a conservation project in which they picked up litter at Scripps Ranch Community Park. They learned about birds by providing shelter, food, and nesting material for them. They also planted many indoor and outdoor flowers and vegetables.
Finally, they visited the San Diego Wild Animal Park’s aviaries to learn about some of the wondrous birds in our world. We say "great job" to the cub scouts of Dens 1 and 8: Rafael Rendon, Ian Eckelman, Joshua Solberg, Vivek Vishwanath, Dylan Youngs, Michael Alexander, Thomas Amling, Tim De Rego, Judge Lee, Dominick Schumacher, Jacob Iwig, Arjun Kumar, and Bryan Graham.
Each of these cub scouts received their awards in a special "Survivor Safari" theme ceremony. Pam "bring `em back alive" DeRego and Bryon "watch out for that hawk" Solberg used jungle drums and an award caldron.
The weekend included tons of fun such as water balloon slingshot contests, campfires, hikes to vistas, taco feeding frenzies, a star hike to an old cabin site, s’mores, songs, skits, and hot chocolate, bacon, and coffee in the morning. Thank you to everyone who went, and special thanks to Cubmaster Joe Roitz and Pack Committee Chair Dennis Burke for all their planning!
It is parade time. We need Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts to march in the annual 4th of July parade doing a simple drill team-type routine to music. Wear your uniform or vest and be a proud girl scout! Have fun and be in the parade instead of just watching it. All scouts receive a cute parade patch for participating. It is easy and fun.
There are two practices at Hoyt Park: Thursdays, June 20 and 27, 3-3:30 pm each day. Attending one practice is mandatory; coming to both would be great. For more information, contact Ruth Burr at 578-7934 or [[email protected]].
Parade patches will be ordered after the practice on June 20. If you cannot attend this first practice, contact Ruth to be counted in on the patch order. We hope to see many girl scouts marching in the parade.