Getting Ready For Summer

Cub Scout Pack 613 is "wrapping up" the official Cub Scout year with some last-minute activities. On Memorial Day weekend dozens of our boys and their families converged on Fort Rosecrans Cemetery to distribute thousands of flags on the gravesites of our military heroes.

The sight of hundreds of boy scouts and girl scouts from all over San Diego County participating in this annual event is awe-inspiring. Our boys and their families were rewarded for their effort with juice and donuts provided by the pack.

The boys in Webelos Dens 4 and 7 visited a Shea Homes construction site in May for a personal tour of how a home is built. The boys earned their Engineer badge and want to thank Bill Luna and Dave Meigs of Shea Homes for their patience and knowledge. The high point of the tour was wearing the hard hats!

On Sunday, June 8, our boys will officially end the current Cub Scout year with a bridging ceremony at Camp Balboa. This fun evening begins with a pizza dinner for everyone–organized by Jim O’Brien and Pat Walker–and culminates with a campfire and awards.

During the summer months our pack will have many opportunities for the boys to stay active in Scouting. Our summer schedule includes: the SRCA’s 4th of July Parade; our annual Indian Hills Family Campout from Friday, July 11, through Sunday, July 13; the Storm baseball game; Jungle Trails Camp; and the Webelos campout at Mataguay. For more information on any of these activities, scouts and their parents may contact Denise Blasband at [[email protected]] or [[email protected]].

Pack 616: Camping is Cub Time!

We had wonderful weather, food, and fun at our Pack 616 campout! William Heise Park was the destination, and more than 100 cubs, cub scouters, and families enjoyed the time together.

The weekend included the "Bug Catcher Contest"–destined to become a classic–hiking to Glen’s Point for wonderful mountain views, a rousing campfire, football, "taco feeding frenzies," s’mores, a night hike, and telescope viewing of Jupiter and its moons. Thank you to Joe Roitz and Mike Tooker for these great astronomy experiences!

May had us doing our first pack "Eco-challenge," with challenges of "Snow Blindness," "The Circle of Life," "The Alligator Pit," and the "Hot Lava Relay."

We look forward to the June graduation at Jerabek Park. We will picnic, award the Tiger rank, and graduate the cubs to their next levels.

Sending Care Packages

Steven C. Iwig, assistant den leader of Cub Scout Pack 616 Den 1, came up with an idea for the boys to show their support for the troops stationed in Kuwait. A member of the Third Battalion 4th Marines from 1982-1984, Steve named the project "Operation Thundering Third." The cubs started soliciting items from family and friends and directed the packages to the Third Battalion 4th Marines and to the Royal Marines Third Commando Brigade, who were also serving in Basra.

The boys collected candy, gum, popcorn, barbecue sauce, canned chicken, tuna, and salmon, Spam, Vienna sausages, coffee, cream, sugar, Sterno, spices, and other food. For the troops’ occasional moments of fun, the cubs, now joined by Den 8, collected bats, baseballs, soccer balls, and Frisbees. For quieter times, there were crossword puzzles, paper, and pens, and necessities such as toilet paper, baby wipes, and razors. The two Vons markets in Scripps Ranch and the Wal-Mart in Poway contributed gift certificates for other items.

The boys’ efforts sent 150 pounds of merchandise in four big boxes to the two units overseas. They included gift cards and photographs of the boys and their den leaders, including one on the deck of the USS Nimitz, which you may have seen in the February Newsletter.

Steve said this was not a political statement. "The guys over there hear about these anti-war demonstrations. We just want them to know there are people here who support them." The den leader was himself a member of Cub Scout Pack 616 when he was a boy growing up in Scripps Ranch.

Elinor Reiss, from a "Sentinel" article

Pack 1216 Keeps High Spirits Despite the Rain!

About 19 Pack 1216 cub scouts along with their families enjoyed a day down at Camp Balboa. It was originally planned as a weekend camping trip, but it was rained out. Only a couple of brave families decided to stay and camp Saturday evening. Despite the weather, the boys’ spirits were not dampened. In the morning they hiked around Balboa Park, built a campfire at lunch, and did craft projects in the afternoon.

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.

Now that it’s June, it’s time to get ready for our annual Kite Flying and Graduation Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, June 8.


Brownies Give Back

It has been a busy year for the girls of Brownie Troop 8204. With another successful Girls Scout cookie sale behind us, Brownie Troop 8204 chose to give back to our community. Thanks in part to the wonderful Scripps Ranch residents for their support during our annual cookie sale, Troop 8204 participated in a community service activity for the residents of St. Vincent De Paul Village.

Armed with a budget of $10 each, our Brownies made their way through the aisles of Wal-Mart purchasing hygiene items for young girls who live at St. Vincent De Paul Village. The Poway Wal-Mart generously donated an additional $50 towards this wonderful cause.

The girls are ready to "bridge" to Juniors and look forward to another exciting year in Girl Scouts.

Boy Scout Troop 663 Camps Out

April and May were busy for Boy Scout troop 663. In the early days of April the troop had its third camelback backpacking trek in the Borrego State Park. We hiked 15 miles in the windy desert and were treated to breathtaking views of the clouds spilling over the coastal mountains.

We had a lot of wind the first night, and at least one tent was blown over, but we persevered and made it through the night. Well done, all ye camels!

The next weekend was the Tenderfoot Camp. Headed by our Senior Patrol Leader Steven Markano, the troop brought the Lightning Patrol on its first campout. The boys learned scout skills including orienteering, knots, lashings, and first aid. The campfire was a good one, culminating in a magnificent skit and song by the Soaring Eagle Patrol. Thanks to the campout staff.

May brought the Black Mountain Camporee. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Boy Scout terminology, a camporee is when troops compete against each other. Troop 663 came in third place overall out of 16 troops.

Our patrols placed five times, and took first and second place in the Dutch oven cook off. Steven led the troop to its first camporee placement in its history. Well done and congratulations to all the boys in Troop 663!

Dane Lighthart, Troop Scribe