Troop 8046 Cadettes Receive Silver Award

Troop 8046 recently had six girls earn and receive their Silver Award. The project, including planning and execution takes a minimum of 30 hours. The actual implementation of the project involves 7-10 hours. The silver Award project builds upon the accomplishments of the girls in girl scouting and represents their personal action plan for helping others by reaching out to the community in some way.

Pictured at right are Taylor Robinette, Ashely Alker, Courtney Brodie, Kelly Burr, Melissa wong, and leader Ruth Burr. Not pictured is Katie Svatos. Taylor and Ashley’s project was to teach young children about different kinds of animals and how to take care of them. The girls taught at several preschools in the Scripps Ranch area, using real animals in their presentation.

Courtney and Kelly’s Silver project was to introduce 3rd graders to Spanish. They taught basic Spanish words and phrases through games and visuals at Jerabek Elementary School.

Melissa’s project was to plan a week-long class activity schedule for a vacation bible school at her church.

Katie taught basic camping skills to a 3rd grade troop of Brownies. She instructed this troop how to build a fire, set up tents, and prepare various camp meals.

All the girls worked very hard and should be very proud of their accompllishments. Each of these girls are Freshmen in high school and have been Girl Scouts since Kindergarten or first grade. They also have recently bridged up to Senior Girl Scouts, the highest level of Girl Scouting. Congratulations to each of you for a job well done.

Brownie Troop 8183 Brightens Local Nursing Home

The girls of Brownie Troop 8183 were delighted that their 2001 Girl Scout cookie sales went well, and decided to use some of what they had earned to help others. The girls thought of several possibilities, but when it came time to vote, they unanimously opted for planting flowers at Huntington Manor Nursing Home in Poway.

In May, this plan became reality on a Saturday morning. Troop 8183 arrived at Huntington Manor armed with trowels and gardening gloves and went to work! The girls spent the morning planting 12 hanging baskets, and 10 pots of flowers, some of which the troop purchased, some provided by Huntington Manor. Completed hanging baskets were paraded past the residents for their enjoyment. Each resident was presented a flower planted in a coffee mug to brighten up their room. The residents enjoyed seeing the girls in action, and the girls enjoyed sharing their colorful creations with the residents. The staff of Huntington Manor provided juice and cupcakes for the hungry gardeners.

The Brownie Girl Scouts and Huntington Manor residents all enjoyed this service project enough that there have been requests from both parties to return in the near future for a visit and to see the flowers! Plans are in progress to make that happen.

The girls who attended this blooming festival of fun were Katie, Kourtney, Callie, Michelle, Elizabeth, Cassie, Danielle, Kara, and Kirsten.

Second Year Brownie Troop Learns About Community Service

Troop #8495 along with their moms went to the Ronald McDonald House to serve the families who live there dinner. Ronald McDonald house serves as a residence for families who have children in need of medical care on a long term basis at Children’s Hospital. The second grade Brownie Girl Scouts along with their families made pasta and desserts for the dinner. Oscar’s Restaurant in Mira Mesa graciously donated salad and breadsticks along with the Scripps-Poway Vons who donated a $25 gift certificate to aid in the troop’s shopping. The troop was able to purchase 10 children’s videos for the house from personal donations as well. The girls served the families food as they came to eat, cleaned tables and even helped stir the pasta. It was important to us as their leaders for them to understand the importance of helping others and the community as a whole. Good job girls and a big thank you to the moms who stood by their daughters’ sides as they stepped out into the community.

Over 230 Girl Scouts Bridge in Park

At an outdoor ceremony adorned with colorful paper butterflies, over 230 girls bridged up to the next level of scouting at Jerebek Park Monday, June 5.

This year’s ceremony was particularly meaningful as we had a large turnout of Cadette and Senior Scouts, with many of them being recognized for their Silver and Gold Award Achievements. Daisies, Brownies and Juniors learn a lot from watching these older girls being rewarded for their many hours of hard work. 20

In keeping with our tradition of teaching girls to take on community responsibility and leadership roles, Ruth Burr’s Cadette Troop 8046 did a fantastic job with the program, script and MCing of the event. A special recognition goes to Natalie Price, a Cadette Girl Scout, for putting together the program and compiling all the information on each troop.

Last, we would like to thank Vons of Scripps Ranch for donating the flowers presented to each and every girl bridging. Their generosity and yearly support of this event is appreciated.

Troop 8193 “Bridges” on the Golden Gate Bridge

On June 2, Troop 8193, under the supervision of Georgia Critchlow and Annabelle Balaoing, flew to San Francisco for an annual bridging ceremony hosted by the San Francisco Girl Scout Council. To accomplish this feat, the girls had a garage sale and saved money to pay their own way.

They started at Ft. Baker, hiked up a steep hill, and finally

reached the Golden Gate Bridge. The actual bridge walk was filled with

adventure and lots of honking tourists cheering them on. There were

approximately 3,000 girls from all over the country who joined in the

trek. They were even interviewed by a local TV station.

The mile and a half walk culminated on the San Francisco side of the bridge. From there, it was on to Presidio Park, still on foot, to enjoy the rest of the festivities, including trading “swaps,” a steel drum band, food booths and games.

They earned a patch, but more importantly, are now in the rank of Cadets! It was a long day for Troop 8193, but the significance of “bridging” over the Golden Gate Bridge will not soon be forgotten.

Boy Scout Troop 616

Boy Scout Troop 616 held a Court of Honor on May 29. The Scouts were recognized for their achievements and advancement in rank. We had Michael Cramp and Robert Zablit advance to Second Class, Matt Price advance to First Class, and Alex Griebel advance to Star.

From Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20, 17 Scouts and five adults set up camp at Park Moabi near Needles, California. During the day Saturday they paddled 17 miles through the Topcock Gorge on the Colorado River. Highlights of the trip included getting wet, viewing ancient Indian petroglyphs, and a barbecue on Saturday evening. Many thanks to tour leader Russ Edwards, Kathy MacFarlane, Joan and Steve Thompson and Bill Wood for driving and helping make this a fantastically successful outing.

On the same weekend, Francis Wiegand led a group of our new Scouts and their parents on a hike up Mt. Woodson. This group also had a great outing.

Boy Scout Troop 663

Activity has been picking up in Troop 663. As we prepare for the swiftly approaching backpacking trips, we have gone on multiple tune-up hikes. In addition to these we have had two campouts and a court of honor.

On April 20, we went to the Black Mountain District Camporee on Fiesta Island. During a camporee, patrols from different troops compete against each other for ribbons. When we arrived in the sandy area, the heavy clouds over the water made almost all of us worried about rain. “Don’t worry,” said one scout, “Those clouds are always at the ocean. It’s what’s called the marine layer.”

As you can guess, It wasn’t just the marine layer. That night it rained cats and dogs (and, by the sound of it, elephants). The winds howled, the tents leaked, the ground became ankle deep in mud. Some patrols suffered the collapsing of their tents due to the high wind, and others woke up to find themselves having to swim through the mud to get out of the tents. We left a day early, packing up our bags and heading home, before the wind could do any more damage to our tents (and the hail could do any more damage to us).

It was certainly a campout to remember (as, one must remember what to avoided all costs).

After a week of recovery from the experience, it was time for the scout fair, which took place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Troops from all over came to run exhibits and visit others. Our troop gave out delicious candies as prizes to scouts that did well in First-Aid Jeopardy. It gave everyone a chance to learn things from other troops, and teach things too.

On April 30, we had our Court of Honor, and recognized many scouts that moved up in rank. Justin Burr, Brendan Edwards, Tyler Heckendorn, Eric Huckleberry, Jared Mimms, Corey Page, Mike Pauley, Alvaro Rangel and Eric Steinholt all earned the rank of Scout. Caleb Cato earned Tenderfoot, and David Heilbrunn and Tommy Halldorson earned second class. Sky Danskin and Max Roitz earned First Class. Bobby James and Alex Nunn earned Star, and John Henry became the third scout in our troop to earn the rank of Life.

The next weekend, our newer scouts went to Tenderfoot Camp at San Dieguito. While there, they learned basic skills from older scouts, while the more experienced members worked on Merit Badges and higher rank advancement.

On Memorial Day, members of the troop went to Fort Rosecrans cemetery to place flags on the graves.

During the next month, we continued tune-up hikes, and dividing the troop into “backpacking patrols” furthered our preparations for the eagerly anticipated San Jacinto backpacking trip.

Cub Scout Pack 613

Congratulations to all the scouts in Pack 613 that bridged into their next level of scouting on June 10th. What an exciting night it was as the boys and their families enjoyed pizza for dinner and then received their end of the year awards at Camp Balboa.

This July Pack 613 is looking forward to an exciting and busy month of summertime activities. The scouts will be raising funds for the pack during a license plate frame sale at Vons on July 1-3. Please stop by for a visit if you have not yet placed one of our “Scripps Ranch – country living” plate frames on your vehicle. On July 4th, be sure to look for Pack 613 participating in the Scripps Ranch parade. That following weekend many families will be arriving at Indian Hills for a camp out. This fun filled weekend will include swimming, volleyball, horseshoes, an obstacle course and the BMX bike trail. Everyone is looking forward to this opportunity to get to know each other better.

A reminder to scouts to continue rinsing and saving your recyclable items during the summer months. You can drop them off to your den leaders on or before August 3rd and August 31st. Participation in this during the summer will earn scouts a patch and entrance in a drawing to be held at our September pack meeting.

Enjoy your summer break everyone and scouts, please remember to continue to be good citizens in our community during the months ahead.

Cub Scouts Pack 1216

June was a time for flying high! Our pack graduation was held June 16 at Spring Canyon Park where we also had a kite flying derby. Kites of all shapes, colors and sizes along with their cubs had a fun day. 20

The Tiger Den has been having a “growling good” time this year as they have been doing many family activities and earning paw prints. They finished the year by learning about leather punching and having a family graduation ceremony. Jordan Wiener, Cole Brandon, Ryan Hawblitzel, Hunter Young, Ian Davis, Jason Horwitz and Zachary Burns all advanced to Wolf scouts. You were awesome Tigers, good luck as Wolf scouts!

Our two Wolf Dens graduated to the rank of Bear. They are: Phil Glass, Travis Henderson, Garrett Keohane, Jake Ouelette, Grayson Padgett and Michael Rogers, also Dustin Davis, Connor Emmert, Andrew Griffin, Alex Ranum and Hunter Holden. Keep up the good work boys!

Den 1, the Bears have worked hard this year while having lots of fun, all advanced to the rank of Webelo 1. They are: Joe Boutte-Burke, Nicholas Keiper, Tommy Kimpel, David Robinson, Nicholas Bailey and Conor Hawblitzel. Yea guys!

Our Webelo 1 Den moved up to Webelo 2. They recently visited the Union-Tribune Newspaper while working towards their Communicator pin. They learned all about the different aspects to putting a newspaper together. They especially enjoyed receiving a comic strip from 50 years ago. (wow! you mean they had comics way back when?…) Brett Blower and Andy Wong both earned their Webelos badge. The other new Webelos 2 members are: Greg Frederickson, Brian Hinck, Ian Lewis, Quintin Tucker and Zac Tuggle. Congratulations!

Pack 1216 bids a fond farewell to our wonderful Cubmaster, Ed Wimmer. Ed graciously gave his time, friendship, leadership abilities and guidance to the pack during the past year. Ed, we appreciate all you have done. Good luck with your future scouting endeavors and a special “Thank You”. The cheers have been memorable!

As Pack 1216 advances 31 boys, we wish to say kudos to all the leaders, committee members and parents who participate and make scouting a reality for many youngsters. Congratulations to all the boys for their outstanding effort towards having fun while learning and experiencing what scouting has to offer. Have a great summer!