Girl Scout Troop 8307 led the Opening Flag Ceremony for the 2003 Scripps Ranch Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony. There were approximately 100 girl scouts who "bridged" from one level of Girl Scouting to another. This traditional ceremony was held in Jerabek Park, with parents and friends joining in each girl’s achievement.
Brownie Troop 8281 paid a visit to the Ronald McDonald House in April. The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home to more than 300 families each year whose children are undergoing treatment at nearby hospitals. The girls provided a wonderful lunch for the families and were given a tour of the housing facility.
The girls also donated several new books and games to the Ronald McDonald House for young family members to use during their stay. This outing turned out to be a very rewarding experience for our girls, as well as the families they touched that day. Good job, Brownie Troop 8281!
Brownie Troop 8305 had a very good first year. We were able to attend Songfest, donate to the Toy Drive, create a bit of France and contemplate other countries for Thinking Day, make placemats for MoMeals, sell cookies for the first time, and complete our goal of going ice skating with some of the money.
One of our Brownies was able to make some blankets and help pack "My Stuff" bags, duffel bags filled with special things for children who are sent to foster care without many belongings of their own. The girls learned to work together and step up to the plate to help out when things don’t always go as expected as they worked through their eight Try-Its this year. We are very proud of them as individuals and as the team this troop has become.
The highlight of the month of May was an exciting whitewater rafting trip down the northern part of the Kern River. Twenty-two scouts–led by Scoutmaster Ed Wimmer–and 11 adults rafted class III and IV rapids. The river had the highest amount of water in recent history. Jan Rasmussen was voted captain of the Kern River swim team!
Before the trip, everyone had to pass a whitewater training session, and this was completed at the Youth Aquatic Center on Fiesta Island. During their spare time some of the adults did inner-tube sailing on Lake Isabella. Thanks, Mr. Wimmer, for an awesome outing.
We also served at the Ladle soup kitchen downtown at the end of May. Jason Swalwell and Greg Golko are dishwashers extraordinaire. What is it about those industrial dishwashing machines? We are enjoying our regular visits to the kitchen, trying out all the different jobs, and recognizing some of the regular faces.
Three of the troop’s recent Eagle Scouts celebrated their rank advancement at Courts of Honor. Each Court of Honor was unique and very special for Eagle Scouts Zach Edwards, Drew Ulrich, and Kevin Mahaffey, their parents, and the Troop 616 families who attended. We will miss them as they graduate from high school and move on to more challenging territory.
We would like to officially welcome the following new scouts to our troop: Nicholas Keiper, Matthew Roberts, Dominic Schwanemann, Ryan Price, Tyler Grundmeyer, Bryan Truitt, Christopher Honeycutt, Nicholas Bailey, Michael Wear, Quinton Petty, Matthew DeJesus, and Corey Eckelman. It’s great to have you all as part of our troop.
The troop held elections in May, and Jason Swalwell is our new senior patrol leader. Congratulations, Jason! New patrol leaders are Michael Wear, David Mebane, Art Moreau, Adam Harwayne, Alex Nelson, Ian Lewis, Josh Ouellette, and Sam Moreau. These scouts and other scouts in leadership positions in the troop attended Junior Leader Training led by Mr. Wimmer. We will see great things from all of them as a result.
The weather was perfect as over 100 cubs, cub scouters, and parents took on our first Pack "Eco-challenge"–complete with "Jungle Ball," the "Tripod Explosive Carry," "Snow Blinded Challenge," "The Circle of Life," and the "Hot Lava Transport."
Next up was the Pack Graduation, where the notorious "Cub Scout Cooker/Transformer" came into play, changing each of the cubs to their next level. Super congratulations to the following 20–wow!–cubs from Den 3 and Den 4 who also earned their Tiger Award: Dario Inzunza, Ryan Frick, Kevin Graham, Aaron Goff, Clifford Johnson, Ryan Rockford, Noah Kane, Shane Stachwick, Ryan Madsen, Jack Greener, Ryan Babick, Jonathan Parada, Garrett Solberg, John Michael Kavanaugh, Michael Chevalier, Michael Franke, Tully Lynch-Pastoor, Zack Barnes, Chase Bozykowski, and Christian Prince.
On a grueling Saturday morning in May, the boys of Dens 8 and 11 conquered Iron Mountain in Poway, completing a six-mile hike to the top of the summit. Their day started out cloudy, but by the time they reached the summit, the sun had emerged for a glorious view.
From this second highest peak in Poway, the boys were able to see the San Vincente Reservoir, Mount Woodson, and the Pacific Ocean. The boys from Den 11 were Troy Rayder, Frank Poole, Jordan Cobb, Eric Turner, and Harrison Trubitt. Hikers from Tiger Den 8 were Kyle Rayder and Brennan Cobb.
The boys of Den 5 also had a fun and educational den meeting. They visited the Barona Reservation Cultural Center, where they were given a tour of the museum, learned about the Kumeeay people, and got to play some Indian games. Most of the boys had studied Indian tribes as part of social studies in school and were really excited to see artifacts and supplement their "book" learning with "real" Indian material.
Lastly, Pack 613 officially ended the Cub Scout year with a Bridging Ceremony at Camp Balboa. The boys proudly walked across the "bridge" to their next levels of Cub Scouting, receiving new kerchiefs and Cub Scout manuals.
During the summer months our pack will have many opportunities for the boys to get together. Our summer schedule includes: the SRCA 4th of July Parade; our annual Indian Hills Family Campout; the Storm baseball game; Jungle Trail Camp; and, the Webelos campout at Mataguay. For more information on any of these activities, contact Denise Blasband at [[email protected]].
Webelos I–Alex Ranum, Andrew Griffin, Chris Crow, Connor Emmert, David Shortreed, Deryl Lam, Jake Ouellette, Jared Hathcock, Kyle Luvisa, Michael Rogers, Nick Altieri, and Phillip Glass. Congratulations to all the boys who worked hard to get to the next level of Cub Scouting!