Pack 616 got off to a running start with Pack Graduation. After a potluck, the infamous "Cub Cooker" transformed each of the cubs to their next level. All went flawlessly until Mr. Sarbacker went in and the dial somehow got changed to "Girl Scout." I wonder what will happen to him next year?
We go see the Padres again this summer, and our pack will go to the "Championship T-shirt" and "Padres trading cards" freebee games! Finally, we had a session at Camp Balboa Day Camp in July, and we will have a family camp at Camp Balboa in August. The pack sure keeps on going throughout the year!
Dan Peters of Cub Scout Pack 616 was recently awarded the Parvuli Dei Emblem. The Catholic Church awards this emblem. The purpose of this program is to recognize the cub scout’s advancement in religious knowledge and spiritual formation. Through this program, the boy becomes more aware of God’s presence in his daily life, especially within his home and community.
Bishop Cordileone presented the emblems to 200 boys from all over San Diego. Dan was the only boy from St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church to receive a medal this year. Jake Vildibill served as Dan’s flag bearer for the ceremony. Father Joe Carroll serves as the chaplain for the San Diego Catholic Committee on Scouting.
Pack 1216 planted more than 10 trees at the Senior Citizen Center in Mira Mesa. Nolan Stephens, Billy Feather, Addison Jerlow, Daniel Lofy, Tyler Salvato, and Patrick Barnsley earned their scouting World Conservation Award for all their efforts. Great job, boys!
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer. The first weekend in August, the pack will get together for a summer pool party at the Ned Baumer Aquatic Center. Also, a group of Webelos will attend a camp at Mataguay in mid-August.
This month a lot of exciting things happened for Boy Scout Troop 616. It started with a hike led by Dr. Edwards at the Blue Sky Reserve to prepare the older scouts for Philmont. The hike was about five miles, and the scouts who attended were Russell Greenfield, Bryce Greenfield, Jeff Edwards, and Zach Edwards. The rainy weather led to a low turnout.
Next was an outing for scouts to have the chance to earn the Mammal Study merit badge. It was held at the Natural History Museum where the scouts stayed overnight. The first thing the scouts did when they got there was see an Imax movie about wolves. They learned about the wolves’ habitats and how they survive in the wilderness. Scouts explored the dog and space exhibits.
A wildlife photographer spoke to the scouts and, according to one scout, this was one of the most exciting and fascinating parts of the outing. The photographer explained how he got his pictures, the equipment he used, and the countless hours of waiting for the perfect shot.
An animal rescue worker talked about her job. She had a group of baby hedgehogs she had been taking care of for some time and let the scouts pet them. A paleontologist talked about prehistoric and present day mammals. He also brought in dead mammals that had been stuffed for the boys to see and hold. The boys all went to bed on the second floor–where the reptiles are held–surrounded by snakes, lizards, and tarantulas. It was a little scary.
May was a wonderful month for Boy Scout Troop 663. The troop climbed up Mount San Jacinto in preparation for the Philmont trek this summer. The weather was beautiful, and much to the delight of the scouts, we ran into a bunch of snow towards the peak. On the way down we lost the trail, but in a burst of energy, the scouts fanned out and found the trail in no time. Everybody made it, with no injuries. Well done, everyone.
Troop elections were held in June. Congratulations to Marcus Sloate for being elected the new senior patrol leader, and also to Steven Markano for being appointed the assistant senior patrol leader. Our new scribe is Bradley Markano, historian is Ruben Leal, quartermaster is Scott Seigal, and the chaplain’s aide remains Ryan Mulvey. Congratulations to all the newly elected scouts!