Brownies Donate Quilt to Hidden Valley House

Brownie Troop 8174, lead by Lucy Earle and Sally Heckendorn, learned about quilt making in their February meeting from Connie Abendschein. It has been a hobby in Connie’s family for more than 3 generations. The girls each made squares by cutting out hearts and decorating 3 squares with pink and blue fabrics.

The quilt was assembled by Connie and donated this summer to Hidden Valley House to be used as a wall decoration. It “covers their walls with love.” The girls earned part of the “Hobbies” try it for their hard work.

Well Done Vons!

Pack 613 scouts and their families have been participating in a whirlwind of Summertime activities. We began back in June with our bridging ceremonies at Camp Balboa. Everyone gathered for a picnic dinner followed by graduation ceremonies in the camp’s outdoor amphitheater.

Cubmaster Craig Bratlien reminded scouts about all they’ve learned throughout the year, and Assistant Cubmaster Steve McCormack welcomed each boy across the bridge into the next level of scouting and presented him with a service star and new neckerchief, compliments of Pack 613.

During the ceremonies, each committee member was recognized and presented with a token gift to say thank-you for all their time and hard work put forth throughout the year. We couldn’t exist without the help of so many caring and generous parents!

Next, we gathered together for our busy 4th of July activities. Staying with tradition, we started the holiday weekend off selling our famous “Scripps Ranch Country Living” license plate frames at the old and new Vons. Thank you to all those scouts who participated in yet another “successful” sale and special “thanks” to all those who either purchased a license plate or made a donation. We’ll be out again during Thanksgiving so look for us! If you can’t wait until then, feel free to call Kathy Sayer at 549-8292 to obtain your license plate.

We can’t forget to mention our participation in the 4th of July parade which earned us two ribbons: second place for “marching unit” and fourth place for “youth group.” Congratulations to all those scouts and their families who joined us to march in this year’s parade. We were quite excited about our record turnout! Special thanks for Susan Odelson for coordinating our participation in the parade and providing the scouts with those wonderful kazoos!

In addition to selling license plates, we gladly accepted the generous offer from Vons to participate in selling hot dogs and sodas, a Summertime community service effort that was set up and offered to all scouting organizations throughout the Ranch. The $1 sale for a hot dog and soda was an overwhelming success for both the consumer and the scouts. We should mention that it was tough getting the kids to focus on selling and not eating the hot dogs especially around the noon hour.

The majority of the summer’s profits are being pooled together and donated back to those participating Scouting organizations. Our boys had a wonderful time selling and we thank them for all their hard work and the effort put forth in being there! Pack 613 also owes a big “thank you” to Vons for not only thinking of the community, but also offering this wonderful fundraiser to our scouts. A heartfelt thanks goes out to Von’s manager Patrick Thompson and his staff for coordinating the overall event which included set-up and cooking the hot dogs and supporting the boys and girls in their selling efforts. Job well done, Vons!

Next, scouts and their families packed up their camping gear and headed out for our annual Family Campout at Indian Hills Campground in Jamul. Astronomers from the San Diego Astronomer’s Association joined us on Friday night with their telescopes and provided us with a very informative tour of the sky which included seeing various satellites, the Mir space station, star clusters, and much more. Throughout the weekend, there were plenty of activities to keep busy with such as biking on the BMX trail, archery, goldmining, swimming, relaxing, and simply chatting with friends. No one went hungry due to the wonderful planning efforts of Theresa McCormack, Kathy MacFarlane, and Janet Schweiger. As always, the most popular weekend event was making donuts on Saturday night accompanied by a game of Cub Scout Bingo. It was a fun-filled weekend for all and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s campout.

Winding down the summer, the pack had a good old-fashioned picnic at Cypress Canyon Park. Families came together with their picnic dinners to chat about summertime adventures and to participate in the scout versus parent baseball game. The game was followed by refreshing ice cream floats.

As an exciting new school year begins, so do our den and pack meetings. The Pack Tracks newsletter will be resuming and all Pack 613 members will receive their copy in the mail. Mark your calendars as our 1st pack meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 19. See you all there!

Summertime Fun

September means back to school and the resumption of our regular den and pack schedule. Pack 614 meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Jerabek School auditorium.

We had a busy summer season. After completing the 4-mile Liberty Run/ Walk over the Coronado Bridge in June, the boys marched in the Scripps Ranch 4th of July parade. We had an afternoon tailgate party, then cheered on the Padres as they defeated the Seattle Mariners at Qualcomm Stadium. In August, we enjoyed a bowling party at the Poway Bowl. Pack 614 rounded out the summer season with a family pool party and picnic at the Whispering Ridge club. Those scouts who attended at least three of the activities will receive their Summertime activity pin.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Von’s for their support of local scouting programs. The company has graciously made the Scripps Ranch scouting programs the beneficiary of a charitable donation. We were asked to participate by manning a hot dog booth outside the Von’s on Spring Canyon Road on July 8-9. Our first and second year Webelos performed this duty with great gusto! Thank you also to everyone who bought hot dogs.

We regret to report that Saturday, Oct. 7, will be our last Cans for Cubs curbside pick-up. Due to the success of the City recycling program, there have been few cans to pick up, and homeowners find the city-provided blue bins more convenient.

We thank you all for your support and participation in the many years that we have been conducting this program. We will continue our recycling efforts by placing collection containers in areas that do not provide curbside pick-up.

What Would Summer Be Like Without Scout Camps?

Troop 616 may have been quiet over the past month or so as far as this Newsletter is concerned, but our scouts have certainly been busy!

Towards the end of June, Rajiv Desai, Zach Edwards, Justin Glavis-Bloom, Richie Keller, Chris Purcell, and Drew Ulrich with leaders Russ Edwards and Larry Purcell traveled to the Northern Tier high adventure base in Minnesota for a 6-day canoe trek in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area.

While there, they paddled and portaged in one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the country, earning their 50-mile Afloat and Afoot awards. The word is out that these scouts thought this was their best scouting experience to date.

The 4th July parade saw two scouts from our troop assist with the Marine Corps color guard and the rest of the troop did such a fine job marching that they won 4th place in that category! How we love a parade!

We had two groups of scouts attend camp at Mataguay in July. The first group was led by Rich Keller assisted by Frank Barrack and Craig Griebel. Fun was the order of the week, and fun was had by all with full participation in camp-wide games, “waterdogs” and “ice capades,” rifle and archery ranges, water battles (a way to deal with those not wanting to take a shower?), the Rugged Os program, and, of course, great campfire programs.

For the most part, scouts slept under the stars on their bunks. They were awakened each morning by birds demanding to be fed. A total of 81 merit badges were earned, all scouts earned a Rugged O badge, and several scouts earned camp hike badges as well. The troop was awarded the Top Knot award for clean camp too. Way to go scouts!

The second group consisted of 27 scouts accompanied by 4 adult leaders, one of whom was the indomitable Russ Edwards. Scouts hiked, swam, learned marksmanship, and went fishing while earning over 80 merit badges. Five scouts advanced in rank during the week. Led by scouts Todd Smoogen and Eric Truesdale, the troop practiced their lashing skills as they designed and built a twelve-foot-high platform tower. They all enjoyed watching the world go by as they took turns relaxing on top of the tower. I believe the notion of a water balloon barrage from up there crossed a few minds at the time; however, good sense and consideration for others prevailed!

I find myself wondering what summer would be like for our sons without the opportunities offered by Boy Scout camps such as these….

Whole Lotta Learning Going On … 136 Merit Badges

July brought one of the most awaited events of the year: summer camp at Mataguay Scout Reservation. It was an awesome six days and seven nights of great fun for 32 boys. We got wall tents and cots to sleep in, though the majority of scouts slept under the stars.

At camp, we all did different merit badges. The most popular were Art, Swimming, Canoeing, and Mammal Study. Altogether, the troop earned 136 merit badges! We also were able to shoot three kinds of guns, and we could swim and canoe in the lake. Some of us liked just hanging around at our campsite.

A small group of senior scouts including Wesley Crooks, Eric Thornton, Matthew Clark, Craig Araki, and Adam Kiezan, took part in a special program called Mountain Man Meadow. They slept on the ground, cooked their own food, and earned a number of special merit badges, including Wilderness Survival and Cooking. Way to go guys! We can’t wait to go next year.

July was a busy month for advancement. Max Roitz, Alex Nunn, Steven Markano, and Scott Green earned Tenderfoot; Bobby James got Second Class; and Josh Gilman and Ryan Mulvey achieved First Class. Congratulations on your achievements.