Cub Scout Pack 613

Is September over already? It flew by so fast, here is a quick re-cap. The month started with our annual Tiger Round Up at Jerabek auditorium. We are proud to report that we have recruited quite a crowd of new first graders. Pack 613 would like to welcome all the new Tigers and their families.

Our September Pack meeting was Pack 613’s first for the new school year It was great to see all the returning scouts as well as our new Tigers. What a memorable night it was as we looked back upon this summer’s activities. At the same time we gave the Tigers a glimpse at what they have to look forward to. The Family Campout was remembered with a video presentation put together by the Johnston Family. This was followed by the presentation of a whole “bunch” of Summertime Awards. There was also a special raffle for our summer time Cans for Cubs participants. Scouts and their families recycled cans during the summer months and made some extra cash with which to help fund awards for scouts during the year. Thanks to all those who worked so hard on this recycling project!

Our September Pack meeting also had its share of “sentimentality” as we witnessed the “changing of the guard,” so to speak. Our Assistant Cubmaster, Steve McCormack, passed his chain of command on to our new Assistant Cubmaster, Andy Wisniewski. Thank you Steve for all your years of service! We know that you will continue to be invaluable in other areas of scouting as you remain with us for the next three years. Welcome Andy to your new role. We wish you much success as Assistant Cubmaster. Our scouts are very lucky to have such wonderful Dads in the Pack.

With all that behind us, it is hard to believe that October looks to be an even busier month for Pack 613. Along with den meetings getting back to full speed, our scouts and their families will be cleaning out and preparing for our participation in the Scripps Ranch Community Wide Garage Sale. This will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20. Look for our garage sale signs and stop by to support our Pack. We will have some wonderful goodies to purchase; it’s worth the stop!

As we wind down October and near the end of the month, the Pack will hold its annual Halloween Carnival night. Scouts will have the opportunity to bake a cake and enter it into our exciting contest. The theme is “Halloween” of course. `Bake a chance’ at winning a prize! As we have in the past, there will be games, crafts and activities for our scouts and siblings. It’s a fun-filled evening for all!

As always, we would like to remind scouts to submit written reports about their den’s activities to their den leaders. These reports can then be considered for future Pack 613 Scripps Ranch Newsletter submissions. Members of the community can direct questions and comments to our email address, which is [email protected]

Cub Scout Pack 614

Cub Scout Pack 614 enjoyed a variety of activities during the summer season. These included the 4-mile Liberty Run over the Coronado Bridge, a Dog Walk at Miramar Lake benefiting the Humane Society, The Scripps Ranch 4th of July parade, a Padres night game, and Pack picnic at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. We finished our summer activities with a Sunday afternoon at the San Diego Food Bank, where the scouts and their families sorted and packed many hundreds of pounds of food donations for San Diegans in need.

Now that school is back in session, we have resumed our regular schedule of meetings and activities. Our first Pack meeting was held on Sept. 10, under the able and always entertaining leadership of Cubmaster Michael McGuinness and Assistant Cubmaster Michael Hoffer. This month look for uniformed Cub Scouts taking orders for the annual Trails End Popcorn Sale. This high quality product, sold in attractive tins, makes a great holiday gift. The proceeds from the popcorn sale fund the majority of our program activities and awards throughout the year. We are dependent on and grateful for the support of the Scripps Ranch community during this yearly fundraiser. Thanks to Rick Raimondi for coordinating the project for the Pack.

By the time you read this, the Fall Tiger Roundup will be completed and we will have added two new Tiger Groups to our full complement of eight Dens. Pack 614 is a large group, and we appreciate the hard work of Nancy Mitchell, Membership Chair, for keeping track of all of us!

If you ask Cub Scouts what they enjoy most about scouting, many will answer “camping.” Pack 614 has spent some memorable weekends at Indian Hills Camp in Julian, and Activities Chair Margie Mills has organized our next campout on Oct. 19-21. The boys and their families will be able to enjoy swimming, archery, cycling and mining, as well as practice their outdoor skills. We’ll all join in the Saturday evening barbecue (burgers and hot dogs grilled by the Webelos) followed by the campfire and talent show. It is our tradition to bring pumpkins for carving, and the sight of 80 eerily glowing Jack-O-Lanterns always sets the perfect atmosphere for the Marshmallow Monster night hike.

The key to any successful Cub Scout pack is the adult leaders and volunteers, and the heart and soul of this group is the Committee Chairperson. After three years of outstanding service in this capacity, Kris Lighthart is turning over the reigns to Mary Waltari. Assisting Mary will be Co-Chairs Jan Wagner and Sue Stock. We are indeed fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers committed to providing a fantastic scouting experience for our children.

Boy Scout Troop 616

A group of 30 scouts plus adults under the leadership of Jerry Gray from Troop 616 left for the Emerald Bay Boy Scout Camp on Catalina Island for the period August 19 – 25, 2001. Once there, the Boy Scouts engaged in various activities. One adventure was a war canoe trip where the Scouts canoed four miles in the ocean and camped out over night at Parson’s Beach. Other activities included snorkeling, mountain biking, environmental science and oceanography. Greg Kroleski and Rajiv Desai both earned their Rugged E (Emerald Bay) award for doing a mile swim in the ocean, canoeing over 27 miles, hiking over 20 miles and learning survival skills while camping in the Catalina Island hills. Three scouts, Justin Glavis-Bloom, Ryan Mazelli and Zach Edwards, earned their Scuba Certification. Everyone had a great time, many merit badges were earned, and everyone agreed this was the best campout ever! Thank you Mr. Gray.

Boy Scout Troop 663

The last month brought some surprises to Troop 663. The highlight of the month was the second summer camp of the summer. Logan Swartz, Caleb Cato, Sean Campbell, Scott Green, Wes Mitchell, David Heilbrunn, and John Henry Ainsworth bravely ventured to the frontier of California in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at Whitsett Summer Camp! This small contingent of scouts had a blast at Whitsett. They even brought home a trophy from the Whitsett Aquacade. The Aqaucade is a nutty sort of decathlon for the water. The boys competed in such events as In and Out Canoe Race, Kayak Drag, Paddle Throw and Sand Castle Building Contest. Assistant Scoutmaster Swartz also came in first for the highly anticipated Scoutmaster Splash. The troop blew away all competition (all 400 other boys) with all first and second places with one third. Congratulations to John Henry Ainsworth and ASM Mitchell for taking prize in the Ironman triathlon (Scout and Adult Triathlons). Other activities included great aquatics activities, a challenging ropes course, good food and gorgeous surroundings. With all this as well as merit badges, the scouts had a busy but fun time at Whitsett. Next month, the troop will be doing the Salty Rat canoe trip in Mission Bay. Hope to see you there!

Troop 663 meets most Monday evenings at the Scripps Ranch Community Park Recreation Center. We also enjoy an active outdoor program. Scouting is open to all boys 11 to 18 years of age. Boys or parents interested in joining the Troop should call Scoutmaster Charlie James at 566-4518, or Troop Committee Chair Eric Lighthart at 578-3619 for additional information.

Surf’s Up with Cadette Troop 8385

Over the summer a new troop was founded. Our troop is now 16 girls strong and includes girls from troops 8385, 8402 and 8155. We have had a great time getting to know each other. Our summer activities included serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald House and a yard sale. We also had a chance to enjoy San Diego’s wonderful beaches! We took an Ocean Kayaking adventure at La Jolla Shores and then spent a weekend at Surf Camp in Coronado. Aloha! We are water logged but had a great summer! We look forward to a wonderful year in Girl Scouting.

Girl Scouts Keep the American Spirit Alive in Scripps Ranch

Cadette Girl Scout Troop 8385 of Scripps Ranch decorated cars for our community on Friday Sept. 14, at the Scripps Ranch City Services Center. The girls were equipped with American flags, ribbon streamers of red, white and blue, and even glass chalk to write statements of support for the U.S.A. on the car’s side rear window. All of this was purchased out of their troop funds and offered for free to everyone.

The girls offered the adults ribbons to pin on their clothing and cupcakes for the children. They also offered to collect donations for the American Red Cross, Disaster Relief Fund. Not only did they spread the love of their country, but, they collected donations of $1076 for the American Red Cross.

“These girls did an awesome job”, said Girl Scout Leader, Lynne Doyle. “I believe they touched to hearts of many people and proved that the young women of this great nation can make a difference.”

The girls involved in this project were; Hawklike Breath, Alyssa Doyle, Lindsey Gruter, Natalie Holtz, Carrie Mullane, Erica Rogers, Rosalyn Russell, Diana Tilley, Katie Toups and Meredith Wolfe.