Girl Scout Troop 8140’s Busy Year

Last year was a remarkable year for Cadette troop 8140. We volunteered at Harvest for Hungry in Pacific Beach once a month from June through February. We started off the year working on our Games For Life IP at Whispering Oaks. Sara, Monica, Breanna, and Brittainy earned their Leadership IP by planning and leading Junior troops 8449 and 8389 in their Weather Watch badge. In October, we tried something new, surfing (some of us even got up) with the SURF DIVA school. Afterwards, we had a bonfire to warm up by. Seven of our members earned their Leadership IP and/or their Leadership pin this year (Kristina, Sara, Monica, Morgan, Breanna, Brittany, and Kelsey). Our troop continued to work on their community service award by taking volunteer training at Wild Animal Park and then volunteering for two nights this year. We started a new troop tradition in December, with our first annual holiday shopping and dining night out. We joined our Cluster, Chaparral Shores at Snow Camp in February. Not only did we learn new skiing and snowboarding skills, we also learned how to put snow chains on our cars. Last year, for Thinking Day, Sara, Monica, Brittainy, and Christy represented our troop’s booth on Germany. Kristina and Kelsey along with four girls from troop 8308 organized our Services Unit’s Thinking Day event for their Silver Award. February through April found Breanna and Brittany earning their Silver Award project as they planned the craft activities for 150 girls at our Service Unit’s Junior Encampment last spring. We finished out our year working on The Plays the Thing IP. This year we are starting off by earning the Stress to Success Interest Project, planning a kayaking trip in La Jolla, and getting ready to return to Wild Animal Park for more fun volunteering at the Festival of Lights.

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts Get Their Own Web site

The Scripps Ranch Unit of Girl Scouts now have their own website courtesy of Cadette troop #8140. Monica Gerber and Sara Iravani will be developing and updating the site as part of earning their Silver Award for Girl Scouts. The website will have lots of information on what the Girl Scouts in Scripps Ranch are doing and information on each program level. There will also be fun and safe links to other information that you might need as a Girl Scout. So come visit us on the web at

Boy Scout Troop 663

September was a very “wet” month for Troop 663. The much awaited Salty Rat canoe trip at the Youth Aquatic Center at Fiesta Island led by our fearless leader Assistant Scoutmaster Crooks. The trip started out on September 20th, the scouts setting up camp and exploring their campsites. A few scouts built a fire and had a great time talking around it’s warm glow. After a highly anticipated fireworks display from Sea World that failed to occur, the scouts went to sleep in the nice, cool night. The next morning, the boys were up bright and early. They cooked a good hot meal and geared up for the days trek. So at around seven thirty that morning, the boys set off in their canoes. They paddled for about an hour before stopping to rest. Another two hours later, we stopped and ate lunch. The next leg was a sprint to the western side of Fiesta Island. At this stop, our fearless leader gave us a briefing on the dash to the shelter of the eastern shore. “The wind’s blowing”, he said, “So paddle hard and STAY NEAR THE SHORE!” so after this speech, the guys set off into the water. The wind was blowing at a good fifteen miles-per-hour and the bay was full of speeding powerboats and jet skis. But the boys pulled through and within two hours we were safe back in port. After cleaning up the canoes, the boys came back to the campsite and relaxed until dinner. That night, Dane Lighthart, Caleb Cato and Deuce Williams built up a truly monstrous fire. The troop gathered `round the fire and had a blast watching skits and taking part in a talent show. Congratulations to the Cobra patrol for winning. So after a night of fun, and another disappointment with fireworks, the guys fell asleep exhausted. The next morning the boys were outta there by ten. Great times were shared all around and we can’t wait `till next year.

The other event of the month was the court of honor at the Scripps Ranch Library and Senior Patrol Leader Alex Nunn did a great job as MC. A new update: Troop 663 boys earned over 170 merit badges this summer at their various summer camp. Great job!

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.

Boy Scout Troop 616

At 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 13 intrepid Scouts and 7 adult leaders from Troop 616 left for the summit of Mount San Jacinto, 130 miles and 10,804 feet away. Aided by the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the group breezed through the first 8,500 feet of the ascent and enjoyed the 2.3 mile hike to Round Valley Camp. About half the group pressed on to the summit after lunch while the rest of the group took a more leisurely hike to a beautiful overlook and back to camp. There were many American flags planted at the summit and some of the group took pictures while others rested and called home before the hike down to camp for a hot meal and bed! Scouts had the opportunity to hone their camping skills in a very demanding environment at 9,500 feet where no open fires were allowed and the only water came from a pipe tapped into a spring deep in the mountain. It took much cooperation under the leadership of SPL Todd Smoogen to filter enough water for the group and to cook dinner for 20 on backpacking stoves. Improvisation and imagination were among the best tools used in the primitive setting. Most of the Scouts camped outside under the stars and enjoyed the hike downhill to the tram Sunday. The adult leaders confessed to sore muscles and the need to tap their first aid kits for ibuprofen during the following days!

Troop 616 Scouts were recognized for all their summer camp achievements at a Court of Honor on October 2. 182 merit badges were earned and the following Scouts advanced in rank. Chris Barnsley, Chris Dalrymple, Alex Davis, Jordan Davis, Douglas Myers-Turnbull, Matthew Rasmussen, Matt Weiner, David Yandell and Michael Zablit attained the rank of Scout. Matt MacFarlane, Matt Michalek, Greg Moy, Evan Sayer, John Michael Steiger, David Yandell and Michael Zablit attained the rank of Tenderfoot. Frank Barrack, Brian Gurriell, Ryan Huffman, Steve McCormack, Sam Moreau and Luke Ulrich attained the rank of Second Class. Jeff Edwards, Greg Golko and Steven Lewis attained the rank of First Class. Glenn Gray, John Hawkins, David Mebane and Kevin Swartzlander attained the rank of Star. Barry Hawkins attained the rank of Eagle.

Also at this Court of Honor, Dr. George Ulrich stepped down as Troop Scoutmaster. The above mentioned successes of our Scouts is a direct reflection of Dr. Ulrich’s leadership over the past year. Thank you, George, for all that you have done for the Troop. Scouts and parents alike have enjoyed you – and will always be impressed by the significance you attached to two pieces of rope! Dr. Ulrich will remain actively involved with the Troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster.

Our new Scoutmaster is Sam Dalrymple whose son, Christopher, is a new Scout with our Troop. An Eagle Scout himself, Sam is also a member of the Order of the Arrow and a Unit Commissioner for Cub Scout Pack 614. Welcome Sam! We hope your term with us will be a long and happy one!

Troop 616 is proud to present Barry Gunter Hawkins as its 58th Eagle Scout! Barry celebrated this achievement at an Eagle Court of Honor on Saturday, October 6 at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum on Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar. Barry passed his Eagle Board of Review with Judge David Gill and other board members on May 30, 2001 at the San Diego County Courthouse. For his Eagle project, Barry organized a team of Scouts for a house-painting project in conjunction with the non-profit Catholic Mission Esperanza in Tijuana, Mexico. Barry and his crew painted the inside and outside of a newly constructed house for a needy family in Tijuana.

Barry is a 16 year old Junior and Honors student at Scripps Ranch High School. He plays the trumpet in the Rising Star Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. In June 2001, he participated in the Rising Star’s cultural exchange tour to China where the band toured and performed in Beijing and Shanghai. Barry indulges his interest in aerospace engineering by volunteering at the San Diego Aerospace Museum at Balboa Park and is the elder son of Ron and Ellen Hawkins. Congratulations Barry!

Pack 1216

Cub Scout Pack 1216 had a very successful Round-up of new scouts in September with the addition of sixteen new Tiger Cubs to our unit and nine other new scouts. Thanks to Dave Frederickson and DeeDee Burns for volunteering to sign up our new cubs. Andrew Frederickson from Troop 616, Ian Lewis, and Greg Frederickson taught the new scouts how to make leather slides for their neckerchiefs.

Our first Pack meeting was held September 26th and the theme was patriotism, in honor of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. The boys donated $67 to the American Red Cross from money collected that night. Even the cookies were red, white and blue! Scouts received many awards from camps attended during the summer.

Our Pack would like to thank Ed Wimmer for serving as our Cubmaster all of last year and wish him success in his new role as an Assistant Leader of Troop 616. We heartily welcome our new Cubmaster, Bill Barnsley. Thanks from all us in Pack 1216, Bill. We look forward to hearing some new cheers!

Our Pack was able to earn the Summer Time Pack award with our summer events including our kite making graduation party, the 4th of July parade, and an August beach picnic. Many thanks to the Hawblitzel family for letting us use their driveway to make our first ever float. They are probably still removing paint spots.

In October our Pack participated in the Sea Base Sailor program at the Youth Aquatic Center where lots of wet fun was had by all. The Webelos I and Webelos II dens had a dusty time at Mataguay Scout Reservation for the annual Webelos Woods campout. Lots of achievements were earned by the scouts and they even learned to cook and pitch tents.

And lastly, an annual tradition for our Pack, they volunteered with “clean-up” at Miramar Ranch Elementary after it’s Halloween Carnival on Oct. 27.

Cub Scout Pack 614

Cub Scout Pack 614 welcomes 20 new Tiger Scouts to our ranks. Tiger Group 1, led by Jill Dansey and Cindy Estes consists of Jacob Dansey, Mitchell Estes, Matthew Gluck, Connor Holden, Christopher Loftis, Brett Lofthus, Sean Maloy, Kevin Rodenbeck, Kyle Smurlo and Brian Tunnell. Vicky Roff and Mary Rosi will be leading the scouts of Tigers 2: Ryan Anielski, Andrew Covel, Henry Grow, Omar Harb, Scott Kelly, Luke Lango, David LeBaron, Autin Roff, Matthew Rosi and Cody Stevens. In addition to our Tigers we also welcome new Webelos Scouts Tyler Gundmeyer, Jake Gedra and Kyle Stevens of Den 5, Bear Scout Derek Ma of Den 1 and Wolf Scout Dent Weaver of Den 2. That brings our current membership to 85 energetic and enthusiastic scouts. We have been so successful in our membership recruitment this year that we have been rewarded by the District with a free night at the Mataguay Scout Camp! Thank you to Nancy Mitchell, our Membership chair, who secured this award for us.

Thanks to all our Scripps Ranch friends and neighbors who supported our Trails End Popcorn fundraiser. You will be receiving your popcorn this month, in plenty of time for holiday enjoyment. We appreciate the hard work of Rick Raimondi, who coordinated the project for the Pack. At our Pack meeting this month, we will be decorating goody bags for the San Diego Homeless Coalition’s Children’s Holiday party, as well as taking our official “Pack Picture”. Scouts are reminded to wear their full Class A uniform, and parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to help us get a great picture. (Digital cameras welcome!)

Cub Scout Pack 613

Pack 613 stayed frightfully busy during the month of October.

Thanks to all the Scouts and families in Pack 613 who participated in the Scripps Ranch Community Wide Garage Sale. Thanks also to those who supported us by stopping by to make a purchase. For their coordination efforts, we extend a special thanks to Theresa McCormack and Jan McGinn and to the Mebane family for hosting the sale!

Also in October, the Webelos scouts in Den 2 and 10 participated in the Scripps Ranch Community Clean Up. The scouts picked up trash at Jerabek Elementary School and community parks throughout Scripps Ranch. These scouts are currently working on their Citizenship Activity Pin and their participation fulfilled the community service requirement.

Did Pack 613 enjoy the Halloween activities that took place during the last pack meeting on October 23? It took some planning and coordination but we pulled off an evening that the boys will be talking about for months to come.

During this month of November, in keeping with the Thanksgiving tradition, our scouts are busy working on a Community Service Project. We will fill you in on the details of our project next month.

Uniform by definition means: presenting an unvaried appearance; of the same form with others; dress of a distinctive design or fashion worn by members of a particular group and serving as a means of identification. With this in mind, please be aware that

November is Uniform Inspection Month. Scouts should come to this months pack meeting prepared to undergo an inspection. Please be sure to discuss the uniform requirements with your den leaders. Scouts are required to attend all pack and den meetings in full uniform unless otherwise noted for a particular activity.

Scripps Ranch – Country Living license plate frames will be on sale during Thanksgiving week at the local Vons. Keep an eye out for our scouts.

We are truly thankful for the participation of our wonderful scouts and the fantastic support from their families and our community. We are off to another great year of Cub Scouting!

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