Bronze Award for Junior Troop 8440


Members of Girl Scout Junior Troop 8440 earned the Bronze Award, the highest award for a Junior Girl Scout. It shows that they have made a promise to help others and to improve their community. In working for this award, they develop leadership skills, show a growing ability to take on responsibility, and develop time management skills.

To earn this award the girls had to complete four requirements:

  1. Earn two badges that relate to their bronze award project which were: Caring for Children, where they learned about working with children; and Sew Simple, where they learned how to sew hand puppets.
  2. Earn a Girl Scout Sign, which was the Sign of the Rainbow, where they learned about respecting the differences in people and learned to work together to accomplish a goal.
  3. Earn two badges that deepen their understanding of Girl Scouting, which were Girl Scouts Around the World and Girl Scouting in the USA.
  4. Complete the Bronze Award project, which consisted of three parts: making the puppets and writing a story about them; delivering the puppets to St. Clare’s Home, a shelter for abused women and children, and performing a puppet show for residents of the shelter; and, a personal project where each girl collected and donated items she thought the shelter needed.

The puppet show was a great success! The girls handled themselves with poise in an "active environment" with lots of small children, and they had fun doing it. They read each other’s stories and lent extra hands to work each other’s puppets. They did a superb job of working together to put on a great puppet show. Congratulations to the Bronze Star recipients of troop 8440!

A Jungle of Fun!

Wow! October has been a blast for Cub Scout Pack 616! We kept busy with Scout Round-Ups–over 30 new boys joined our pack–Sailor Camp on Fiesta Island, Webelos Woods in the mountains, Scripps Ranch Clean-Up Day, and the "Safari Pack Meeting."

Joe Roitz has been incredibly busy orchestrating the round-ups. We say "Thanks and welcome!" to our new den leaders: Greg Boyce, Kathy Hughes, John Madsen, Steven Stachwick, and Charlie Mrdjenovich.

Ten cub scouts hit the beaches and water of Fiesta Island for Sailor Camp. Tim DeRego, Jacob Iwig, Bryan Graham, Michael Alexander, Thomas Amling, Judge Lee, Vivek Vishwanath, Ian Eckelman, Rafael Rendon, and Joshua Solberg built boats, rowed on the bay, built sand "monuments," and learned lifesaving techniques and knots. Thanks to Steve Iwig and Bryon Solberg for sharing in the fun. And, a huge thanks to Pam DeRego for all of her planning and supervision.

November is "Kids Against Crime" month! Special things are planned for the Pack Show! See you all there!

Welcome New Cub Scouts

Pack 1216 had a very successful Scout Round-Up in September. We added 40 new boys. Welcome! If your son–1st through 5th grade–is interested in joining Cub Scouts, please contact our membership chair, Shelly Lofy, at 578-8525 or [[email protected]].

Over the summer, Phil Glass, Andrew Griffin, Jake Ouellette, and Michael Rogers from Webelos I, and Nick Keiper, Tommy Kimpel, and Michael Wear from Webelos II spent a session at Camp Mataguay. The group was able to watch as helicopters dipped their giant buckets into the lake to get water to take to the Julian fire.

While at camp, they spent their days working on activity badges–like the Outdoorsman and Forester–and practicing their skills at the BB gun and archery ranges. Phil Glass earned a Waterdog patch by bravely getting up and jumping into the cold pool first thing in the morning. He did this each day while many of us were still snug in our sleeping bags.

We enjoyed hiking, stargazing, and a rugged overnight campout on the island. On other nights, the camp staff put on programs at the fire ring. We all had a great time.

Preparing For the Holidays

Pack 613 is kicking off the holiday season with a "Country Living" license plate sale on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and Wednesday, Nov. 27, in front of both the old and new Vons. These license plate holders make excellent Christmas gifts and alternative hostess gifts for all those holiday parties. The license plate holders can also be obtained anytime during the year by calling Kathy Sayer at 549-8292.

During November, Pack 613 traditionally participates in their first service project of the year. This year is no exception. At the November pack meeting scouts will help less fortunate families by donating items to a food basket.

November is also uniform inspection month at our pack meetings. Scouts will need to show up in full uniform for inspection, hopefully earning a Uniform patch. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at [[email protected]].

Canoeing Fun

Scouts from Troop 616 spent a weekend in September at Fiesta Island. They spent two days canoeing on Mission Bay. The first day they focused on skills and worked on the Canoeing Merit Badge. On the second day they made a trek across Mission Bay to a barbecue lunch and then paddled back. It was great fun. Tour leaders were Mr. Bloom, Mr. Wimmer, and Dr. Edwards. Thank you for helping prepare scouts for their October outing to the Colorado River.

We had troop elections in September. Our new Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is Matt Wimmer. He takes over from Ryan Mazelli. Ryan has been SPL for a year! Thanks Ryan! Matt’s Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) is Ronnie Lewis.

Scouts from our troop helped man booths at Miramar Ranch Elementary School during the Halloween Carnival. Hope you had a happy Halloween!

Matt Price, Your New Scribe

Staying Active

Troop 663 had a hike, campout, or other activity almost every other week in September and October, and there is more to come. In preparation for our next camelback hike, we had two extremely strenuous tune-up hikes in the blazing September sun. One was a 10-mile hike up Iron Mountain in temperatures exceeding 95 degrees.

Our troop held a Court of Honor in September. Scouts were recognized for earning awards and moving up in rank. Congratulations to our newer scouts, who are moving up swiftly. Special congratulations to Greg Rogers, who has already reached the rank of first class.

In October our new scouts–and a few old scouts–participated in the 17-mile Salty Rat canoeing trip around Mission Bay. This trip’s participants are now qualified for the 50-mile Colorado River canoe trip in December.

Bradley Markano