Fun at the Colorado River
Scouts and adults from Troop 616 went to the Colorado River in October. We left San Diego on a Friday afternoon and headed for Needles on the Colorado River. We got to camp after a six-hour drive, so we were quite tired. Tents were pitched quickly, and we all went to sleep. Early the next morning, we got up and had a quick breakfast. Our outfitter got us suited up and organized with canoes and food.
We canoed for 17 miles or so, which took up the whole day. Three of the eight canoes tipped over–two of these were adult canoes! The third one tipped accidentally–on purpose–with four scouts in it. We lashed the canoe I was in to another canoe. Great idea, Alex Glavis-Bloom!
The canoes were lashed front, middle, and back so that they would move as one. We moved very quickly after that. At the end of our 17 miles, we took a bus back to camp. It seemed like a long bus ride; David Mebane fell asleep. I don’t blame him. I was dead tired too. There was a great meal waiting for us back at camp. Thanks, Mr. Wimmer, for a really great outing.
At the end of October we had a troop Court of Honor at the Scripps Ranch Library. The ceremony was preceded by a potluck dinner. Ian Lewis, Douglas Myers-Turnbull, Josh Ouellette, and Matt Rasmussen advanced to Tenderfoot. Matt Heuss, Alex Nelson, John Michael Steiger, and Chris Wimmer advanced to Second Class.
Brian Glurriell, Ryan Huffman, Sam Moreau, Chris Wimmer, and Michael Zablit advanced to First Class. Mark Beyersdorf, Jeff Edwards, Greg Golko, Matt Price, and Robert Zablit advanced to Star. John Hawkins advanced to Life, and Graham Nicastro made the rank of Eagle. We will have more about Graham’s Eagle project in a future Newsletter article. Congratulations to everybody!
Matt Price, Troop Scribe
Boy Scout Troop 663 ended October with our long-awaited camelback backpacking trip in the Cuyamaca Mountains. Scouts endured confusing trails, heavy packs, and interesting weather in order to complete this 15-mile hike. Many scouts used this in combination with our previous camelback hike to earn the Camelback Award.
The trip was a pleasant hike in almost perfect weather–pleasantly cool, with low clouds, which we climbed in and out of as the day went on. Rain threatened, but held off until around noon, when we ate lunch alongside the trail where we had stopped to regroup.
Our first day concluded with a steep climb up into the mountains, where we camped in a thick fog. The night was dark, but luckily, the rain had stopped and did not start again. The next day was bright and sunny, and we enjoyed a visit to the airplane monument on the way down. The trip was a big success. We are now looking forward to our next camelback hike, still several months off.
In early November we attended the Eagle Court of Honor of Alex Nunn and Bobby James, our troops second and third Eagle Scouts. We spent several hours sharing in their triumph, with very nice refreshments afterwards. Congratulations, Bobby and Alex!
Our next big event is a desert camping trip in Agua Caliente. While there, scouts will visit the mud caves, go swimming, and just have fun.
Bradley Markano, Troop Scribe
The Fast Track With Pack 616
It has been a busy month for Cub Scout Pack 616 with campfires, camping trips, hikes, emergency training, and the Pack Show–with police and firemen! The Tiger Cubs of Den 3 had their first den meeting this month. They met at Shane Stachwick’s house for a campfire and songs, followed by toasted marshmallows and hot cocoa. Special thanks to Bryon Solberg and Carol Stachwick for leading the songs.
The Tiger Cubs of Den 4 also had their first den meeting with a hike and tour of the Hacienda at Rancho Penasquitos. "Stone Soup Trail Mix" was the special of the day!
Twenty-one boys have earned their Tiger Cub belt totems by learning the Tiger Cub motto, Cub Scout sign, and Cub Scout salute. Congratulations to: Ryan Madsen, Jack Greener, Ryan Babick, Jonathan Parada, Garrett Solberg, John Michael Kavanagh, Michael Chevalier, Michael Franke, Tully Lynch-Pastoor, Zack Barnes, Chase Bozykowski, Christian Prince, Dario Inzunza, Brandon Butterfield, Ryan Frick, Kevin Graham, Aaron Goff, Clifford Johnson III, Ryan Rockford, Noah Kane, and Shane Stachwick.
It was very exciting when the boys received the totems at their first pack meeting. Welcome to Cub Scouts!
Nineteen cubs earned their Bobcat Award. This ceremony is done with candles and a bobcat skull! Congratulations to: Max Fleckner, Tyler Jorgensen, Connor Dyte, Brandon Dyte, Michael Russell, Austin Sarbacker, Gregory Seda, Luke Totah, Alex Abeyta, Robbie Kieffy, David Mrdjenovich, Matthew Huckleberry, John Buron, David Watson, Nick Vildibill, Grayson Boyer, Tyler Boyce, Cory Hughes, and Aaron Cochrane.
Den 1 toured KUSI Channel 9 studios in November with the help of public relations expert Lindsey Mesenbourg. Dominick Schumacher, Tim De Rego, Michael Alexander, Jacob Iwig, Brendan Tooker, and Thomas Amling were lucky to see a newsbreak air live while they were there. The staff at Channel 9 spent time with the boys, telling them about their jobs and letting them "play" in front of the green weather wall! Lights, camera, action for Den 1!
With all of the new cubs joining, the Bear Dens visiting KUSI and learning about emergency preparedness, and the Webelos Dens winning seven highly sought after "Spirit Awards" at the Webelos Woods Campout, there has been a ton of things going on. Thank you to all of our great den leaders and assistant den leaders for making our pack’s program so much fun!
Girls Working Together
Cadette Girl Scout Troop 8385 worked with Junior Girl Scout Troop 8364 to prepare dinner for the firefighters at Fire Station 37. Both troops have decided to work together to accomplish their bridging requirements for this year.
A "bridging" celebrates the girls’ accomplishments and advances them to the next level of Girl Scouting. Troop 8385 will work with the younger girls to give them knowledge of Cadette scouting and to help them earn a Cadette Interest Patch.
The girls had a great time working together to prepare a delicious Italian dinner for the firefighters of shift "B." We all had a wonderful tour of the fire station and enjoyed bringing them a homemade meal. We will continue our efforts and prepare a dinner for shift "C" in the near future.
Lynne Doyle and Fay Hill, Troop Leaders
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