Holiday Project and Food Drive

Cub Scout Pack 613 revved up for the holidays with a canned and boxed food drive during its November pack meeting. The boys also worked on holiday gifts for Project Mercy in Tijuana. They decorated and stuffed bags with small toys and candy for the children of Project Mercy. This annual event is well received by the children and their families.

The second year Webelos of Den 5 hiked the grueling trail of Iron Mountain in Poway. The cub scouts and their family made the 6.2-mile trip in about three hours. After a couple of miles of ascent–there is an elevation gain of about 1,200 feet–the group was exhilarated by the 360-degree view at the top. After a lunch break, the group made its way down in record time. All the boys agreed the hike was worth a few blisters.

For more information on Pack 613, please contact our cubmaster, Andy Wisniewski, at 695-0180.

Pack 614 Helps Others

During the past month Pack 614 has been busy. We completed our Cans for Critters efforts–with 14 boys collecting more than 200 cans each: Peter Staab, Anthony Trifoglio, Brian Fleming, Max Audick, Charlie Wong, Sean Dixon, Mitchell Dechant, James Poirier, Connor Babbush, Nick Smart, Timmy Rodenbaugh, Ian Bernados, and Evan Clark. Our biggest collector was Kyle Grundmeyer, who brought in 600 cans.

Our second year Webelos in Den 7 gathered with family and friends to help pick thousands of pounds of oranges from a local private orchard for the volunteer organization, The Giving Grove. The fruit was donated to the San Diego Food Bank to help provide needy families with fresh produce. Besides having fun working together, Den 7 scouts took pride in knowing they were helping others in their community.

This was another successful year of fundraising through our popcorn sales. Thanks to everyone in Scripps Ranch who helped out. Eleven boys sold more than $200 each, three passed the $500 mark–Andrew Covel, Kevin Rodenbeck, and Matt Rosi–and our biggest salesman was Michael Pettit, who had over $600 in orders. Note that all the door-to-door money should be turned in to den leaders no later than Monday, Dec. 13. Great job to all the boys!

Our next pack meeting is on Monday, Dec. 6, at Jerabek. We will take our Pack 614 picture that night, so all the boys are reminded to wear their full uniforms to the meeting. We will also hand out our Pinewood Derby kits that evening, so the boys can get a head start for the big race on Friday, Jan. 21.

If you have any questions about Pack 614, please email our cubmaster, Joe Fleming, at [[email protected]].

Let’s Do The Time Warp!

November was a busy month! Pack 616 hosted the crazy "Time Warp" pack show with time capsules, cavemen, dinosaurs, space creatures, and even ancient Romans! Cubs learned of tall tales, visited the Midway aircraft carrier, played fun games, roasted marshmallows, built bridges, and made catapults!

December’s pack show on Tuesday, Dec. 14, is our annual carnival and uniform inspection. Each of the dens has a fun game for the cubs and their families to test their skills. Also, please bring nonperishable foods for the food drive to benefit the San Diego Food Bank.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

Girl Scouts: Our Duty Is To Serve

As Girl Scouts we pledge to serve God, our country, and our community. Each leader works to instill this into her troop. They may start out as young Daisies picking up litter at their school, and through the years progress to working with senior citizens, animal shelters, those less fortunate than themselves, or wherever they see a need and have an interest. Each service is age-appropriate, and by the time the girls reach Junior, Cadettes, and Seniors, they may work on their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, respectively. Here’s what some of our troops are up to.

Five different Bronze Awards are being worked on at Troop 8296, led by Phyllis Owens. These include Halloween treats for Meals on Wheels recipients, an Ecology Workshop, a supply drive for the Escondido Humane Society, and a holiday party at a senior center. In order to help with the cost of these service projects the troop held a garage and bake sale to raise funds.

Troop 8497, led by Lisa Nigro, designed, created, and decorated a dollhouse and donated it to the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation at the Polinsky Center. In preparation for this service project they earned their badges in Architecture and Art in the Home. As part of their project, they learned about various children’s centers in San Diego before deciding where to donate the finished project.

Girl Scout Troop 8238 Helps Children Half a World Away

Scripps Ranch Junior Girl Scout Troop 8238 spent a busy Sunday afternoon making ornaments for a holiday angel tree to benefit Half The Sky Foundation, an organization that is committed to improving life for orphans in China.

The girls worked hard to make the angels, knowing that ultimately the money raised will help children in Chinese orphanages who have no family and do not live in warm houses or go to nice schools. They have few comforts that these girls enjoy every day. The Scripps Ranch 4th graders are aware that they are fortunate to have so much in their lives, and they are happy to help others.

The 54 handcrafted ornaments will be available, for a donation to Half The Sky, at a holiday party for Families with Children from China. All proceeds will be sent to Half the Sky.

The troop members are: Jennifer Asaro, Elizabeth Kingery, Kira Light, Kimberly Marron, Sofia Raimondi, Waverly Rocklin, Kaitlin Thomas, and Vivian Vuong. Troop 8238 co-leaders are Debbie Thomas and Dart Rhoades.

Please note: Half The Sky is a nonprofit organization founded and supported by parents who have adopted children in China. Half The Sky Foundation and Families with Children from China are not affiliated with the Girl Scout organization.

Dart Rhoades, Troop Co-Leader