Scripps-Mesa District Patch

Scripps-Mesa District

Scripps-Mesa district proudly serves the north San Diego communities of Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch and MCAS Miramar.

San Diego-Imperial Council  v Boy Scouts of America

Last Updated 2/15/15

More resources: Calendar, Unit Information, Training, and Roundtable.

EXTRA! EXTRA! Gold for Scripps-Mesa!

Journey to Excellence is Recognized

The Scripps-Mesa District was awarded the Journey to Excellence Gold Award for the year 2014 at the San Diego - Imperial Council Recognition Dinner on February 7.

The award was accepted by the S-M District Key Three: District Director Jeff Young, District Chairman Bob Apgar, and District Commissioner Ed Fields, shown at left.

This is the highest level a district can earn. Thank you to all units in the district for helping to make this possible by having quality programs.

[Photography by Mike Palugod]


  - Sir Robert Baden-Powell


District Events and Information
Council Events of Interest and Additional Information
Scouting for Food

DATE: March 1-31, 2015

March is “Scouting for Food” month. All units are encouraged to collect canned goods from their neighborhoods. For door hanger flyers, please contact Heather Bedont, or (858) 442-6523.

Scout Fair Coupon Books

DATE: Scout Fair: April 18, 2015

A great fundraiser opportunity for the units is Scout Coupon Books. They are $10 each, and include lots of coupons to local establishments, including Padres tickets, Del Mar Fair, Jersey Mike’s and much more. To pick up books, please contact Heather Bedont, or (858) 442-6523.

Plan Now for the 2015 District Camporee

DATE: May 1-3, 2015

The date for the 2015 District Camporee has been set! The Scripps-Mesa Camporee Chair, Mike Ellison, would appreciate hearing from all of the troops in the district with your availablility and plans to attend. Please contact him at

Time for an Update?

Has there been a change in your unit leadership? Please check out the "Unit Information" link near the top of this page and let us know if anything needs to be added or changed. We really do want it to reflect reality.

Simply click on the "Email Webmaster" link at the bottom of this page to send us your update. Thank you!

Upcoming District Events

Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar, and watch for more information as they draw nearer.

Trail to Eagle Seminar: 9-10 am, March 28, 2015
S-M District Camporee: May 1-3, 2015
Cub Scout Twilight Camp: July 13-17, 2015

Helpful Summary for Determining Appropriate Activities

Not all activities are created equal for the various age groups in Scouting. Here is an easy summary sheet for age appropriate activities.

Please note: One thing that is not on there is Paintball. The answer is treat it the same as Cub Scout BB guns. Target shooting (non-human shaped) with paintball markers is ok. “Force-on-Force” is absolutely forbidden as a Scouting activity, regardless of age.

Are you ready for the new Cub Scout Adventures?

You have no doubt heard of the upcoming changes to the Cub Scout program. Here is a summary of the main features, with a link to the details. It will also be a major topic of discussion at the monthly Roundtable meeting (2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at the LDS Church at 11023 Pegasus Ave. in Mira Mesa). Watch for more information as we get closer to implementation.

Roundup Resources Available

Did you know that the San Diego-Imperial Council has many ready-made resources for you to use for your membership roundups? Why re-invent a perfectly good wheel? Check out the resources on the council web site for more information.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

These are a few of the council events that may be of special interest. Check the council activities website frequently for the latest information.

Junior Achievement Personal Management Merit Badge Workshop: see flyer for more information.

Consider Woodbadge 2015!

Have you wondered what Wood Badge is? Have you considered attending? The flyer describing the 2015 course describes it:

"Wood Badge is advanced adult leadership training for all adult leaders and volunteers who serve within the Boy Scouts of America.

This training is designed to be fun, informative, and helpful for all adult volunteers, Cub Scout leaders, Boy Scout leaders, Crew Advisors and professional staff. Most participants find that the lessons and leadership skills learned at Wood Badge are not only useful for Scouting but are also useful in their professional and personal lives."

Check out the website to learn more about the course and how to register. Please give it your serious consideration.


Units in the S-M District are invited to submit articles - especially pictures - to describe their special interests, skills, and activities. Let us know what you're all about! Submit your contributions using the "Webmaster" link at the bottom of the page.

**IMPORTANT** If you wish to submit photographs in which individuals are readily identifiable, we MUST have on file a release from each individual (or parent) granting us permission to post their picture. If we do not have such a release from everyone in the photograph we cannot post the picture. If you are conducting an activity at which pictures are taken for distribution, it is a good idea to have everyone there sign a release form at that time rather than to pursue them after the fact.

Venture Crew 1212: Adventure with a twist!

Venture Crew 1212 is a scouting unit that seeks high adventure with a theatrical style. Our crew members work at finding activites that appeal to those interested in entertainment while adding the scouting experience to the fun. This year our adventues saw us take on the challenge of teaching some theatrical skills to Cub Scouts at the Scripps Mesa Twilight Camp plus a visit back in time at Calico Ghost Town to experience the Old West. All of this in costume/garb. Our crew has planned for 2015 some new entertaining challenges that use our acting plus a return to the Ghost Town to do some Old West Paranormal investigations. If you like acting, costuming and other entertainment skills then this is the Venture Crew for you.

Dennis Hanon, Advisor Crew 1212



Scout Sunday Observance

Ad Altare Dei Religious Emblem Candidates Nathan and Gabriel Pennington and Ad Altare Dei and Eagle Scout Alex Poirier lead the congregation in prayer during Scout Sunday celebration on February 8 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Scripps Ranch.

[Photo courtesy of Forrest Photography]

Silver Beaver is Awarded

Layne Jensen was awarded the Silver Beaver at the San Diego - Imperial Council Annual Recognition Dinner on February 7.

Pictured at left are Scout Executive Tim Thomton, Council President Mark Filanc, Layne Jensen, Rosalie Jensen, and Council Commissioner Richard Thorn.

Mr. Jensen has served in various positions in the Scripps-Mesa District since its creation in 2005.

[Photography by Mike Palugod]

From the Scripps-Mesa District Advancement Committee (Updated as of February 2015)

1 - Trail to Eagle Program (Ongoing, watch for announcements)

These programs are presented two to three times per year. Check the calendar items or contact a member of the Advancement Committee below to find out when the next one will be.

If you know or associate with a Life Scout, please ensure that he knows about this program. It is presented by Eagle Service Project Counselors and members of the Eagle Board of Review who are well versed in important points and pitfalls that may be encountered while pursuing the highest rank in scouting.

The program is held at the Mira Mesa LDS Church at 11023 Pegasus Ave., the same place as the monthly Roundtable. It begins at 9:00 am and lasts a little more than one hour. There is no charge for attendance, but please bring your own note-taking materials and copies of (1) the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and (2) the Eagle Scout Rank Application, both of which are available at National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) website.

If you plan to attend, please let us know so we can be sure to have enough handouts. Please send an email to Layne Jensen at the address below.

2 - Eagle Project Counselor / Board of Review Member

If you are interested in being certified as an Eagle Service Project Counselor, please contact Layne Jensen as shown below. If you would like information about serving on the Eagle Board of Review, please contact Jules Barad.

If you have advancement-related questions, feel free to contact a member of the Advancement Committee listed below.

   Layne Jensen, Chair

   Jules Barad, Eagle Coordinator

   Keith Trahan, Committee Member has undergone a facelift and has lots of information to assist leaders, scouts and scout parents. The new site has information for Boys Scouts, Cub Scouts and developing new units.
Scripps-Mesa calendar switches to Google

You can now access our district events calendar using your google calendar enabled device.  Just add "S-M District BSA" to your list of other calendars. You can also add it using its URL:
We welcome members of the District Committee to add scouting events to the calendar.  For more information please email the .

Join Scouting

BE A SCOUT is ready to help with your unit recruiting. That means more exposure for Scouting and more leads for your unit. It also means that you will need to make sure that all your unit information is accurate.

Parents today often use the internet searches to find youth activities like Scouting. uses Google Maps to help parents locate packs, troops, and crews near them and lets them request information from local Scout units.




If you have a boy that you would like to get into scouting and need to find the closest Pack, Troop, Crew or Ship, or just want information about the District, please contact one of the following people:

District Position Name Phone# E-Mail
District Director Jeff Young 619.298.6121 x266
District Chair Bob Apgar 858.695.0422
District Commissioner Dr. Ed Fields 858.603.6639


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