Local Cub Scouts earn highest award

Following their crossover ceremony, the Arrow of Light recipients celebrate with the Order of the Arrow. Pictured are (back row, l–r) Brett Garchow, Brandon Sinclair, Issac Blenman, Andrew March; (front) Jason Andrus, Michael Fox, Gavin Woodard, Ryan Harrell, and Ethan Walthorn.

Following their crossover ceremony, the Arrow of Light recipients celebrate with the Order of the Arrow. Pictured are (back row, l–r) Brett Garchow, Brandon Sinclair, Issac Blenman, Andrew March; (front) Jason Andrus, Michael Fox, Gavin Woodard, Ryan Harrell, and Ethan Walthorn.

 

Five Webelos 2 Scouts from Pack 3285 were recently awarded the Arrow of Light, the highest award available to boys in the Cub Scout program. The award was presented to Jason Andrus, Michael Fox, Ryan Harrell, Ethan Walthorn and Gavin Woodard at the pack’s annual Blue and Gold banquet on February 12 at Bostwick Lake Church.

Under the leadership of Jim Woodard and Pam Vandekerkoff, the fifth-grade den from Crestwood Elementary School worked hard to complete eight activity badges in addition to learning the Boy Scout oath, motto, slogan and law and taking part in camping and troop activities with an older Boy Scout troop.

The Arrow of Light is the only Cub Scout award that carries over to the Boy Scout level. Members of the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow, a national honor group of Boy Scouts, were on hand to celebrate with the boys and also led the group through a special crossover ceremony from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting.

Each den was also recognized for their achievements, and awards were also presented at the banquet to the fourth-grade den for achieving their Webelos rank. Members include Jake Carlson, Jimmy Helm, Sean McLellan, Jacob Stauffer and Nate Triesenberg. Scout leadership for the Pack was also passed from the Arrow of Light recipients to the Webelos during a special ceremony. Members of the Tiger, Wolf and Bear dens were rewarded with achievements beads that are used to track their progress in achieving their rank awards.

The event also included a cake baking contest. Special prizes for their cake creations were awarded to Daniel and Nate Triesenberg, Richard Mortimore, Jimmy Helm and Sean McLellan.

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