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.
Racing fever was running high at the annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby for Pack 3285 at Crestwood School. Twenty-nine Scouts passed their written driver’s test, eye exam and received their Pinewood Derby operator’s licenses on Saturday, March 7 with each looking to take top honors that day. Mr. Rick VandeKerhoff served as emcee for the event. Each rank of Scouts had their own division race with trophies awarded for first, second and third place. At the first-grade Tiger division, Jason Williams captured first followed by Johnathan Scofield and Richard Mortimore. Trevor Durfee led the pack for the second- grade Wolves beating out Ryan Blackburn in second and third place Liam Fryc. In the third-grade round of racing, Bear Sean McLellan took top honors, followed by Nathan Triesenberg and Jimmy Helm. The last competitive heat by the fourth-grade Webelos I had Aiden Fryc capturing first, Brayden Durfee second and Ryan Harrell third. Overall speed winners for the Pack were Aidan Fryc, Trevor Durfee and Jason Williams. In addition to the competitive racing, 10 cars were designed and raced in an open class by the recently promoted Webelos 2 and family members of the Scouts to keep the excitement rolling. Race day honors for speed in this division were awarded to Aaron Andrus, Jan Scofield and Lauren Williams. Speed wasn’t the only factor in winning at the event. The Turtle Award for the slowest car was presented to Bear Jake Carlson. Scout Choice awards for design were awarded to Wolf Evan Coberly’s replica of the popular video game hero Sonic in the best paint job and most creative categories. The top Scout Choice award went to Tiger Richard Mortimore for his shark designed car.