Cub Scout Pack 3285 from Crestwood Elementary School celebrated the 87th birthday of Cub Scouting in the United States at their annual Blue and Gold Banquet on February 11 at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. They also honored their members for their rank advancements during the special evening of ceremonies. Earning Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light, was Webelos 2 Scout Sean McLellan. A fifth-grader, McLellan has been active in Pack 3285 since he began Scouting in first grade. During this time, he earned his all his Cub Scout rank awards, numerous belt loops and pins for sports and academic accomplishments, nine arrow points and 15 Webelos pins. To earn this award, he was required to complete only 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, conducted a special crossover ceremony from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. McLellan was welcomed by members of Boy Scout Troop 282 during the ceremony. Each den was also recognized for their achievements in special ceremonies. The 10 members of the second-grade den, Gavin Fredericks, Jack Gavan, Isaac Gould, Ian Henschell, Liam Knisley, Matthew Luxhoj, Michael Rozzano, Jackson Smith, Daniel Triesenberg and Zebb VanderKooy, received their Wolf Rank under the leadership of Tom Triesenberg and Kurt Henschell. Fourth-grade members Evan Coberly and Justin Fraula were awarded their Webelos rank with the guidance of their leader Greg Coberly. Scout leadership for the Pack was also passed from the Webelos 2 to the Webelos during a special ceremony. Members of the Tiger and Bear dens were rewarded with achievement beads that are used to track their progress in achieving their rank awards. Adult members Kelly and Guy McLellan were also recognized by the parents for their service to the Pack since 2007. Kelly served as Cub master and den leader and Guy as Pack committee chair. Pack members also took part in a special Scout/male adult partner cake bake contest with people’s choice awards given to the top three […]
Members of Cub Scout Pack 3285 honored our local veterans for their service to our country on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. At their Pack meeting, the Scouts created special thank-you cards to show their appreciation for the freedoms they enjoy today. Delegates from the Webelos den visited Bishop Hills Elder Care Community in Rockford on this special day and hand-delivered the cards. The boys were also able to talk with the veterans individually and learned of their military experiences. Cards were also sent to members of the U.S. Army National Guard’s 1073rd Maintenance Company, based in Greenville, who recently returned from their second tour of duty in Iraq.
Cub Scouts from Pack 3285 at Crestwood Elementary School took part in the 9/11 Remembrance Salute at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids. This year over 3,500 Scouts took part in the salute. “We had a wonderful turnout this year, in spite of the rainy weather,” according to Ryan Kreisch, Eagle Spirit District Executive. “The number of participants continues to increase every year.” Each year since 2002, the salute is held to honor those who lost their lives and those who gave so much love and help following the terrorism attack on September 11, 2001. The sun-up-to-sun-down salute conducted by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, law enforcement, area fire services, EMS, active military, veterans and citizens is the only memorial held in the nation for the entire day.
Local Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts gathered on Thursday, May 27 at Blythefield Memory Gardens for the annual decorating of the veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. The event opened with a memorial flag ceremony conducted by local veterans as “Taps” was played. The young people then gathered handfuls of flags and went row by row, ensuring all veterans were honored. “This is a great opportunity for our kids to connect the past with present by honoring the men and women who have fought for our country,” said Scout Coordinator Kelly McLellan. “Having the veterans join us this year is an added bonus.” Following the placement of the flags, everyone was treated to a cookout dinner by the Gardens’ staff.