Local Cub Scouts ‘cross over’, receive awards

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Cub Scout Pack No. 366, under the leadership of Cub Scout Master Tony Vining, recently held their annual Blue and Gold Banquet. During the supper, the Cubs were given many awards and rewarded for their hard work this year.

The highlight of the evening was the “crossing over” into Boy Scouts of a total of six Arrow of Light Scouts, or fifth grade Scout participants.

The Scouts were given their Arrow of Light awards, the highest award in Cub Scouting, and only one of two Cub Scout awards that transfers over onto their Boy Scout uniforms.

The Cub Scouts were escorted across the white bridge by Order of the Arrow local Boy Scouts, dressed in Lakota-inspired Native dress.

After the crossover ceremony, the new Boy Scouts joined the other members of the troop and camped at Tarrant Ranch in Bullard for two nights, where they took part in hiking, canoeing, fishing, getting muddy while exploring creeks and bamboo forests, and cooking their own supper.

After the meal, the new Boy Scouts were asked if they would live up to the high ideals of the Scout oath and law, and were presented with a pocket coin as a reminder, as well as of the camp fire that was held that night in their honor.

The Scouts were encouraged and given advice by older Eagle Scouts on how to enjoy their time in Scouting and to strive to be not only a good scout, but a man of integrity and to obtain the Eagle Scout award, Scouting’s highest honor.

In June, Boy Scout Troop No. 366 will attend summer camp at Camp Pirtle, near Carthage, and will also undertake a high adventure trip for older scouts to canoe in Canada.

Boy Scout Troop No. 366 meets every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Bullard Southern Baptist Church through the end of May.

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