The annual Blue and Gold dinner and bestowing of rank for Cub Scout Pack 98, Brodheadsville, took place Feb. 11 in the Pleasant Valley High School auditorium and cafeteria. It was followed by entertainment with DJ Tommy J.
The program opened with an invocation by Father Sean Carpenter in which he included the words "look with love upon these Boy Scouts of yours." Our Lady Queen of Peace is the sponsoring organization.
Scout executive Lisa Kirchner gave the presentation on Friends of Scouting. She began by giving Cubmaster Jennifer Ewing a banner for the Scout flag. Scouting is the best investment parents can make in the success of their child, she said.
She talked of her now 21-year-old son who had gone to Canada on a scouting trip. A massive storm came up while they were out canoeing and her son and another boy helped two adults who were in trouble as all the canoes overturned. The two received the Medal of Honor for their actions.
"This is why I do Scouting," said Kirchner. She asked for donations to the program.
The flag ceremony included small flags for each Den. Each year the group creates its own new flag.
Dotty Miller, a committee member, read a poem titled "A Boy in Blue" - "So for all of you Cub Scouts in gold and blue, the door to Scouting has been opened to you."
The Tigers came to the stage as Ewing said it was George Washington who got the country started on its path, as the Tigers are on the Scouting path. Each Scout in each group who had completed the requirements received their pins and badges and moved up to the next rank.
The Wolves were reminded that they were now more independent as Thomas Jefferson proclaimed the country independent.
The Bears faced more challenging projects as Dwight Eisenhower accomplished many challenging projects himself and helped his country with tact and patience.
Webelos I Scouts worked their way up the trail of scouting from Bobcat as Abraham Lincoln worked his way up to the presidency. They face more challenging activities.
Webelos II Scouts have gone camping and done many other outdoor activities. In this way they are like Teddy Roosevelt who enjoyed outdoor activities. To symbolize the Arrow of Light the president chosen was John F. Kennedy who said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
Joseph Tichy received special recognition since he joined Bobcats in November and completed the requirements for moving up to Boy Scout by February.
Webelos II Scouts had to complete 20 activities. Those who did so received the Heavy Shoulder award because their badges pulled them down on one side.
Each received a fleur de lis or circular plaque chosen by their dens. As Scouts they have done community service, shown good citizenship and did good turns for other people.
"Sen. Pat Browne is looking forward to what you continue to do as you start the trail to Eagle Scouts," said Ewing. Each Webelos II was presented with a citation from the senator.
The Cubmaster said they would be ending their adventure in Cub Scouting and will embark on the Boy Scout Trail that leads to Eagle with confidence.
Liza LoMonaco read a poem called "The Scout Mother."
As the candles of the Arrow of Light were lit by different Scouters, that person then came to the mic and told about its virtue: wisdom, courage, temperance, justice, faith, hope and love. The Arrow of Light is the only Cub Scout badge that is worn in Boy Scouts. Each boy received an arrow.
Ewing's question as to whether they were ready to cross the bridge into Boy Scouting received an enthusiastic "Yes."
The boys visited several troops and chose the one they wanted to join. Its leaders met them on the far side of the bridge. Troops were 113, 84, 109, and 98.
"Happy birthday BSA, Happy Birthday to us," was sung, and everyone headed for dinner.