GRAFTON—During a recent event, area Cub Scouts were honored with a grand achievement, marking their transition into Boy Scouting.
According to Misty Finch, during its quarterly Court of Honors, six members from Taylor County’s Pack 6 Cub Scouts received the Arrow of Light, the highest commendation a Cub Scout can earn.
“The Court of Honor was held to recognize the achievements of the scouts over the past three months, and members of the Webelos Den were honored for the completion of the Arrow of Light,” she shared. “With that achievement, they crossed over the bridge from the Cub Scout pack to be greeted by members of Boy Scout Troop 6 to begin the next phase of their scouting journey.”
The six members that received the high honor and will soon embark on their new Boy Scout path are Amos McGill, Tyler Conrad, Evan Conrad, Hunter Crowe, Cole Knotts and Adley Blizard.
To earn the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouts must first complete all requirements to earn the Boy Scout Badge, and the award is the only one that may be worn on a Boy Scout uniform once the transition is complete.
Cub Scouts must hold an active status with their Webelos den for at least six months following the completion of fourth grade or for at least six months from the day they turned ten years old. In addition, they must obtain their Webelos badge.
To show their knowledge of Boy Scouting, Cub Scouts must be able to repeat from memory the Scout Oath and the 12 points of Scout Law, telling how they have practiced them in their everyday life; perform the Scout motto, slogan, sign, salute and handshake; recall the difference between the Webelos Scout and Boy Scout uniforms; understand the significance of the First Class Scout badge; and finally, tie the joining, or square, knot.
On their way to earning the Arrow of Light, scouts must also earn five or more activity badges above the three required for the Webelos badge. The badges must be obtained in either the Citizen, Fitness, Readyman and Outdoorsman classifications, as well as at least one from the mental skills group and one from the technology group.
Webelos Scouts must also attend at least one Boy Scout meeting or outdoor event, participate in an overnight campout or day hike and complete the Honesty Character Connection, a series of questions and answers that must be performed between the scout and their family.
But before transitioning to the world of Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts offers youths plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Through a fun, hands-on learning approach, scouts can take part in various activities with troops including both den and pack meetings, camping trips, outings and field trips, banquets and service projects.
In fact, going on outings is a big part of scouting. While on these mini adventures, youths will learn about the place they are visiting. Often times, an outing is used to get children outdoors and into nature to hike and learn about conservation of natural resources.
According to their website, www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts, Cub Scouting teaches certain values and beliefs, while allowing youths to learn what it is like to be a part of a brotherhood.
“Cub Scouting is more than something to do. It’s all about the person you are and the person you will become,” the website states.
As a scout, young men are taught the importance of doing their best, while helping others. They are taught that doing the proper thing should come first and foremost, and that honesty and integrity are core values that should be upheld.
Scouts are instructed to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, kind, brave and courteous in all that they do. As a Cub Scout masters certain skills and achievements, they are awarded with new rankings, adventure loops and pins.
Cub Scouting is open to youth of different ages, in grades kindergarten through fifth. As a child progresses in age, they will move from a Tiger Scout to a Wolf Scout, then a Bear Scout and finally a Webelos Scout.
Any child who is 11-years-old or older will need to enroll in the Boy Scouts.
For more information on scouting, please log on to www.beascout.org.