On February 26, Howell Cub Scout Pack 150 held its annual Blue & Gold Banquet and Crossing Over Ceremony at Memorial Middle School.
At the event, seven Webelos Scouts graduated from Pack 150. The advancing scouts are, Michael Chunko, Alan Golda, Max Janniello, Jared Leidecker, Christopher Longo, Matthew Filosa, and Scott Schaaf.
The evening included a presentation of the Arrow of Light Award which is the highest rank that can be achieved by a Cub Scout. Earning this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout and it is the only award in Cub Scouting that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform. All seven of the scouts earned their Arrow of Light badge.
The Crossing Over Ceremony followed the Arrow of Light presentation. The Webelos crossed a model bridge symbolizing their graduation from Cub Scouts and their transition to Boy Scouts. Representatives from the various Boy Scout troops that they have chosen to join were present to welcome the boys.
Jared Leidecker said that it feels “really good” to be graduating from Cub Scouts. Reflecting on their years as Cub Scouts, Matt Filosa said that his favorite activity was “camping at Cheesequake Park,” while Max Janniello has fun memories of the pack’s sleepover on the Battleship New Jersey.
The boys are looking ahead to new adventures as Boy Scouts. Michael Chunko is looking forward to “going camping and learning to use an axe,” and Matt Filosa wants to “earn lots of merit badges.”
The evening was attended by the families of the boys from all ranks of Cub Scouts in Pack 150. A centerpiece contest and cake contest based on this year’s theme, “the outing in scouting,” completed the evening.
The delicious barbeque dinner enjoyed by all was donated by Big Ed’s BBQ of Matawan, New Jersey. Cub Master, Bruce Junge, summed up the evening when he said that the Blue & Gold Banquet is important “because it celebrates scouting.”
In addition to the scouts who will be moving on the next level, the banquet also included Tiger Cubs, who are in their first year of Cub Scouts and are looking forward to the many adventures and opportunities available to them as members of Cub Scouts.
Many of the activities and outings offered can be enjoyed by the whole family. If you would like to learn more about Cub Scouts, visit www.monmouthbsa.org to find a pack in your neighborhood. Boys can join at any time during the year.
EDITORS NOTE: This article was written by Spencer Butrym, Nathan Schindler, Alex Riley and Nicholas Acque with the help of Janet Schindler. They are all first graders and members of Tiger Cub Den 3, a part of Cub Scout Pack 150.