The Arrow of Light
Published 5:27 pm Monday, December 30, 2013
Transition. It seems that life is full of opportunities to do this.
When it comes to the Boy Scouts, transition is something to be celebrated with family and troop.
At a recent Arrow of Light / Crossing Over Ceremony held at the First United Methodist Family Life Center, visitors were given the opportunity to observe a transition of two young boys, Kevin Cales and Daniel Nuccio, from their Webelo rank in Cub Scout Pack 2 to a Boy Scout in Troop 2.
Scout Master for Troop 2 Keith Kingrey, along with Cub Master Elgie Bennett has a lot to say about the ceremonies, the scouting program and the transitions that occur throughout a member’s progress.
“First of all, Scouting and Cub Scouts are geared completely different,” Kingrey said. “Cub Scouts have monthly pack meetings and are for boys in 1 grade through 5 grade, ages 5 through 10. Boy Scouts is for boys 10 through 18 years old.
“Cub Scouts is an instructor led program. Instructors are adults who put on programs specifically geared to outdoor and civic responsible programs. Cub Scouts prepare boys to become Boy Scouts, who take responsibility for themselves and have autonomy in their own progress with only guidance from adults. Adults are there for guidance and to facilitate the boys.”
The final position in Cub Scouts is Webelos, after meeting all of the requirements in their Cub Scouts Book and obtaining all of their badges they earn their Arrow of Light, Kingrey said. In the ceremony, the arrow is not only awarded to the boys entering Cub Scouts but their parents as well.
“It is the equivalent of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts, to a Cub Scout,” Kingrey said. “Scouting is a lifestyle and for Cub Scouts that includes their entire family. When they are at the front being recognized with their award, their parents are up there as well, because many badges require parent participation of some sort.”