Cub Scouts of Pack 27 make advancements
Published 9:56 am Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Crossing personal bridges: Five inducted into Boy Scouts in Troop 125
Eleven Cub Scouts moved up in ranks within Pack 27 during the annual Blue and Gold dinner on Sunday afternoon at the Fresh Start Center in Hunterdale. Another five took bigger steps and became members of Troop 125.
Following the meal provided by Capt. Bob’s, Cub Master Cecil Edwards Jr. gave a brief history of the scouting program, which was founded by Robert Baden-Powell of England, and started in the United States on Feb. 8, 1910. Edwards reminded the boys that the blue represents truthfulness, spirituality, loyalty and the sky. Gold is for good cheer, happiness and sunlight.
The first cubs to move ahead were Ryland Williams and Henry DeGroff; Jackson Boyce was unable to attend the ceremony. They are now members of the Tigers Den, led by Glenn Riggs.
New members of the Wolves Den, also guided by Riggs, are Jacob Riggs, Micah Reece, Jace Johnson and Thomas Hackett.
Ridley Walsh, A.J. Ricks and Camden Collins are now Webelos; Charlie Hall was unable to attend the ceremony. Their den leader is assistant pack master George Collins Jr.
Webelos II Liam Vickers-Kane, Alan Stephenson, Jon Holt, Ethan Daughtry and Evan Bay were recipients of the Arrow of Light, which is the only one they’ll be allowed to wear on their Boy Scout uniform. Sharon Bay had been their den leader.
Those same boys then participated in the bridge ceremony to Troop 125, which is led by Scoutmaster Greg Mason. As each candidate stood on a bridge, they receive epaulets and new kerchiefs to signify they could join fellow Boy Scouts Austin Overstreet, David Hackett, Jake Fowler, Dawson Collins and Blake Bay.
Edwards is retiring as the pack master after 13-plus years, and was presented with the first service award, which is named in his honor. He urged parents to become more involved in scouting as volunteers. The boys were encouraged to focus on teamworks and to set bigger goals for themselves. Edwards recalled that when the pack began, there were 18 members, and went up to 55, and would like to see the numbers increase again.
“Let’s grow this thing back again,” he said.
George Collins Jr. becomes the new pack master, and Glenn Riggs is the new assistant cub master.