Cub Scouts were a major part of my life

The Cub Scout Pack 69 celebrated the organization’s birthday Monday night with its annual Blue and Gold Banquet.

The event showed the parents what the boys have been working on all year as well as provided entertainment through short skits with each den presenting.

Den Leader Rene McClendon served as the mistress of ceremonies for the event, which began with the presentation of colors and an opening prayer, called Camp Desoto Grace.

During the dinner portion of the evening, a slideshow presentation of the boys’ activities was shown.

After dinner, den leaders presented their boys with their awards, patches and belt loops they’ve earned this year.

A bridging over ceremony was also held for Webelos Justin Randolph and John Jackson.

“These boys have completed everything they can in the Cub Scouts,” McClendon said. “From this day forward, they will be members of the Boy Scout.”

She said the Cub Scouts prepare the boys to become Boy Scouts in hopes they will continue with scouting.

Eagle Scout John Scott McClendon congratulated the boys on their accomplishment of being able to bridge over to the Boy Scouts.

“I envy you and the fun you are about to have as you continue with your scout experience,” John Scott said.

Randolph and Jackson were also presented with The Arrow of Light Award, which is the only award the boys can take with them to display on their Boy Scout uniform.

The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouting. The boys completed activities in outdoor skills, physical fitness, citizenship, emergency preparedness, and many others to qualify for this award.

After the boys were officially bridged over through the ceremony which included the lighting of a candle tree and being ushered over the bridge by Boy Scouts, they were officially invited to join Boy Scout Pack 67.

McClendon said the Cub Scouts will be working to raise money for the scouts to continue on in the organization.

“It becomes quite expensive,” she said. “We want to make it to where no scout has to pay out of pocket. That’s our goal.”

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