Pack 922 of Orange held its annual Blue & Gold Banquet at Grassy Hill Lodge on March 29, 2015, where five boys were awarded the Arrow of Light. Through the Boy Scouts of America, the award is the highest recognition available to Cub Scouts, and the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
The Arrow of Light is much more difficult to obtain than a belt loop, an activity badge or even one of the other rank patches. To be eligible for the award, a Scout must be active in a Webelos Den for at least six months and have earned the Webelos badge. He must be knowledgeable of the requirements to become a Boy Scout including the oath, law, slogan, and motto as well as understanding the significance of the First Class Scout badge and uniform. The Scout must participate in an outdoor activity with a Boy Scout troop, attend a meeting with the troop, and go on a Webelos campout. He is also required to earn a total of eight activity badges. The ceremony is in essence a ‘coming of age’ ceremony symbolizing that Cub Scouts are now ready to become Boy Scouts.
The Cub Scouts awarded the Arrow of Light are Benjamin Cap, Zack Geremia, Kyle Hummel, Jeffrey Hutchinson, and Yarik Zabel. This prestigious award was presented to the boys at their Blue & Gold Banquet, where Webelos II scouts also cross over Boy Scouts. The Scouts crossing over to boy scouting are Benjamin Cap, Zack Geremia, and Jeffrey Hutchinson who have joined Boy Scout Troop 12 in Milford.
In addition to the Arrow of Light recipients, 30 other Pack 922 Cub Scouts advanced in rank as well. Reaching the rank of Wolf are Cub Scouts Jack Destival, Tristan Hansen, and Owen Higgins, with their Den Leader Pete Higgins. Advancing to the rank of Bear are Cub Scouts Michael Audie, Todd Evans, Josh Homiski, Grayson James, Nathan LaPlante, Aiwen Lebreck, Jack Sullivan, and Aiden Wydra, with their Den Leaders Kevin Lebreck & Dave Evans. Advancing to the rank of Webelos are Cub Scouts Timmy Cap, Connor Guccione, Bruno Martone, Carter Reynolds, and Nick Tice, with their Den Leaders John Guccione and Chris Martone.
Finally, advancing to the rank of Webelos II are Cub Scouts Jason Byun, Frankie Cavallaro, Daniel Kim, Grayson Kutcha-Humphrey, Michael Kwolek, Nick Massey, Sean Pivovar, Landon Rocchio, Nick Romano, James Schmitt, Chance Starrett, and Matthew Wezenski, with their Den Leaders Jen Cavallaro & Scott Massey.
Many special guests attended the Blue & Gold Banquet, such as Principal Michael Gray, Donna Wesolowski (Unit Commissioner), John Wesolowski (Scoutmaster, Troop 925 in Orange), Jim Niper (Scout Leader, Troop 12 in Milford), Scott Skuches (Scout Leader, Troop 12), Casey Glennon (Senior Patrol Leader, Troop 12), and Logan Niper (Boy Scout, Troop 12).
According to cubmaster Jeff Cap, the dinner is an annual event that honors the boys. “It’s basically a graduation party for everything the boys have accomplished this past year and a celebration as they move on to their next rank,” he said. Cap said it was a very rewarding day for him and his wife, Vicky (Assistant Cubmaster of Pack 922), as they both watched these boys advance, especially their two sons, one of which received the Arrow of Light, but also then crossed over to Boys Scouts. “It’s very important for young boys to learn all the skills and safety taught in scouting. These skills are not learned in school or by just playing sports. It’s something they will learn and remember for the rest of their lives,” said Jeff Cap.
Any boy in grade one through five can join cub scouting. To find out more about joining a pack in Orange or another town, please contact Jeff Cap at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting Pack 922’s website at www.OrangectScouting.com.