Pack 922 of Orange held its annual Blue & Gold Banquet at The Inn at Villa Bianca on March 26, 2017, where three 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 Timothy Cap, Connor Guccione, and Bruno Martone under their Den leadership of John Guccione. This prestigious award was presented to the boys at their Blue & Gold Banquet, where Arrow of Light scouts also cross over to Boy Scouts. The three Scouts, Timothy, Connor, and Bruno have crossed over to boy scouting and have joined Boy Scout Troop 12 in Milford.
In combination with the Arrow of Light recipients, nearly 30 Pack 922 Cub Scouts advanced in rank. Advancing to the rank of Tiger are Cub Scouts Anthony Coppola, Samuel Feliconio, Jake Fleming, Jack Higgins, Silas Hill, Thomas Lim, Charlie Locher, Evan Ricard, Christopher Scheibel, Aiden Serrano, Cooper Small, Christopher Smernoff, Leon Song, Owen Spash, and Alexander Wright, with their Den Leaders Pete Higgins and Chris Small. Advancing to the rank of Bear is Cub Scout Enzo Martone, with his Den Leader Chris Martone. Advancing to the rank of Webelos are Cub Scouts Jack Destival, Justin Ewing, Owen Higgins, and William Keenan, with their Den Leader Pete Higgins. Finally, advancing to the rank of Arrow of Light are Cub Scouts Michael Audie, Connor Bunnell, Todd Evans, Aiwen Lebreck, and Griffin Welander, with their Den Leaders Kevin Lebreck and Dave Evans.
Many special guests attended the Blue & Gold Banquet, such as Superintendent Dr. Vince Scarpetti, Principal Kai Byrd, Charlie Casey (Scoutmaster, Troop 12 in Milford), Jim Niper (Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 12 in Milford), Anthony Priess (Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 12), Logan Niper (Senior Patrol Leader, Troop 12), Andrew Priess (Order of the Arrow rep., Troop 12), Benjamin Cap (Troop Guide, Troop 12), Zack Geremia (Assistant Patrol Leader, Troop 12), Frankie Cavallaro (Boy Scout, Troop 12), and Nicholas Massey (Assistant Patrol Leader, Troop 12).
According to the Pack Committee Chairman, 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 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 own son, one of which received the Arrow of Light, and 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 playing sports. It’s something they will learn and remember for the rest of their lives,” said Jeff Cap. The Cap’s youngest son, Timothy, is now joining his older brother (Benjamin) at Boy Scout Troop 12, who is currently a first class Boy Scout. Jeff Cap is a leader at Troop 12 as well.
Any boys who are in kindergarten through fifth grade can join cub scouting. To find out more about joining a cub scout pack in Orange or another town, please contact Jeff Cap or Chris Martone (Cubmaster) at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting Pack 922’s website at www.OrangeCTscouting.com.
Picture 1: Conner Guccione, Timothy Cap & Bruno Martone) photo by Jeff Cap
Picture 2: Cub Scout Pack 922 at the 2016 Blue & Banquet at the Inn at Villa Bianco, Seymour, CT.) Photo by: Dave Audie