Jasper earns Arrow of Light badge

Pack 90 Cubs celebrate with awards ceremony

It was a very special night.

After swimming lessons on June 28 for scouts at the East Rockingham Park pool, members of Pack 90 went to the fellowship hall at St James RCC where family and friends and a few special guests were waiting. At the door everyone was greeted by the sweet smells usually associated with an Italian restaurant, but the appetites would have to wait.

Submitted photo Webelos Osirid Rivera, Dwight Wallace and Elijah Jasper discuss their Webelos Overnight Adventure Camp with Cub Master Charleen Wallace in front of family, friends and honored guests before each received several belt loop and pin activity awards.

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Webelos Osirid Rivera, Dwight Wallace and Elijah Jasper discuss their Webelos Overnight Adventure Camp with Cub Master Charleen Wallace in front of family, friends and honored guests before each received several belt loop and pin activity awards.

Following a word of prayer by Hamlet Mayor Bill Bayless and the Pledge of Allegiance, Cub Master Charleen Wallace presented several awards to Elijah Jasper of Rockingham, Osirid Rivera of Hamlet, and Dwight Wallace of Candor, all who attended the Webelos Overnight Adventure Camp at Camp Barhardt the prior week. Johnathan Padron, of Rockinham, also received a beltloop for his swimming achievements.

The remainder of the evening centered on Webelo Elijah Jasper. This is Elijah’s first year in scouting, his first and only year as a Cub Scout. Elijah had a goal last September. He looked through his Webelos Handbook and had his eye on two awards. At the Blue and Gold Banquet in April, Elijah received the Cub Scout World Conservation Award. This past Monday, Elijah received the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award.

But, the best was yet to come. Elijah was asked to go to the back of the room where his mother, Shanetta Strong was waiting to escort him to the cermonial table. At the table were paints and candles, an emblem and a mother’s pin to celebrate Elija’s singular accomplishment, the Arrow of Light.

The Arrow of Light is the only Cub rank emblem that follows the scout through out his scouting life — from Cubs to Boy Scouts and then onto the adult leader uniform. This highest award in Cub Scouts is earned by Webelos that have been active participants in their den and are ready to join a Boy Scout troop. Many of the requirements for the Arrow of Light are intended to familiarize the scout with Boy Scouting and show him the next step to take in scouting.

Submitted photo Elijah and his mother approach the ceremonial table where candles were lit, paint applied and the Arrow of Light Emblem awarded.

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Elijah and his mother approach the ceremonial table where candles were lit, paint applied and the Arrow of Light Emblem awarded.

A scout earning the Arrow of Light Emblem has completed nearly all Joining requirements for Boy Scouts so he has a head start on his Boy Scout trail. In order to receive the Arrow of Light, a Cub must earn five activity badges in addition to the three already earned for the Webelos badge, participate in a Webelos overnight camping adventure, perform community service, complete the Honesty Character Connection by knowing the promise, what is means to keep one’s word, be trustworthy and honest. Further, the Cub needs to commit by discussing with his family why it might be difficult at times to be truthful, and finally, the Cub needs to practice those principles in daily life.

Most Cubs are Webelos for two years and most can’t finish all the requirements. In order to do all this work, Elijah met with Cub Master Wallace an extra evening each week for several months. Several projects required Elijah to make a poster and present that information to his fellow scouts.

At the ceremonial table, blue, white, yellow and green candles were sequentially illuminated and the corresponding colors were painted on Elijah’s face by Scout Master Mike Wallace as the significance of each color was explained. Following the presentation of the emblem to him, Elijah then presented his mother with the Arrow of Light pin, which he then pinned on her.

 

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