The month of February marks the birthdays of both the Cub Scout Organization and the Boy Scouts of America. In keeping with the celebratory spirit, Pack 400 held its "Blue and Gold Banquet" on Feb. 23 at Richmond Hill United Methodist Church.
Decked out in Blue and Gold, each table displayed a centerpiece created by the scouts, and a delicious dinner was hosted by the Webelos 2 parents. Each den perfomed a song or skit, and recognition certificates were given to the volunteer parents who assist with the many pack activities.
Thirty-five awards were given to 19 scouts, and then the Tiger cub parents were guided in "painting" their sons with the bobcat markings:
Blue Paw Print – Spirit of the bobcat, a reminder to always do your best
Yellow marks- See the light, symbolic of the bright spirit of Cub Scouting
White – Purity, being aware of right and wrong
Red- Courage, a reminder to always speak the truth
Green – Nature, symbolic of living in harmony with the great outdoors.
Ethan Holtzclaw, Jack Dobson, Jackson Bixler, Jackson Finley, Joseph Jeffers, Kierden Blessing and William Webb achieved the Bobcat rank as their first test in Cub Scouting.
The evening concluded with the much anticipated "Arrow of Light" Ceremony. This award, the highest in Cub Scouting, is the only award that is taken with the Scouts as they advance to Boy Scouts. After 4 ½ years in Cub Scouts, Alexander Bensman, Bill Winters, Cameron Quick, Dustin Rabe, Jacob Mabrey, Michael Perdue, Tyler Bond, and Zachary Bryant received their arrows. "We are so proud of all of your hard work," said Cubmaster, Rick Bensman, "you have all been great examples of everything Cub Scouts stand for and we wish you luck as you now become Boy Scouts."
For more information on Cub Scouting visit www.cubscoutpack400.org or call 912-351-PACK(7225).