Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 417 made the transition from Cub Scout to Boy Scout recently in a ceremony held at Hawn State Park.
Jacob Voyles, Aiden Govro, and Benjamin Reeves all completed the requirements for their Arrow of Light award, the highest rank in Cub Scouting, and were presented their rank patches by their Webelos den leader prior to members of Boy Scout Troop 417 welcomed the newest recruits.
Cub Scout Pack 417 has been chartered to First United Methodist Church in Park Hills since the 1940s along with their fellow Boy Scout Troop, which traces its origins back to 1926 as the first scout troop in Flat River.
Cubmaster Preston Jones was unavailable for the ceremony, but Webelos Leader Isaac Stephenson was in attendance along with Tiger Cub Leader Tiffany Gutierrez. Scoutmaster Gene Bannister, Assistant Scoutmasters Scott Comfort, and John Barrington were on hand along with the following Boy Scouts; Bobby Hambrick, Alek Barrington, Clinton Barrington, Noah Towles, Wyatt Pettus, and Tayor Roesch.
Ceremonies were held at dusk on April 28 as part of the Cub Scout Pack's annual April Camp Out, typically held in conjunction with Earth Day. Camping reservations moved the camp out a week, but members of the Pack still encouraged conservation by holding their Raingutter Recycle Regatta at camp out with Cub Scouts making boats out of recycled materials and competing in a race. The remaining dens within the Pack will celebrate their graduation next month in a camp out at S-Bar-F Scout Ranch in Knob Lick.
If anyone is interested in learning more about Boy Scouts or joining a local Pack, Troop, Crew or Team, contact the Greater St. Louis Area Council at 314-335-3346 or search your neighborhood online at BeAScout.org to find a Scouting unit near your hometown.