Riverview Cub Scout Pack 1659 held its annual Blue & Gold Banquet at the end of February. The Blue & Gold Banquet is an annual celebration of the birthday of Cub Scouting which was founded in 1930.
The Riverview Pack uses this occasion to award rank advancements to the scouts that earned them. The Kiwanis of Riverview are the chartering organization of Cub Scout Pack 1659.
The banquet began with the presentation of the colors followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. After a few announcements, Boy Scout Donald Spurlock gave the invocation before dinner. All the parents and scouts enjoyed a pasta style dinner prepared by the Riverview Community School District.
Following dinner the Friends of Scouting organization gave a presentation of the importance of scouting and what it costs to run such a large organization. Several leaders were recognized for their support and contributions to the pack.
Six of the Cub Scouts were awarded the “Arrow of Light.” As the highest award in Cub Scouts, the award goes to Cub Scouts who have completed the Webelos rank and prepares them to become Boy Scouts.
In fact, Arrow of Light is its own rank, marking a milestone in a Cub Scout’s growth.
The award is significant in the Scouting experience – so significant that it is one of the only Cub Scout badges that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform. There are Eagle Scouts out there still representing the Arrow of Light award alongside their Eagle Scout medals.
The Cub Scouts of Pack 1659 that earned their Arrow of Light are Gavin Pounders, Jacob Drysdale, Logan Swindle, Nathan Brashaw, and Paul Fay.
All of these scouts will be continuing their scouting career in Boy Scouts, but in different Troops.