Members of Pack 116 of Milford were honored on Wednesday, Mach 19 as Scoutmasters held a cross-over ceremony where Webelos Scouts officially became Boy Scouts. As they crossed the bridge, both in a metaphorical and literal sense, these young scouts left the Cub Scout Pack to join their new colleagues as Boy Scouts.
Over several years Cub Scouts are taught the importance of building character, learn the responsibilities of citizenship, and develop personal fitness. As they demonstrate their ability to follow and achieve these ideals, the boys work their way through the Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf and Bear Cubs and receive badges.
After completing the requirements of those packs, the boys join the Webelos, the fifth and highest rank of a Cub Scout. Webelos help the boys make the transition into Boy Scouts as they learn how to take more control of their pack and increase their responsibilities and decision making skills. By earning their Arrow of Light Award requirements, including the Readyman and Outdoorsman Activity Badges, Cub Scouts are then prepared to cross the bridge to become a Boy Scout.
“They have become independent and self motivated, once they get to this stage their achievements are driven by them,” commented Wes Barrows, Leader of Pack 116 in Milford. “They are really on their journey of becoming young men.”
A big night for scouts and their families, the boys have worked for four years from the ages of 7 to 11 to reach this point in their scouting career. Making the transition from Cub Scout to Boy Scout that night, pack member Conor Kilgore was ready to cross the bridge.
“It feels pretty good and amazing to know that I am here, I have made it,” commented Conor. “I really liked the activities like going camping and hanging out with my friends. I am looking forward to leading and being a role model for other Cub Scouts.”
Families of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts filled the room at Calvary Church on Wednesday in support of their sons and their many achievements through Scouting. Conor Kilgore’s father, Sean Kilgore, was in attendance and excited to see his son graduate into being a Boy Scout.
“It means they are coming of age and becoming a man,” commented Sean. “It has been great seeing them take on more responsibility, running the meetings and earning their badges on their own.”
Fourteen boys crossed the bridge, becoming Boy Scouts on Wednesday night: Shaun Chilton, Evan Dennis, Joseph Favoroso III, Michael Foxwell, Aaron Fulton, Matthew Harris, Conor Kilgore, Garrett Martz, Corgan McGlothan, Dylan Phillips, Jacob Smith, Kurtis Vadakin, Seth Walsen and Zachary Wheway