Members of Pack 186 of Milford were honored on Saturday, February 27 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.
Individuals that received their Arrow of Light include Adam Sobiech, Jackson Caldwell, Jacob Welch, Michael Welch, Liam Dennehy, Reed Vezmar, Alex Deer, Nick Hurd, Justin Swain, Nathan Nagy, Luke Stutzman, Nicholas Schimmel, Paul Huot and Brendan Slonacher. Their den leader and Pack Cubmaster is Amy Slonacher, who volunteered for the Pack for 10 years, crossed them over into Troop 186.