CLARKS GREEN - Six members of Pack 251 arrived at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church Feb. 26 as Cub Scouts. They left as Boy Scouts.
At the church’s Fellowship Hall for Pack 251’s Blue and Gold Banquet, fellow Scouts honored their accomplishments as Webelos (a two-year program that prepares Cub Scouts to become Boy Scouts).
Honored Scouts are Cameron Taylor, Brandon Gardner, Julian Krenitski, Jadon Crawford, Luke Farrell, and Joey Marinaro.
“It’s kind of scary because of how different being a Boy Scout will be,” Krenitski, age 11, said about making the transition. He started as a Bear Scout when he was in third grade.
Ten-year-old Cameron Taylor, on the other hand, expressed he is looking forward to being a Boy Scout.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “I worked very hard.”
That he did. During his time as a Cub Scout, Taylor earned badges for camping and first aid. During the banquet, he received an award for cast-iron chef, which he earned for cooking burgers and hot dogs over a fire. Taylor’s grandfather Robert Taylor was also a Boy Scout.
Also receiving a cast-iron chef award was 11-year-old Brandon Gardner, who earned it by cooking beef stroganoff for a get-together.
“It feels good,” Gardner said about earning the award.
His father, Chris, is also glad.
“I’m very proud of him and his entire group,” Chris Gardner said.
Gardner’s older brother, Aiden, is currently a Boy Scout and his younger brother, Caleb, will be a Scout in two years.
All six Scouts were led by den leader Kate Marinaro (Joey’s mother), who spoke during the Arrow of Light Court of Honor and Crossover Ceremony.
“They (Scouts) have spent the last four to five years in Scouting, preparing for this moment,” she said. “They have had lots of fun, and worked hard in their Scouting experience to be here today and to be able to stand before us as fine young men to accept the awards and to cross over to Boy Scouts.”
The Scouts were presented with compasses during the ceremony.
“We’re very thankful to Kate for getting us this far,” Taylor said
This was Marinaro’s last year as den leader. She was given a commemorative plaque for her leadership by Scoutmaster Brian Sompel, who offered a few encouraging words to the emerging Scouts.
“Soon, when you become a Boy Scout, you will find that, while there are so many people willing to help, you take on more and more responsibility for blazing your way to Eagle (Scout),” he said. “Each boy has blazed his own trail towards the Arrow of Light. And now, the Arrow of Light will help them remember their promise to keep the spirit of Cub Scouting alive.”
After making this promise, the six Scouts walked across a wooden bridge, known as the Memorial Bridge, to emphasize their crossing over to Boy Scouts. They also wrote their names on this bridge near the names of Cub Scouts who had crossed over before them.
The Blue and Gold Banquet also recognized other achievements of Scouts of Pack 251. Liam Tierney collected the most money selling popcorn. The funds collected were split three ways. One portion went to the Northeast PA Council, another portion went to Pack 251 and the third portion to Tierney, who received the Wolf Award for this. He also had the privilege of throwing pie in the face of a Scout leader of his choice. He chose Jonathan Stewart, who received a face full of whipped cream.
The banquet also recognized winners of the Pinewood Derby, in which the Scouts built their own wooden cars to race down a wooden slope. The event was also held at Fellowship Hall of Clarks Green United Methodist Church on Jan. 21. Mason Murnin won first place while Tierney came in second.
The Blue and Gold Banquet is held annually during the last week of February. It is in honor of the birthday of Baden Powell, who founded the Boy Scouts Association in 1907. The event celebrates Scouting as well as honors Boy Scouts and their achievements. The colors blue and gold represent Cub Scouts.
“Blue represents the spirit of Cub Scouting,” Sompel said during the Arrow of Light Ceremony. “The spirit of giving good will and doing your best.”
Sompel also mentioned that gold represents the sun, which reminds Scouts every day is a new day to do their best in everything.
Joey Marinaro sign his name on the bridge he walked across with other Cub Scouts as they made the transition to Boy Scouts.
Six Cub Scouts who became Boy Scouts stand on the bridge. From left, Jadon Crawford, Luke Farrell, Julian Krenitski, Cameron Taylor, Brandon Gardner and Joey Marinaro.