Cub Scouts receive highest honor

Six local Cub Scouts received the highest honor in the youth organization recently.
Nov 25, 2013
(Submitted to The Democrat) Newly inducted Boy Scouts (front row, from left)  Kai Halbert, Sam Roberts, Quenterius Turner, Caleb Redd and Samuel Henderson pose with Order of the Arrow Scouts in their Native American regalia. Pictured (back row, from left) are Matt Steer, Jesse Sims, and Michael Butkevicius.  The "voice of the eagle" was David Crawley (not pictured).
(Submitted to The Democrat) Cub Scouts Samuel Henderson, Sam Roberts, Hayden Lord, Quenterius Turner, Kai Halbert and Caleb Redd receive the Arrow of Light, the Cub Scouts’ highest award. Afterwards the boys took part in a crossover ceremony in which they became Boy Scouts in Troop 434.

Six local Cub Scouts received the highest honor in the youth organization recently.

Scouts Samuel Henderson, Sam Roberts, Hayden Lord, Quenterius Turner, Kai Halbert and Caleb Redd were honored with the Arrow of Light. The boys are members of Pack 129, and have been scouting together since they were in the first grade and developed a bond of friendship in the years leading up to the occasion. The Arrow of Light was the culmination of their work.

After receiving their awards, the boys were inducted into boy scouting by members of the Wa-hi-Nasa Order of the Arrow Lodge No. 111.

The Order of the Arrow is scouting's national honor society where emphasis is placed on camping and service to others. One of the duties they perform is a crossover ceremony for Cub Scouts moving to Boy Scouts.

The OA members dress as Native Americans and use a small bridge as part of the ceremony. OA Advisor Toni-Lee Crawley was present to assist the boys and provide them with guidance.

"The Order of the Arrow does an amazing job," said Scoutmaster David Roberts, "The ceremony lets the boys know they have accomplished something very special."

Roberts is scoutmaster of Troop 434. He and committee member Ashley Johnson and Boy Scout Mason Roberts received the boys after they crossed the bridge. As part of their initiation into the troop, each new Boy Scout was given a neckerchief, slide, scout handbook and unit patches.

Pack 129 is chartered by the Tuckers Crossroads School PTO, and Troop 434 is chartered by the First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon.

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