---- — DERRY — February is a month where Boy Scouts celebrate. This was no exception for Cub Scout Pack 402 of Derry. On Feb. 16, the Pack held its annual Blue and Gold celebration, along with its Arrow of Light ceremony.
The Arrow of Light is the highest award that a Cub Scout can earn, and for the nine Webelos 2 scouts from Pack 402, it marks their transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts.
In order to earn this award, Webelos Scouts must fulfill specific requirements. This includes learning the Boy Scout Oath, the Scout Law, motto and slogan.
Webelos Scouts must also earn activity badges for Fitness, Citizenship, Outdoorsman and Readyman, along with at least four additional badges, such as Scholar, Engineer, Scientist, Forester, Family Member, Athlete, Sportsman or Aquanaut.
A hike or overnight camping trip, an additional Boy Scout outdoor-oriented activity and visits to at least one Boy Scout Troop in town are also required in order to earn this award.
At Pack 402’s banquet, each Webelos 2 scout had a table displaying their many accomplishments from their time in Cub Scouts. Items such as Pinewood Derby cars, rockets, belt loop and pin awards, patches or walking sticks were displayed for the other members of the pack. For some Scouts, it was the culmination of four or five years of Scout activities.
After a homemade pasta dinner, Harry Burnham spoke, explaining the significance of the Arrow from the tip to the feathers at the end.
Following the presentation of their award, the Webelos 2 scouts crossed over to Boy Scouts and were received by members of Boy Scout Troop 402. At the end of the evening, there was also a performance by the Order of the Arrow Indian Dance Team.