Two boys from Cub Scout Pack 216 in Jefferson have earned the highest award in Cub Scouting — the Arrow of Light. Gabriel Laweryson and Nathan Crossley have been working hard for almost two years to earn this honor.

On April 11, they were awarded ceremonial arrows and crossed over to be welcomed into Boy Scout Troop 216. There they will begin a bunch of new adventures, including camping trips nearly once per month, hiking and other activities with an emphasis on character building through fun experiences. The Arrow of Light Award is the only patch that carries over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and can be worn on the boys’ new uniforms. It also allows Crossley and Laweryson to move over to the activities with older boys before they enter sixth grade in fall.

Other Cub Scouts earned advancements as well. Four of the second grade boys earned a rank badge. Eric Richmond recently joined Pack 216 and earned his first rank award, Bobcat. Bruce Bossow, Gavin Fitzpatrick, and Conor Jones all earned their Wolf Badges. They receive the badges upside down and need to do a “good turn” before the badge is turned right side up. These three boys also earned a gold arrow and 2 silver arrows apiece, signifying completion of at least 30 activities.

In addition, Jones was awarded his horseback riding belt loop, marking the first time that belt loop has been earned in Pack 216. Fitzpatrick and Bossow earned skiing and snowboarding belt loops.

Rian Austin and Kevin Crossley, the two Bear Scouts in attendance earned their Whittling Chip for learning knife safety. They also received pocket knives as gifts from the den. The Whittling Chip allows them to carry their pocket knives at den and pack activities with leader permission.

Webelos were represented by Bobby McCafferty and Christian Moon, both receiving an activity pin toward their Arrow of Light, which they plan to earn next winter.

Pack 216 welcomes new boys from the Jefferson area at any time. For more information about scouting, please contact Cubmaster Valerie Drever at 549-7402 or Jill Huber at 215-4673. They can also put interested individuals in touch with leaders for Boy Scout Troop 216 for boys over 12 and Venture Crew 216 for teenage boys and girls.