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Scouts Hold Annual Blue and Gold Ceremony for Pack #372

Submitted by Jennifer Vanlerberg

“Blue stands for truth and spirituality, for steadfast loyalty and for the sky above. Gold stands for good cheer and happiness and the warm sunlight. May the meaning behind these two scouting colors shine in your lives as we live the scouting program…”

The American Legion was full of Grandparents, parents, friends, and well wishers as our Pack celebrated achievements at the Blue and Gold Ceremony on March 4th. Patches were awarded and faces were painted. Five out of the six Webelos Two Den were on hand to participate in the “Arrow of the Light” Ceremony. Mitchell Novak, Everett Mowery, Isaiah Boyce, Davyn Gaertner, and Jackson Horner were assisted in a cross over celebration with their parents/guardians, and the Boy Scouts of Troop #315. (The other eligible Webelos was Gavin Nickols). Boys crossed over the Bridge and were welcomed into their new group of young men. But first, Tyler Stimmel, Eagle Scout, assisted each boy by shooting their arrow into the target for each young guy to retrieve. The boys were each given their arrow, an LED flashlight, and a mess kit for their future camping and scouting endeavors. Their Den Chief, Alex Trout, also made each boy a paracord survival bracelet with a compass and a flint enclosed. We were all treated to their “Lego Movie” they worked so hard to complete. Thanks to Candace Boyce for leading these guys on to an amazing future in scouting.

The Boys of Troop #315 showed up in force even though just hours before those same boys had completed their “Camp Alaska” adventures and slept outside in the wilderness with just tarps and sticks. If they were tired, they still managed to enthusiastically participate in the program. We appreciate their support!

Our newest boys also earned their “Bobcat” badge during the “Bobcat Rank Advancement.” Parents painted paw prints on foreheads, some horizontal sunshine rays under eyes, and lines on noses. The boys were instructed to go out and do a good deed. Boys eligible for their Bobcat rank include: Nolan Baltz, Gabe Berger, Donivan Boyce, Trever Capelle, Blaze Kline, Gavin Sesok, J.D.Spence, Logan Trout, Liam VanVooren, and Conner Williams. Congrats!

The group was treated to beautiful cakes and punch following the reception.

Special thanks to Scoutmaster Shawn Benjamin for being here for our little ones and for taking such great care of our bigger ones during camp this weekend. I would also like to send a shout out to the Trouts (Eric and Tammy) for everything that they do. So many hours of behind the scenes work-preparing patches, sorting popcorn, recording fees and finances, and if the Cubmaster job wasn’t enough, Eric took on two dens this year, leading the Webelos One group and our newest group, The kindergarten Lions. We so much appreciate all of the prep work our leaders and our Scout Masters do. We have a great group of boys and quite an impressive scouting program at North Baltimore. If you see a Trout, say thanks!

But we aren’t done just yet! The District Pinewood Derby is March 17th at Eastwood Middle School and Camp Berry is May 4-6th.

1-Webelos Two Den being greeted by Troop 315.
2-Everett Mowery crosses over.
3-Arrow of Light Ceremony
4-Troop 315
5-Webelos Two watching their movie
6-Den Chief Alex Trout prepping Isaiah Boyce
7-Bobcat Ceremony
8-First Year Scouts
11-Wolves receiving patches from Den Chief Jesse Vanlerberg

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