Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Arrow of Light

When you have a large family it can be really hard to get your kids involved in activities.  Yes, they are very important but trying to get everyone to a certain thing on a certain day while adding all the other things like, well, you know, LIFE can be a real juggling act.

The Arrow of Light is the highest honor a Cub Scout can receive and it is presented when they bridge over,
One of the activities that is an absolute must in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.  In a society where men are treated and expected to be nothing more than idiots (picture any dad or most male figures on TV since the late 80's), it is a place where boys can learn valuable skills and create male friendships that will last them a lifetime.

My oldest son recently graduated from Cub Scouts.  His years as a Cub Scout have been filled with great memories, skills he will use all his life, friendships, and most importantly great male influence.

Bridging over into Boy Scouts

After a a ceremony involving drums and guides, the boys bridged over into Boy Scouts, where they were met with their new troop leader.  We are very lucky to be some of the charter members of a new Catholic troop in out area being chartered by a local church!  His neckerchief was removed and replaced with the new one for his troop.  At the time of the ceremony they hadn't gotten them from the embroider yet!  But here it is:

After each boy bridged, we all went outside and did something to make any mom start chewing her fingernails, but what these boys will never forget...

They shot flaming arrows.  Yup.  Flaming arrows.  It was cool.  No one was hurt.  Trust me, they are scouts.

Last night they had their first meeting as a new troop.  It was amazing!  Lots of great involvement and excitement.  It is a small troop right now, which is perfect start! 

We are so proud of him and excited for the adventures to come.

I know he is too!

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, 
and morally straight.

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