Pack 266 Webelos Continue their Journey as Boy Scouts
February 26, 2016
submitted by Nicole Brockman
Scouts and families of Pack 266 in Windham came together on Feb. 6, to celebrate the anniversary of Scouting at the annual Blue and Gold Banquet and Crossover Ceremony. The evening was filled with a silent auction, games, food, awards, and inspiration for the leaders, Scouts, and parents.
The evening started with the Arrow of Light Award and Ceremony led by Harry Burnham, Pack 266 co-founder. The Arrow of Light is the pinnacle of a Cub Scout’s career. It is also the only Cub Scout award and insignia that can be worn on the Boy Scout Uniform. This was the award that the Webelos II from dens 7 and 9 had worked so hard to achieve.
Burnham brought each Webelos II to the front and spoke with each Scout individually. He focused on each of the boys being the same yet celebrating their uniqueness. Each boy brings his own talents that strengthen the group as a whole. Each Scout was encouraged to continue with his journey, remember his strengths and talents, bring those gifts as he enters Boy Scouts, and always remember the people who helped along the way.
Throughout the evening families participated in a silent auction that benefited the Pack and their activities throughout the year. Pack 266 wants to thank the vendors and families that donated to the event. They were as follows: Gill Family, Cyr Lumber, Cobbetts Pond Pizza, Gilsen Family, Law Offices of Suzan Messina, Pool Tables Unlimited, Trans-Medic, Karate International, Manchester Monarchs, Windham Barber Shop, McIntyre Ski Area, Squam Lake Natural Science Center, Canobie Lake Park, Fisher Cats, Professional Martial Arts Academy, Kitty Michelotti Family, Stars and Stripes, J. Michael’s, Lindt, Gym-Ken, Clix, Annie’s Hallmark, Lucas Family, Red’s Tavern, Market Basket, BJ’s, Lindt Chocolates, Hannaford, McDonalds, Coffee Coffee, Shaws, and Bella Viaggio.
After games, dinner, and awards the Webelos II concluded with the Crossover Ceremony. The ceremony began with a slide show presentation of the past five years. Then each Scout was invited to cross over a bridge that signified the ending of Cub Scouts and the beginning of Boy Scouts. Webelos II from Den 7 who crossed over were Payton Balch, Kellen Donahue, Daniel Gill, Andrew Lucas, Mason Monterio, Sam Montgomery, Jack Rossetti, and Matthew Ryan. Webelos II from Den 9 who crossed over were Brendan Ashworth, Spencer Brockman, Jake Joyce, William Moore, Sam Pancoast, Jackson Skwiot, Jacob Spalinger, and Michael Wimmer.