Rochester Boy Scout Troop 31 welcomed two new Boy Scouts on Friday night. Pack 30 Cub Scouts held their annual Crossover Ceremony and Blue and Gold Banquet at the First Congregational Church in Rochester. The boys were treated to a special Crossover Ceremony by the New Bedford Troop 24. This is an important ceremony for the Webelos Cub Scouts. Eli MacGregor and Tyler Souza received their Arrow of Light, which is the highest Cub Scout Rank and the only Award they are allowed to wear on their new Boy Scout uniforms.
The Crossover Ceremony is only performed by a small number of Boy Scout Troops and New Bedford Troop 24 provided an impressive Ceremony in full regalia which involved the boys lighting candles to represent the meaning of the Scout Law and crossing over the Bridge to Boy Scouts.
Rochester Troop 31 Boy Scouts were on hand to receive the Boys into their troop and present them with their new Boy Scout Handkerchief.
Eli and Tyler worked very hard to earn their badges and receive their Arrow of Light. Eli started as a Tiger Cub in 1st grade and Tyler joined as a Webelos Scout.
The Cub Scout Master, Roger Poulin, presented the boys with their new Boy Scout Handbook. The Crossover was held in conjunction with the Blue and Gold Banquet which is held every year as a birthday party for Cub Scouts. Pizza and salad as well as special cupcakes made the night a complete success.
As the Den Leader for the boys since they were Tiger Cubs, this was a bittersweet moment. I am very proud of the accomplishments they have made but will miss the den meetings and the family atmosphere of the Cub Scouts. They are now on their way to Eagle, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.
Congratulations to Eli and Tyler!
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