Tuesday, June 2, 2015

J's BSA Report for May 2015

May came in like a lamb and out like a lion for J's Cub Scout Pack.

Our den meeting for the month was pre-empted by a talent show at the school where the pack meets. We thought about meeting outside or going to someone's home nearby. Since the den planned to do an elective, we switched to a different elective--"See a Show." Clearly the criteria for appearing in the  talent show was just signing up. Most of the children were willing to be there (though not all) and the level of talent ranged tremendously. The part we saw had the usual assortment of singing, dancing, and instrument playing (who were the best by far).

For Memorial Day, the pack went to Ivy Hill Cemetery in Laurel to put flags on the graves of soldiers who served during armed conflicts. We gathered and heard a short speech from one of the dads (now a reservist) about serving in the armed forces. One of the scouts played Taps on his bugle, then we set to work.

Scouts at attention

A short speech

Looking for the right graves

The grave stones are marked with the service branch (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) and any conflict in which the person served. It was a somber yet satisfying job.

A soldier's grave

J puts a flag at another grave

The final meeting of the month was the bridging ceremony, where all the dens advance to their new level. In a fitting act of literalism, we went to a bridge for the ceremony. The Tiger Cubs gathered for one last picture in their orange neckerchiefs on one side of the bridge.

The Tiger Cubs

Parents crossed to the other end of the bridge and had the new Wolf neckerchiefs ready to put on their sons. When the signal was given, the boys raced across and received their new neckerchiefs.

Crossing the bridge

Den of new wolves

J happy to have a new rank!

We also went camping on the last weekend in May, but that will get its own post.

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