Friday, March 05, 2010

Blue and Gold 2010

Last Sunday was the Blue and Gold dinner for our Cub Scout pack. This is held every February to celebrate the birthday of Boy Scouts in the USA. We also give awards to the boys who have earned them and "cross over" our older boys to be Boy Scouts (from Cub Scouts.) This was a big day for boy R and T, especially for R because he got some very special awards.

Gramma and Grampa Smith drove in, as did Uncle D, Uncle D, and Aunt J.

R called the color guard, but I couldn't get a good picture of him. Here are the boys in his den saluting the flag.
T also got some awards -- silver arrow points, his bear badge, and six belt loops. We're so proud of him!

R was one of three (very serious) boys who got a very special award. It's called the Super Achiever award and is given to Webelos who have earned all 20 Webelos pins. What an achievement -- one that took them two years to complete.

R also received an award that has not been given out in over a decade in our pack -- simply because no boy had ever earned it. It's called the God and Me award. R worked with our pastor and had weekly homework over the first semester this year. That's Pastor Matt giving him the award. It's pretty cool and looks like a medal. R also gets to wear a special patch on his Boy Scout uniform and as an adult (if he helps out in scouting when he grows up) signifying his hard work.
During the Arrow of Light ceremony, moms and dad were asked to stand behind thier Webelos. That's the top of my head that you can see behind ever-growing R. Notice that neat wood Arrow of Light candle holder? M made that a couple of days before the ceremony. He's handy with wood like that!

Then the cross-over ceremony began. M asked the Boys Scouts to do the full-blown Native American ceremony. The Boy Scouts walked in to drums - it was cool. They then put blue and gold "war paint" on each boy. The blue is for virtue and the blue sky and the gold was for the sun, warmth, and loyalty.

Then R waited his turn on the bridge to cross over.

On the other side of the bridge were the Boy Scout adult leaders, ready to give him the Boy Scout neckerchief and the Boy Scout handbook. Conrats big guy! We're so proud of you!

Uriah Jones

During Black History month (February) T had to design a cereal box that featured a famous African American. He had to research his person on the internet and then design a box that told of the person's accomplishments.

Since T is into fencing, he chose Uriah Jones, an olympic fencer. Here he poses with his creation. Notice the big white foil (sword) going across the whole box with a small picture of Uriah Jones in the middle. I like the graphic way that T did Uriah's name on the box.

This is part of the back of the box with T's summary on it.

T also did a timeline of his life on the side of the cereal box.

Good job on a neat project, T!