La Jolla’s Cub Scout Pack 4 celebrated its 70th year in a big way this month, bringing dozens of families to La Jolla Presbyterian Church, Feb. 21, for its Blue and Gold Banquet.
Among the festivities, 10 Cubs were given the Arrow of Light badge and then “graduated” into the Boy Scouting program. These include Chase Bell, Kaden Belt, Matthew Chang, George McCann, Tommy Michael, Benjamin Myers, Kyle Palmer, Garrett James Volner, Grant Williams and Torrin Young.
At the party, Scouts and their families gathered for dinner and “birthday cake.” Blowing out the candles was the oldest Scout in the room, Molly Larson (who started as Girl Guide in 1956 in Hong Kong) and the youngest, 7-year-old Alex Anderson. The Cub Scouts were then recognized with the Arrow of Light award and transitioned into the Boy Scouts program.
“We are a very healthy and active Pack made up of 77 Scouts who are in grades 1-5, and who represent each of the local elementary schools — both public and private. It’s a wonderful cross-section of our community’s families.
“The Kiwanis Club and La Jolla Presbyterian Church, to which we are very grateful, are our charter organizations,” explained Assistant Cubmaster Irene McCann. “The Blue and Gold Banquet is the unofficial birthday party for Boy Scouts of America, so we as Pack 4, celebrate Scouting in America, as well as our own Pack. A lot of Packs start out strong, and then fizzle out when those most enthusiastic graduate. That has not been the case with Pack 4. It’s been a part of the La Jolla community for a very long time.”
The Arrow of Light badge is the highest rank in Cub Scouting, and the award is the only Cub Scout badge that can also be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
The Scouts who participated in the “bridging ceremony,” physically crossed a model bridge to signify the transition from Cub to Boy Scout.
While there is only one La Jolla-based Cub Scout pack, there are two Boy Scout troops: Troop 4, the oldest Troop west of the Mississippi River, and Troop 506, which formed more recently. Scouts from both Troops were on hand to celebrate and support their brothers in blue and gold. They presented the graduating Cubs with neckerchiefs in their Troop’s colors.
Pack meetings are held 6 p.m. second Tuesdays at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave. Learn more at pack4lajolla.org