Cub Scout Troop 451 held their annual crossover potluck on Monday to recognize Cub Scouts graduating to a higher rank. The crossover graduated over 40 Cub Scouts that represented five different Dens within the troop.
Along with Scouts moving up in ranks, Scouts who met requirements in various sports and academic activities were also awarded patches and belt loops for their accomplishments. The purpose of the patches and belt loops are to encourage Scouts to do their best while learning skills and promoting good sportsmanship.
“The aim of Cub Scouting is to help boys grow into good citizens who are strong in character and personally fit,” according to Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts promise to do their best, their duty to God and their country, to help other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack.
Vickie Salisbury, Cubmaster of Troop 451, said that each rank focuses on the Cub Scouts’ 12 Core Values of the law, which include positive life skills and character traits.
“Honesty and respect is probably my biggest hope for all of these boys. Respect not just for other people, but also for our environment,” said Cubmaster Salisbury.
The outdoors is extremely important to Cub and Boy Scouts, and there are many activities Scouts participate in that involve the environment.
Cub Scouts hold camping trips to teach boys how to survive and live in the outdoors with others.
They also participate in field trips and outings such as traveling to museums, business establishments, parks, and other attractions. The purpose is to teach Scouts about how things are made, how their city is run and fed, and to learn about local heritages.
Scouts partake in service projects to help others in their community. This may include activities such as giving a flag ceremony at a school or collecting food for a food drive. They also help the environment in their community by planting seeds or recycling.
Scouts also join together for events such as car derbies, fishing trips, and riding their bikes together.
Earlier this year, the Cub Scouts of Troop 451 participated in a Bike Rodeo, in conjugation with the Turlock Police Department. Members of the Department taught the boys about safety while riding their bikes.
“My favorite part of Cub Scouts was the Bike Rodeo,” said Timothy Ruhland, a Cub Scout who moved up Monday night from being a Tiger to a Wolf. Ruhland said that he likes the outdoor activities that he and his fellow Scouts participate in.
Teamwork is a key component to Cub Scouts, according to Joni and Greg Calistro, parents of a Cub Scout in Troop 451.
“We wanted to be part of an organized group where our son can learn life skills with other boys his age.”
Cubmaster Salisbury also holds perseverance as an important characteristic in her Scouts. “ A lot of these guys started when they were in first grade, and my hope for all of them is that they will stick with this all the way through until they are Eagle Scouts."
Troop 451 Cub Scouts will resume in August for a new year. To be a Cub Scout, boys must be in first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. To join Scouts, visit: https://beaScout.Scouting.org/