2013-04-18 / Front Page
Pack 180 of Allentown honors Cub Scouts
ALLENTOWN – Cub Scout Pack 180 of Allentown held its annual Blue and Gold banquet at the Scottish Rite Hall in Bordentown on Feb. 24. More than 200 people attended the annual gathering to recognize the hard work and effort put forth by the Cub Scouts during the year. The event is traditionally held in February to celebrate the month that Scouting began.
Cub Scout Pack 180, led by Cubmaster Michael Fleres and committee chair Greta van Noordenburg, is composed of 80 boys in grades one through five. The group has been sponsored by the Allentown United Methodist Church for more than 35 years, according to a press release.
The banquet opened with a presentation of the colors conducted by a color guard representing each of the Cub Scout ranks (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I and Webelos II).
The presentation of the colors was followed by all of the Scouts reciting the Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack and Cub Scout motto, “Do Your Best.”
Former committee chair Barbara Cottrell delivered the invocation, while former pack Cubmaster Rich Heddy led the Scouts in two fun and interactive songs — “The Jellyfish” and “Father Abraham.”
The younger Cub Scouts were individually recognized as they received their rank achievements in a traditional Cub Scout candle ceremony.
The Arrowmen from Hunnikick Lodge 79 were on hand to conduct the ceremonial highlight of the afternoon during which the Webelos II Scouts were recognized for having achieved Cub Scouts’ highest award, the Arrow of Light. The afternoon concluded when these young men ceremoniously crossed over a bridge, leaving Cub Scouts behind. They were greeted on the other side by Boy Scouts from New Egypt Troop 9 and Crosswicks Troop 55, where many of them will continue on the path to Eagle, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
The pack has several more events scheduled in the upcoming months, including a pack sleepover aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, a service project to plant 200 trees in Upper Freehold Township in honor of Arbor Day, a family campout at Quail Hill Scout Camp in Manalapan, a Trenton Thunder baseball game after which the Scouts will get to sleep in the outfield, and a fossil hunt.