Valley Stream Cub Scouts bridge over to Boy Scouts


About 200 family members and friends gathered at the Holy Name of Mary School on March 3 to watch as 55 members of Cub Scout Pack 367 moved up in rank. and five boys became Boy Scouts.

“It’s my favorite cub scouting event of the year,” said Cub Master Patrick Burke.

At the ceremony, known as the Blue and Gold ceremony, Burke and Scoutmaster Carlos Caban congratulated the boys for their hard work and told the graduating Cub Scouts what they can expect in Boy Scouts. “It’s kind of like a graduation from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts,” Burke explained.

The five boys who advanced to Boy Scouts earned the highest degree, the Arrow of Light, and were presented with a plaque with a golden arrow on it. “It’s almost like Eagle Scouts for the Boy Scouts,” George Schuchman, the Charter Organization Representative, said about the Arrow of Light rank.

Those five boys also had the opportunity to choose the theme for this year’s Blue and Gold ceremony. They chose to do a “Guardians of the Galaxy” theme, and Caban dressed up as Groot, a character from the movie.

“We decorate it and we compare what they’re doing in Cub Scouts to how a star forms,” Burke said, explaining that an analogy helps the younger Cub Scouts understand their role in the organization.

“I’m very proud of these boys,” Burke added.