Portsmouth Cub Scout Pack 50 held their annual Blue and Gold Dinner Sunday evening at the Common Fence Point Hall. An Arrow of Light Award ceremony also took place during the dinner.
About 100 moms, dads, siblings and Cub Scouts packed the hall for the event and pot luck dinner.
Among the awards presented, a 27 Service Year Award was given to Carlton Johnson.
Johnson, a retired U.S. Navy commander and a Vietnam veteran, first attended Scout Camp in upstate New York in 1953 and has been involved ever since.
He became an Eagle Scout in 1957. He has also been a Cub Master, committee chairman and is presently the charter organizer representative for Pack 50 and VFW Post 5390.
His wife Jackie has been a Den Leader. His sons, Mark and David, now in their 30s, have both enjoyed scouting. Mark became a Life Scout and David an Eagle Scout.
“Scouting is more relative than ever," Johnson said. "These boys need good role models in today’s society. This is a place where families can connect to one another. I’ve developed friendships that have lasted a lifetime."
The evening featured skits preformed by the boys and the leaders, as well as one Scout leader being hit by a cream pie for fun. See the video at right.
The Arrow of Light is the “crossing over ceremony,” when a boy has completed his service in the Cub Scouts and moves onto the Boy Scouts. The Arrow of Light is the only Cub Scout patch allowed to be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
Boys who crossed over were Edward Jackson, Jackson Rynda and Matthew Walker.
For more information on how to join Cub Scouts Pack 50, contact Cynthia Mello-Wolz at (401) 683-1812, (401) 439-6585 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.