Orland Park Cub Scouts hold first ceremony

December 22, 2013 by  

Ceremonies are a big part of life for boys in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Recently, the Orland Park Cub Scout Pack 383 held its Bobcat Ceremony; the first for new members. The ceremony marks the successful completion of a number of Bobcat requirements and is designed for scouts of all ages. To participate in it, a scout needs to be able to recite the Law of the Pack, the Cub Scout Promise, and the Cub Scout motto.

The most recent recruits from the pack recited the pledge and promise to a crowd that included parents and fellow scouts. After the recitation, the scouts’ parents placed the Bobcat pins on the boys’ uniforms, upside down. The pins remain that way until a scout performs a good deed, after which time a scout can turn the pin round. The Pack might have used stationery printers to create certificates for each of the new scouts.

Gerry Klotz, the scoutmaster for Orland Park Boy Scout Troop 383 and the Pack co-committee chair, stated:

“Bobcat Ceremony recognizes the scouts learning the basics as they begin their scouting career.”

The recent ceremony marks the start of a career in scouts for many of the boys. The Cub Scout program is designed for boys between the ages of 7 and 10 or between first through fifth grades. Cub Scouts are designed to prepare youngsters for Boy Scouts later on. Scouts also seek to promote good citizenship, family relationships, personal achievement, and service.