Over the weekend, the Tree Scouts of Pack 221 in the Pioneer District of the Cascade Pacific Council celebrated with an Arrow of Light Ceremony and Crossover at Magness Tree Farm. The Webelos II, called Tree Scouts in 2011 came to Magness Tree Farm to complete the Forester Webelos Activity Pin. It was one of the more memorable outings taken during their time a Scouts.
Due to the liquid sunshine, the outdoor Campfire Ceremony planned was shelved for a more drier atmosphere and was held inside the Learning Center.
There were 11 Webelos II who were in the Den at the beginning of the year. The Pioneer Order of the Arrow Chapter of Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge helped the Webelos II crossover. This will be the third time in my five years the Order of the Arrow has helped Pack 221 with Crossover. Each time is very moving and memorable. This time, one of the former Scouts from Pack 221, now in Troop 41 helped.
Of the 11 Scouts, only 10 were present for the ceremony. Six Webelos II crossed over to Troop 150 and two crossed to Troop 432. Three Scouts were undecided at the time of Crossover, but were still visiting Troops.
All received their Career Arrows from the OA Ceremony Team who handed them to their parents and then to the Boys.
As the now Boy Scouts spent their first night as Boy Scouts at Magness Tree Farm, many of the Dads and families stayed the night as well. Many of the Dads had spent not only many days with the Scouts during the Outings. But also spent many vacation days at Scout Camp. The night was filled of stories of all the fun things that we did during that time. It ranged from the 107 degree Tiger Day Camp week to the Horse Trek weekend at Gilbert Ranch and the most recent Summer camp at Adventure Cove. There were many high & low points remembered fondly.
I am proud of these boys. Seven of these boys started at Tigers. We had several boys who became our friend, but went on their own Journey. Four have stayed and we continued on as a Den. Even though many did not finish with us, I remember all of them.