This past weekend on June 22nd, Pack 107 held it’s annual Advancement Ceremony & Camp-Out to end the 2018-2019 Scouting year. This was a time for all of our families to come together and celebrate all of the hard work our Scouts and their families have put in this year.
This year, we started a new advancement tradition, handing down neckerchiefs from rank to rank, building on the bond within our Scouting family. Additionally, all Scouts received new neckerchief slides- a green woggle. The green color chosen to represent the town of Grafton, where our Pack has made its roots for over forty years.
After recognizing the Scouts and their families for all of their hard work, we also recognized our leaders for all the dedication they put in to making this Pack run. They were awarded service stars, indicating the number of years they have been a leader with Pack 107. Thank you for all that you do for Pack 107 and for our Scouts!
This year, we also said goodbye to one of our leaders. Erik wears many hats in the Scouting community and decided that this year would be his last with Pack 107 to be able to dedicate more time to the other units he serves, as well as his district position. He was presented a gift- a plague thanking him for his years of service and dedication to our Pack and to our Scouts.
Following the ceremony, Scouts played some Ga-Ga ball while dinner was grilling. Reverend Dr. Barbara from the Congregational Church was kind enough to come by and say a blessing before our meal. After dinner, Scouts played more Ga-Ga ball and other games. One of our Scout parents even brought a drone to take some pretty awesome shots of the Scouts playing.
We ended the evening with a campfire, beginning with the introduction of campfire ashes from past year’s campfires. We made some s’mores and had an entertaining evening of skits, songs, and stories put on by various dens, leaders, and Scouts BSA Troop 2019. We ended the campfire with a flag retirement ceremony and Scout Vespers.
Thank you to all of our Pack families for joining us on this special occasion. Special thank yous go out to Reverend Barbara for giving our blessing, to Scouts BSA Troop 107 for helping run activities for our Scouts, to Scouts BSA Troop 2019 for leading us in a beautiful flag retirement ceremony, to Christine G and Chris N for taking such wonderful photos of this event, and to all the parents and leaders who helped out during the event. 🙂