Amedeo, the institutional representative, and Scoutmaster Paul Hirsch
St. Paul Boy Scout Troop 81 was reactivated in a colorful unfurling of the troop flag and a “Crosover” ceremony. Four members of Cub Scout 3081, now old enough for the Boy Scouts, became the nucleus of the Scout troop.
The ceremony came at the end of the annual Blue and Gold banquet of Cub Scout Pack 3081 Saturday evening in Boeke Hall.
Crossing over the symbolic bridge from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouts were Marcus Bender, Adam Bugaski, Ryan Canan and Cole Macken. Scoutmaster of Troop 81 is Paul Hirsch. He gave each of his new Scouts a neckerchief and Boy Scout handbook.. They also received the Arrow of Light award in a candlelight ceremony.
Assisting in the unfurling of the flag were John Amedeo, the institutional representative, and Assistant Cubmaster Bill Canan, longtime Scouter who was master of ceremonies at the banquet. The Rev. Fr. Ralph W. Thomas, pastor of the parish, blessed the flag and congratulated the Scouts and their leaders for developing a strong Scouting program at St. Paul.
Hirsch and Cubmaster Tom Evans both gave talks on their goals for next year when Scouting will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in America. Canan will be among those Scouters in the Great Trail Council who are planning a big celebration of the anniversary at Camp Manatoc.
Special awards, including a Nintento game, were given to top sellers in fund-raising efforts which provide funds for various Cub Scout activities and provided the free meal for the banquet. Pack 3081 was the top seller in the TriFires District.
Other awars for each den were:
Bead awards were given to Tiger Den members:: white for family activity, orange for Den activity and black for Go See it Activity. Awards went to Luke Fielding, 2 orange and 4 white; Jacob Garrett, 2 orange and 1 while; Jared Knight, 5 white; Nate Kopacs, 2 orange and 3 white; Grant Swires, 2 black, 3 orange and 5 white; and Vincent Triola, 4 white.
Earning three beads and the rank of Wolf were Avery Brubaker, Nathan Dort, Graham Evans, Frankie Fausnight, Joseph Fox, Austn Gayhart, Trysten Grinder, Ian Hartman, Michael Hill Jr., Paul Hirsch, Guido Margida, Chante Reddest and Cory Richmond.
Logan Bender earned one head and the Bear rank. Earning two beads and the Bear rank were Brian Luck, Quinn Michalec, Hayden Mullenax and Gennaro Naccari.
Webelos Den awards went to Tyler Broske, Handyman; Steven Cook, Fitness, Scholar, Craftsmen and Webelos rank; Andrew Knight, Citizenship, Handyman, Fitness and Webelos rank; Christopher Kuhn, Citizenship, Fitness, Scholar and Webelos rank, and Michael Leonard, Fitness, Scholar, Craftsman, Handyman, Citizenship and Webelos rank.
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