Cub Scout Pack 28 of Croton-on-Hudson held its annual Blue and Gold Dinner on Sunday, March 19th, 2006 at Holy Name of Mary Church in Croton-on-Hudson (view photo gallery). The event had a tremendous turnout, with over 140 scouts, family members and guests attending. The purpose of the dinner was to recognize many of the achievements that the Scouts have attained since the beginning of the Scouting season in the fall.
The program began with welcoming remarks by Pack 28 Committee Chairman Rob Kaplan and Cubmaster Steve Schecter, followed by an opening flag ceremony conducted by second year Webelos Scouts from Pack 28. An invocation was offered by Father Loyola Amairaj, Associate Pastor of the Parish.
Croton-on-Hudson Mayor Greg Schmidt spoke about the importance of Scouting in our community and presented a proclamation to the graduating Webelos, recognizing their achievement and community service. Town of Cortlandt Councilwoman Ann Lindau also spoke to the group and presented congratulatory proclamations.
Before and after a buffet dinner, awards were distributed to boys in each group, or “Den”. The youngest group of boys are the “Tiger” Den.
They are August Ash-Mei, Daniel Bring, Jared Cohen, Noah Cohen, Bart Considine, Terrence McGarty, Ivan Ozaruk, Ethan Rodriguez, Brian Smith and Ben Steiger. Terry McGarty is the Tiger Den leader.
“Wolf” Den members are Benton Baltich-Schecter, Daniel Brecher, Henry Jaensch, David Luntz, Thomas Minett, Michael Matalavage, Jared Phair, William Rickett and William Sheng. Jim Minett is the Wolf Den leader.
There are two “Bear” Dens: Bear Den #4 includes Jonathan Cohen, David Gutierrez, Tommy Kaplan, Nicholas Minett, Ruairi O’Conner, Christopher Sheldon and Ben Vasta. Madeline Sheldon is their Den leader.
Bear Den #7’s members are Noah Campbell, Bradley D’Auria, Nicholas Derbabian, Billy Livingston, Daniel Nirenberg, Elijah Parker and Daniel Vlad. Den 7’s Leader is Tom Livingston.
The first year “Webelos” are Jacob Andrews, Charles Ellison, Sam Goldsmith, Mykhailo Ozaruk and Samuel Rowland. Their Den Leaders are Amy and Bill Goldsmith.
The highlight of the evening was the Arrow of Light ceremony, where second year Webelo Scouts graduated into the Boy Scout program after as many as five years in the Cub Scouts. Those receiving their Arrow of Light awards were Aaron Baltich-Schecter, Christopher Caterino, Patrick Cotter and Carleton Sargeant. The second year Webelos Den Leader is Amy Cotter. The word “Webelos” is actually an acronym for the saying “We’ll Be Loyal Scouts”.
The Leaders from Cub Scout Pack 28, as well as Boy Scout Troop 28 Assistant Scoutmaster Mike Warner and several Troop 28 scouts participated in the ceremony, where the Webelos crossed a symbolic bridge representing the transition from Cubs to Boy Scouts.
The graduating Webelos also received certificates of accomplishment from two other government officials who could not be in attendance; New York Governor George Pataki and Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano.
Certificates of Appreciation were presented to some of the adult volunteers, including Dan Vlad, who cooked a fantastic dinner for the group for the second year in a row. Amy Cotter was also honored for her many years of service to Pack 28 as a Den Leader, as her second son to go through the Cub program moves on. During dessert, guests enjoyed a slide show of various Cub Scout activities the group has organized during the last several months.
Pack 28 provides programs for boys from first through fifth grades. Upcoming events include a spring camping trip, a community service clean-up, participation in Croton’s Summerfest, a family picnic at Senasqua Park and a trip to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. For more information on Pack 28, visit their web site CrotonCubs.org or contact Cubmaster Steve Schecter at 271-3266.