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Three Park Rapids Cub Scouts ‘cross over’ to Boy Scouts

Jesse Simmons, Brodyn Westbrook and Ryan Cook received their Arrow of Light badges and plaques on March 28.

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Ryan Cook, Jesse Simmons and Brodyn Westbrook received their Arrow of Light badges and crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts in a Pack 58 ceremony March 28, 2022 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. The three youngsters are backed, from left, by parents John Cook, Julie Simmons and Abigail Gartner. Pack committee chair Tom Weston, far left, hand-made the arrow plaques each boy received along with a certificate and the badge, which Cubmaster Dustin Lof (far right) said marks their progress from one level of scouting to the next.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

Three members of Park Rapids Cub Scouts Pack 58 “crossed over” to Boy Scouts Troop 58 in a ceremony March 28 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

“Tonight it is my privilege to present to you our Cub Scouts that have decided to continue their Scouting trail,” Cubmaster Dustin Lof announced.

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Pack 58 Cubmaster Dustin Lof, at left, watches as Ryan Cook symbolically "crosses over" from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts in a ceremony March 28, 2022 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

Webelos Ryan Cook, Jesse Simmons and Brodyn Westbrook received the “Arrow of Light” badge, which Pack committee chair Tom Weston explained is the only Cub Scouts rank insignia they can carry over to their Boy Scouts uniform.

Weston called the Arrow of Light the highest rank a Cub Scout can achieve.

Weston also presented the boys with handmade arrow plaques, which he said he was inspired to start making when his son received one.

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Each boy then ceremonially crossed a portable wooden bridge, symbolizing their passage from one level of Scouting to another.

Parents of the three boys also received pins recognizing the work they did to help their Scouts earn their badges and complete their Cub Scouting trail.

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Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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