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El Monte Troop 551 Holds Rank Advancement Ceremony

by Mark Peters

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El Monte Troop 551 held their annual rank advancement ceremony at the end of July, on a Tuesday evening at the American Legion Post 261.  Members and family of the community gathered to celebrate the achievements of the Troop as a whole throughout the 2013-14 school year.
Troop 551 leaders in attendance were Scout Master Bill Durini, Cub Master Terry Lopez, Assistant Scout Master William Milkoff, Webelos Den Leader Erick Bonilla, Assistant Cub Master Mark Peters, and Former Scout Master Richard Siddall as well as dozens of family members who came to celebrate many of the boys’ advancement to higher ranks. Every boy who was moving up to their next rank received their advancement award, as well as additional awards such as academics and sports belt loops and pins in areas like astronomy, citizenship, geology, nutrition, pet care, wildlife conservation, chess, citizenship, heritage, marbles and special achievement patches earned throughout the previous year.
The evening started off with a speech by Cub Master Terry Lopez and followed by a potluck dinner.
The first groups from Cub Scout Pack 551 to advance were the Tiger Cubs, Nathan and Carlos who advanced to the rank of Wolf and were presented with their Tiger patch. Wolves, Degas and Hunter were next to move up the ranks to Bear and were awarded their Wolf patch.  Next to advance were the Bears, Roman and with Lucas who was not in attendance. Roman and Lucas advanced to the rank of 1st year Webelos and were awarded their Bear patch.
Cub Scout Pack 551’s Webelos were next to advance. Diego and Quentin were next to advance to 2nd year Webelos, they both earned their Webelos rank patch along with numerous activity pins from physical skills, mental skills, community skills, technology skills and outdoor skills groups.
One Webelos who was not in attendance, Ralphie will be honored in a very special ceremony in which he will be presented with the highest Cub Scout Award, The Arrow of Light.  This award is the pinnacle of a Cub Scout’s career and is the only Cub Scout award or insignia that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.  Ralphie will cross the bridge to become the newest member of Troop 551’s Boy Scouts.  Many of the requirements for the Arrow of Light are intended to familiarize the scout with a local troop and hopefully show him that crossing over into a troop is the next step to take in scouting. Some of these requirements include outdoor skills, physical fitness, citizenship and working with others. A scout that earns his Arrow of Light patch has also completed nearly all the requirements to earn the Scout badge in the troop, so Ralphie has already begun his Boy Scout trail.
Troop 551 Scout Master Bill Durini and Assistant Scout Master William Milkoff awarded Anthony and Tristan the silver pin Knight that represents their Patrol name and patch.
Cub Scout Pack 551 has a full line-up of summer fun and plans with exciting opportunities for current cub scouts and anyone else wanting to join in on the fun and will kick off the summer with a family camping trip this month at Camp Trask in Monrovia and has a series of activities planned for the summer that include visits to the Los Angeles Coast Guard Station at LAX, Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Phelan, NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Oxnard, American Legion Post 261 Craft Fair, and Boy Scout Troop 551 will attend The 32nd annual American Legion Camporee at Mataquay Scout Ranch, Santa Barbara.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
El Monte Troop 551 Holds Rank Advancement Ceremony