Five local Arrow of Light scouts with Cub Scout Pack 49 are getting ready to cross over into Boy Scouts on March 26 at Camp Mattatuck in Plymouth. This group saw two firsts for local cub scouts, being the first group to begin in Kindergarten and to include a female member.
Michele Krpata, den leader for the Plainville Cub Scout Pack 49, explained that “Arrow of Light” is the highest rank a Cub Scout can reach before crossing over to join the Boy Scouts.
The four boys in the troop will be joining Plainville Troop 76 with the Boy Scouts and the female scout will be joining Boy Scouts of America Troop 1425, which meets in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Bristol.
“Plainville was one of the towns in Connecticut which beta tested the “Lions” rank for kindergarteners in Fall 2016,” said Krpata. “The four male Cub Scouts are the first Den to start as Cub Scout Lions and finish through Arrow of Light.”
Krpata said that the activities offered to these children at a young age have provided them with leadership skills that will assist them as they move forward in life. The local fifth graders are now receiving training from older youths in the Boy Scout troop in preparation for joining their ranks.
“It has been going really well for them,” she said. “The older troop is currently reviewing knots with them.”
In Feb. 2019, the Boy Scouts of America welcomed girls to join as members. Plainville’s first female Cub Scout, Aleena Krpata, joined in fall 2019 and began earning her “Bear” rank alongside her male peers. Her brother, Zachary, is also a member of Cub Scout Pack 49.
“She has paved the way for other girls in Plainville,” said Krpata.
Plainville Cub Scout Pack 49 continued to remain active throughout the pandemic of the past two years. Normally meeting at Linden Street School, they found alternatives – meeting in parks, libraries and backyards.
“They continued their outdoor activities such as learning to build fires, camping, extreme weather conditions and first aid,” said Krpata.
Plainville Cub Scout Pack 49 has since resumed meeting at Linden Street School every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
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