More than 100 Scouts and family members were guests of Newark Elks Lodge No. 1249 Feb. 28.  

More than 100 Scouts and family members were guests of Newark Elks Lodge No. 1249 Feb. 28.  
Esteemed Leading Knight Bruce DeCook welcomed the Scouts, who are led by Cubmaster Bob Ide and Assistant Cubmaster Joe Talbot, along with Scoutmaster Mitch Ruffalo, who also leads Boy Scout Troop No. 122.

Highlight of the night was the Arrow of Light Ceremony, where second-year Webelos, Nick Cepulo, Dylan Ide and Matthew Hutteman, who had reached the final and highest rank of Cub Scouting, crossed over to Boy Scouts. Ceremonial candles were lit with the seven rays of the Arrow of Light representing wisdom, courage, self-control, justice, faith, hope and love.

First-year Webelos, along with Tigers, Wolves, and Bears, were encouraged to continue to keep the spirit of Cub Scouting alive and be good examples to others. 

“I truly believe in what Scouting teaches our boys and enjoy helping them along the way,” said Ide. “My son Dylan has been with Cub Scouts since he was a Tiger in first grade and recently moved to Boy Scouts. The time we’ve been able to spend together over the last five years has been priceless. I know he’ll have lasting memories of our experience.”

For the fifth year, Newark Elks, under the direction of Matt DeJohn, prepared a special recognition dinner for the Scouts and their families and the Scouts, in turn, presented DeCook with a plaque of appreciation for the Lodge’s efforts to promote their goals.

Dinner was completed with two specially decorated cakes made by Michelle Hutteman, mother of a recipient of the Arrow of Light awards.

Elks Lodge continues to open its meeting room to the Cub Scouts on the last Tuesday of each month. For more Scouting information, call Ide at 331-8124 or Talbot at 331-0367. For more Elks information, call 331-1249.