Cub Scouts 'bridge' to Boy Scouts
(Susan Keeney/Submitted photo , Carroll County Times)

Cub Scout Pack 143 out of Trinity Lutheran Church on Main Street in Reisterstown, held its annual Blue & Gold Bridging ceremony and banquet on Saturday, March 17. The scouts built a fantastical set on the stage at Trinity Lutheran, as part of the event's "pirates" theme. Scout leaders put on a mini-play on the Webelos search for the "Arrow of Light" to bridge into Boy Scout Troop 143.

The pirate ship is 27-feet-long, and the mast is 19-feet-high.

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A bridging ceremony happens when Cub Scouts that are Webelos IIs, fifth-graders, are finished the Cub Scout program, and ready to move into the Boy Scout program, and join a Boy Scout Troop. Bridging happens once a year, usually in February or March. Scouts must earn the Arrow of Light Award, or be 11 years old, if they have not finished the fifth grade.

Scouts "walk the bridge," entering it as Cub Scouts and exit on the other side of the bridge as Boy Scouts. Scouts from the troop they are joining surround them, and remove the Cub Scouts' blue epaulets and plaid neckerchiefs that are part of the uniform. They are replaceed it with the Boy Scout Troop accessories - green epaulets and a green embroidered troop neckerchief. The Scoutmaster then addresses all of the scouts as the new Troop.

The Pack "bridged" six Cub Scouts into Boy Scout Troop 143, before a "packed house" of about 160 people in Trinity's parrish hall.

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