MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – Scouts young and old gathered Sunday, Feb. 12, to celebrate Cub Scout Pack 164’s annual Blue and Gold dinner. This year’s celebration was especially significant as it marked the 50th anniversary of the pack leading young boys in their journeys to become Boy Scouts.
Close to 200 people, including Cub Scouts, their families, community members and Pack 164 alumni, braved the winter weather to gather at the American Legion in Mount Kisco. The dinner is an annual event honoring the matriculation of the pack’s Senior Webelos and their transition from Cub Scouts (grades K-5) to Boy Scouts. The pack has grown significantly in the past few years under the leadership of Cubmaster John Griffiths. This growth was on display last month as 18 fifth-grade boys “crossed the bridge” and joined various local Boy Scout programs.
The evening started with a bit of historical context with reminiscence by John McQuillan and Michael Barr, former Scout leaders from Pack 164 in the 1980s. Town Councilman Vishnu Patel also shared a few thoughts. Following a blessing by former Boy Scout Rev. Dr. Arden Strasser, pastor of St. Andrews Lutheran church, a delicious dinner was shared. The Webelos were presented with gifts from their den leaders Tom Marron, Brian Stern and Freddie DeAcutis, who in most cases have been working with the boys for five years. Ingrid Shao says of her son, “He is missing pack 164 already! What an awesome event.”
Cub Scout pack 164 encourages the whole family to be a part of the Cub Scout activities. The Scouts learn individual skills to be self-reliant and good community citizens. But group activities such as campouts, West Point football games and local parades are all enjoyed by the Scout’s whole family. This Blue and Gold dinner was no exception. The night ended with Scouts, moms, dads and siblings celebrating on the dance floor. One mom, Jeanette O’Brien, said of the night: “It’s bittersweet leaving this fabulous group who were strangers at first and now are like a second family.”