After my oldest son’s Arrow of Light ceremony, every parent, grandparent, and many of the scouts, left the event in tears. It was wonderful!
The scouts in that den had been together since the first grade, and all of us parents had been taking snapshots and videos of them since the beginning. During the very first den meeting we ever had, we had the little guys line up for a group shot — eight boys, so tiny in their brand new blue uniforms with no patches in sight. We took a serious shot, and then a few silly shots — a tradition that we kept up throughout the years. We took another group shot during their final Webelos II den meeting, with the boys in their tan uniforms, overflowing with patches.
Seeing the two images side by side, showing how those young boys somehow grew into young men in just a blink of the eye was incredible. We made a video of the den’s entire Cub Scout adventure, including all the silly and serious highlights, and the nostalgia bomb knocked all of us off our feet. We had come a long way together, and not one of us wanted it to end.
The years a boy spends in the Cub Scouts are filled with fun, friends, and field trips. Take lots of photos along the way, and you will be amazed to see how incredible the whole Cub Scout experience was while it lasted. Take a picture of your son the first time he puts on that uniform, and you will have something you will both treasure forever.