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Members of Cub Scout Pack 11, composed of students from Dorchester’s Mather Elementary School, recently participated in their first Blue and Gold Banquet.
The event highlights the traditions of scouting and acts as a graduation ceremony for Cub Scouts as they move onto Boy Scouts in the Boston Minuteman Council.
The students are part of the council’s "ScoutReach" initiative, which was launched 16-months ago to boost Boy Scout membership and participation in the inner-city.
"I am so proud of these young Scouts and all they have accomplished through our 'ScoutReach' program," Chuck Eaton, chief executive of the Boy Scouts Boston Minuteman Council, said in a statement. "This milestone Blue and Gold Banquet is proof that our program is working, and these new Scout units are taking hold in the inner-city."
Like with all scouts, the youths must earn merit badges, explore, perform tasks, and do good deeds, but the new initiative also gives the students the option of “earning” their uniforms and dues through participation, good behavior, accomplishments, and healthy habits.
20 Dorchester Scouts received their uniforms, neckerchiefs, and slides at the Feb. 15 ceremony.