VICENZA, Italy – It takes time and preparation to earn the “Arrow of Light”, the highest badge in Cub Scouting.
“The Arrow of Light rank is earned by being an active member of the den for at least six months since completing the fourth grade, or for at least six months since becoming 10 years old,” explained Anna Williams, who is currently the Cubmaster and assistant secretary for Pack 295.
Williams continued, “Children also need to complete four adventures including Building a Better World; Duty to God in Action; Outdoor Adventurer; Scouting Adventure, and at least one elective adventure out of 18 possible ones.”
On Nov. 4, three children in the Vicenza Military Community, while working toward this objective on their first adventure, had the chance to meet with Col. Matthew Gomlak, U.S. Army Garrison Italy commander at the Spiritual Life Center on Caserma Ederle.
“This adventure is about being a good citizen,” said Williams who added how prior to the event the children learned about the history of the United States flag, their rights and duties as a citizen and about scouting in other parts of the world, just to name a few subjects.
“At this specific den meeting with Col. Gomlak, they learned about his role as a community leader and discussed important issues facing our community,” she said.
According to Williams, the children prepared questions to ask the commander while focusing on the “Building a Better World” during one of their four meetings prior to the event.
“It was fun being around Col. Gomlak and asking him questions,” said 11-year-old Fletcher Williams, “because I learned that there are a lot of different things he has to do, but he can’t just do whatever he wants. He still has to get permission from the people he works for.”
To close up the event, Col. Gomlak thanked the children for what they are doing within the community and highlighted the various things they will have the chance to experience as scouts, at times not easy.
“If I can quote my colleague, who is the commander of the 173rd Brigade here, ‘doing hard things makes you a better person,’” Gomlak said.