Snowflakes was the theme for Exeter Cub Scout Pack 218's Blue and Gold celebration this year. They decorated the Exeter American Legion Home in white snowflakes with snowflake lanterns and beautiful pipe cleaner snowflakes.
The members of Pack 218 opened the evening with a flag ceremony led by Webelos II den member Johnny Babula and then the large crowd was led in a prayer for the food by Wolf den member Braden Capek.
After a potluck dinner, Cornhusker Council Prairie Winds District Executive Jerad Reimers spoke for a few minutes on the Friends of Scouting Program before Cubmaster Leesa Bartu presented the scouts with their rank badges.
Tiger Cub Marcus Krupicka earned his rank badge and the Bobcat rank. The three members of the wolf den, Braden Capek, Alec Schlueter and Ben Bartu all received their rank badges as did the members of the Bear den, Jackson Beethe, Clint Oldehoeft and Blake Meyer.
Both members of the Webelos II den, Peytan Brandt and Johnny Babula, earned the arrow of light and were presented with the award by their parents. Peytan Brandt earned all 20 of the Webelos activity pins and received a special patch recognizing this achievement.
Four families in the pack, the Roger Brandt family, the Roger Capek family, the Mark Beethe family and the Dean Bartu family also earned the Fun with our Family patches.
Next on the evening's agenda was the pack Pinewood Derby. Stanley Rhodes, of Cordova, coordinates the event every year bringing his track and his helpers, Robert Rhodes of Exeter and Lance Larsen of Cordova. Prior to race time the men had judged the cars for show, but the results were not revealed until after the race.
After each boy raced the others twice, there was one more race off to determine the winner and the results were announced. In the modified category Blake Meyer won first, Peytan Brandt took second and Braden Capek was third. In the stock category Clint Oldehoeft was first, Jackson Beethe, second and Johnny Babula was third.
The show results were announced next. Modified show first place was Ben Bartu, Alec Schlueter was second and Brayden Capek was third. In stock show Clint Oldehoeft took first, Johnny Babula was second and Jackson Beethe was third. Winning the Cubmaster's Choice award this year was Marcus Krupicka.