Hermon Cub Scout, now Boy Scout, earns scouting awards
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:18 pm

Scout Jack Velez of Hermon receives awards from a scout leader at a recent ceremony.

HERMON -- Jack Velez, a 10-year old Cub Scout of Hermon-DeKalb Pack 144 received two prestigious Cub Scout awards on Oct. 26 before crossing over into the Hermon-DeKalb Boy Scout Troop.

The first honor was the Arrow of Light Award, the highest award and rank that can be earned by a Cub Scout. It is for fifth graders who earn several activity pins. Jack earned all 18 Adventure Pins, which is rarely done.

He also earned the STEM-based Charles H. Townes Supernova Award, for completing a demanding science project. Jack is the first Longhouse Council scout on record to earn this award. He researched five famous scientists, earned five Adventure Pins, visited a rock show, built a simple electrical circuit, did five mathematical activities at home, founf interesting facts about Charles Townes, learned about a STEM-based career, participated in a STEM-based activity at a scouting event, and did two science experiments with one showing the scientific method.

Now a Boy Scout, Jack says he wants to earn every merit badge possible on the way to the rank o Eagle Scout. He also wishes to become a scientist for NASA and enjoys learning about engineering, chemistry, and nuclear science.