Scout Crossover Bridge

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Project by ChrisK posted 545 days ago 2163 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After I built the Arrow of Light I was asked by the Pack Leaders to see what I could do to make a new Crossover Bridge for the Pack. This is what I came up with. The platforms will give the boys a specific place to stand while they wait for there time to Cross. Used big box ‘Birch’ ply for the platforms and riser, 2x was planed down to clean up the surface. I used MinWax tintable stain for the blue and yellow. 4 coats of water based poly for the finish. The Webelo’s will use it Sunday.

-- Chris K

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#1 posted 545 days ago

Nice job! I was in Cubs but don’t remember anything like you mention. What is the ceremony/purpose of the bridge? Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 545 days ago

Very nice job, but I don’t get the purpose either.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#3 posted 545 days ago

Very nice bridge! Let me explain the usage: When boys reach the end of the Cub Scout program in the 5th grade, they “cross-over” into Boy Scouts (or to their parents if they are not continuing). They can earn the highest award in Cub Scouts which is called the Arrow of Light. Most Packs have a ceremony built around bow and arrows, candles, and crossing over a bridge to celebrate this achievement. In our area, the Cub Scouts are on one side of the bridge and the Boy Scout Troops that the Cubs are moving into are on the other side of the bridge, so the bridge is a symbol of the journey from Cub to Boy Scouts.

P.S. I hope it comes apart! I had to store our Pack’s bridge in my basement for 3 years, only bringing it out for the once a year duty.

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#4 posted 545 days ago


Thanks for the explanation. The bottom was supposed to ‘knock down’ but the light construction really did not lend itself to the beating it would take. The posts come off by loosening two wing nuts holding them to platform.

Check out the Arrow of Light I did last year. Next month the project is to finish the pack Trebuchet.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 545 days ago

Thanks for the explanation.
That is a very worthy project, and it came out great.
(As is your cool Arrow of Light) !
The Scouts are a great organization.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#6 posted 545 days ago

Awesome project! Very nice work! I’m sure the troop leaders appreciate all that you do. I will have to keep this one on the back burner as we have a fairly new cub scout troop here in town and my boy is in it in the Tiger Cub den. Thanks for sharing!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#7 posted 545 days ago

I wish I hadn’t left our bridge in our shed to be eaten by termites. My eldest son (now in the US Air Force) graduated into the Boy Scouts across a bridge that had 12 steps that had each been decorated by a boy in the patrol (we just happened to have 12 boys in that Patrol). It was made of 2” X 6” lumber. Each of the rungs had a point of the Scout Law on it. Some were marked with ink, some were chopped with a chisel, or burned in with a wood burning tool, depending on the boy’s choice. All three of my sons walked across that bridge into Boy Scouts. Good times!

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