Webelos Coop Sticks
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Wed, 18 Dec 1991 14:28:59 EST
Thought I would share something that really went over BIG TIME last night.
We held an ARROW OF LIGHT ceremony for my 8 Webelos scouts with an Indian
theme. The 4 Wolf Dens and the 2 Bear Dens all did indian crafts and 2 dens
had skits. In our ceremony (which if someone really wants it I can upload it
over break) we told of the Indian tradition of counting coop (pronounced coo)
and how Indians saved the eagle feathers for their war bonnets on coop sticks.
Well we had a tepee of sorts set up (8 coop sticks on a tripod of sticks covere
d with a earth tone blanket in back of a roaring liht bulb fire lay). When
I announced that we were ready to present the coop sticks and I uncovered the
8 sticks on tripod the gasps were audible. The boys were given the sticks
and they loved them. In the ceremony I told about the significance.
Buy an official scout stave ($2.05) from national supply and drill a 3/8" hold
about 2" from on end, then rub in a poly stain (gloss is nice). Before I
stained them I used a permanent marker to mark the date, 3075 (for the pack no.
) and drew an arrow of light. on the opposite side I wrote their name (which
is the most critical thing you should do. From the hole I threaded a leather
thong with pony beads indicating all of their accomplishments in cub scouts.
From the ends of the thong I tied an imit. eagle feather and a white fluffy
plume. Knots used were figure eights at the ends and square knots at the top
(for joining cub scouts) and at the bottom (for joining boy scouts). The color
s of the beads indicated what they accomplished.
These are the beads that I used
1 orange for the year in tigers (if they were in - you only get a bead if
you were really in)
1 - 4 yellow for years in cub scouts (including webelos years)
1 - 4 royal blue for the BOBCAT, WOLF, BEAR, and WEBELOS patches
1 forest green for the ARROW OF LIGHT award
1 - 20 bright gold metal beads for the activity pins
1 - 4 white beads for the compass emblem and each compass point
1 black bead for hiking the Cuyahoga Valley Trail (black from the ribbon on the
actual medal they earlier received)
1 - ? silver metal beads for each cub scout sports belt loop earned
1 - ? grey for sports pins and letter
I didn't give beads for arrow points earned at WOLF and BEAR rank (cause of
poor records) or for tiger graduation or attendance or skits ... but you
could. Had I thought of this sooner, I would have used a totem of leather
thongs in the den and added the beads as the awards were earned. Like a
Hope this gives you some ideas. Like I said the boys were in love with
their hiking/coop sticks. In fact when the chairmen wanted to see a
stick up close, the only remaining webelos at that time didn't want to
give it up for even a second. The chairman had to promise (1) not to harm it
and (2) to give it right back. The kid was very nice about it - just didn't
want to let go. This kid is the same one that "quit" scouting for a while.
good cubbing (but scouts might like this as well)
pack 3075 and proud father of the ARROW OF LIGHT recipient with the most coop
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City