REF WEBELOS QUIZ
U-E68867-Ronald Hart (hart_ronald@AE.GE.COM)
Fri, 20 Nov 1992 16:15:38 EST
WEBELOS Quiz Answers
1. What is the earliest reference to Webelos in the Cub Scout program?
In the very beginning of the program the word Webelos is found.
When formally introduced in 1930, all Cub Scouts were members of the tribe
of Webelos - Akela's tribe. There is a tale, "Akela and the Webelos" that is
found in the 1930 edition of The Boy's Cubbook. [BSA test material dating back
to at least 1929 used the term as an integral part of the ceremony and meaning
of Cubbing.] From the book (p.17), "The Webelos tribal name has an inner
signifying progress from Wolf, through Bear and Lion ranks to Scout. W-b-l-s."
The Webelos (or "Arrow of Light") rank was not introduced until much later as a
transition aid. However, the Arrow of Light was integral to its ceremony, as
Akela's totem. "The 'Golden Arrow,' a gilded wooden arrow, was given by the
Chief Scout of the World, Lord Baden-Powell, as a token of World Peace at the
World Scout Jamboree in Arrowe Park, Birkhead, England, in August, 1929. "The
'Arrow of Light' symbolized seven bright days in every week." All Cubs were
Webelos and a seperate organization in the Pack did not start until much later.
The Webelos award was earned while in the Lion den by Cubs, starting when they
turned 11 1/2 and move into the Troop on 12th birthday (age did not drop for
some additional time). The Webelos award was first introduced in 1943 and the
optional Webelos den was introduced in 1951.
2. When did the "old" Webelos rank (aka Webelos badge or Webelos award)
change to be known as the Arrow of Light award?
In the fall of 1968, when the new WEBELOS program finally took shape. This
for transition between the old WEBELOS requirements and the new ones which
was published with the new WEBELOS SCOUT BOOK in the fall of 1967.(Settummanque)
[Ed. Transition was to be completed by fall 1969. There was no new Webelos
only the name change. The Webelos Badge ("corn cob") in '67 was a patch for the
hat and neckerchief only. The "new"/additional Webelos rank was added later.]
3. When was the AOL Square Knot first made available, and what
color was the background (green/olive drab or tan)?
When did the AOL Square knot began to be available (fall 1978),
and what color was the background (khaki green, the background for the old
uniforms. It was available in khaki tan later in 1980).(Settummanque)
4. When was the diamond shaped 'W' "\/\/" badge issued as the
WEBELOS badge (it pre-dates the "corn cob")?
The "W" badge was a den badge available to be worn by members of the Webelos Den
on their right sleeve in place of the Den Numeral, when a boy moved into the
Webelos Den. It was never issued as a rank. I have references to its being
available between 1951 and 1966 (it was dropped in favor of the new Webelos
badge or "corn cob"). Because during this time, Webelos dens were an option
and Packs could elect to leave the Cubs in the Lion den to work on their Webelos
award, it was only those Packs that set up Webelos dens that ever used the badge
and many never bothered because the den lasted such a short time.
5. Were the LION and the 'W' badge ever concurrently issued
Yes. The Lion badge was issued 1930 through the fall of 1969 (see no. 2 above).
The "W" badge was issued during the '50's and '60's (see no. 4 above).
Yours In Scouting/Nageuchsowagon
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