Re: Arrow of Light ceremony needed
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Mon, 22 Feb 1993 10:46:10 CST
I have used several ceremonies over the years, but the best involved
use of an arrow and a bridge. Went something like this. We often had
assistance from an OA team. We also had a good archer. The Indians
arrived and after a few words about the importance of the Arrow of Light
they shot an arrow into the target for each recipient. The AoL candles
were lit with appropriate comments for each of the rays. Recipients
then took their arrow from the target and crossed the bridge where they
were greeted by the SPL and SM of the troop they would join. Their
Webelos neckerchief was removed and replaced with a troop neckerchief.
We also displayed banners (made to hang on the arrow) with all of the
badges each Cub had earned. Banners were blue felt about 2 feet wide and
2-3 long, depending on how many patches the Cub had to display. This was
a real winner when the parents kept the banners hidden until the
appropriate moment. Cubs had been told that their uniforms needed to be
stripped of patches because they would get new ones as a Scout! Lots of
ohs and ahs from the younger boys. Also got them interested in earning
more patches (by participating in more events).
Many years, the AoL recipients were escorted from the meeting by their
new SM as a symbol of their moving out of Cub Scouting into Boy Scouting.
Now, all of a sudden, the first year Webelos were the old guys!!
The absolute best ceremony was a district wide event in conjunction with
the spring camporee. We graduated over 400 boys with a very high retention
rate (I am told around 90% after one year of BSA, but I have since learned
that the 400 did not represent all of the AoL recipients in the district
that year). The whole ceremony took about 1 1/2 hours and I know of no one
who was bored (constant action, lots of pagentry and every boy called by name).
Better than my high school graduation--speeches were much, much shorter!!
After ceremony, AoL recipients were welcomed by troops with a crackerbarrel
around their campfire. Most boys camped with their troop for the remainder
of the camporee.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City