Arrow of Light
Peter Van Houten (Peter_Van_Houten@SIMULACRUM.WV.TEK.COM)
Thu, 1 Apr 1993 14:12:27 PST
Arrow of Light
Last night we did our Webelos Cross over ceremony. Ten boys received their
Arrow of Light and crossed over to Boy Scouts. There has been several
discussions on the pro's and con's of having both ceremonies occur at the
same time. I would like to share what we did and why.
First of all, the Arrow of Light Ceremony was a seperate ceremony all
together that I obtained off this net over a year ago. It has been molded
and adapted to fit our pack. The setting was a darkened room with a
electric campfire. The campfire had a dimmer switch so it could be
brightened as wood was added to the fire (very impressive). We had a single
spot on the center of the stage, with a teepee in the background. The
script for the ceremony itself was 7 pages in length and included:
-- The Story of Akela and his father 'Arrow of Light'
-- The introduction of the Bobcat and awarding of this
During this section I noted that the stars in the sky (of course I had
in the dark stars up on the wall) were in the shape of constellations,
that it was by the stars that many navigators were able to find there
Using the stars as an example, I explained that the Bobcat was beginning
trail and needed a guide. His guide would be Akela, his parents, his
leader, and even I, his Cubmaster. I than presented the boys parents
his Bobcat badge, and the boy with a star for his room. This star was a
reminder of the ceremony and that Akela would help him along the Cub
-- The introduction of the Wolf and awarding of the badge.
We had 7 wolf recipients and 15 arrow recipients. The Wolf recipients
received the Mark of the wolf (Red Face paint) which represented the Red
background of the badge, and stood for Strength and Courage.
-- The introduction of the Bear and awarding of the badge.
We had no bears, but had bear arrow recipients.
-- The introduction of the Webelos and awarding of the badge.
We had two Webelos recipients. They received the mark of the Webelos,
blue face paint) which represent the Blue background of the badge and
for vigilence and honesty.
-- The introduction and awarding of the Activity Badges
-- The introduction and awarding of the Arrow of Light
There were four parts to this ceremony. First, was the description of
Indian Coop, and the awarding of each boys personalized Coop Banner.
banner consisted of a blue felt background hanging from a target arrow.
the felt was the boys name, the year, and pack number. It also included
a large Arrow of Light ensignia, and on the bottom, the ranks each boy
earned during his walk on the Cub Scout Trail, Tiger through Webelos.
The second was the awarding of a Arrow of Light certificate by Me
to each boy commemerating the date he received his AOL.
The third was the awarding of the Arrow of Light badge by the boys den
to the boys parents, who in turn awarded the badge to the boy.
The fourth was the Arrow of Light challenge, similar to the Eagle
given at a Eagle Court of Honor, the Arrow of Light challenge challanged
boys to continue to live up to the ideals they learned in Cub Scouting,
'Do their Best', and strive to achieve the Eagle award in Boy Scouting.
At each section, we congratulated the boys with a cheer - The bobcat
received the 'Cub Scout' Cheer, the Wolfs received the 'Wolf Howl', the
Bears received the 'Grizzley Bear Growl', the Webelos received the 'Grand
Stomp', and the Arrow of Light received a standing ovation.
We concluded the ceremony and brought the house lights up. We continued on
with the pack meeting with a song, a skit, minor awards (belt loops,
segments, den awards) and my Wood Badge Beading. After all of that, we had
the OA enter the room and set up the bridge for cross over. Dressed in full
indian regalia, the drum beating in the distance, the lights were lowered
and the campfire lit, they began the crossover ceremony. Each boys accomplishme
were recited and they were led across the bridge where their respective
troop Scoutmaster met them and welcomed them into their troop.
The point of all this is that the Arrow of Light is the highest award for
Cub Scouting and should be treated as such. It should be given the respect
and honor of a great achievement. By combining it with the cross over we
tie together the aspect of reaching a major milestone in Scouting, but being
able to continue on a different plane, with more adventure, excitement and
For our pack, the boys, and the parents it was a very impressive pack
meeting, one which will not soon be forgotten.
Peter Van Houten
Peter Van Houten
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Beaverton, OR 97007
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