Jack Clow (HAYICU2@AOL.COM)
Mon, 8 May 1995 12:51:30 -0400
We do all our crossing at spring camp out. Making a bridge from sticks and
rope w our CS flags at one end and BS flags and BS boys, leaders at other.
First we cross boys who do not attain the AOL. one at a time. Then we call
the names of the WEBELOS who are to receive the AOL. As they start to cross
we say "Stop you have further accomplishments." DRUM BEAT "There will be
silence. Pause The drum of the great leader AKELA call all to recognize
those Cub Scouts who have achieved the greatest of all cub scout honors.
These scouts have honored AKELA, Their parents, and future cubs. The road
to the Arrow of Light is not an easy one and this accomplishment is not to be
taken lightly. These scouts have shown their courage to continue and see a
task through to the end. In this end there is a new beginning. The
beginning of new leadership for tomorrow. We gather here tonight to honor
these scouts and we are humbled by their accomplishment. They show us that
by following the proper trail and facing the challenges it presents us, we
can all reach our destination. Pause Would the parents of the scouts name
join them before the council of AKELA. Pause AKELA tell all the trail
these scouts followed to achieve the arrow of light." Pause CM or other
give AOL requirements and explanation. CM hands candles to the boys.
"Scouts light your candles" the scouts light candles and place them on
Arrow of light sign we have placed between CS flags. "scouts please face
the fire pit. Bearer of the arrow, Present arrows." We have an adult
member come forward with arrows (one for each boy, we use wooden target
arrows with a small piece of flash paper (get at local magic shop) wrapped
around tip) stopping at each compass point around the fire holding arrows
forward toward the point then toward the spectators, then the receiving boys.
present an arrow to each boy. "These arrows symbolize the straight path
one must follow. The light symbolizes the enlightenment of knowledge and for
doing right for others." Tell all boys to hold arrow next to the feathers
and one at a time place the tip of the arrow into the flame of their candle.
"AKELA will now present the arrow of light to the scouts." (and pins to
mothers) Would the Scouts follow AKELA for their secret ceremony. (out of
sight of the others we tell the scouts that the only secret is a kept one
that the other scouts will work harder because of not knowing what this
secret is. We also explain that the AOL award is the only cub scout award
that can be proudly worn on a boy scout uniform. The scouts return to the
camp fire. "Scouts please bring your parents to the bridge but cross the
bridge alone" Parents will wait on this side. On the BS side the Boy
scouts will present the boys with their new BS neckerchiefs. Then send the
boys back one by one to bring their parents across.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City