Deirdre LaRock (butterbuns@EARTHLINK.COM)
Tue, 12 Nov 1996 09:38:53 -0500
Arrow of Light Requirements
1. Be active in your webelos den for at least six months since completing
the fourth grade (or at least six months since becoming ten years old,) and
earn the webelos badge.
2. Show your knowledge of the requirements to become a Boy Scout by doing
all of these.
a. Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath or
Promise and the 12 points of the Scout Law. Tell how you have practiced
them in your everyday life.
b. Give and explain the Scout motto, slogan, sign, salute and handclasp.
c. Understand the significance of the Scout badge. Know its parts and
tell what each stands for.
d. Tell how a Boy Scout uniform is different from a Webelos Scout uniform.
3. Earn five more activity badges for a total of eight. (You already
earned three for the Webelos badge.) The total of eight must include
Citizen, Fitness, Readyman, and at least one from the outdoor group, one
from the mental skills group, and one from the technology group. (List of
activity badges is on pg. 28 of the Webelos handbook.)
4. With your Webelos den, visit at least one Boy Scout troop meeting, AND
one Boy Scout oriented outdoor activity.
5. Participate in a Webelos overnight campout OR day hike.
6. After you have completed all five of the above requirements, and after a
talk with your Webelos leader, arrange to visit, with your parent or
guardian, a meeting of a Boy Scout troop you think you might like to join.
Talk to the Scoutmaster. Then get an "Application to Become a Boy Scout,"
fill it out, and have your parent or guardian sign it. Show it to your
Webelos leader and talk about your interest in becoming a scout.
I'm posting these requirements to benefit leaders (cubmasters and others)
who may not have a Webelos handbook, or a current one. I learned a while
ago that if I was going to be a cubmaster I needed a handbook for each rank.
That helped me plan field trips that would be beneficial to all. And, it
also helped me keep track of the boys achievements.
A Webelo scout does not have to go overnight camping with the boy scouts to
earn the Arrow of Light badge. (Surprised me, too...I thought it was a
requirement.) Apparently, he doesn't have to go camping at all. But, most
boys do go on at least one overnight campout as a Webelo district activity,
and another with the sister troop. If a boy cannot go camping for any
reason, he should be made to understand that the Arrow of Light is not out
of reach for him.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City