Arrow Of Light
Deirdre LaRock (butterbuns@EARTHLINK.COM)
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 08:19:23 -0500
I've been watching this thread for a while. You are all interested in
ceremonies, etc. Making sure that the boys who earn this get their proper
recognition. Especially if they aren't going to Boy Scouts. OK, how can
they earn the Arrow of Light if they aren't joining boy scouts?? (Checking
my book here)
After you have completed all five of the above requirements, and after a
talk with your Webelos leader, arrange to visit, with your parent of
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 Boy Scout.
It seems pretty clear to me that in order for a boy to earn his Arrow of
Light he has to make the commitment to become a Boy Scout. If we don't
enforce this, we are setting a very bad precedent. We are showing boys that
they can do less than what is expected and still be rewarded. I guess,
technically, they could join just to get their award and then quit. Not a
palatable solution in my mind. Not every cub scout will earn the Arrow of
Light, just as not every Boy Scout will earn the Eagle award. While it
always makes us feel better to award these ranks, we shouldn't cheapen the
award by lowering our standards.
I know this is mostly my opinion. But, the Webelos handbook seems rather
clear on this point. It's probably too late to change anyone's mind this
year. But, maybe next year we can do better.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City