Arrow Of Light
Michael J Pagelkopf (mjpagel@SPARC.ISL.NET)
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 10:34:39 -0600
Regarding the posting from Deirdre LaRock
>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.
I can recall early in the development of our district's Arrow of Light
Ceremony that the application was the registration form for the activity.
The $1.00 transfer fee was collected and the application was used to "work
the boys" into the Boy Scout program.
I still have a difficult time with the interpretation that a Webelos must
join a Boy Scout unit in order to earn the Arrow of Light. And Deirde, the
thread you have raised is a valid one because each of us needs to be
communicating program or policy ideas that are in question.
"Show it to your Webelos leader and talk about your interest in becoming a
Boy Scout" does not infer that the Webelos Scout needs to join a troop. The
Arrow of Light is a Cub Scout Award and I do not believe that the ability to
earn the award is based on the Scout joining a Boy Scout unit.
If joining a Boy Scout unit is indeed a prerequisite to earning the Arrow of
Light I would like to know the "chapter and verse". "Show it to your
Webvelos leader and talk about your interest in becoming a Boy Scout" is not
a defining statement of "membership in a troop is an Arrow of Light
The requirements for earning the Arrow of Light are laced with Boy Scout
exposure, absolute membership is not one of them.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City