Re: Broken Arrow Ceremony
Kenneth De Vilbiss (K_E_DeVilbiss@MSN.COM)
Wed, 19 Feb 1997 20:44:54 UT
Here are the 2 ceremonies I know of and promised to post in my reply to Jan.
Broken Arrow AOL
Equipment: An Arrow for each boy, two council fires, awards
Setting: Cubmaster at first fire, boy scouts at second. Award is attached
Akela: Will (Read names) and their parents please come forward and take their
place of honor at the Council Fire? Tonight (Read names) have achieved two
high honors. They will receive the Arrow of Light award and graduate from Cub
Scouting into Boy Scouting.
I hold in my hand an arrow. As you can see, it is straight and true, for
only an arrow that is straight and true will hit its mark. (Hold up arrow so
Scout can see its shaft.) In order to fly straight, it must also have at
least three feathers. These represent the first three ranks of Cub Scouting
you achieved; Bobcat, Wolf and Bear. With these awards in place you began to
ascend along the shaft, toward the tip of the arrow, the Arrow of Light Award.
This is the culmination of all your Cub Scouting efforts. Without a hard,
sharp tip, the arrow is not a very effective weapon. Since you have achieved
this, the highest rank in Cub Scouting, you will now be a more effective Boy
Scout as you take with you the things you've learned and continue to progress
along the Scouting trail.
Please stand. I now present you with this arrow, to which is attached your
award. Parents, please pin the Arrow of Light on your son. now give your
parents the proper salute. (The proper salute to a mother is a kiss.)
Since you are graduating form Cub Scouting tonight, you will no longer be a
Cub Scout, except in memory. Because this arrow represents the path along
which you have come, but not the path along which you must now go, I will ask
you to return the arrow.
(Take the arrows and break them over your knee, just enough to crack, but not
completely in two.) This broken arrow will now be forever a reminder to you,
that you achieved every rank in Cub Scouting, and graduated with honor. It
will no longer fly, just as you will no longer be a Cub Scout. But you will
always wear the Arrow of Light symbol on your uniform, as a reminder of your
accomplishment. You now may keep this broken arrow for your trophy skin. I
give you one last salute before you leave our council fire to join your new
Boy Scout brothers at their council fire. (Salute.) Always be straight and
true! Now walk to your new council fire.
Bear to Webelos - Broken Arrow
Equipment: An Arrow per boy with their name on it. Notch each arrow on the
top and bottom about 3" apart.
Call Bear Scouts and their parents forward.
CM: You and your family have worked together to develop the skills of the
Wolf and Bear. Together, you have strengthened your family and the Scouting
Family. You will now start on the Trail of the Webelos, your goal is the
Arrow of Light.
This group of arrows represents you, your family, your adult Scouting
Leaders, the Pack, and the Chartering Organization. Without any of these
people, Scouting would not be strong. Take this group of arrows. Together,
as a group, the arrows are strong.
As you have noticed, your names are on the arrows. When your arrow remains
in the group, the strength of the group is added to it. Without any of the
other members, Scouting will break as easily as I break this arrow.
(Break each boy's arrow over his shoulder. Hand the point to the parents and
the fletched end to the boy.)
Parents, you have received the head of the arrow. This signifies that you
and the Webelos Leaders will guide these scouts over the next two years. New
Webelos, you have received the flight feathers. This signifies your travels
during the next two years. your journey will end in two years with most of
you reaching the Arrow of Light. At the end of that journey, you will have
enabled this arrow to fly straight and true again.
When the time for their Arrow of Light ceremony comes, collect the arrows, fit
the notches back together and with glue and twine wrap them to become whole
again. Present them to the boys at their Arrow of Light Ceremony.
Written by Rick McNeal
Ellen DeVilbiss K_E_DeVilbiss@msn.com
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