Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Flaming Arrows
Sat, 6 Feb 1999 09:52:52 -0600
I hate to give away all of our secrets, but I want to tell y'all the
ultimate way of making a "flaming arrow." :-)
It's going to be hard to describe the layout of our council ring and
how this thing is made, but I'm going to do my best.
Our council ring sits in a natural amphitheater, and looks out into an
inlet of our camp's lake. Directly across the lake is a tall, sturdy
pine tree. At the bottom of this tree is a reel similar to the type you'd
use to pull a boat out of the water and onto your trailer. The tree has
been "modified" to COPE standards. This allows our summer camp
COPE director to climb the tree to "shoot" the "arrow."
Attached to the reel is a 1/4" steel wire. From the reel, the wire goes
through a pulley near the top of the tree. From here the wire heads
across the lake and is tied with strong nylon "scout rope" to a steel
pole anchored DEEP with concrete. This pole is hidden directly in
the middle of our 10'-12' tall fire lay. A path is cleared in the back to
allow the "arrow" to get all the way to the middle.
The "arrow" is a foot long piece of small steel pipe with two small
pulleys attached to it. A roll of toilet paper is attached with bailing
wire to the front of the pipe. Now you've got your arrow.
It's now Wednesday night, and 400-600 staff members, scouts, and
parents are packed in the council ring. They have just gotten through
walking down the Trail of Silence to the tune of "Indian Flute Music."
Now it is silent and it is pitch black except for the "smudge pots"
lining the council ring. Everyone is sitting there waiting, with an eerie
Suddenly, a spotlight pierces the darkness. What is that? An Indian
standing in the middle of the water? (He is actually standing a
platform sunk 2" below the water.) He holds his hands up and yells
some Indian word. As soon as he holds his hands up, the arrow
comes sailing 15'-20' above his head.
It flies into the fire igniting it into flames. The scout rope holding the
wire to the post melts away and allows us to pull the wire and arrow
out and throw it in the shallow part of the lake.
Two canoes appear from opposite sides of the lake loaded with fully
outfitted "Indians" carrying torches. One swings around and picks up
the "Chief" on the platform. Then the two canoes "dock" in front of
the council ring and the Indians come and line up in front of the fire.
I know this opening isn't possible for all lodges, but it is _very_
effective. Let the "flaming" begin. :-)
Former Chicksa 202 Lodge Chief
Section SR-8a Vice Chief
Chicksa 202 Publications Chairman
Eagle Scout - Vigil Honor - Founder's Award
Aiyuli Chufa Ahina Oshchiloi Pukna
"Worthy One with Curly Top"