Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: New Arrow of Light Requirement
Re: New Arrow of Light Requirement
Tue, 16 Feb 1999 03:00:07 -0600
"Calvin H. Gray" <405geezer@IGG-TX.NET> posted an important change
to the Arrow of Light requirements:
>According to the 1998 Webelos book, Arrow of Light requirement #6
>was changed to read as follows:
>"After you have completed all five of the above requirements, and
>after a talk with your Webelos den leader, arrange to visit, with
>your parent or guardian, a meeting of a Boy Scout troop you think
>you might like to join. Have a conference with the Scoutmaster.
>Complete and turn in a 'Join Boy Scouting' application to the
>Scoutmaster during the conference."
And he, along with other Scouters, have asked:
>I can see a whole lot of confusion arising out of this change as
>far as what happens to the application. Can anyone tell me why
>the BSA now wants the boy to actually turn in an application to a
>Scoutmaster, even though he may not be joining that particular
>troop or any troop at all?
When Paul Wolf brought this up the week before last over at
rec.scouting.usa after discovering the change himself, I sent a
copy of his posting and my response to it to some folks at National
for some comments. I haven't received a response, which tells me
that they were just as dumbfounded that such a change would occur.
The problem, as Calvin alluded it, is a BIG one.
Here's the problem: First, in order to earn the Arrow of Light,
which is Cub Scouting's highest rank, a WEBELOS Cub Scout must be
registered in the Pack and complete all requirements, including the
Part of meeting those requirements is the above snippet, which
requires a WEBELOS Cub Scout to complete with his parents, a new
Scout application and to TURN IT IN to a Scoutmaster.
Many Scoutmasters, unaware of the requirement change, will simply
turn the application into their Council office (with or without the
money) and the Registrar will post the application to the unit's
charter, and a new Scout is "born."
(A lot of times, the Registrar will process applications without
the money and will "post the fees" to the unit's account with the
Council. In this way, there are no delays in getting the
application processed and sent onward. Other Councils will
"process and hold" the application until the Scoutmaster or someone
from that unit comes into the Council office with the check or
Only thing, this CUTS the WEBELOS Cub Scout's ability to earn the
Arrow of Light because he's *no longer a Cub Scout*; he's now a Boy
Scout and as such, cannot receive Cub Scouting awards.
So, what is the Cub Scout Division's intent with this change?
I think that someone wasn't looking closely at the wording of the
requirement before releasing it, and that we'll see soon a change
to the change which will revert it backwards to just completing the
application. Or perhaps a Scoutmaster will be asked to REVIEW the
application and not to accept it for membership. I offered both of
those suggestions, and Paul offered another similar one.
But Scoutmasters, this is a CHANGE and we have to go with the
wording of the CHANGE. But PLEASE, DON'T TURN IN THE APPLICATIONS
until AFTER the WEBELOS receives the Arrow of Light!! This may be
one of those questions asked during the conference.
(c) 1999 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.mninter.net/~blkeagle Burnsville, MN 55306-7130 (612) 435-3068
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