Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: New Arrow of Light Requirement
Re: New Arrow of Light Requirement
Paul S. Wolf
Tue, 16 Feb 1999 19:27:38 -0500
Calvin H. Gray wrote:
> According to the 1998 Webelos book, Arrow of Light requirement #6 was
> changed to read as follows:
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> 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?
> And exactly what is the Scoutmaster supposed to do with the application?
> I'm certainly not going to sign one of these unless the boy has paid his
> fees, filled out BOTH sides of the application and committed to joining my
> This change seems rather dumb to me. Am I missing something?
Cal: Here is the suggestion I added at the bottom of the AoL
requirements page on the USSSP:
The last sentence of Requirement 6 does NOT say "Join a Boy Scout
Troop", it says "complete and turn in" an application. Since (1) the
Arrow of Light can not be earned after a boy has transferred into a Boy
Scout Troop, (2) the troop where the boy has his conference is not
necessarily the one he ultimately may join, and (3) there may be an
extended period between the time he has the conference and the time he
completes the other requirements or actually joins a Boy Scout Troop (if
he does join one), we recommend the following procedure be followed:
1. Do EXACTLY what the last sentence of requirement 6 says:
"Complete and turn in a "Join Boy Scouting" application to the
Scoutmaster during the conference."
Then do the following:
2. Have the Scoutmaster sign the application during the conference, as
proof that the conference took place.
3. At the end of the conference, take the application back, bring it
to the next Webelos den meeting, show it to the Webelos den leader,
proof that the requirement was done, and ask the leader to initial
requirement 6 in his book.
4. Once the boy has completed the other requirements, and
Arrow of Light, and when he is ready to transfer to a Troop,
the application to the troop of the family's choice, pay any fees
for transferring or joining, and ask that the form be processed.
If it is a different troop, just use a new application form.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Traffic Engineer, Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office, Cleveland, Ohio
Past President, Great Lakes Region, Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
Winding Rivers Dist. Advancement Comm., Greater Cleveland Council, BSA
Advancement Webmaster, US Scouting Service Project (www.usscouts.org)