Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Arrow of Light stats and Order of the Arrow question
Re: Arrow of Light stats and Order of the Arrow question
Fri, 2 Apr 1999 06:59:07 EST
In a message dated 3/31/99 5:23:57 PM, trinoaks@FLASH.NET writes:
<<1. Does anyone have stats on how many Cubs eventually attain Arrow of
Light? Is it something on the order of Eagle's 2-4%?
2. Must a boy be elected to Order of the Arrow by his *own* troop? I
get the distinct impression that our troop isn't going to "do" OA,
although it may be too early to tell (the troop is only a year old, and
we have only a handful of First Class Scouts, none higher).
You have gotten a number of good answers concerning the Order of the Arrow,
but I haven't seen any concerning the Arrow of Light. I have never heard
this number stated, but through a series of calculations which I won't bore
you with but will be happy to share, if you wish, I estimate that the
percentage of boys joining as Wolf Cub Scouts who go on to earn the Arrow of
Light is about 20-25%. Cub Scout Division in Irving TX may have the exact
Concerning the Order of the Arrow as others have done, I can only suggest
that your Troop contact the local lodge or chapter, obtain information and
request an election. However, as it is now spring and a lot of advancement
occurs during the spring/summer, your Troop might want to wait until summer
camp or even the Fall for the election. The problem there is that a boy
might be elected in 1999 and have only one Ordeal ceremony to attend in the
fall or if that is missed, need to wait until the following Spring of 2000 to
participate in an Ordeal ceremony.
But if there are only a couple of boys eligible and some make it this year,
it still gives the others something to shoot for in the next year's election.