scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Arrow of Light Ceremony
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU
Sat Nov 06 1999 - 14:37:46 CST
Diana asked for ways to make the AOL ceremony special.
1. Have the OA come perform their ceremony if all the boys will be
earning it at once. Since the OA generally does a terrific job, this is
about the ONLY time in Cubs I would recommend having boys wait a little
bit to get an award. The OA will have every Cub down to the youngest
Tiger and Sibling silent in awe. This is what I hope to do with my
2. Can't get the OA, then there are nummerous ceremonies out there for
AOL. I pulled several off the Web. I take one and personalize it to the
group. I especially like "The Archer" or The Twin Archer. I bought a
hula hoop (my son thinks I bought it for him!) and covered it with
newsprint, painted on a big target and made a special arrow (no real tip
but glued on a leather tip stamped with AOL) and had my best "Archer"
shoot it through the target. The props are easy.
3. I just made a big AOL out of stained wood and routed (well, I really
made a bunch of passes with the readial arm saw to make the groove) a
groove to set the AOL in. I drilled some holes in the base for candles,
one for each boy or one for each part of your "ceremony" (law or whatever
you want to work in). I want this as a back-up in case it snows the night
of the AOL ceremony and the OA can't make it and I have to wing it. I
usually use the "ceremony" to advertise to the parents and younger boys
what the AOL is. It's worked well over the years.
4. You could make something special to give to the boys. Anybody with a
good idea for this, I would be eternally grateful. Last year we did
bridging and AOL on the same night, so I made career arrows (VERY time
consuming for a big and active den!) so I'd like to do a different craft.
I have a wood burning pen I like to use.
Hope this helps.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Troop Committee Chair, Troop 170
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council