scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Arrow Of Light Award History
Sat Nov 27 1999 - 19:43:51 CST
In answer to a query that I inadvertently deleted due to the
excitement brought on by the incipient advent of "Opening Day", I
bring to your attention the following paraphrase of the earlier
posting by Don De Young:
"In the VERY FIRST Cub Scout Handbook, "THE BOY'S CUBBOOK",
copyright 1930, it shows several pictures of the Arrow of Light, and
offers several definitions. The FIRST introduction of the term "
Arrow of Light" in Cubbing is in reference to it being the name
(and totem of) the father of Chief Akela (BTW, Akela's Mom's name
was "Kind Eyes") It states:
'His [Akela's] father was the son of the sun.
His totem was the ARROW OF LIGHT.'
This, and subsequent, handbooks of the 30s and 40s include the
following inscriptions in further definition of AOL:
'The "Arrow of Light" means progress upward and onward" in that
direction--> The direction of good citizenship.' and
'At the Arrowe Park World Scout Jamboree, the Golden Arrow was made
the sign of World Friendship. Akela's totem-- "The Arrow of Light"
with it's seven bright days as rays takes on the same meaning."'
The Arrowe Park World Scout Jamboree took place in Birkenhead,
England in 1929, the year before Cubbing 'officially' began in the
USA. I am sure that this is the TRUE root of the AOL!
I think this is about as far back as you can go with the 'official'
definition of the AOL."
As I indicated, I deleted the enquiry so I am not certain that this
is the answer sought! :-(
Yours In Sea Scouts;
former Pack 17 Lion Scout with the WeBelos Award :-)