scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Arrow of Light / bridging policy questions
Fri Mar 24 2000 - 15:24:59 CST
We have Cubs planning to join our Troop who have actually
completed the AOL requirements (or could readily), but
have been told to hold off joining our Troop until late
May, after their Pack's traditional date for their
ceremony to award the AOL badge and bridge to Troops.
Cubs from other Packs have been joining since February.
some background of what our Troop has been told:
"... once that form [the application to join Boy Scouts] gets
to the Scout office, the boy can no longer participate in
Cub activities as a Cub. That means he cannot participate
in the Pinewood Derby or in the Arrow of Light ceremony.
The workaround (discussed at the last several Commissioners'
meetings) is to hold the form until after the ceremony."
"From the Cub end, once the boy has officially joined Boy
Scouts (which means the date at which his application and
money arrive at the Scout office and are entered in their
records - which should be the date stamped on the applic-
ation and/or the date of the money receipt printout), he
can no longer do Cub things. That is, he cannot earn any
more Cub activity badges, and most important, he cannot
get any more rank advancement. If he has not crossed the
Bridge and officially received his Arrow of Light, then he
is no longer eligible to do so. So his Boy Scout application
should not be filed with the office until either he has
gone through the Arrow of Light Bridging Ceremony or he and
his parents understand and agree that he will no longer be
eligible to do so."
I believe that those who made these statements are mixing
several distinct events together, and perhaps coming to
I believe the following events are distinct:
- completing all of the requirements for AOL
- turning in a dated advancement report indicating that
AOL has been earned (meeting one Boy Scout joining
requirements i.e. "earned the Arrow of Light Award")
- awarding the AOL badge in a ceremony
- having a bridging ceremony
- turning in an application form to join the Boy Scouts
(and ending eligiblity to earn Cub Scout advancement)
I tried to find the publication "Webelos to Scout
Transition" (WTST) (33870), hoping from its title that
it might shed some light on the situation, but it was
not available at our Council's Scout Shop, and they
thought it had been withdrawn as obsolete.
If a Cub Scout earns AOL and joins a Boy Scout troop, is
there any **OFFICIAL WRITTEN BSA POLICY OR GUIDELINE**
saying whether he then may (or may not) attend a ceremony
to be awarded his AOL badge, or a "bridging" ceremony?
If so, could you please cite the publication name and
number, and the page(s).
If he is forbidden to attend the ceremony, can they still
slip him the card and the badge somehow? Or is his AOL
"unearned" if he doesn't attend the ceremony (and then
maybe he wasn't really eligible to join Boy Scouts,
and he could have attended the ceremony after all...)
Thanks for any pointers,
Bill Spangler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ASM, Troop 5, Palo Alto, CA