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Hit the Bull’s-Eye
Understanding the Arrow of Light
award, the pinnacle of Cub Scouts.
a result, we worked hard to create a THE ARROW OF LIGHT, the top CAN BOYS COMPLETE SOME Arrow of Light award and
structure so that if a kid wants to do award a Cub Scout can earn, REQUIREMENTS TOGETHER? Outdoorsman activity badge.
the work and get Eagle, he can. demonstrates a young boy’s Yes. The den should take a We have a feeling you won’t
readiness for the next level: group trip to sit in on at least run into any objections from
DO YOU PUT A HIGH PRIORITY ON Boy Scouts. Boys who earn one Boy Scout troop meeting your boys when you tell them
EAGLE IN YOUR TROOP? We do not it have completed all of the and at least one Boy Scout- another trip is in the works.
set a goal for how many Eagles we’re requirements for the Scout oriented activity. Not only
going to have, but everybody’s going badge and are ready to cross will this help give the boys WHAT’S THE HONESTY
to have the chance. If 10 Scouts want over into Boy Scouts. If the an idea of which troop they’d CHARACTER CONNECTION? It’s
to become Eagle, and they really try, boys in your Webelos den are like to join, but it also will be the final requirement for the
all 10 can make it. Unlike many com- active and regularly attend a ton of fun for the younger Arrow of Light. To complete
petitive sports, Scouting is a program camp-outs and events, they Scouts to get a peek at what it, boys discuss principles of
where everybody can win. And if you won’t have any trouble com- the older boys do. trustworthiness with their
help somebody else win, you get extra pleting the award. parents so that they know,
recognition. HOW DOES EARNING THE commit, and practice these
The more important measure, AT WHAT AGE CAN A BOY AWARD HELP PREPARE BOYS tenets in their daily lives.
for me, is this: How many kids went START EARNING THE ARROW FOR BOY SCOUTS? It will
into our Scouting program and are OF LIGHT? Six months need significantly ease their transi- CAN BOYS SHOW OFF THEIR
better people as a result? That’s a to have passed since the boy tion and introduce them ACHIEVEMENT ONCE THEY
tough metric to generate, but that’s completed the fourth grade to troops they might want GRADUATE TO BOY SCOUTS?
what we’re really after—developing or turned 10 years old. to join. In addition to mas- Yes. They should wear the
good, solid citizens who contribute to tering outdoor skills, boys blue-and-gold badge shown
society. ¿ HOW MANY ACTIVITY BADGES memorize the Scout Oath, above. Place it below the left
ARE REQUIRED? Boys need Law, Motto, sign, salute, and pocket.
five, plus the three already handshake. They also learn
earned with the Webelos about the Boy Scout uniform WHAT ABOUT LEADERS WHO
badge. The five must be: and how it differs from their EARNED THE AWARD AS A
the work of the 11 Scouts by giving
Scouting volunteer made a significant
Readyman, Outdoorsman, Webelos Scout uniform. YOUTH? They’re in luck.
the award to two kids who hadn’t yet
difference in your life, or the lives of
one from the Mental Adult leaders who were
earned it.
others, by extraordinary service or the
Skills group, one from the FOR THE OVERNIGHT Arrow of Light recipients as
Scouting virtues he or she modeled?
We do have a process to help guide Technology group, and one CAMP-OUT OR DAY-HIKE boys should wear the green,
Show your thanks with a nomina-
our Scouts with the timing of their
tion to the BSA’s 100th Anniversary
more from any group. But REQUIREMENT, CAN A BOY red, and yellow square knot
Eagle projects. Once we had a Scout
National Hall of Leadership. To make
your boys don’t have to stop USE THE SAME EVENT FROM shown above.
who had to redo his entire Eagle
your nomination, go online to scouting.
there. Webelos Scouts can THE OUTDOORSMAN ACTIV-
project because he neglected to get a
complete additional activity ITY BADGE REQUIREMENT? For the full Arrow of Light requirements,
key signature. He was a super kid, and ofleadership.aspx. Nominations will be badges to earn the compass No. You’ll need to organize check out the Webelos Scout Handbook
he redid the project cheerfully. But, as accepted until Feb. 8, 2010. points emblem. separate outings for the (BSA No. 33452).¿
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