Arrow of Light Ceremony for Webelos scouts

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Arrow of Light   Arrow of Light Ceremony   Scout Ceremony

This Ceremony is meant for Webelos scouts.
Ceremony Table with awards and pins, 1 each blue, yellow, green, and white candles standing on the table, one simple white candle.
blue, yellow, green, white paint, large AoL cardboard sign, crossover bridge.
Participants: Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, Webelos Leader, Scoutmaster, Webelos Den Chief, AoL recipients and their parents.
At the opening of the ceremony, the simple white candle is lit by the Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster at the front of the room.
Parents are on one side of the room and Den Leader in the rear with the Webelos Scouts. The Den Leader should blindfold all scouts and have each put his right hand on the right shoulder of the scout in front of him.
The Scoutmaster for the troop Webelos are crossing to should wait on the far side of the bridge.

The Den Leader leads the Webelos to the parents who each take the hand of their son and guide him to the cermony table.

Cubmaster: (while the Scouts are being guided to the table)
As a Cub Scout, you have been guided through the Cub Scout Trail with the help of many Akelas. Soon, when you become a Boy Scout, you will find that, while there are still many people willing to help, you take on more and more responsibility for blazing your own trail to Eagle.

(Assistant Cubmaster removes blindfolds when in front of table)

Cubmaster: (Call out each AoL recipient name) - you have been called before the Pack because you have satisfied the requirements for Cub Scouting's highest rank: The Arrow of Light.

The first band of color is to remind you of the lessons you learned as a Cub Scout.

(Asst. Cubmaster lights Blue Candle, as the Cubmaster reads)

Blue represents the spirit of Cub Scouting : the spirit of giving goodwill and doing your best. Do you promise to fulfill the Cub Scout Promise and the Cub Scout motto, Do Your Best, when you receive the Arrow of Light badge?

(Webelos Scouts answer, 'We do'. Webelos Den Leader applies Blue Paint to each recipient's face).

Cubmaster: Webelos Scouts have faithfully promised always to keep the spirit of Cub Scouting. As their parents, do you also promise to continue to help your boy in his Scouting adventures.

(Parents answer, 'We do').

Cubmaster: (Asst. Cubmaster lights White Candle, as the Cubmaster reads)
The second band of color, white, represents the Scout Law. Youth and adult leaders will cheerfully show you the skills you need, but it will be up to you to live up to the 12 points of the Scout Law. Daily you will be faced with decisions and, at times, the trail will seem most difficult to follow. Make your choices by always remembering the Scout Law. In all you do, do you promise to be forever Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent?

(Webelos answer, 'We do'. Webelos Leader applies white paint)

Cubmaster: (as the Assistant Cubmaster lights the yellow candle)
The third band of color, yellow, stands for the Arrow of Light. Its shaft is straight and narrow: just as is the path that you Scouts should follow throughout your life. Its tip points the way: the way to success in all that you do. It is pointing to the right: a symbol that nothing should be left undone; if it is within your power to do it, see that it is done. And lastly, this is the symbol of the seven rays of the sun, one for each day of the week; this is to remind you that every day is a new day: a day to Do Your Best in everything:

A day to honor your God and Country,
to do your Good Turn,
a new chance to follow the Scout Law
and to remember these words: On My Honor

Cubmaster: Each boy has blazed his own trail toward the Arrow of Light award, and now the Arrow of Light will help them remember their promise to keep the Spirit of Cub Scouting alive. Do you promise to let its light shine forth from you, to set an example for others to follow in your footsteps, to set your eye on the Eagle and never waiver?

(Webelos reply, 'We promise'. Webelos Leader applies yellow paint).

Cubmaster: Then I, Akela, have the distinct honor to say to you: You are now full-fledged Arrow of Light holders!

(Assistant Cubmaster hands the parents the Arrow of Light awards and asks them to pin them upon the boys).

Cubmaster: Next, we ask the Webelos to pin upon their mom or dad a miniature Arrow of Light.

Cubmaster: You may wear the awards on your Scout uniforms, centered below the left shirt pocket. It is a great honor for me to greet you as a recipient of the Arrow of Light award. (all leaders shake hands of recipients)

Cubmaster: (while assistant Cubmaster lights green candle) The last candle, and the last band of color, is Green; it symbolizes the beginning of your path toward Eagle as a Boy Scout. As your Den Leader applies the paint on each of you, prepare yourselves to no longer be known as a Webelos Scout, but now as a Boy Scout.

Your Den Leader will now lead you to the bridge that connects Cub Scouting with Boy Scouting. As your name is called, cross over the bridge where Boy Scouts will be waiting to welcome you into their troop and present you with the handbooks and neckerchiefs you already have earned through your diligence as Webelos Scouts.

(Webelos den leader leads scouts to bridge. As a name is called, he can shake their hand and wish them well before they cross over.)

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 Feb 23, 2012 - GRANNY KAY
To those who think Scouting is nothing more than tying knots, building model cars, camping and roasting marshmallows over the camp fire....Sit down and SLOWLY read... then re-read the words of wisdom, encouragement, and so important life long lessons contained in this most solemn and meaningful ceremony!!! REALIZE... the main theme is what turns a "boy" into a valuable responsible contributing adult member of the human race! NOTICE... that the word EARNED is paramount!  Nothing is just "given"! And that is as it should be for all of us!  Parents of this century...if you do nothing else with your precious children...get them into scouting!  The ARROW OF
LIGHT will GUIDE them on the path to a better world.  GOD BLESS all those who volunteer so much time, effort, and love to our future leaders of society! I personally thank you from my heart and soul for guiding the youth of today along the right path in life! Granny Kay  
Jan 20, 2014 - becky
Where should the various colors of paint be placed on the boys faces?  Anywhere?  I don't see notes/suggestions on this.
Jan 20, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@becky - Any place that makes sense - cheek is probably easiest.
Feb 13, 2014 - Nick Casson
Great help, I am the cub master for pack 290 HB. Thanks A Lot!
Feb 23, 2014 - Sharon C
We've been using a variation of this script for the beginning of our last three Arrow of Light ceremonies.  The honorees love it and so does the rest of the Pack watching.  I'm always surprised how it holds the attention of even the youngest Tiger cubs.  The paint on the face is the clincher.
Feb 27, 2014 - Coady Barrie
This is very helpful in planning our ceremony.
It will bring lots of meaning and provide a great transition into scouting.
Mar 20, 2014 - John Pratt
The face painting should go away. Our native American brothers and sisters have complained about this in other areas in scouting.
Mar 25, 2014 - Douglas Gray
John Pratt, if they don't like it, they don't have to join.
Apr 02, 2014 - Randy Crider
I plan to use this script for our new pack's first AOL ceremony this weekend and look forward to it.  We have built a bridge with the scout law traits on each plank of the bridge.  We are also doing it outside at our campout with a firepit in the forefront where the boys will throw their webelos sash into the fire before they cross and the height of the ceremony will be the indian dancers from our local Order of the Arrow chapter that will come and speak a similar script about becoming a leader.  The facepainting actually ties into the ceremony very well.
Apr 08, 2014 - Matt Stumpf
Douglas Grey, as a man who has children with a very deep native background, I encourage you to research yourself why this is offensive.  If we were burning a cross or smashing a menorah, we would be on the front page of every newspaper in the country.  To simply quip if you don't like it, don't join, shows your ignorance.  This ceremony could be very easily performed without face paint.  Give each scout a colored ribbon if marking them is that important to you.  Scouting strives to interpret native culture accurately, as the scouts have strived over the last 30 years.  Look at pictures from any OA dance team from the 50's.  They looked like hollywood indians.Compare that to the dance clothes that they now wear.  We should honor the native traditions, not mock them. This is a solemn ceremony for our scouts and shuld be dignified.  Face painting makes a mockery of this.
This a very good article on why this should not be used.
Apr 12, 2014 - Russell Tally
Thank You Granny Kay for your blessing. God Bless YOU Granny Kay.

Granny Kay is spot on! Scouting with good leaders in place who have it in their hearts to do right by the Scouts is the best program one could sign their young men up with.

Yours in Scouting,

Russell Tally
Apr 12, 2014 - Russell Tally
Also,  my Blue & Gold including the Arrow of Light Ceremony is tonight. As for face painting, we do that as well. I agree with Randy Career as I use the Kiowa Colony for the ceremony and the Webelos with their painted faces tie into the Indian ceremony outside at night in the fire light. I have the parents paint the young mans face as they see fit (typically on the cheek like Scouter Paul suggested) It is AWESOME for ALL the Scouts present and for the audience.

An event they will remember for a LIFETIME!

God Bless You,

May 09, 2014 - Jay
I am not seeing how painting the boys faces is disrespectful to American Indians.  This is a serious and important event in the Boys journey from Cub scouting to Boy Scouts.  American Indians aren't the only ones who do/ did face painting.  This has been going on for thousands of years around the world.  When face painting is used in a ceremony it usually represents a very important milestone or a special occasion.  This is a celebration of living life and shouldn't be misconstrued as disrespectful.  Lets leave the politics for Washington and let the buys have a special memory they will likely remember for the rest of their life.  I am a packmaster in Connecticut and this will be our packs first Arrow of Light ceremony and we will definitely have face painting.  I have been doing a lot of research on trying to establish the right ceremony to have as it will likely establish a tradition, also my son will be a participant.  This seems by far to have the biggest impact. yours in Scouting, Jay
May 12, 2014 - Douglas Gray
Matt Stumpf, I'm sorry for being so glib about it, I am just tired of everyone and their brother trying to tell Scouting what it can and can't do for the sake of political correctness.  I read the article at the link you posted, and I don't think it was aimed towards Scouting at all.  Quote:  "Each pattern and color had a specific symbolic meaning—a message about the wearer's status or goals."  In fact, this is exactly what was done in our AoL ceremony, the parents drew the symbol on their son in the particular color one at a time, while the Cubmaster explained what each one meant.  The fact is, Scouting has been deeply influenced by Native American culture since it's beginning, and I don't think you will find anyone in Scouting today that would use/borrow anything from Native American culture with the purpose of being disrespectful.  Whatever happened to "imitation being the highest form of flattery"?  Just my opinion, we can always agree to disagree.
May 12, 2014 - Martin Monnett
I found this to be very insightful, thanks a lot. I am helping my dad with the upcoming Arrow of Light ceremony; he is the Cubmaster and I am his Eagle. I was wondering two things while reading this:
My dad and I thought it would be cool to have one or multiple Eagle Scouts who iare still participating in Boy Scouts (I am 17, so I would qualify, along with a few of my friends) do the last color, Green, to take on more significance. Just in order to have the boys see someone closer to their age to look up to.
Also, about the origins of these colors, I was personally wondering where they had come from. I have read some of the comments on Native-American origins, and yes, of course they weren't the first, but were these where these color meanings came from? Just wondering.
Feb 14, 2015 - Mike J
The ceremony outlined presumes that the Arrow of Light recipients are crossing over. I believe we should be discussing two separate  ceremonies. The first celebrates the highest level of achievement in Cub Scouting; the other celebrates a boy's decision to remain in Scouting beyond Cub Scouting.

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