Cub Scouts - Arrow of Light

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I have worked with the Boy Scouts at my church for several years and was asked a year or so ago to work with the Cub Scouts as the ages and # of boys changed the needs of adult volunteers. It’s been a fun change. The Webelos (10-12 yrs) are young enough to still be more interested than some of the older guys I had as a Scoutmaster. One of my Webelos is to be presented with the “Arrow of Light” award at a upcoming Pack Meeting. It’s currently the highest Cub Scout award. It takes a little bit more work beyond the Webelos Rank Badge, but is more easily earned than The BSA’s Eagle Award. They are similar, however.

I’ve made the arrow several times now, but the plaque was a first. I more or less made a poster-board template of the yellow sun rays and arrow design. I used that to make a more durable hard board template that allowed most of the design to be easily done with a band/scroll saw and a router with a guide bushing. Glued the 1/2” design to a pre-painted board and installed two brass cup hooks to hold the real arrow. There’s standard wall mounting hardware on the back.

I did learn a great tip on the arrows if anyone ever makes one for a cub. Painting the shaft, which represents the Cub’s career, is a pain to make look right. Use embroidery floss wrapped around the shaft and a little white glue. Looks better and is much easier to work with.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 03-05-2015 01:21 PM

Nice work and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 03-05-2015 01:46 PM

Very nice. Great to see so many scouting advancement projects!

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#3 posted 03-05-2015 01:48 PM

Enjoy this time you have with the boys, The arrow of light is a big thing to them. You did a great job on the arrow project, and a better job as a leader. Boy scouts need more good men to help our youth along.

I served as a Cub-master for a Pack in Pendleton SC for 10 year, I have some great memories. I built a 8 foot long bridge with the arrow feather fan on both sides. I used this in the ceremony for boys to pass from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts when they had earned their Arrow of Light. I invited the local Scout Master to be there to receive the boys as they crossed.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#4 posted 03-06-2015 04:12 PM

Nice John, our crossover bridge is about the same size but is just a standard arch with no features other than the boys signarurs as they crossover. My son just turned 8 so I might wee about a switch from Webelos. Then again, the more positive role models he works with, the better off he might be.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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