Essay – The Road to The Arrow of Light

The Arrow of Light is the Cub Scout equivalent to Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts – it is the highest award in progress or rank that a Cub can earn, and it is also the ONLY award that they can earn as a Cub Scout that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform. It is, to put it mildly, a big deal, and yet despite that only a handful of Cubs earn it in most Packs, due largely to the extra work that goes into it.

The requirements for earning the Arrow of Light are:

Be active in your Webelos den for at least 6 months since completing the fourth grade (or for at least six months since becoming 10 years old), and earn the Webelos badge.

Show your knowledge of the requirements to become a Boy Scout by doing all of these:

  • Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath or Promise and the 12 points of the Scout Law. Tell how you have practiced them in your everyday life.
  • Give and explain the Scout motto, slogan, sign, salute, and handclasp.
  • Understand the significance of the Scout badge. Know its parts and tell what each stands for.
  • Tell how a Boy Scout uniform is different from a Webelos Scout uniform.
  • Tie the joining knot (square knot)

Earn five more activity badges in addition to the three you already earned for the Webelos badge. These must include:

  • Fitness (already earned for the Webelos badge)
  • Citizen (already earned for the Webelos badge)
  • Readyman
  • Outdoorsman
  • At least one from the Mental Skills Group
  • At least one from the Technology Group
  • Two more of your choice

With your Webelos den, visit at least

  • one Boy Scout troop meeting,
  • one Boy Scout-oriented outdoor activity.

Participate in a Webelos overnight campout or day hike.

After you have completed all five of the above requirements, and after a talk with your Webelos den leader, arrange to visit, with your parent or guardian, a meeting of a Boy Scout troop you think you might like to join.

  • Have a conference with the Scoutmaster.

Complete the Honesty Character Connection.

  • Know: Say the Cub Scout Promise to your family. Discuss these questions with them. What is a promise? What does it mean to keep your word? What does it mean to be trustworthy? What does honesty mean?
  • Commit: Discuss these questions with your family. Why is a promise important? Why is it important for people to trust you when you give your word? When might it be difficult to be truthful? List examples.
  • Practice: Discuss with a family member why it is important to be trustworthy and honest. How can you do your best to be honest even when it is difficult?

Light at the End

Not as easy as you thought? If so than be assured that it is not as hard as it looks! You have two entire scouting years to accomplish these requirements, and they can be broken out into easy to manage groups – like working towards the Webelos rank in year one, and then the rest of the requirements in year two.

As a Den Leader I know that having the parents involved in this entire process is key to success – because left on their own a lot of boys look at the requirements and feel lost in the depth of it. Simply having a parent there to say “You can do it!” can and does make all the difference in the world, and having a scouting partner – either Dad, an Uncle, an older brother or Mom – is a boost that they cannot afford to be without.

If you take an interest in your son’s scouting progress you can be sure that they will maintain their interest in it, so when your scout advances into Webelos, take the time to have a meeting with their new Den Leader so that they know you are a part of your son’s team on the Road to Arrow of Light!