His Path Is Fully Lit
PERSONNEL: Webelos Leader or Cubmaster, Scouts, parents.
EQUIPMENT: Arrow of Light Ceremonial board.
ARRANGEMENTS: The room is in darkness. The leader introduces Webelos Scout(s) who are receiving Arrow Of Light and explains they have met the requirements to receive the highest award in Cub Scouting.
LEADER: The purpose of Cub Scouting is to light the way to Scouting. The first rank in Cub Scouting is Bobcat. (Turn on the first light). Before becoming a Bobcat he learns the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, knows the Cub Scout Sign, handshake, motto, and salute. The rank for second-grade Cub Scouts is a wolf. (turn on second light) Twelve achievements are required to earn the Wolf badge. Then he works on Arrow Points until he is in the third grade. He can earn as many Arrow points as time and ambition will allow. Twelve achievements are also required for the Bear badge. (Turn on Light #3) You can see that as a boy progresses in Cub Scouting, his way becomes lighter. After receiving his Bear badge, he works on Arrow Points until he is in the fourth grade.
Now he becomes a Webelos Scout. (Turn on light #4) Webelos Scouts do not earn cloth badges. They wear the Webelos tri-colors on their sleeve and work on Activity Badges which are metal pins.
Webelos is the secret name for "We'll Be Loyal Scouts" and it is the name of the Indian tribe of which Akela is Chief. The Webelos Scout is older... he can do more for himself. His parents no longer sign for his advancement... his Webelos Leader does this. He works on the Arrow of Light Award. (Turn on light #5) To receive this award, he must earn the Citizen Activity Badge and at least two more of four specific badges. (Turn on light #6)
He learns the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout Motto, Slogan, Sign, Salute, and Handclasp. He learns the parts of the Scout Badge. He understands and supports the Outdoor Code. He plans and leads a flag ceremony at a pack meeting. Now he has earned the Arrow of Light Award, the highest award a Cub Scout can earn. (Turn on light #7)
Now his path has been fully lit on his way to Scouting. Now we review his path to Scouting. (All lights out) This is what his path looked like before he entered Cub Scouting. (Turn on all lights) This is what his path is like now that he has progressed through the ranks of Cub Scouting to the Arrow of Light.
Goodbye Cub Scout... Hello Scout.