Sometimes it is appropriate to provide incentives to Webelos to get the Arrow of light. This ceremony at the Blue and Gold may be appropriate for your unit.
Staging: Lights dimmed, ceremonial fire (not lighted). Cubmaster dressed as a Chief, one scouter as Indian drummer, one Scouter as Indian bowman, arrows for each Webelos Scout. Chief and two Indians enter, tom-tom beating softly, slowly.
Indian Bowman: (lights candle) This light is the light of Cub Scouting. (Pretends to light campfire as it is turned on.) May the Spirit of Scouting Light our ceremonial fire tonight. Webleos, Leaders, come take your place at the ceremonial fire.
Chief: (Takes a hunting arrow from Bowman, raises arrow in both hands over fire.) Oh Great Spirit, this is Akela, the Chief of Pack_______ and the council of Webelos Leaders. We present to you an arrow as a symbol of the Arrow of Light, a badge of honor, the highest Cub Scout award. (Drives arrow point into the fire log.)
Indian Bowman: Tonight we have several young braves that are well on the trail of adventure towards the Arrow of Light award. All Webelos and their dads/parent come take your place beside your den leaders.
Chief: Webelos, tonight we are presenting to you and your dad a symbolic arrow. This arrow represents a goal, the Arrow of Light award. This joint presentation means it requires effort for both of you. As the challenges of Webelos becomes harder to overcome, let this Arrow and what it represent give you the strength and knowledge to overcome them and reach the goal of the Arrow of Light. Dads into your custody we present your son’s arrow to be brought back as a symbol of accomplishment and part of our Arrow of Light ceremony in May. (Bowman gives arrow to Webelos leaders and he in turn presents them to Dads.) Now go back to your den and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.
A visit to the Atchafalaya Swamp Base
Scouting magazine visits the BSA's Atchafalaya Swamp Base to see why it's attracting Scouts from across the country to spend a week kayaking in the swamps. Read more at http://scoutingmagazine.org/2015/04/go-inside-louisianas-popular-swamp-base/