Akela's Arrow
Posted On: 2009-11-10

A tradition in a pack started many years ago.  It is to present our graduating Arrow of Light recipients a real arrow with color (use plastic tape) bands for each of their ranks obtained while in Cub Scouts.  This is to remember their Cub Scout years.  The following ceremony shows the arrow's features.

Cubmaster - As we hold this arrow, we see it is a totem.  This totem has many things to tell about our tribe.

When you look at an arrow, you see a long, sturdy and straight shaft.  This shaft supports many tails.  The color bands called the crest are orange, blue, brown, green, red and yellow.  The crest stands for the ranks of Tiger, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light.  This shaft is our pack, which will stay true in flight by it fletching.  These are the 3 feathers, which represent the leaders, parents and the Cub Scouts.

The notch at the end of the shaft stands for the support of the sponsor.  The point of the shaft is symbolic of many things in Scouting.  Cub Scouts are given arrow points for earning electives and the Arrow of Light award is the highest award in Cub Scouting.

So Cub Scouts, always remember, when you receive an arrow point or the Arrow of Light NEVER bend to wrong, because a crooked arrow always strays off target, but a straight arrow always stays true in flight.

(Present personalized arrows.)

Good Luck in Boy Scouting!

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