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The Arrow And Sun Are Symbols

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Medicine Man and the extras enter in single file with Medicine Man in the center. When center stage is reached, all pause and face the audience. (Optionally, Indians enter to a drum beat.)

MEDICINE MAN: We are gathered here tonight to honor those Webelos who have earned the Arrow of Light Award. Let us now summon the mighty chief, Akela, to present these awards. Drum roll, Akela enters from the back and stands at Medicine Man's right.

AKELA: My heart is happy, for this night there are those among us who have earned the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouting's highest award. They have traveled a long way on the Cub Scouting trail. They have met many new friends, learned many new skills, and above all have lived up to the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack.. Before continuing this ceremony, let us introduce ourselves. I am Akela, mighty Chief; this is our medicine man; this is our guard; and this (these) is (are) the guide(s) of our tribe.

AKELA: Oh great medicine man, call upon Wokanda, the Great Spirit above for guidance that we may have wisdom, patience, and understanding, as we fulfill our duties throughout this night and tomorrow - and that each Cub Scout here may be inspired to continue along the path of Scouting. (Medicine Man holds the arrows in honor to the four winds.)

MEDICINE: Man My friends, let us pray in silence, each in his own fashion, for it is only in silence that a man may truly find himself. (Pause for 30 seconds.)

MEDICINE: The Arrow of Light is not easy to achieve. A boy joins Cub Scouting as a Bobcat. He is weak, frail, and does not fully understand what he is to do. He soon earns the rank of Wolf and continues to grow and strive, eventually achieving the rank of Bear. Next the boy, having passed the tests of the tribe, becomes a young brave of the Webelos. He must now earn many activity pins in his final quest for the Arrow of Light Award.

AKELA (OR GUARD): The Arrow of Light contains an arrow and a sun -The sun signifying the end of the trails of Cub Scouting - A journey well done - The sun may also be considered a rising sun - the beginning of Boy Scouting with different adventures. Either way, it is symbolic of the boys who are ending Cub Scouting and beginning Boy Scouting.

(Medicine Man) (Akela) (the Guard) has already told you that the Arrow of Light Award contains an arrow.

The reason for this is that the arrow is a symbol of leadership. It is straight and its point is keen and when aimed high its direction is onward and upward. This is truly symbolic of these boys who are about to take their first step into Boy Scouting.

MEDICINE MAN: If a Webelos is brave and true, his arrow will be strong and straight, and if his arrow passes the test he will be judged worthy to receive the Arrow of Light. If your name be called, stand along with your parents, and await your guide to bring you before the mighty Chief Akela. (Medicine Man hands the arrow to Akela. Akela calls the name)

AKELA: (to boy) If it is your desire, you may cross over the bridge into the world of Boy Scouting. (After all the names have been called.) It has been done.

AKELA: My brothers, as I leave you in silence let me congratulate you for you have achieved the ultimate in Cub Scouting. But let me remind you to continue on, for this is only the first plateau of the joyful trail in Scouting.

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