Arrow of Light Ceremony
Meteu and the ceremony team enter in single file with Meteu in the center.
When center stage is reached, all pause and face the audience.
(Option) Indians enter to a drum beat.
- "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."
Drums beat, Akela enters from the back and stands at Meteu's right.
- "My heart is happy, for this night there are those among us who 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 Law of the Pack."
"Before continuing this ceremony, let us introduce ourselves. I am Akela
- mighty chief. This is Meteu - our medicine man. This is Nutiket - our
guard. And this is Kichkinet - the guide of our tribe."
- "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 the tomorrow; and that
each Cub Scout here may be inspired to continue along the path of
Meteu holds the arrows in honor to the four winds.
- "My friends, let us pray in silence, each in his own fashion
-- for only in silence can a man truly find himself."
Pause for 10 seconds.
- "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 continues on and soon earns the rank of Wolf. He continues
to grow and strive and eventually achieves 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 quest for the
Arrow of Light Award."
- Akela (or Nutiket):
- "The Arrow of Light contains an arrow and a sun. The
sun may be cosidered a setting sun, signifying the end of the trail of Cub
Scouting -- a journey well done. The sun may also be considered a
rising sun -- the beginning of Boy Scouting with different adventures."
- Meteu: (or Kitchkinet):
- "Akela (Nutiket) 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 in Boy Scouting."
- "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."
Meteu hands the arrows to Akela, Aketa then calls each Webelos.
- Akela (to each boy):
- "If it is your desire, you may cross over the bridge into the
world of Boy Scouting."
After all the Webelos have been called:
- "It has been done, mighty chief Akela."
- "My brothers, as I leave 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 long trail in
As drums beat a steady rhythm, the Indians walk out of view.