Cub Scout Arrow of Light

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Project by USCJeff posted 10-11-2015 05:11 AM 1108 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve quite a few different versions of this project over the last few years. Each time I like to try and mix it up or add something to it to avoid the monotony of reproducing the same thing over and over. One of my Webelos is about to move up to Boy Scouts and will have earned the Arrow of Light award (he highest award a Cub can earn) in the next couple days.

For those unfamiliar, there is a whole lot of symbolism in scouting and this award is no different the actual arrow’s shaft is marked with certain colors and widths to represent different achievements the scout earned during his Cub career. I’ve painted it, glued embroidery floss around the shaft, and finally have found a supplier that sells an adhesive vinyl kit colored and cut specifically for this award. The front hasn’t changed much. I use the same template I made a while back to create the yellow design. Router makes it pretty simple.

This time I wanted to personalize the award on the front and back. I used simple templates to paint the name on the front. I printed a fleur-de-lis pattern and used it to make a template to rout the design into the back. I added his last name using stencils like the front. Not much experience with inlay or routing recesses, but I was happy with it.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 10-11-2015 05:34 PM

Love this project…congrats!! I’m a proud father of two scouts and when my younger son Alex had his crossover bridge ceremony last year, I made the arrow of light for him a his fellow cub scouts. If you feel that it is appropriate, I can post a photo here.

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#2 posted 10-11-2015 05:41 PM

This looks very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 10-27-2015 01:29 PM

Go for it Alexander. I’ve done many of these and they have varied. Lately, this style is what I start with. I like the look and kept the templates that were made for the first one. I like to do something different each time as it seems I make a half dozen or so a year. I found Etsy to be a great resource to get ideas from other completed designs. Post your’s. I like to steal the good ideas and incorporate them into the future ones.

I have been asked to start thinking about a design for a new bridge for the ceremony. Our is fortunately running out of space from where the boys sign it when crossing over. Took about 20 years best I can tell, but it’s nearly our of room. Would love to see your pack’s bridge if it is easy to post. I’ll again want to make it different than the last.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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