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Producing a Great Cub Scout Arrow of Light Ceremony

4 Feb

Imagine being a Cub Scout in the 5th grade. You’ve endured some boring Pack meetings listening to adult scout leaders drone on about safety this or fundraising that. But more often you had a ton of fun at Pinewood Derby events, cake decorating contests, camping trips and just going to den meetings every week and having fun.

Now that you are in the second year of Webelos (We’ll Be Loyal Scouts) and you’ve completed requirements in movie-making, the outdoors, learning how to be a better citizen, and even mastering a sport (plus a lot more)– you are close to achieving the highest award in all of Cub Scouts.

The Arrow of Light Award is the pinnacle achievement in Cub Scouts. Earning this award gives you the privilege to enter into Boy Scouts.

As a scout leader, you are responsible to produce an Arrow of Light Ceremony or Crossing-Over Ceremony– or maybe both. This is a responsibility that should be taken seriously. This is THE event of the year for these 5th graders. It needs to be fun, memorable and spectacular.

Arrow of Light Ceremony

Some packs may already have a traditional Arrow of Light Ceremony. And if it works for you, don’t change it. This post is not about touting what type of ceremony is best. Each pack has its own culture and should embrace the specific nuances it has. That’s what makes Cub Scouting great. There’s a unified program, but each Pack has its own unique identity.

“Scouting should always be fun and rewarding”

The most important element to successful Arrow of Light Ceremony boils down to one concept. Make it 100% about the scouts.

Blue and Bold Banquets

Often the ceremony is tied to the Blue & Gold banquet, but not always. Whatever timing logistics work for your pack, is the best method to use. Just be sure to not have scout leaders bloviate about the virtues of scouting or worse, lecture about fundraising. The scouts and guests will be falling asleep in their chairs. The event and ceremony needs to be upbeat and dramatic to hold the newly minted Boy Scouts’ attention. It needs to memorable in a good way. Don’t put on a ceremony that goes down in the history books as the most boring ever. You want these 5th graders to remember their greatest Cub Scouting achievement as the best day ever, not the most boring.

As a former Cub Master and Webelos Patrol leader, I always appreciated the Native American style Arrow of Light Ceremony. See the link below for details on it.

Arrow of Light Ceremony Details Make a Difference

There are other specific details that leaders should implement to enhance the day:

  1. Have a cake decorated for the boys in and AoL theme.
  2. Make an Arrow of Light center piece http://scoutermom.com/10255/arrow-light-centerpieces/
  3. Use a small wooden bridge to accentuate the crossing over into Boy Scouts. Here are ideas on how to incorporate a Bridging Ceremony into the Arrow of Light Ceremony.

AoL Cake

Different Ceremonies for All Packs

If you need help with the details for a Arrow of Light Ceremony, check out this link-http://www.oocities.org/~pack215/aol-cere.html

The above link is the best source i have found that outlines many different types of Arrow Light Ceremonies.

It’s traditional for scouts to receive an actual Arrow Light that’s typically crafted by their parent(s) or scout leaders. This arrow has colored stripes on the shaft that represent the specific achievements he has earned over the course of Cub Scouts. There are many tutorials on making an Arrow of Light. This one is my favorite.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Webelos-Career-Arrow/

AoL Arrow

Arrow of Light Award Plaques

Now that you crafted your scout’s Arrow of Light, he will want to proudly display it. An Arrow of Light Award Plaque designed to hold the actual Arrow of Light is the best way to show off the achievement. There are many types of AoL plaques on the market. Some made by weekend woodworkers; others made by uncle Louie on his CNC machine. There’s one Arrow of Light plaque on the market that stands out above the rest. The FirePoint Creations AoL plaque rises to the occasion. Made of solid furniture grade cherry wood, this plaque will get noticed for years. It’s laser carved with the all the personal details of the event including the scout’s name, Cub Scout Pack number, date of the ceremony and the scout oath. Plus, it’s the only plaque that features a pair cherry wood hanging brackets for the Arrow of Light.

Arrow of Light Award Plaque

The best feature is the price; it’s only $35.99 each and shipping is free when three or more plaques are ordered. Plaques can be ordered directly here.

http://www.firepointcreations.com/Arrow-of-Light-Award-p/sct115.htm

Share Your Pack’s AoL Ceremony

Feel free to share your ideas on your Arrow of Light traditions here. Collaboration and sharing will help strengthen programs around the country.

 

 

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New Blogs Coming This Week

4 Feb

It’s been a long time since we published a blog. Starting this week, we will be publishing on a regular cycle. Keep an eye open to see our newest blog posts.

Fall Name Wreaths – Personalize the Season

10 Nov
Personalized Name Wreath

Autumn Wreath made of wood cut out leaves.

Fall is the season when everyone is carving pumpkins, planting colorful mums, enjoying watching the leaves change color to rich rusts, golds, and browns, and purchasing root vegetables to make hearty soups. And, if you love home decorating, it’s the perfect time to bring out your warm and inviting fall decorations. Including our favorite– Personalized Fall Name Wreath.

If you have friends and family celebrating birthdays or wedding anniversaries, it’s the ideal time to consider giving a personalized wreath that will last for years, because every time you or the recipient displays this cute wreath in the home, it’s guaranteed to bring a warm smile and fond thoughts.

Wreaths originated in southern Europe. Some represented a person’s occupation, rank, achievements, and status. While most people think of Christmas wreaths, there are other kinds of wreaths that can be displayed year round.

This month, FirePoint Creations is featuring its personalized 10″ diameter Autumn Wood Name Wreath. It’s made of warm earth tone American hardwoods and has embossed leaves that will bring classic charm to any home. Plus, it can be customized with a family’s last name or any single name you choose.

Do you have any idea how many ways you can display this wreath in your home?

How about:

• Flat on a table and putting a large, round mirror under it to show it off from all angles.
• In front of a large mirror.
• From a balcony railing.
• Hanging it on a handrail on your stairs.
• On a TV or armoire cabinet door.
• Hanging on a wall as part of a grouping of pictures and wall sconces.
• Over a fireplace or setting it on your fireplace mantle.
• On your front door. But, be sure you have a storm door to protect it from the outside elements.
• Hanging it in a window.
• Get two and hang them on the french doors in your home.
• On the wall above your bed, or if you have two windows above your bed, hanging it between the two windows.
• Over your sink, hanging it in the window.
• Placing it on a bookshelf as part of an overall arrangement.

Happy autumn and happy decorating!

Personalized Ornaments for Tomorrow…Next Year…The Next Generation

3 Nov

There’s nothing like memories of the holidays– Christmas, Thanksgiving and even Halloween.
Memories connect us with friends, loved ones and family. Memories make you feel good.

Some of the best memories take place putting up the Christmas decorations. You know how it goes. You’re opening boxes of lights and ornaments and then it happens. The angel ornament that Aunt Jenny gave you triggers a fun and near-tear jerking memory. Ornaments do that. Personalized ornaments definitely do that.

Engraved Ornaments

Personalized Santa Picture Frame Ornament

You then un-box the 15 year old ornament that Aunt Rita gave you the first year you were married.  Those were good times…that are fun to remember.
Personalized ornaments are never re-gifted, never thrown away and remain keepsakes for generations. And they are very affordable. Most personalized Christmas ornaments range in price between $8.00 to $15.00.  Now with all the craft stores and online stores there are more options than ever before to find personalized gifts and ornaments. And there are personalized ornaments for just about any theme–School House ornaments make wonderful teacher’s gifts.
Don’t forget the classic and upscale engraved glass ornaments. These are great keepsakes for couple’s during their first year of marriage.
As you continue to open the decoration boxes, you come across a family of penguins. Last year you received the cutest gift at neighborhood Secret Santa party. Petey the Penguin is a family of four penguins with four snow balls engraved and personalized with all your family members. It was a fun and creative gift that made the perfect Secret Santa gift– small, affordable and memorable.
Petey Penguin Ornaments

Penguin Family Personalized Ornament

Check out our full line of personalized ornaments at www.firepointcreations.com
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