Last night we had another Webelos Scout cross over into our Troop. He started in his last year of Cub Scouts a little late and wanted to complete his Arrow of Light, so rather than cross with the rest of his Den, he waited, finished his AOL, and crossed last night in a ceremony with his Pack.
Our Troops ceremony team conducted the ceremony and true to form, did a great job. Last night as I stood patiently awaiting the new boys arrival from one side of the “Bridge” to me, I listened as the team presented the decorative arrows symbolizing their journey to achieve the Arrow of Light. In the ceremony they test the arrows to see if they are straight and true and worthy to continue the journey. In the quiver are placed non decorative arrows that are broken in the ceremony.. they are “Not Worthy” to continue on the trail to Eagle. As each arrow is tested the suspense grows with the beating of the drum. The Scouts are all worthy, and soon will cross the bridge to their next adventure.
I really have not given much thought about this ceremony until last night.
The symbolism of the broken arrows and how fragile they are. Keeping the arrow straight and true and worthy of being a man of character.
Our character is that arrow, the Scout Oath and Law help keep it straight and true and worthy of the journey. It is when we fall off target, like the arrow that is not straight or has a flaw that we will give our character away.
After the ceremony, we went back to our Troop meeting to prepare for the up coming camp out. Last night, I shared this thought with the Scouts of the Troop, each having seen this ceremony at one point along the way. I challenged them to seek an arrow that is straight and true, one which will not fall off its mark. It is then that they will be worthy… worthy of a life of character.. to be called an Eagle Scout.
I challenge you. Find that arrow within you and keep it straight and true.
Have a Great Scouting Day!