Feb 23, 2012 - GRANNY KAY
To those who think Scouting is nothing more than tying knots, building model cars, camping and roasting marshmallows over the camp fire....Sit down and SLOWLY read... then re-read the words of wisdom, encouragement, and so important life long lessons contained in this most solemn and meaningful ceremony!!! REALIZE... the main theme is what turns a "boy" into a valuable responsible contributing adult member of the human race! NOTICE... that the word EARNED is paramount! Nothing is just "given"! And that is as it should be for all of us! Parents of this century...if you do nothing else with your precious children...get them into scouting! The ARROW OF
LIGHT will GUIDE them on the path to a better world. GOD BLESS all those who volunteer so much time, effort, and love to our future leaders of society! I personally thank you from my heart and soul for guiding the youth of today along the right path in life! Granny Kay
Jan 20, 2014 - becky
Where should the various colors of paint be placed on the boys faces? Anywhere? I don't see notes/suggestions on this.
Jan 20, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@becky - Any place that makes sense - cheek is probably easiest.
Feb 13, 2014 - Nick Casson
Great help, I am the cub master for pack 290 HB. Thanks A Lot!
Feb 23, 2014 - Sharon C
We've been using a variation of this script for the beginning of our last three Arrow of Light ceremonies. The honorees love it and so does the rest of the Pack watching. I'm always surprised how it holds the attention of even the youngest Tiger cubs. The paint on the face is the clincher.
Feb 27, 2014 - Coady Barrie
This is very helpful in planning our ceremony.
It will bring lots of meaning and provide a great transition into scouting.
Mar 20, 2014 - John Pratt
The face painting should go away. Our native American brothers and sisters have complained about this in other areas in scouting.
Mar 25, 2014 - Douglas Gray
John Pratt, if they don't like it, they don't have to join.
Apr 02, 2014 - Randy Crider
I plan to use this script for our new pack's first AOL ceremony this weekend and look forward to it. We have built a bridge with the scout law traits on each plank of the bridge. We are also doing it outside at our campout with a firepit in the forefront where the boys will throw their webelos sash into the fire before they cross and the height of the ceremony will be the indian dancers from our local Order of the Arrow chapter that will come and speak a similar script about becoming a leader. The facepainting actually ties into the ceremony very well.
Apr 08, 2014 - Matt Stumpf
Douglas Grey, as a man who has children with a very deep native background, I encourage you to research yourself why this is offensive. If we were burning a cross or smashing a menorah, we would be on the front page of every newspaper in the country. To simply quip if you don't like it, don't join, shows your ignorance. This ceremony could be very easily performed without face paint. Give each scout a colored ribbon if marking them is that important to you. Scouting strives to interpret native culture accurately, as the scouts have strived over the last 30 years. Look at pictures from any OA dance team from the 50's. They looked like hollywood indians.Compare that to the dance clothes that they now wear. We should honor the native traditions, not mock them. This is a solemn ceremony for our scouts and shuld be dignified. Face painting makes a mockery of this. www.bluecorncomics.com/facepnt.htm
This a very good article on why this should not be used.
Apr 12, 2014 - Russell Tally
Thank You Granny Kay for your blessing. God Bless YOU Granny Kay.
Granny Kay is spot on! Scouting with good leaders in place who have it in their hearts to do right by the Scouts is the best program one could sign their young men up with.
Yours in Scouting,
Apr 12, 2014 - Russell Tally
Also, my Blue & Gold including the Arrow of Light Ceremony is tonight. As for face painting, we do that as well. I agree with Randy Career as I use the Kiowa Colony for the ceremony and the Webelos with their painted faces tie into the Indian ceremony outside at night in the fire light. I have the parents paint the young mans face as they see fit (typically on the cheek like Scouter Paul suggested) It is AWESOME for ALL the Scouts present and for the audience.
An event they will remember for a LIFETIME!
God Bless You,
May 09, 2014 - Jay
I am not seeing how painting the boys faces is disrespectful to American Indians. This is a serious and important event in the Boys journey from Cub scouting to Boy Scouts. American Indians aren't the only ones who do/ did face painting. This has been going on for thousands of years around the world. When face painting is used in a ceremony it usually represents a very important milestone or a special occasion. This is a celebration of living life and shouldn't be misconstrued as disrespectful. Lets leave the politics for Washington and let the buys have a special memory they will likely remember for the rest of their life. I am a packmaster in Connecticut and this will be our packs first Arrow of Light ceremony and we will definitely have face painting. I have been doing a lot of research on trying to establish the right ceremony to have as it will likely establish a tradition, also my son will be a participant. This seems by far to have the biggest impact. yours in Scouting, Jay
May 12, 2014 - Douglas Gray
Matt Stumpf, I'm sorry for being so glib about it, I am just tired of everyone and their brother trying to tell Scouting what it can and can't do for the sake of political correctness. I read the article at the link you posted, and I don't think it was aimed towards Scouting at all. Quote: "Each pattern and color had a specific symbolic meaning—a message about the wearer's status or goals." In fact, this is exactly what was done in our AoL ceremony, the parents drew the symbol on their son in the particular color one at a time, while the Cubmaster explained what each one meant. The fact is, Scouting has been deeply influenced by Native American culture since it's beginning, and I don't think you will find anyone in Scouting today that would use/borrow anything from Native American culture with the purpose of being disrespectful. Whatever happened to "imitation being the highest form of flattery"? Just my opinion, we can always agree to disagree.
May 12, 2014 - Martin Monnett
I found this to be very insightful, thanks a lot. I am helping my dad with the upcoming Arrow of Light ceremony; he is the Cubmaster and I am his Eagle. I was wondering two things while reading this:
My dad and I thought it would be cool to have one or multiple Eagle Scouts who iare still participating in Boy Scouts (I am 17, so I would qualify, along with a few of my friends) do the last color, Green, to take on more significance. Just in order to have the boys see someone closer to their age to look up to.
Also, about the origins of these colors, I was personally wondering where they had come from. I have read some of the comments on Native-American origins, and yes, of course they weren't the first, but were these where these color meanings came from? Just wondering.
Feb 14, 2015 - Mike J
The ceremony outlined presumes that the Arrow of Light recipients are crossing over. I believe we should be discussing two separate ceremonies. The first celebrates the highest level of achievement in Cub Scouting; the other celebrates a boy's decision to remain in Scouting beyond Cub Scouting.