Arrow of Light Requirements
For the oldest Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light program offers 5th grade Webelos the opportunity to earn a patch that transfers to their Boy Scout uniform. By earning this recognition, a scout demonstrates he is ready for the next step on the boy scout trail.
During their last year in a Pack, Webelos get a larger say in which adventures their den will do, and in leading their fellow scouts, both skills that will come in handy in Boy Scouts.
A boy that is new to Scouting in 5th grade does not need to earn any previous ranks. He can earn the Bobcat badge and then the Arrow of Light along with his den, even if he does not have the Webelos badge yet. If it's important to him, he can put in more effort and fulfill the Webelos requirements during 5th grade also, without missing out on the adventures his den is doing for Arrow of Light.
How to Join:
- Go to BeAScout.org
- Click the 'Cub Scouts' tab.
- Enter your zipcode and click the arrow button.
- Click on a Pack near you to see its contact info so you can call the Pack or your local Council about joining.
- Complete a BSA Youth Application and Health Record and give them to the Cubmaster of the Pack you choose.
Arrow of Light Advancement
Webelos Scouts do adventures described in their Webelos handbook that advance them towards their Arrow of Light rank. By completing five adventures, the Arrow of Light is earned.
Arrow of Light Requirements:
- Be active in your Webelos den for at least six months since completing the fourth grade or for at least six months since becoming 10 years old. (Being active means having good attendance, paying your den dues, and working on den projects.)
- Complete each of the four Arrow of Light required adventures:
- In addition to the four required adventures listed above, complete at least one elective adventure of your den's or family's choosing from this list: Adventures in Science, Aquanaut, Art Explosion, Aware and Care, Build It, Build My Own Hero, Castaway, Earth Rocks!, Engineer, Fix It, Game Design, Into the Wild, Into the Woods, Looking Back, Looking Forward, Maestro!, Moviemaking, Project Family, Sportsman
- With your parent, guardian, or caring adult, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide.
- Earn the Cyber Chip award for your age. (The Cyber Chip portion of this requirement may be waived by your parent or guardian if you do not have access to the internet.)
Webelos Den Leader:
A well-trained Den Leader is critical to the success of a Webelos Den. The Webelos Den Leader makes advancement opportunities available to the scouts and tracks their advancements. The den leader can also recruit other adults to plan and organize individual adventure outings. One of the main roles of the Webelos den leader is to give each scout opportunities to lead and make decisions, both individually and for the den.
Every Webelos Den is required to have a registered den leader whose responsibilities are:
- Work directly with other den and pack leaders to ensure that the den is an active and successful part of the pack.
- Plan, prepare for, and conduct den meetings with the assistant den leader and den chief.
- Plan overnight campouts and other outdoor activities.
- Attend pack leaders' meetings.
- Lead the den at pack meetings and activities.
- Help the den earn the National Den Award.
- Work with local scoutmasters to ensure the transition of Webelos scouts to Boy Scouts.
There are many resources available to help the den leader plan and run a successful, interesting program for the scouts. The Webelos Den Leader Guide is the most important one. It has complete den meeting plans for each adventure and many ideas for activities that promote the purposes of Cub Scouting. Using this guide minimizes the time needed to plan worthwhile den events.
Tip: The Cub Scout motto of Do Your Best should still be a key part of the Webelos program. There is no level of competence or skill required to complete adventures. Putting in personal effort and having fun with fellow scouts is success.
Tip: Many available Awards are never earned by Webelos. Learn about additional awards offered to your scouts such as the World Conservation Award and Outdoor Ethics Award and try to work them into your schedule, especially for scouts that are completing the adventures quickly.
More Arrow of Light Information to Use:
Arrow of Light Core Adventures - Do four for the Arrow of Light
Arrow of Light Elective Adventures - Do one for the Arrow of Light
Activities - great den meeting ideas
Awards - see what awards are available to Webelos scouts
Ceremonies - a few ceremonies
Games - den or pack games just right for 4th and 5th graders
Graces - fun meal graces
Jokes - funny, gross, and silly jokes for scouts
Projects - community or conservation projects for your Webelos den
Recipes - tasty food recipes for fun snacks at campfires or on overnights
Skits - skits that Webelos Scouts like to do
Songs - songs for scouts
Stories - choose stories that Webelos scouts will enjoy and understand
Uniform - make sure you put all those badges and patches in the right spots
Tests - online tests for Webelos Scouts to test their knowledge
May 08, 2015 - John
The only change is that scouts joining in 5th grade do not have to complete the Webelos required pins or the extra two electives, but they still CAN if they want to, provided they have the opportunity (for instance, by working with the 4th grade Webelos den).
My Son's B- day is March 19 .. at our pack meeting for august I expect him to earn his weblos badge, and that will leave him 1 section from completing his Arrow of Light - which he should have completed by september. I wanted to confirm if the time involved in the weblos and the Arrow of light (3 and 6 Months respectively) can overlap .. or if the minimum time involved is 9 months for both ... I asked this at a round table on thursday and there seemed to be some confusion
Since you are in an LDS Pack, your den age divisions may impact how this works.
It would be interesting to hear what other councils do, too.
Tenure is cumulative - 3 months while working on Webelos, 6 months while working on AOL. In cases where boys work across required adventures, the total tenure required is still 9 months.
Boys who are new to Scouting (after June 1) need to use the new advancement program.
There are opportunities to be efficient: for this year, boys working on AOL with the old program may use some of the new adventures as electives; the new boys may earn them as well, so there is no need for parallel programming in those cases.
Specifically, I would like my new AOL's to take First Responder, because otherwise they wouldn't cover first aid stuff.
First Responder is really close to Readyman, so if they have already have earned that activity badge then it would be pretty easy for them.
I am so glad that AOL is a separate rank now, because I've had several fifth graders come and leave because of having to do both ranks.
Many of the old Arrow of Light requirements are in the new Arrow of Light adventures, especially the Scouting adventure. As den leader, you can plan some activities that will fulfill both old and new requirements.
Yes, he must be in the Webelos den for 6 months in order to receive the Arrow of Light rank.
With the new program they would not need to earn their Webelos rank to earn their AOL, just their Bobcat rank if they are new.
Our Pack calls them Arrows, those they are still technically Webelos.
So it sounds like they are eligible to move up to Boy Scouts, especially if they are causing behavior problems.
Award them their AOL at the next Pack Meeting and move them on
1] Can he participate in the cross over ceremony to the troop on 1/15/2016? or does he have to wait until he is 10 & 1/2 years old? [Assuming he has his AOL]
2] Can he do the crossover 6 months after receiving his AOL, if he has not yet earned it?
3] If he has been as inactive as he apparently has, Can his work [totally with his parents] to earn is Webelos Award [and possibly his AOL] be acceptable to the BSA even though he has had little participation with the Webelos Den?
4 Can he do the crossover with other Webelos II Scouts who are in the 5th grade on 1/15/2016, but then just not participate in troop activities until he is 10 1/2 years old on 3/17/2016?
Boy Scout age requirement is: completed the fifth grade and is at least 10 years old, or is age 11, or has earned the
Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old.
1] A boy that has earned the AOL and is at least 10 can join a Boy Scout troop.
2] He would not have received his AOL if he had not earned it.
3] I don't know how a scout could complete the Scouting Adventure requirement #3, nor the Camper Adventure requirements #4 and #5 without his Webelos den.
4] This boy has to wait until he is 11 years old, or earns AOL, or completes 5th grade to join a troop.
Thank you for the quick response!
At Philmont this was brought up, and yes technically a boy could earn his AOL before his Webelos rank. HOWEVER, he should not be awarded the rank before Webelos.
This IS meant specifically for boys entering Cub Scouts in the 5th grade or 2nd year of Webelos in a traditional unit. There will be those who want to push the rules, so the above rule is meant to encourage scouts to earn both.
My boys just returned from AOL camp and they had a new requirement that I do not see listed on my Webelos Trax no have I heard of it. It is called Shooting Sports. Would you know about it and if it is truly a new requirement I can count towards their AOL rank?
Read the BSA Youth Application to find out that a boy can join a troop when he is at least 10 years old and has either completed 5th grade or has earned the Arrow of Light Award, or when he turns 11 years old regardless of any past scouting experience.
I have a Arrow of Light scout who is 5th grade, 10 years old, just joined our pack, first meeting Sep 22. Our Blue and Gold is Feb 25. That is only 5 months away. The requirement states 6 months active to receive AOL. Is the 6 months requirement a guideline? Can this scout receive his AOL by Feb 25 if all other requirements are met? Just need to be clear to explain to parents- thanks
His AOL could be presented to him at the next pack meeting after he completes 6 months.
He'll turn 10 in December and the pack Blue/Gold is scheduled for May...
He can earn the AoL a month later and join the troop then.
When the new program was introduced in 2015, both Webelos and AoL took 7 adventures, but in December, 2016, Webelos was reduced to 6 adventures and AoL was reduced to 5.
this is about an LDS Unit where the Weblos program is only 1 year
or are they disallowed from completing the award upon Turning 11
My question is this: if a boy has been in cubs since he was 8 but has not earned his Bear or Wolf, can he still earn the Arrow of Light? Thanks for any insight you can give on this.
@Lori - Yes, ranks in Cub Scouts are age-based, not based on earning any previous ranks. In Boy Scouts, each rank can only be earned after earning the previous rank.
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