As the highest award in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light is often mentioned by Scout parents and volunteers.
So what is the Arrow of Light?
The Arrow of Light award can be earned by 5th graders who have completed the Webelos rank. It is an award that prepares Cub Scouts to enter the Scouts, BSA program. In fact, Arrow of Light is its own rank, marking a milestone in a Cub Scout’s growth. The award is significant in the Scouting experience – so significant it is one of the only Cub Scout badges that can be worn on the Scouts, BSA uniform.
Are Crossover Ceremonies Part of the Arrow of Light?
While some packs may combine the celebration of these two achievements, Arrow of Light and Crossover Ceremonies are different. A Crossover Ceremony is an event Packs choose to host to recognize the Scouts moving from Cub Scouts to Scouts, BSA. Often a Crossover Ceremony sends Cub Scouts to walk across a mini-bridge to symbolize their move (think of it as a Cub Scout graduation). Arrow of Light, on the other hand, is a rank and award. It is a staple in the Cub Scout program and something many Scouts who move through Cub Scouts to Scouts, BSA will achieve.
On February 9, 2019, Pack 279 awarded the Arrow of Light rank to four Scouts, and these Scouts subsequently crossed over to Troop 279.
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