Arrow of Light Core Adventures
Effective June 1, 2015
These will be the requirements for the Arrow of Light Core
(Required) Adventures on or after June 1, 2015.
This material is still a DRAFT, and may change by the time
the 2015 Cub Scout Webelos Handbook is released.
There are 4 Core (Required) Adventures in the Arrow of Light program:
- Building a Better World
- Duty to God in Action
- Scouting Adventure
- Explain the history of the United States flag. Show how to properly
display the flag in public, and help lead a flag ceremony.
- Learn about and describe your rights and duties as a citizen,
and explain what it means to be loyal to your country.
- Discuss in your Webelos den the term “rule of law,” and talk
about how it applies to you in your everyday life.
- Meet with a government leader, and learn about his or her role
in your community. Discuss with the leader an important issue facing
- Learn about your family's expenses, and help brainstorm ways
to save money. Plan and manage a budget.
- Learn about energy use in your community and in other parts
of our world.
- Identify one energy problem in your community, and find out
what has caused it.
- With the assistance of your den leader or parent, participate
in an event that would help lead others in recycling and conserving
- Show that you are an active leader by planning an activity without
your den leader's help.
- Do one of these:
- Learn about Scouting in another part of the world. With
the help of your parent or your den leader, pick one country
where Scouting exists, and research its Scouting program.
- Set up an exhibit at a pack meeting to share information
about the World Friendship Fund.
- Find a brother den in another country.
- Under the supervision of your parent, guardian, or den leader,
connect with a Scout in another country during an event such
as Jamboree on the Air or Jamboree on the Internet or by other
Do all of these:
- With the help of your den leader or family, plan and conduct
- On arrival at the campout, with your den and den leader or family,
determine where to set up your tent. Demonstrate knowledge of what
makes a good tent site and what makes a bad one. Set up your tent
without help from an adult.
- Once your tents are set up, discuss with your den what actions
you should take in the case of the following extreme weather events
which could require you to evacuate:
- Severe rainstorm causing flooding
- Severe thunderstorm with lightning or tornadoes
- Fire, earthquake, or other disaster that will require evacuation.
Discuss what you have done to minimize as much danger as possible.
- On a pack campout, work with your den leader or another adult
to plan a campfire program with the other dens. Your campfire program
should include an impressive opening, songs, skits, a Cubmaster's
minute, and an inspirational closing ceremony.
- Show how to tie a bowline. Explain when the knot should be used
and why. Teach it to another Scout who is not a Webelos Scout.
- Go on a geocaching adventure with your den or an adult partner.
Show how you used a GPS unit or a smartphone with a GPS application
to locate a geocache.
- Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for
Kids from memory. Talk about how you can demonstrate them while
you are working on your Arrow of Light. After one outing, list the
things you did to follow the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace.
Do either requirement 1 OR requirement 2:
- Earn the religious emblem of your faith for Webelos Scouts,
if you have not already done so.
- Do requirement 2a and any two from requirements 2b-2e:
- With your religious leader, your parent, guardian, or religious
or spiritual leader, discuss and make a plan to do two things
you think will help you better do your duty to God. Do these
things for a month.
- Discuss with your family how the Scout Oath and Scout Law
relate to your beliefs about duty to God.
- For at least a month, pray or reverently meditate each day
as taught by your family or faith community.
- Read at least two accounts of people in history who have
done their duty to God. (This can include family members and
ancestors.) List their names and how they showed their duty
- Under the direction of your parent, guardian, or religious
or spiritual leader, do an act of service for someone in your
family, neighborhood, or community. Talk about your service
with your family and your Webelos den leader. Tell your family,
den, or den leader how it related to doing your duty to God.
Do all of these:
- Prepare yourself to become a Boy Scout by completing all of
the items below:
- Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto,
and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain the meaning of
each to your den leader, parent, or guardian.
- Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe for your den leader,
parent, or guardian some ways you have shown Scout spirit by
practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout
- Give the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain
when they should be used.
- Describe the First Class Scout badge, and tell what each
part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class
- Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words,
explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.
- Visit a Boy Scout troop meeting with your den members, leaders,
and parent or guardian. After the meeting, do the following:
- Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership.
- Describe the four steps of Boy Scout advancement.
- Describe ranks in Boy Scouting and how they are earned.
- Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned.
- Practice the patrol method in your den for one month by doing
- Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols
that might be part of a Boy Scout troop.
- Hold an election to choose the patrol leader.
- Develop a patrol name and emblem (if your den does not already
have one), as well as a patrol flag and yell. Explain how a
patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell create patrol spirit.
- As a patrol, make plans with a troop to participate in a
Boy Scout troop's campout or other outdoor activity.
- With your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian, participate
in a Boy Scout troop's campout or other outdoor activity. Use the
patrol method while on the outing.
- Do the following:
- Show how to tie a square knot, two half hitches, and a taut-line
hitch. Explain how each knot is used.
- Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and
fuse the ends of different kinds of rope.
- Demonstrate your knowledge of the pocketknife safety rules and
the pocketknife pledge. Earn your Whittling Chip card if you have
not already done so.
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