Friday, March 6, 2015

Arrow of Light Adventure: Building a Better World

By the time our Cub Scouts have reached fifth grade, they are more independent and ready (whether they know it or not) to handle more responsibility.  They on their last leg of their Cub Scout journey and are one year (or less!!) away from joining a Boy Scout troop.

Wow.  Time really flies!

It seems that with these things in mind, BSA made the Arrow of Light Adventures are beefier, longer and more challenging.

The requirements for this pin are below:

Arrow of Light Adventure: Building a Better World

1. Explain the history of the United States flag. Show how to properly display the flag in public, and help lead a flag ceremony.

2. Learn about and describe your rights and duties as a citizen, and explain what it means to be loyal to your country.

3. Discuss in your Webelos den the term “rule of law,” and talk about how it applies to you in your everyday life.

4. Meet with a government leader, and learn about his or her role in your community. Discuss with the leader an important issue facing your community.

5. Learn about your family’s expenses, and help brainstorm ways to save money. Plan and manage a budget.

6. Learn about energy use in your community and in other parts of our world.

7. Identify one energy problem in your community, and find out what has caused it.

8. With the assistance of your den leader or parent, participate in an event that would help lead
others in recycling and conserving resources.

9. Show that you are an active leader by planning an activity without your den leader’s help.

10. Do one of these:
a. 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. 
b. Set up an exhibit at a pack meeting to share information about the World Friendship Fund. 
c. Find a brother den in another country. 
d. 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 means.

I love looking at the progression through the ranks... how the responsibilities grow with the boys.  These are the rites of passage I think that so many young boys need as they grow into young men.

Check out our Building a Better World Pinterest Board for ways to implement this adventure:

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* Always teach responsibly and make parents aware of things that have been (or will be) covered, so that they may set their own rules for home use of such knowledge.  

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