BSA provides Webelos den meeting ideas for Cub Scout den leaders on the Scouting.org website. The tenth in the Arrow of Light series of Webelos den meeting plans covers making the arrows which represent everything the Webelos have achieved as Cub Scouts.
It is traditional for Webelos to make commemorative arrows with markings to represent things like earning Tiger badge, Wolf badge, Bear badge, Webelos badge, religious emblems, arrow points, activity badges. Typically these are marked as bands on an arrow using electrical tape. You can gather all of the materials yourself or there are a lot of kits like these Arrow of Light Cub Scout Kits available. Some parents mount these arrows on plaques or in shadow boxes with other mementos so they can proudly be displayed.
We always made the arrow banding meeting into a party when we did these with my sons’ dens. Everyone brought a snack to share and we put on some music while parents helped their sons mark their arrows.
If you don’t already have the BSA Webelos den meeting plans, download BSA Arrow of Light Meeting Plan 11 to follow along with this article.
Webelos Den Meeting Plans: AOL Creation
Preparation and Before the Meeting
The most difficult part of making the arrows is not putting the bands on them but trying to figure out what everyone has earned since they were Tiger Cubs. If you have den records, give those to the parents ahead of time so they can check them If not, ask the parents to try to figure out which rank badges, activity badges, and religious emblems their sons have earned as well as arrow points.
Remember though, this is not a legal document. It is a Scout’s commemorative arrow. Sometimes you have to make your best guess. There are also not any “hard” rules about what you put bands on for and what you do not. Your pack may have traditions so you should ask some veteran leaders about that.
See my gathering activities page for some ideas.
Hand out recognitions.
This meeting is all about putting the bands on the arrows. It really is much easier with two sets of hands, so encourage parents to do this special activity with their sons.
After the Meeting
Have the Webelos help clean up the meeting place. Send home any reminders about what they need to be working on at home.