Arrow of Light Adventure Requirements: Building a Better World

This is a preview of one of the new Cub Scout requirements which will go into effect in the 2015-2016 program year. See the BSA Program Updates page for complete information.

Building a Better World is one of the Arrow of Light CORE Adventure Requirements.  In the current Webelos Cub Scout program, it overlaps some of the requirements in the Citizen Activity Badge and the Family Member Activity Badge as well as the Citizenship Belt Loop and Pin.

In this adventure, Webelos learn all about citizenship including about the rights and duties of citizens, local government, improving our communities through conservation, and connecting with Scouts in different countries.

The requirement for this adventure are shown below. Upon completion of this adventure, Webelos will receive a pin.

Arrow of Light Adventure Requirements: 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:
    1. 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.
    2. Set up an exhibit at a pack meeting to share information about the World Friendship Fund.
    3. Find a brother den in another country.
    4. 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.
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2 Responses to Arrow of Light Adventure Requirements: Building a Better World

  1. Lisa Hansen June 12, 2014 at 10:27 AM #

    I am wondering how our Webelos 1 boys for 2014-2015 will be transitioned into the new program. How will their pins earned before May 2015 be applied to the new requirements.

    • Scouter Mom June 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM #

      You can view the transition guidelines here:
      http://www.scouting.org/filestore/program_update/pdf/CS%20Program%20Transition.pdf

      As I read it, they may use them as electives, but will still need to complete the AOL core requirements.

      In particular, it says “Boys who have achieved the Webelos rank by June 1, 2015, may complete this requirement (three adventure electives) by using Webelos activity badges or pins earned before June 1, 2015. These three activity badges must be in addition to those required for earning the Webelos rank. “

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