RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

This Arrow of Light adventure will provide Scouts with an introduction to Boy Scouting, Scout skills, and Scout spirit. Webelos Scouts will attend a troop meeting and accompany a troop on a campout or an outdoor activity.

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

  • Identifying the key differences between Webelos Scouting and Boy Scouting
  • Demonstrating the patrol method
  • Helping ease the transition from Webelos Scouting to Boy Scouting
  • Attending a troop campout or troop outdoor-oriented activity
  • Developing Scout skills for rope care and knot tying
  • Developing Scout skills of pocketknife usage, safety rules, and care
  • Getting excited about the Boy Scouting experience
  • A Scout is loyal, obedient.IconArrow

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTSScoutingAdventureHandbook

Do all of these:

  1. Prepare yourself to become a Boy Scout by completing all of the items below:
    a. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meanings to your den leader, parent, or guardian.
    b. 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 slogan.
    c. Give the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when they should be used.
    d. Describe the First Class Scout badge, and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
    e. Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words, explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.
  2. Visit a Boy Scout troop meeting with your den members, leaders, and parent or guardian. After the meeting, do the following:
    a. Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership.
    b. Describe the four steps of Boy Scout advancement.
    c. Describe ranks in Boy Scouting and how they are earned.
    d. Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned.
  3. Practice the patrol method in your den for one month by doing the following:
    a. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that might be part of a Boy Scout troop.
    b. Hold an election to choose the patrol leader.
    c. 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.
    d. As a patrol, make plans to participate in a Boy Scout troop’s campout or other outdoor activity.
  4. 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.
  5. Do the following:
    a. Show how to tie a square knot, two half hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used.
    b. Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the ends of different kinds of rope.
  6. Demonstrate your knowledge of the pocketknife safety rules and the pocketknife pledge. If you have not already done so, earn your Whittling Chip card.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

Please review all the den meeting plans and resources for the Scouting Adventure prior to beginning. Note that there are two options for outings involved in this adventure. The visit and the outing do not need to be with the same troop.

After reading about how a Boy Scout troop works in the adventure in the handbook, contact a local Boy Scout troop to arrange a date and time for the Webelos Scout den and their parents/guardians to attend one of the troop’s meetings. Your Webelos Scout pack’s chartered organization may also sponsor a troop and can provide contact information, or you can check with your local BSA council office for troops in your area. Your Cubmaster and your unit commissioner may also be able to provide points of contact. Boy Scout troops often advertise their interest in hosting visiting Webelos Scouts during monthly roundtable meetings. The beascout.org website is another source of points of contact for local Boy Scout troops.

Provide the Scoutmaster and/or assistant Scoutmaster of the troop you will visit the Scoutmaster Checklist found in the Meeting 1 Resources. Discuss how they can help the Webelos Scouts complete requirements 2, 3, 4, and 5 when the Webelos Scouts attend the troop meeting. It would be ideal if the instruction and guidance could be provided by Boy Scouts to demonstrate the role of youth in Boy Scouting as leaders, teachers, and mentors.

You will also need to work with a troop’s Scoutmaster and/or assistant Scoutmaster to attend a campout or an outdoor-oriented activity with that troop, such as Scouting for Food or a service project activity. While attending a campout or outdoor activity is required, a Webelos Scout and his parent or guardian are not required to spend the night. Confirm the outing plan with families, including transportation and any additional items they need to bring. Make sure a tour and activity plan has been submitted, if required, and activity consent forms are distributed, signed, and collected.

Webelos Scouts are tasked with completing requirement 1 at home. Check that they are making progress on this requirement.

See the Appendix for optional den meeting activities, including openings, gatherings, and closings.

MeetingPlans

To get you started in delivering fun and engaging meetings, complete Den Meeting Plans are available here on the Learning Library for the Backyard Jungle and Games Tigers Play adventures. To obtain Den Meeting Plans for all other adventures, Den Leader Guides are available at your local Scout Shop, online at scoutstuff.org, or as an eBook through Amazon.

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