The Arrow of Light Den meets every other Wednesday evening from 6:15 to 7:30 in the Luther Burbank Cafeteria beginning on September 11. The Den is currently made up of nine 5th grade boys, all from Lancaster, led by John Hantzis and Megan Bates.
Boys may join at any time during the year – they are never ‘behind.’
Arrow of Light is a shortened year, running only to the Blue and Gold Banquet in February, whereupon all the boys complete their Cub Scouting career by literally “crossing over” a ceremonial bridge to join Boy Scout Troop 1 Lancaster. The Blue and Gold Banquet is the capstone of the Cub Scout’s career.
The boys (and their parents) spend their Arrow of Light year familiarizing themselves with the traditions and approach of Boy Scouts, which are fundamentally different from Cub Scouts. In Boy Scouts, the older boys run the Troop, and the younger boys look to them for training and leadership. Adult leaders council the older Boy Scouts, i.e. the Patrol Leaders, in proper planning and running of the Troop. The Arrow of Light year includes the “9-to-1 Campout” in the fall, where the Pack 9 Arrow of Light Den joins the junior leadership of Troop 1 in the Town Forest for a campout during which many of the requirements for the Arrow of Light Adventures are covered.
Arrow of Light Adventures are:
- Building a Better World (Citizenship)
- Outdoorsman (Camping)
- Duty to God in Action (Non-denominational and personal)
- Scouting Adventure (Preparing to be a Boys Scout)
Arrow of Light Scouts also work with their parent(s) or as a Den to complete one elective Adventure chosen from a group of options.