ARROW OF LIGHT
As revised in the 1998 edition of the Webelos
(Revisions to requirements are shown in bold underlined
Deletions are shown struck through in red italics, like
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- Be active in your Webelos den for at least six months since completing the fourth grade
(or for at least six months since becoming 10 years old), and earn the Webelos badge.
- Show your knowledge of the requirements to become a Boy Scout by doing all of
- Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath or Promise and the 12 points of
the Scout Law. Tell how you have practiced
them in your everyday life.
- Give and explain the Scout motto, slogan, sign, salute, and handclasp.
- Understand the significance of the Scout badge. Know its parts and tell what each stands
- Tell how a Boy Scout uniform is different from a Webelos Scout uniform.
- Tie the joining knot (square knot)
- Earn five more activity badges in addition to
the three you
for a total of eight.
(You already earned three
for the Webelos badge. The total of eight activity badges must
include: Citizen, Fitness,
Readyman, and at least one from the outdoor group, one from the mental skills group, and
one from the technology group.)
- With your Webelos den, visit at least
- one Boy Scout troop meeting,
- and one Boy Scout-oriented outdoor activity.
- Participate in a Webelos overnight campout or day hike.
- After you have completed all five of the above requirements, and after a talk with your
Webelos den leader, arrange to visit, with your parent or
guardian, a meeting of a Boy Scout troop you think you might like to join.
Talk to Have a conference with
the Scoutmaster. Then get an "Application to Become
a Boy Scout," fill it out and have your parent or guardian sign it. Show it to your
Webelos leader and talk about your interest in becoming a Boy Scout. Complete
and turn in a "Join Boy Scouting" application to the Scoutmaster during the
The following is NOT part of the
Official BSA Requirements.
It is our interpretation of the last requirement above.
The last sentence of Requirement 6 does NOT say
"Join a Boy Scout Troop", it says "complete and turn in" an
application. Since (1) the Arrow of Light can not be earned after a boy has
transferred into a Boy Scout Troop, (2) the troop where the boy has his conference is not
necessarily the one he ultimately may join, and (3) there may be an extended period
between the time he has the conference and the time he completes the other requirements or
actually joins a Boy Scout Troop (if he does join one), we recommend the following
procedure be followed:
- Do EXACTLY what the last sentence of requirement 6 says:
"Complete and turn in a "Join Boy Scouting" application to the Scoutmaster
during the conference."
Then do the following:
- Have the Scoutmaster sign the application during the conference, as proof that the
conference took place.
- At the end of the conference, take the application back, bring it to the next Webelos
den meeting, show it to the Webelos den leader, as proof that the requirement was
done, and ask the leader to initial requirement 6 in his book.
- Once the boy has completed the other requirements, and received his Arrow of
Light, and when he is ready to transfer to a Troop, turn in the application to the troop
of the family's choice, pay any fees for transferring or joining, and ask that the
form be processed. If it is a different troop, just use a new application form.