ARRANGEMENT: Ceremony begins with a continued drumbeat from off stage. The beat should start slow and then speed up with one final loud beat. During the drumbeat, three Firecrafters in fire shirts enter from the back of the room. When they reach the front of the room they should stand in a Firecrafter stance in front of the audience. The Chief should stand at the opening of the bridge. The fellow and Friend should stand in front of the bridge.
CHIEF: May your tongues be silent, your minds attentive, and your hearts attuned. Scouts, Scouters, Friends, and Family, bear witness to this, the crossover from Cub to Scout. I am the mighty Chief of the fire, who has walked the trail of three flames. I have come today to seek those who are ready to take the leap from one journey to the next. I have been told there are some Webelows who are prepared now to begin their climb up Scouting’s rigorous but rewarding trail.
FRIEND: Fellows, when your name is called, please rise and I will escort you to your place before the Chief.
(The Friend should take a step up after saying this line. Each name of the Cub Scouts crossing over is read from the back of the room with a drumbeat in between each name. The cubs will Line up in front of the Friend as each name is read. After all names are read the Friend will escort all Cubs to their place in front of the Chief.)
FRIEND: You have come a long way to reach this destination. But know that your climb has only begun. I encourage you to lean on each other and know that the friendships you make through Scouting will guide you to ultimate fulfillment. Before now, you have relied on your leaders and parents to guide you through your Scouting journey, but now it is time for you to take on the responsibility yourself. Heed the words you hear today and know that this journey will be one you shall never forget.
SERVANT: You have worked hard to reach this goal, but you have not been on this journey alone, so it is only fitting they join you today. Would the parents of these young Webelos join them now to show support of the great endeavor they are about to endure.
(Pause for parents to stand behind each boy)
SERVANT: Through your Scouting journey, you shall come to find that giving unselfish service to others will bring great fulfillment. I encourage you to never hesitate to give a lending hand to those around you just as your leaders and family have given to you.
CHIEF: I think that it is only fitting, that before you take that final step into Scouting that I leave you with this final thought. Leadership is one of the most important qualities that you can ascribe to as Scout. Scouting is led by the youth and it is an opportunity for you to step up and build your inner spirit to reach your greatest potential. The most essential components of leadership include being a friend to all, serving unselfishly, leading by example, and foremost, doing your personal best.
FRIEND: It is now time for you to receive your recognition. Today you are bestowed upon the highest recognition a Cub can earn. That of the Arrow of Light. The badge is symbolic in all that you have worked towards.
The sun is shedding its light on all that we do. A reminder that you should be a light for those around you.
The seven rays of the sun represent the seven days of the week. A reminder that you should do your best every day!
The arrow is symbolic of everything that is straight and true, just as you should be straight and true in your lives.
SERVANT: We challenge each of you to follow where the Arrow of Light points – forward on the trail of the Scouts BSA ranks and upward to higher challenges – to soar with the eagles! Wear it always with honor and pride.
CHIEF: Parents bestow upon your Scouts this recognition and prepare to allow your Scouts to cross the bridge into the realm of Scouting.
CHIEF: As Cub Scouts you have traveled long and hard on the Cub Scout trail. You have learned the ways of Bobcat, Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelo. You have met many new friends, learned many new skills, and lived up to the scout Oath and Law. You are now ready to cross the bridge into the adventure of Scouts BSA.
FRIEND: When your name is called, come to the Chief who will remove your Cub Scout colors and send you across the bridge to begin a new adventure in Scouting.
(Each name of the Cub Scouts crossing over is read from the back of the room with a drumbeat in between each name. The chief removes the Cub neckerchief and sends the cubs and their parents across the bridge.)
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