POUCH CEREMONY FOR ARROW OF LIGHT
Thanks to John Van Blarcom,
Cubmaster, Den Leader, Pack 1776 Waldorf, MD
"In addition to the Arrow of
Light Award, you will also receive a special pouch your Akela's made for
you with three items in it.
The first item is a pinch of soil to
remind you from where you have come, it is the earth that supports all
life. It is your parents who gave you life and it is the many Akelas in
your life who have given you love, wisdom and the knowledge that you now
The second gift in the pouch is a
mixture of herbs and spices. It is to remind you of the powers you have
within you. If you were asked to name the single most noticeable herb in
the mixture, you might each give a different answer. Just as the
strongest power within each person is different. Some will make their
mark using their
intelligence, others by using their
hands, others by helping people, and others by
using judgement and common sense.
The third gift in the pouch
symbolizes the feather of an eagle. It symbolizes that which had been
given to eagles since the time of our ancestors, and it is perhaps the
most difficult to understand. Like freedom, the eagle had to soar and
survey the land
beneath him; so too will you have the
freedom to choose the goals in your life and pursue them with eagle's
courage. Know who you are, where your powers lie, and use them to
achieve your goals. You are to soar with the eagles."
In addition, we had the older Webelos
to hand down a large arrow to the younger
Webelos den to pass down their
leadership in the pack. The arrow was wall size to display in the den.
The pouch this year was made of denim and I placed the dirt and herbs in
separate snack size baggies. You certainly could embellish more
with a leather pouch and wrapping the dirt and herbs in leaves, origami
pouches, or wax
paper tied with thongs.
Arrow Of Light