> updated 20/12/09
ANYTHING may be worn on the red "brag vest." Anything up to the Scout and
of course his parents. So Coast Guard and Air Force patches may indeed be worn anywhere
on the vest. There is absolutely NO POLICY (written or otherwise) on what could or
could not be worn on the red vest. Likewise, if a Scout or Scouter is wearing a non-BSA
vest or jacket, anything may be worn on it as well.
Arrow of Light
Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award
D. Jack Haycock wrote and asked:
I am trying to figure out if I am entitled to wear the Adult Arrow of
Heretofore, I have not, but a scouter recently asked me why not.
I replied that the AOL award was not put in until after I was out of Cubs.
I was a Cub Scout from 1961-64. I earned my Wolf, Bear, Lion & Webelos. I
know the symbol for the Webelos was the Arrow of Light, but I thought that
was different from the actual award later instituted. Can you help?
First, you ARE entitled to wear the Arrow of Light square knot insignia on
The square knot was created to be worn by any male who have received the Arrow of Light
Award (called such starting in 1969) and it's predecessor, the WEBELOS Award
(which is DIFFERENT from the present-day WEBELOS RANK) -- both with the same
design: the seven rays over the arrow as shown. Whether you called it the WEBELOS Award or
the Arrow of Light, the award was - and still is - the highest award in Cub Scouting.
Before the Arrow of Light, a separate award called the WEBELOS Award (above) was
earned. The Arrow of Light was developed in the late 30s and took the place of this award.
Either way, this is the highest award in Cub Scouting. Very few Cubs
earn this award, believe it or not!
Those whom have earned the first version of the WEBELOS Award (a diamond with
the capital letter "W" inside it) are also eligible to wear the Arrow of
Light square knot.
Those who have only earned the WEBELOS Cub Scout rank, and NOT the Arrow of
Light, CAN NOT wear the Arrow of Light square knot insignia, simply because
they have not earned the "highest award in Cub Scouting". That's the key.
So go down to your Council office, trading post, or Scout Shop(tm) and pick
up your Arrow of Light square knot emblem and wear it proudly!
Thanks for asking, Jack!!
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