Grahm Cox earns Arrow of Light badge

Posted:  Monday, February 26, 2018 - 4:15pm

Grahm Cox of Boothbay was in the spotlight at his Arrow of Light Ceremony on Feb. 24 at the American Legion Hall in Boothbay. Webelos Scouts who earn this rank have completed all of the requirements for their Boy Scout badge. The Arrow of Light is the highest rank in Cub Scouting. Grahm’s family — dad Derrick Cox, mom Lauren Allen, stepdad David Allen, and younger brother Owen Cox — accompanied Grahm.

This rite of passage is rich in symbolism. The Arrow of Light plaque bears an image of a sun with seven rays; one for each day of the week, to remind a Scout to do his best every day. Attached to the plaque is an arrow with 12 beads on the shaft, representing the 12 points of the Scout Law; the green, khaki and red beads symbolize the boy (or girl’s) transition into Boy Scouting. The red, white and blue symbolize the Scout’s role in becoming a good citizen as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout. 

The three feathers that hang from the center of the arrow symbolize the three parts of the Boy Scout Oath: duty to God and country, duty to others, and duty to self. The arrow head is a symbol of the Scout’s integrity; the shaft skillfully crafted to fly straight and true, symbolizing the Scout’s developing strength and character.

Interested in joining Pack 271? Boys and girls are encouraged to check it out. See the What’s Happening Thursday listings for details.