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How to make an Arrow Of Light award

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The Arrow Of Light is the highest award a Cub Scout can earn. After completing the requirements it’s presented to him before he moves onto Boy Scouts. I recently had the task of making 8 awards. I was able to find plenty of examples but very few tutorials. This instructable should give you a starting point if you’re making awards yourself. Each award cost me just under $8.00 to make though it will also depend what you already have on hand.
 
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Step 1: Arrow of light template

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I started out by modifying an image so it would work out as a template. That image was opened in excel and printed out. I included the file incase you need it. I arranged the printout how I wanted it, taped them together and cut them out with a razor blade.

Next I Traced the stencil I made onto a piece of MDF. I then used a scroll saw to cut out the stencil. Finally I sanded out any chatter marks within the template.

Step 2: Routing the arrow of light

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For this part you need a router set up with a template guide bushing. You can get that bushing kit at any hardware store. The router bit you use depends on what look you want. I started out with a round bit but decided it looked better with a strait bit.

Clamp the template to the wood your using. I’m using pine. With the router set at the depth you want, run the router though the template. Make sure the router is completely stopped before you lift it to see your work. Otherwise you risk damaging the template. To make things easier I used a vacuum to pick up the saw dust.

Lastly, use a round over bit to ease the edges. Don't forget your safety gear.
scientist8018 days ago
What the heck??? who would need this????
knj53061 year ago
We just had our Arrow of Light ceremony and I couldn't have been more happy with the outcome. The total cost was $15 per plaque.

I purchased bone arrowheads and sinew from ecanyons.com and Flu-Flu fletches from 3riversarchery.com. That made the price for the arrows around $8, but I really like how they came out.

I could not have made the awards without your Instructable.

Thanks!
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Mrballeng (author)  knj530611 months ago
I remember reading this comment through my email but I just now saw your pictures. You did a great job. The arrows turned out very nice. I'm glad this was of help to you. Thanks for sharing. Brent
knj53061 year ago
Fantastic. I've got 9 scouts crossing over in a couple months and I wanted to build them the awards instead of buying one. This fits the bill nicely. I might try to fletch some real feathers on the arrow, but the blue and gold looks nice too.
Kozz2 years ago
Those are gorgeous! You should be very proud, and I know it will be a memorable event for the boys. If they were like me, they'll hold onto that award for a very long time. Nice job.
Mrballeng (author)  Kozz2 years ago
Thanks Kozz
hjjusa2 years ago
Spray the routed arrow & light beam with clear acrylic first to prevent paint seepage
Mrballeng (author)  hjjusa2 years ago
That's a great idea. Thanks.
These are great, a lot better than the tacky awards I see at some cross overs. Still, I gotta say, mine is better. Back when I was a Webelos there was a guy in our patrol that was a Cabnet Maker, and he had a CNC in his shop. He cut out the award on really high end walnut then routed the shapes on the CNC much like you did above, then had metal plaques engraved and mounted to the board, then each scout made their own arrow and attached them. It was good fun and is a treasured keepsake. Still hanging on my wall.
Great instructable!
We have an Arrow of Light at Pack Meeting this next week. It reminded me to fix the award shield (30 year tradititon for our Pack) and get it off to the Cubs parents. I also need to finish his arrow to hold the shield. Thanks so much for the reminder. And very good job!
instruct392 years ago
very cool! im the senior patrol leader of my troop and im going to a cross over tomorrow for the cub scouts
That's awesome! I bet they loved them. I would have been very excited to get such a fancy award when I was younger. :)