In this instructable you will learn how to create your own Cub Scout career arrow using embroidery floss in coordinating colors to represent each Cub Scout's achievements. These arrows are often presented to Cub Scouts by their parents or pack when they earn their Arrow of Light, and are a tradition that many younger scouts look forward to eagerly. These arrows were awarded during my den's Arrow of Light ceremony this year and are used in some crossover ceremonies or as keepsakes of the time a boy has spent in Cub Scouts.
Many career arrows are created using paint or tape to represent a scout’s major achievements in Cub Scouting, and there is a kit available for purchase from BSA to achieve that effect. This decoration style has a more natural look to it than the usual blue and yellow arrows. The arrows themselves are handmade using traditional methods. and came from Arrow of Light Awards.
Time required for this project was 2 hours/arrow and average material cost is about $20/arrow (includes cost of arrow, shipping and overhead).
Step 1: Plan, Plan, Plan
Determine what constitutes a ‘major achievement’ for your scouts and gather that information for each scout. There are many schools of thoughts on this, and it typically varies by leader and how much information you have on each scout. Some leaders will include every achievement earned (http://www.gilanet.com/amerabo/colors1.htm), whereas others pick and choose what to include (http://cubmaster.org/carrows.asp).