Picture of Webelos Career Arrow

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

Picture of 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).


tinkertron5 months ago
ohmerfam3 years ago
The link to "http://www.pack87.org/leaders/WeblosCareerArrow.pdf" no longer works.
lockpick4 years ago
Great! I crossed over a 2 years ago.
yoyology5 years ago
I love this!  I'll be passing it along to my wife, who is Award Chair for our pack.  My oldest will be crossing over next year, and it's time to start thinking about this!
dascomp515 years ago
 I really wish I'd seen this last year when my son was about to cross over to Boy Scouts from Webelos.  We fumbled around looking for the right way to do it.  We ended up with everyone's arrow looking a little different.

Great job.

lemonie5 years ago
That's far superior to paint, an excellent job.