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).


<p>I am working on this now and it's coming along nicely. I made two little changes though that are making it a bit easier for me:</p><p>1) I am using scotch tape instead of glue which means it is much easier to adjust as I go (or unwrap the whole thing if I don't like it once I am done without wasting an arrow). </p><p>2) I am also using one long piece of black floss and not cutting it. </p><p>I started by taping about 3/8&quot; of the black and yellow/Bobcat floss along the back of the arrow in such a way that the ends will be covered -- you only need a tiny sliver of tape. Then I made two wraps of the black thread keeping the yellow out of the way. Then I crossed the yellow over the black making a 90 degree turn with the black (if you cross them right, the yellow will hold black in place so it doesn't unwind). </p><p>Then I pulled the black thread taut along the back of arrow shaft and held it in place with a small temporary piece of tape on the arrow-head. (This keeps it from wrapping around the arrow while adding the other colors). Once I finished wrapping yellow, I un-taped black and made the same 90 degree crossover as before and twisted the black around twice. I started the next color with a small piece of tape (covering up the yellow end up as well and then cutting off the excess), and started the process again. Be sure to tug the black floss every now and again as you cover it because it wants to drift around to the front. </p><p>Not having to cut the black over and over and mess with glue is making this project much neater to deal with and so far the tape is all covered. I might have to glue the end, but by then I will know whether I am happy with the finished product or if I need to adjust. I'll add pics once I am done. </p><p>Thanks for the Instructabale! Embroidery floss is much more affordable than beads, but way nicer than tape (and neater than paint). </p>
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Great! I crossed over a 2 years ago.
I love this!&nbsp; I'll be passing it along to my wife, who is Award Chair for our pack.&nbsp; My oldest will be crossing over next year, and it's time to start thinking about this!<br />
&nbsp;I really wish I'd seen this last year when my son was about to cross over to Boy Scouts from Webelos. &nbsp;We fumbled around looking for the right way to do it. &nbsp;We ended up with everyone's arrow looking a little different.<br /> <br /> Great job.<br /> <br /> D<br />
That's far superior to paint, an excellent job.<br /> <br /> L<br />

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