The Arrow of Light is the highest rank achieved in the BSA Cub Scout Program. It's usually earned by boys in the 5th grade. Our pack had 9 boys earn the award this year. Most of them went ahead and crossed over to the troop to become Boy Scouts.
It's tradition to award a "career arrow" to signify the accomplishment. Sometimes the arrows are put on a wood plaque or are decorated in another way. I did a lot of hunting but never found a design I really liked so I took a bunch of ideas and merged what I liked from each. The final plaque was cut from 1 inch red oak and finished with a mahogany stain. The arrows were 5/16" pine dowel striped and stained to look primitive and then fletched and pointed. The fletching is a cherokee two feather style. The points are reproductions. I found a great deal on ebay. The overall plaque and arrow design mimics the Arrow of light insignia, shown above. I've been told the design is based on a petroglyph in the painted desert national park. Here's my earlier posts on this project. Click the pictures for a larger version.