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Advancement


The Cub Scout Advancement Trail

There are six ranks in Cub Scouting:

  • Bobcat. The Bobcat badge is earned prior to all other ranks. If a boy joins Cub Scouting as a Wolf, Bear, or Webelos, he must earn the Bobcat badge first before receiving any other award or rank.
  • Tiger Cub. The rank for boys who have completed kindergarten (or 7-year-olds).
  • Wolf. The rank for boys who have completed first grade (or 8-year-olds).
  • Bear. The rank for boys who have completed second grade (or 9-year-olds).
  • Webelos. The rank for boys who have completed third grade (or 10-year-olds).
  • Arrow of Light. For fifth-graders (or 10-year-olds). Earned after the completion of the Webelos badge, usually during the second year of the Webelos program

Bobcat Requirements

No matter what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouting, he must earn his Bobcat badge before he can be awarded the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. This rank involves learning the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and some signs and symbols of Cub Scouting. His parents determine when the boy has mastered them.

Tiger Cub Requirements

When a boy is in the first grade, he works on the Tiger Cub badge with his adult partner. To begin his path to the Tiger Cub rank, the Tiger Cub must first earn the Tiger Cub Immediate Recognition Emblem by learning the Cub Scout motto, the Cub Scout sign, and the Cub Scout salute. When he has accomplished these tasks, he may begin working on the 15 achievement requirements to earn Tiger Cub rank. These simple requirements, to be completed with the adult partners, include a family activity, den activity, and Go See It (den outing) in five achievement areas. The adult partner approves the completion of each requirement by signing the boy's handbook. For each of these 15 achievements, the boy earns a bead to add to his Tiger Cub Immediate Recognition Emblem—white for family activities, orange for den activities, and black for Go See It activities.

When the Tiger Cub has completed the 15 achievement requirements, he receives his Tiger Cub badge in a ceremony during a monthly pack meeting. After earning the Tiger Cub badge, the boy is encouraged to work on the numerous elective activities in his book. The boy is also encouraged to begin working on the requirements for his Bobcat badge. There are many elective projects aimed at sparking a Tiger Cub’s interest in a new hobby, activity, or skill. When he completes 10 electives, he earns a Tiger Track bead that is worn on the Tiger Cub Immediate Recognition Emblem, a pocket totem. There is no limit to the number of Tiger Track beads that a boy may earn; however, each Tiger Track bead must represent the completion of 10 elective projects.

All requirements for both the Tiger Cub achievements and electives are found in the Tiger Cub Handbook.

Wolf Requirements

When a boy is in the second grade, he starts work on the 12 achievements for the Wolf rank as soon as he has earned his Bobcat rank. These achievements involve knowledge of the national flag, his religious duties, physical skills, and other simple skills geared to his interests. A parent or adult family member should approve his work and sign his book, signifying completion of the requirements.

The den leader, parent or an adult family member should approve his work and sign his book, signifying completion of the requirements.

When the Cub Scout has completed the 12 achievements, he receives the Wolf badge in a ceremony during a monthly pack meeting. The boy may then work on any of the 23 fields, called electives, until he completes second grade (or is 9). Electives mostly cover hobby and sports interests. Each of these electives is divided into projects. For the first 10 projects, a boy is award a Gold Arrow Point, to be worn on his uniform below his Wolf badge. For the next 10 projects completed, he receives a Silver Arrow Point, to be worn below the gold one. Additional Silver Arrow Points may be earned for each 10 projects. 

All requirements and electives are found in the Wolf Cub Handbook.

Bear Requirements

When the boy is in the third grade or 9 (or as soon as he completes the Bobcat requirements if he joins at this age), he begins work toward the Bear rank. When he has completed 12 of the 24 achievements and has been awarded the badge, he may work on the 24 electives in the Bear Cub Handbook to earn Arrow Points as he did for Wolf. These arrow points are worn below his Bear badge. In addition, he may earn elective credits by completing requirements for the 12 achievements not used to earn the badge. All requirements for both the Bear achievements and electives are found in the Bear Handbook. 

As with the Wolf rank, completion of the requirements is approved by the boy’s parents.

Webelos Requirements

While working toward the Webelos rank and the Arrow of Light Award, the boy also may earn any or all of the 20 activity badges that range from Aquanaut and Sportsman to Geologist and Forester. The Webelos den leader approves the boy’s work or assigns someone else to approve it. This is an important step in the boy’s transition to a Boy Scout troop. All requirements for the Webelos badge, Arrow of Light Award, and activity badges are found in the Webelos Handbook.
The boy makes a transition from the pack to a Boy Scout troop after he:

  • Has completed the fifth grade and is at least 10 years old, OR
  • Is age 11, OR
  • Has earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old.

The transition from the pack to a Boy Scout troop in an impressive ceremony.

The Webelos badge and Arrow of Light requirements include all of the joining requirements for the Scout badge.

The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light Award. Earning this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout. Webelos Scouts who have earned the Arrow of Light Award have also completed all requirements for the Boy Scout badge.

This award is the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform when a boy graduates into a troop. Adult leaders who earned the Arrow of Light Award when they were young may also show their achievement by wearing a special square knot on their adult uniform.


Boy Scout Advancement and Awards

Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.