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Cub Scout Ranks

Cub Scouts progress from rank to rank along what is called the advancement trail, learning new skills as they go. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting has its own requirements. As you advance through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities you learn as you get older. 

Bobcat

No matter what age or grade a youth joins Cub Scouting, a Scout must earn their Bobcat badge before they can advance to the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. A youth must complete the Bobcat requirements, which include:

  • Learn and say the Cub Scout motto, the Scout Oath, and the Scout Law and tell what they mean;
  • Show the Cub Scout sign, salute, and handshake and tell what they mean; and
  • With your parent or guardian complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.

Tiger

The Tiger rank is for youth who are in first grade or are age 7. To earn the Tiger badge, a youth must complete six required adventures with their den or family and one elective adventure of their den or family’s choosing. As the youth completes each adventure, they will receive the adventure loop for that adventure, which they can wear on their belt. When the youth has completed the seven required adventures, they can receive the Tiger badge. The Tiger badge is given to the youths adult partner at a pack meeting. Then, during a grand ceremony, the adult gives the badge to the youth.

After the Scout has earned the Tiger badge, a Tiger Scout can work on the remaining 12 Tiger electives until they finish first grade (or turn 8 years old). The Scout can choose elective adventures that may show them new hobbies and teach them skills that will be useful during their Boy Scout years. When the Scout completes an elective adventure, they will receive an additional adventure loop to wear on their belt.

Wolf

The Wolf rank is for youth who have finished first grade (or who are 8 years old). To earn the Wolf badge, a youth must complete six required adventures and one elective adventure. Their parent or guardian and den leader approves each requirement by signing their book, and the youth receives an adventure loop for each adventure. When the youth has met all requirements, the Wolf badge is presented to their parent or guardian at the next pack meeting. During an impressive ceremony, the parent or guardian then presents the badge to the youth.

After the Scout has earned the Wolf badge, a Wolf Scout can work on the remaining 12 Wolf electives until they finish second grade (or turns 9 years old). They can choose elective adventures that may show them new hobbies and teach them skills that will be useful during their Boy Scout years. When a Scout completes an elective adventure, they will receive an additional adventure loop to wear on their belt.

Bear

The Bear rank is for youth who have finished second grade (or who are 9 years old). To earn the Bear badge, a youth must complete six required adventures and one elective adventure. The parent or guardian and den leader approves each requirement by signing their book, and the youth receives an adventure loop for each adventure. When the youth has met all requirements, the Bear badge is presented to the parent or guardian at the next pack meeting. During an impressive ceremony, the parent or guardian then presents the badge to the youth.

After the Scout has earned the Bear badge, a Bear Scout can work on the remaining 12 Bear electives until they finish third grade (or turn 10 years old). The Scout can choose elective adventures that may show them new hobbies and teach them skills that will be useful during their Boy Scout years. When a Scout completes an elective adventure, they will receive an additional adventure loop to wear on their belt.

Webelos

Webelos dens are for youth who have completed third grade (or reached age 10). Webelos Scouts get to work on the five required Webelos adventures and choose two of the 18 elective adventures that are shared by the Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks.

When a youth has done the requirements for an adventure, the Webelos den leader, rather than a parent, approves most of the adventures. For each adventure a youth completes, they receive a pin to wear on the Webelos colors or on their hat. After completing seven adventures, including five required adventures and two elective adventures, a Scout can receive the Webelos badge.

After a Scout has earned the Webelos badge, a Webelos Scout can work on the remaining 18 shared Webelos and Arrow of Light electives until they finish fourth grade (or turns 11 years old). The Scout can choose elective adventures that may show them new hobbies and teach then skills that will be useful during their Boy Scout years. When they complete an elective adventure, they receive an additional adventure pin to wear on the Webelos colors or on their hat.

Arrow of Light

The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light. Earning this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout. Scouts must complete four required adventures and three elective adventures to earn the Arrow of Light rank. For each adventure a youth completes, they receive a pin to wear on the Webelos colors or on their hat.

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

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