Cub Scout Advancement

On the Cub Scout advancement trail, a youth progresses from rank to rank, learning new skills along the way. As Cub Scouts get older and advance through the ranks, the requirements become more challenging to match their new skills and abilities. Cub Scout advancement includes a wide range of group and individual activities youth enjoy. More importantly, the activities are carefully selected to encourage physical, intellectual and character development.

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Bobcat

No matter what age or grade a youth joins Cub Scouting, they must earn the Bobcat badge before advancing to the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, or Arrow of Light. 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
  • With a parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide”
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Lion – Kindergarten

Our Lion Cub program has exciting indoor and outdoor activities specifically designed for kindergarten age youth and their adult partner. Adult partners (guardians) are there to support and guide, allowing the new Cub Scout to discover risks and rewards under the security of adult supervision. Lion Cubs learn by doing!

Lion Cub requirements are not yet available online, but more information is available here.

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Tiger – 1st Grade

To earn the Tiger badge, a youth must complete six required adventures with their den or family and one elective adventure. After earning the Tiger badge, a Tiger Scout can work on the remaining 12 Tiger electives, learning new hobbies and skills in the process.
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Wolf – 2nd Grade

To earn the Wolf badge, a youth must complete six required adventures and one elective adventure. Parents/ guardians and the den leader approve each requirement by signing the youth’s book. Youth receive an adventure loop for each adventure and, after meeting all requirements, have earned the Wolf badge.
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Bear – 3rd Grade

To earn the Bear badge, a youth must complete six required adventures and one elective adventure. Parents/ guardians and the den leader approve each requirement by signing the youth’s book. Youth receive an adventure loop for each adventure and, after meeting all requirements, have earned the Bear badge.
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Webelos – 4th And 5th Grade

Webelos Scouts 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. After finishing the requirements for an adventure, the Webelos den leader, rather than a parent, approves most of the adventures. For each adventure completed, youth receive a pin to wear on the Webelos colors or on their hat.
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Arrow Of Light – 5th Grade

The Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouting, 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, receiving a pin for each adventure completed.

After earning the Arrow of Light badge, your youth is ready to join a Boy Scout Troop! The Arrow of Light is the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
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Beyond Cub Scout Ranks: Religious Awards

Each of 34 major religions has organized an Emblem program that adherents can pursue to strengthen their faith.
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Uniforms

Check out where to put all your patches on your uniform.
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