Ranks & Requirements

New requirements take effect June 1, 2015 

On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses from rank to rank, learning new skills as he goes. 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. 

Click on the badges to view requirements and electives for that rank.


The Bobcat is the first badge that every boy earns no matter what age or grade he enters Scouting.  All scouts must earn the Bobcat badge before earning any other rank.  Most scouts are able to complete the requirements within the first 30-45 days of joining the program.  Scouts who have already earned their Bobcat do not need to earn it again under the new program but should endeavor to learn to recite the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. 




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The Tiger rank is for boys who are in first grade. To earn the Tiger badge, a boy must complete six required adventures with his den or family and one elective adventure of his den or family’s choosing. As the boy completes each adventure, he will receive an orange adventure loop for that adventure, which he can wear on his belt. When the boy has completed the seven required adventures, he receives the Tiger badge. 

After he has earned the Tiger badge, a Tiger Scout can work on the remaining 12 Tiger electives until he finishes first grade. When he completes an elective adventure, he receives an additional adventure loop to wear on his belt. Tiger parents are their son's adult partner in the program and attend all events with their son.  Each adventure takes about 3 meetings to complete.  Tigers generally have 2 den meetings and a den outing call a "go see it" in addition to the monthly all-pack meeting.



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The Wolf rank is for boys in 2nd grade. To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must complete six required adventures and one elective adventure. His parent or guardian and den leader approves each requirement by signing his book, and the boy receives a red adventure loop for completing each adventure. When the boy has met all requirements, he receives his Wolf badge.

After he has earned the Wolf badge, a Wolf Scout can work on the remaining 12 Wolf electives until he finishes second grade. When he completes an elective adventure, he receives an additional adventure loop to wear on his belt. Boys are ready to begin learning about leadership.  Denners are boys from within the den who are elected as a leader to help in their den.  Dens can decide to keep a Denner or rotate the honor with his den mates to help everyone gain important leadership experience. 



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The Bear rank is for boys in 3rd grade. To earn the Bear badge, a boy must complete six required adventures and one elective adventure. His parent or guardian and den leader approves each requirement by signing his book and the boy receives a light blue adventure loop for completing each adventure. When the boy has met all requirements, he receives his Bear badge. 

After he earns the Bear badge, a Bear Scout can work on the remaining 12 Bear electives until he finishes third grade. He can choose elective adventures that may show him new hobbies and teach him skills that will be useful during his Boy Scout years. When he completes an elective adventure, he receives an additional light blue adventure loop to wear on his belt. Denners and Asst Denners play an important role in the den as they prepare for more responsibility in Webelos. 




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Webelos dens are for boys in 4th and 5th grade. To earn Webelos badge, 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. For each adventure a boy completes, he receives a green diamond-shape adventure pin to wear on the Webelos colors or on his hat. After he has earned the Webelos badge, a Webelos Scout can work on the remaining 18 shared Webelos and Arrow of Light electives until he finishes fourth grade (or turns 11 years old). He can choose elective adventures that may show him new hobbies and teach him skills that will be useful during his Boy Scout years. When he completes an elective adventure, he receives an additional brown oval adventure pin. Additional elective adventures not used to earn the Webelos badge, may be used to earn the Arrow of Light badge. Webelos and Arrow of Light Adventures can be completed in any order. Webelos dens may recruit Den Chiefs from neighboring Boy Scout troops to assist in their dens. 




         
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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 boy completes, he receives a brown arrow pin for core adventures and brown oval pins for electives to wear on the Webelos colors or on his hat.  All 4th and 5th grade boys are called Webelos, even those only working on their Arrow of Light awards.  Boys joining as 5th graders earn their Bobcat and Arrow of Light.  They do not need to "go back" and earn their Webelos badge. 

The Arrow of Light badge 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 rank when they were young may also show their achievement by wearing a special square knot on their adult uniform.

Boys who earn their Arrow of Light and are at least 10 years old can bridge to Boy Scouts.  Boys "age out" of the Cub Scout program when they complete the 5th grade or turn 11.5 years old.

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