First graders, and anyone beyond that grade who is new to Cub Scouting, completes the Bobcat Badge prior to working on their grade-specific badge of rank. Kindergartners, who are Lions, do not work on the Bobcat Badge.
Arrow of Light
Kindergartners work toward the Lion rank. The Lion rank is earned by completing five adventures. Although participation with an adult partner is required for all Lion awards, recognition items are for the Scouts only.
First graders work toward the Tiger rank. The Tiger rank is earned by completing seven adventures. Although participation with an adult partner is required for all Tiger awards, recognition items are for the Scouts only.
Second graders work toward the Wolf rank. The Wolf rank is earned by completing seven adventures.
Third graders work toward the Bear rank. The Bear rank is earned by completing seven adventures.
Fourth graders work toward the Webelos rank. The Webelos rank is earned by completing six adventures. Scouts who are in Cub Scouts in fourth grade must complete the Webelos rank before working towards their Arrow of Light.
Arrow of Light
Fifth graders work toward the Arrow of Light rank. If a fourth-grade Cub Scout has completed the Webelos rank, they may begin to work on the Arrow of Light. The Arrow of Light rank is earned by completing five adventures.
Each rank is earned by completing 7 or more adventures. Each adventure reinforces the desired outcomes.
Lions, Tigers, Wolves, and Bears earn belt loops for their Cub Scout belt for each adventure they complete, and Webelos earn a pin that may be placed on their Webelos colors for each adventure. Webelos colors are worn on the right sleeve below the Den number.
There are many awards that may be earned in addition to rank. Here are some details.
Launched in September 2011, Messengers of Peace is a global initiative designed to inspire millions of young men and women in more than 220 countries and territories to work toward peace. Using social media and other Scouting networks the initiative lets Scouts from around the world share what they’ve done and inspire fellow Scouts to undertake similar efforts in their own communities. The initiative is inspired by the World Scout Committee, administered by the World Scout Bureau, and driven by youth volunteers worldwide.
Cub Scouts may earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. Each successive time the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap. Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.
Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) is a non-profit organization aimed at fostering the Christian growth of children, youth, and families through churches and youth serving agencies. Our national board of directors includes representatives from Protestant and Independent Christian Churches and the national youth agencies.
Religious emblems exist for every major religion.
The SCOUTStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Challenge will help your unit members add physical activity to their lifestyle, as well as help them improve their eating habits.
As decades of Cub Scouting have shown, most boys love to shoot!
Beyond capturing that enthusiasm, the BSA created the Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards program to encourage in Cub Scouts the development of safe shooting practices and proficiency in shooting sports. As a Cub Scout participates in shooting sports activities and works toward an award, he not only builds confidence in his abilities, but he also develops self-reliance, sportsmanship, and conservation awareness—all elements of good character valued in Scouting.
STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can’t help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the STEM Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.
This certification grants a Bear Scout or Webelos Scout the right to carry and use a pocketknife.
The Scout must show his Scout leader, or someone designated by his leader, that he understands his responsibility by completing the requirements.
The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Wolf Scouts, Bear Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers to “think globally” and “act locally” to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources , and that we and our world environment are interdependent.