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Advancement is the process by which a boy progresses from badge to badge, learning new skills as he goes. The Cub Scout advancement program is designed to encourage the natural interests of a boy. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting has its own requirements. As a boy advances through the ranks, requirements are progressively more challenging, matching the increased skills and abilities of a boy as he grows older.



No matter what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouting, he must earn his Bobcat badge before he can advance to the rank of Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. A boy must complete the Bobcat requirements, which include demonstrating his understanding of Scouting's core values. The scout must complete the following:

·         Learn and say the Cub Scout Promise.

·         Say the Law of the Pack. Tell what it means.

·         Tell what Webelos means.

·         Show the Cub Scout sign. Tell what it means.

·         Show the Cub Scout handshake. Tell what it means.

·         Say the Cub Scout motto.

·         Give the Cub Scout salute. Tell what it means.

Tiger Cub


To begin his path to the Tiger Cub rank, the boy must learn the Cub Scout motto, the Cub Scout sign, and the Cub Scout salute. When he has accomplished these tasks, he will be awarded the Tiger Cub Totem. This is a tiger paw with four strands for beads.

As the Tiger Cub completes requirements, beads are earned and displayed on the Tiger Cub Totem. Beads go on the first three strands for completed requirements. The fourth strand is for Tiger Track beads which signify completed electives.

Tiger Cub requirements are grouped in five categories, with three parts each: den activity, family activity, and “Go See It”. As a boy completes each part of the requirements, he will be awarded an orange bead (den activity), a white bead (family activity), or a black bead ("Go See It").

The Tiger Cub badge is earned by boys who have completed all 15 parts of the five requirements, that is, five family activities, five den activities, and five Go See It outings. The five categories of requirements are as follows:

Making My Family Special

·         Where I Live

·         Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe

·         How I Tell It

·         Let’s Go Outdoors

Additionally, Tiger Cubs can choose from 50 different electives, which may be repeated for multiple credit. A yellow bead is earned for each 10 completed electives. Tiger Cub electives are as follows:

  1. How Do You Celebrate

18. Sew a Button

35. Fun Outdoors

  2. Making Decorations

19. Magic Fun

36. See a Performance

  3. Fun and Games

20. Get the Word Out

37. Take a Bicycle Ride

  4. Display a Picture

21. The Show Must Go On

38. Bicycle Repair

  5. Family Mobile

22. Picnic Fun

39. Go To Work

  6. Song Time

23. What Kind of Milk

40. Fun in the Water

  7. Play Along

24. Help in the Kitchen

41. Transportation

  8. Your Religious Leaders

25. Snack Time

42. Fun at the Zoo

  9. A New Friend

26. Phone Manners

43. Pet Care

 10. Helping Hands

27. Emergency

44. Dairy Products

 11. Helping the Needy

28. Smoke Detectors

45. Fresh Baking

 12. A Friendly Greeting

29. Safety in the Sun

46. Healthy Teeth and Gums

 13. Money

30. Plant a Seed

47. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

 14. Reading Fun

31. Learn About Animals

48. Go for a Ride

 15. Our Colorful World

32. Feed the Birds

49. Your Government

 16. Collecting and Other Hobbies

33. Cleanup Treasure Hunt

50. Banking

 17. Make a Model

34. Conservation



As the Wolf scout completes requirements, beads are earned and are displayed on the Progress Towards Ranks patch. A gold bead is earned for each three requirements completed. After the fourth gold bead is earned, the boy will receive his Wolf badge

There are 12 requirements, with each containing several sub-parts. The 12 requirements are as follows:

·         Feats of Skill

·         Your Flag

·         Keep Your Body Healthy

·         Know Your Home and Community

·         Tools for Fixing and Building

·         Start a Collection

·         Your Living World

·         Cooking and Eating

·         Be Safe at Home and on the Street

·         Family Fun

·         Duty to God

·         Making Choices

In addition to the requirements, a boy is encouraged to work on the 23 groups of Wolf electives. More than 100 elective projects are available within these 23 groups. When he completes 10 elective projects, he earns a Gold Arrow Point to wear under the Wolf badge. For each additional 10 elective projects completed, he earns a Silver Arrow Point.

 1. It’s a Secret

9. Let’s Have a Party

17. Tie It Right

 2. Be an Actor

10. American Indian Lore

18. Outdoor Adventure

 3. Make it Yourself

11. Sing Along

19. Fishing

 4. Play a Game

12. Be an Artist

20. Sports

 5. Spare Time Fun

13. Birds

21. Computers

 6. Books, Books, Books

14. Pets

22. Say It Right

 7. Foot Power

15. Grow Something

23. Let’s Go Camping

 8. Machine Power

16. Family Alert



As the Bear scout completes requirements, beads are earned and are displayed on the Progress Towards Ranks patch. A red bead is earned for each three requirements completed. After the fourth red bead is earned, the boy will receive his Bear badge.

There are 24 requirements in 4 categories to choose from, with each category containing several sub-requirements. Boys must complete 12 of the 24 requirements to earn the Bear badge. The requirements by category are as follows:


·         Ways We Worship

·         Emblems of Faith



·         What Makes America Special

·         Tall Tales

·         Sharing Your World with Wildlife

·         Take Care of Your Planet

·         Law Enforcement is a Big Job



·         The Past is Exciting and Important

·         What’s Cooking

·         Family Fun

·         Be Ready

·         Family Outdoor Adventure

·         Saving Well, Spending Well



·         Ride Right

·         Games, Games, Games

·         Building Muscles

·         Information, Please

·         Jot It Down

·         Shavings and Clippings

·         Sawdust and Nails

·         Build a Model

·         Tying It All Up

·         Sports, Sports, Sports

·         Be a Leader



In addition to the requirements, a boy is encouraged to work on the 25 groups of Bear electives. More than 100 elective projects are available within these 25 groups. When he completes 10 elective projects, he earns a Gold Arrow Point to wear under the Bear badge. For each additional 10 elective projects completed, he earns a Silver Arrow Point.

 1. Space

10. Masks

19. Swimming

 2. Weather

11. Photography

20. Sports

 3. Radio

12. Nature Crafts

21. Sales

 4. Electricity

13. Magic

22. Collecting Things

 5. Boats

14. Landscaping

23. Maps

 6. Aircraft

15. Water and Soil Conservation

24. American Indian Life

 7. Things that Go

16. Farm Animals

25. Let’s Go Camping

 8. Cub Scout Band

17. Repairs

 9. Art

18. Backyard Gym



The Webelos rank is the first step in a boy's transition towards a Boy Scout troop. The Webelos program is based on 20 activities. Once a boy learns a skill, he practices it at den meetings and at home on his own. The boy's family is encouraged to help him at home. When a boy has completed the requirements for an activity badge, the Webelos den leader, rather than a parent, approves most of the activity badges. A pin is awarded upon completion of the requirements, which can be pinned to the Webelos colors.

The 20 activities are sorted into five discipline-related groups: Community, Mental Skills, Outdoor Activity, Physical Skills and Technology. The activities by category are as follows:


   Mental Skills

   Outdoor Activity

·         Citizen

·         Communicator

·         Family Member

·         Readyman

·         Artist

·         Scholar

·         Showman

·         Traveler

·         Forester

·         Geologist

·         Naturalist

·         Outdoorsman

   Physical Skills


·         Aquanaut

·         Athlete

·         Fitness

·         Sportsman

·         Craftsman

·         Engineer

·         Handyman

·         Scientist

In order to earn the Webelos badge, there are eight specific requirements to be met as follows:

  • Read the Webelos Scout Parent Guide with an adult member of your family.
  • Be an active member of your Webelos den for three months.
  • Know and explain the meaning of the Webelos badge.
  • Point out the three special parts of the Webelos uniform. Tell when and when not to wear the uniform.
  • Earn the Fitness and Citizen activity badges and one other activity badge from a different group.
  • Plan and lead a flag ceremony in your den.
  • Show that you know and understand the requirements to be a Boy Scout.
  • Complete faith related activities.

After a boy has earned his Webelos badge, he can continue to earn activity pins as well as progress towards the Arrow of Light. The Arrow of Light is the highest award a Cub Scout can earn and is the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout Uniform. Upon completion of the Arrow of Light, a scout can bridge into a Boy Scout troop. The Arrow of Light requirements are as follows:

  • Be active in your Webelos den for at least six months and earn the Webelos badge.
  • Show your knowledge of the requirements to become a Boy Scout.
  • Earn five more activity badges in addition to the three already earned for the Webelos badge. These must include: Readyman; Outdoorsman; at least one from the Mental Skills group; at least one from the Technology group; one more of your choice.
  • With your Webelos den, visit at least one Boy Scout troop meeting and one Boy Scout oriented outdoor activity.
  • Participate in a Webelos overnight campout or day hike.
  • After completion of the above requirements and after a talk with your Webelos den leader, arrange to visit a meeting, with your parent or guardian, of a Boy Scout troop you think you might like to join.
  • Complete the Honesty Character Connection.  

Along with earning individual activity pins and the Arrow of Light, Webelos can earn the compass points emblem. This emblem is awarded after earning seven activity badges. After earning the compass points emblem, a metal compass point is earned for each four additional activity badges completed. The compass points are placed on the emblem in the "E," "W," or "S" positions, in any order.

Other Badges and Pins

Below are requirements for a few of the more common awards: Outdoor Activity Award, World Conservation and Leave No Trace. Also below is information regarding the Academic and Sports program.

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award


The Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award may be earned in each program year as long as the requirements are completed each year. The pocket flap patch will be awarded the first time. Each successive time the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap.


Scouts at all ranks must attend Cub Scout day camp or Cub Scout/Webelos resident camp in the current program year. Each rank has certain requirements to also fulfill as follows:


·         Complete one requirement in Achievement 5 “Let’s Go Outdoors”.

·         Complete three of the outdoor activities listed below.


·         Complete Elective 23b “Six Essentials for Going Outdoors”.

·         Complete four of the outdoor activities listed below.


·         Complete Elective 25h “Leave No Trace”.

·         Complete five of the outdoor activities listed below.



·         Earn the Outdoorsman Activity Badge.

·         Complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.

   Outdoor Activities:

·         Participate in a nature hike in your local area.

·         Participate in an outdoor activity such as a picnic or park fun day.

·         Explain the buddy system and tell what to do if lost.

·         Attend a pack overnighter.

·         Complete an outdoor service project in your community.

·         Complete a nature/conservation project in your area.

·         Earn the Summertime Pack award.

·         Participate in a nature observation activity.

·         Participate in an outdoor aquatic activity.

·         Participate in an outdoor campfire program.

·         Participate in an outdoor sporting event.

·         Participate in an outdoor worship service.

·         Explore a local city, county, state or national park.


World Conservation Badge

The Cub Scout World Conservation Badge is earned by completing various requirements as well as a conservation project
. This award can be earned only once while a Cub Scout. The specific requirements by rank are below:


·         Complete requirement #7 Your Living World.

·         Complete all Arrow Points in two of the three electives:

Ø  #13 Birds

Ø  #15 Grow Something

Ø  #19 Fishing

·         Participate in a den or pack conservation project.


·         Complete requirement #5 Sharing Your World with Wildlife.

·         Complete all Arrow Points in two of the three electives:

Ø  #2 Weather

Ø  #12 Nature Crafts

Ø  #15 Water and Soil Conservation

·         Participate in a den or pack conservation project.



·         Earn the Forester activity badge.

·         Earn the Naturalist activity badge.

·         Earn the Outdoorsman activity badge.

·         Participate in a den or pack conservation project.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace is a plan that helps Scouts to be more concerned for the environment and protecting it for future generations. The message encourages people who spend time outdoors to behave in a way that minimizes the impacts to the environment. The requirements are as follows:

  • Discuss with your leader or parent/guardian the importance of the Leave No Trace Guidelines: plan ahead; stick to trails; manage your pet; leave what you find; respect other visitors; trash your trash.
  • On three separate outings, practice the guidelines.
  • Boys in a Tiger Cub den complete the activities for achievement 5 “Let’s Go Outdoors”; boys in a Wolf den complete requirement 7 “Your Living World”; boys in a Bear den complete requirement 12 “Family Outdoor Adventure”; boys in a Webelos den earn the Outdoorsman activity badge.
  • Participate in a Leave No Trace service project.
  • Promise to Practice the Leave No Trace guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge.
  • Draw a poster to illustrate the Leave No Trace guidelines. 

Academics and Sports

The Academic and Sports Program is an optional program for all Cub Scouts that contains a variety of academic subjects and sports activities. Scouts earn belt loops and pins for completing various requirements, which can be done on their own, at day camp, or with their den or pack.

Belt loops are awarded to boys who complete three specified requirements in an academic subject or sport. Academic belt loops are gold, and Sports belt loops are silver (except for the Archery and BB-gun Shooting belt loops, which are copper colored). Pins are awarded to boys who choose to continue their involvement in an academics or sports area and earn the pin by meeting the appropriate requirements.


The categories for the Academics and Sports program are as follows:



·         Art

·         Archery

·         Astronomy

·         Badminton

·         Chess

·         Baseball

·         Citizenship

·         Basketball

·         Collecting

·         BB-Gun Shooting

·         Communicating

·         Bicycling

·         Computers

·         Bowling

·         Disability Awareness

·         Fishing

·         Family Travel

·         Flag Football

·         Geography

·         Golf

·         Geology

·         Gymnastics

·         Good Manners

·         Hiking

·         Heritages

·         Hockey

·         Language and Culture

·         Horseback Riding

·         Map and Compass

·         Kickball

·         Mathematics

·         Ice Skating

·         Music

·         Marbles

·         Nutrition

·         Physical Fitness

·         Pet Care

·         Roller Skating

·         Photography

·         Skateboarding

·         Reading and Writing

·         Snow Ski and Board Sports

·         Science

·         Soccer

·         Video Games

·         Softball

·         Weather

·         Swimming

·         Wildlife Conservation

·         Table Tennis

·         Tennis

·         Ultimate

·         Volleyball

For guidance on the proper display of awards, see the Badges & Insignia page on our website. For more detailed information on the various advancement opportunities as well as the Academic and Sports Belt Loop and Pin requirements, visit the Merit Badge website at