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:
Tiger Cub Badge
- Learn and say the Cub Scout motto, the Cub Scout Promise, and the Law of the Pack and tell what they mean;
- Show the Cub Scout sign, salute, and handshake and tell what they mean; and
- Show that you understand and believe that it is important to be honest and trustworthy.
To begin his path to the Tiger Cub Rank, the Tiger Cub (age 7) must learn the Cub Scout promise,the Cub Scout sign, and the Cub Scout salute. When he has learned these, hegets his Tiger Cub emblem, which is a tiger paw with four strings for beads. Hewears the emblem on his right pocket.
As a boy finishes each part of the five Tiger Cub achievements,he earns an orange bead (for den activities), a white bead (for familyactivities), or a black bead (for "Go See Its"). When the boy hasearned five beads of each color, he can receive his Tiger Cub badge. The TigerCub badge is given to the boy's adult partner at a pack meeting. Then, during agrand ceremony, the adult gives the badge to the boy.
Wolf Cub Badge
The Wolf rank is for boys who have finished first grade (or who are 8 yearsold). To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass 12 achievements. His parent orguardian approves each achievement by signing his book. When the boy has metall requirements, the Wolf badge is presented to his parent or guardian at thenext pack meeting. During an impressive ceremony, the parent or guardian thenpresents the badge to the boy.
After he has earned the Wolf badge, a Wolf Cub Scout can work onthe 23 Wolf electives untilhe finishes second grade (or turns 9 years old). He can choose from more than100 elective projects that may show him new hobbies and teach him skills thatwill be useful during his Boy Scout years. When he completes 10 electiveprojects, he earns a Gold Arrow Point to wear under the Wolf badge. For each 10elective projects after that, he earns a Silver Arrow Point.
Bear Cub Badge
The Bear Rank is for boys who have finished second grade (or are 9 years old). Thereare 24 Bear achievements in four groups. A boy must complete 12 of theachievements to be a Bear Cub Scout. These requirements are harder and morechallenging than those for the Wolf badge. When a boy has earned his Bearbadge, he may work on electives to earn Arrow Points to wear under his Bearbadge.
Webelos dens are for boys who have completed third grade (or reached age 10). The Webelos den program is different from the Cub Scout den program. Everything in the Webelos Scout program is more challenging than what younger boys in the pack do. Webelos Scouts get to work on the 20 Webelos activity badges.
Webelos Scouts work on requirements during their weekly den meetings. Once a boy learns a skill, he practices it at den meetings and at home on his own. His family helps him at home. Webelos Scouts bring the projects they do at home to the den meetings to show others, and to have the Webelos den leader approve their projects.
When a boy has done the requirements for an activity badge, the Webelos den leader or activity badge counselor, rather than a parent, approves most of the activity badges. It takes three activity badges, including Fitness and Citizen, to earn the Webelos badge.
Besides earning activity badges, Webelos Scouts can earn the compass points emblem. This emblem is awarded after a Webelos Scout has earned seven activity badges. For each four activity badges a Webelos Scout earns after that, he receives a compass point—east, west, north, and south.
Arrow of Light
The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light Award. Earning this rank prepares a WebelosScout to become a Boy Scout. Webelos Scouts who have earned the Arrow of LightAward have also completed all requirements for the Boy Scout badge.
This award is the only Cub Scout badge thatcan be worn on the Boy Scout uniform when a boy graduates into a troop. Adultleaders who earned the Arrow of Light Award when they were young may also showtheir achievement by wearing a special square knot on their adult uniform.