The Cub Scout advancement plan encourages young boys through recognition. The boys are rewarded by earning badges or pins as they complete various tasks. These tasks are structured as fun activities completed with their fellow scouts under the guidance of their den leader or at home with the scout's adult family members. The following is a summary of each rank, requirements are listed on the left:
The Bobcat badge is provided as an introduction to scouting and is required of all boys who join Cub Scouting, regardless of what year they join. The basic requirements are meant to demonstrate that the boy is making a commitment to participating in the scouting program.
The Tiger Cub program is for boys who are in the first grade (or are age 7). Boys have fun with a purpose while becoming familiar with the Pack. In our Pack, the monthly den meetings/outings are rotated among the Tiger Cub families. These monthly gatherings have themes related to the five Tiger Cub achievements: Making My Family Special, Where I Live, Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe, How I Tell It, and Let's Go Outdoors.
The Wolf program is for boys who have completed first grade (or are age 8). The Wolf rank is for boys entering the second grade or who are seven years of age. Once they have completed the Bobcat requirements, they can began to work towards their Wolf badge. Earning this rank entails completing 12 achievements consisting of simple mental and physical skills. Additional arrow point badges can be earned through the elective program once the Wolf achievements are complete.
The Bear rank is for boys who are entering third grade or who are nine years of age. There are 24 Bear achievements of which 12 must be earned to obtain the Bear badge. These requirements are slightly more challenging than those for Wolf rank. Once the Bear badge is earned, additional achievements completed apply toward Arrow point badges.
The Webelos program is for boys entering fourth grade or who are ten years of age. This program spans over two years, leading to a transition into Boy Scouts towards the end of the second year. The boys complete achievements as outlined in the Webelos book, and are rewarded with activity pins. After three pins, they earn the Webelos badge, after 7 pins, they earn the Compass badge. With at least 8 pins and some additional requirements, the boy will earn the highest of the Cub Scout awards, the Arrow of Light. At this point they are ready to "cross over" into the Boy Scouting program.
The Arrow Of Light is the second year program of Webelos for boys entering fifth grade or who are eleven years of age. The Arrow of Light award is the highest award available to Cub Scouts. In addition to the skill and activity requirements of the preceding ranks, the Arrow of Light requires Scouts to learn the Scout Promise and Scout Law, and visit one meeting and one activity of a Boy Scout troop, in preparation for advancing to the Boy Scouts. Earning the Arrow of Light will help earn many of the requirements for the lower ranks of the Boy Scouts. The Arrow of Light award is the only Cub Scout award that can be worn on a Boy Scout uniform. Both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts wear the badge below the left pocket. Adults wear the square-knot version of the badge above the left pocket. Cub Scouts who earn the Arrow of Light are eligible to join a Boy Scout Troop prior to turning the normally-required age of eleven.This program continues the first year Webelo program and leadins to the transition into Boy Scouts. The boys complete their additional achievments of 7 achievement pins to earn the Compass badge. Once they have at least 8 pins and some additional requirements, the boy will earn the highest of the Cub Scout awards, the Arrow of Light. At this point they are ready to "cross over" into the Boy Scouting program.