One unique thing about Cub Scouting is that you, as his family, join in on the program with your son, and you will help him along the way. The family is the basis of Cub Scouting. It exists to support your family and help enrich your family time together. Boys have a diﬀerent handbook at each grade level, with suggested activities that are age-appropriate for their developmental level. As your boy advances through these books by working on activities with you, he will earn badges and other recognition that he can wear on his uniform. Your son’s success in Cub Scouting depends on you!
The Cub Scouting program takes place at two levels. Your son will be a part of a den, a small group of boys in the same grade level who usually meet weekly. All dens, from grades 1 through 5, make up a pack. Once a month, the dens, with their families, are together at the pack meeting, where boys show oﬀ the new skills they have learned during the month and are recognized for the badges they have earned.
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 he advances through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities he learns as he gets older.
No matter what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouts, he must earn his Bobcat badge before he can advance to the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, or Arrow of Light. The Bobcat rank covers the basics of Cub Scouting.
The Bobcat rank is earned when a boy has learned and can say the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and Cub Scout motto and tells what they mean; shows the Cub Scout sign, salute, and handshake and tells what they mean; and has a child-safety conversation with his parent or guardian. The average boy earns his Bobcat rank within 1-2 months of joining.
Boys in first grade join the Tiger den. Parents are most involved at this level. The boy and his adult partner join the den together and attend all meetings and activities together.
The Tiger rank is earned when a boy completes the six required Tiger adventures, one of the Tiger elective adventures, the Cyber Chip, and has a child-safety conversation with his parent or guardian.
Boys in second grade join the Wolf den. Parents are still involved at this age, both in the role of home support and to help the den leader, but their sons are beginning to be a little more independent.
The Wolf rank is earned when a boy completes the six required Wolf adventures, one of the Wolf elective adventures, the Cyber Chip, and has a child-safety conversation with his parent or guardian.
Boys in third grade join the Bear den. Parents are still a very necessary part of the program, especially since this is the level where the boys learn how to use a pocket knife.
The Bear rank is earned when a boy completes the six required Bear adventures, one of the Bear elective adventures, the Cyber Chip, and has a child-safety conversation with his parent or guardian.
Boys in fourth grade join the Webelos den. The boys start learning more about Boy Scouts, and change their uniform to the same tan and green uniform that Boy Scouts wear. Parents start to become less involved in the den, and the boys start becoming more responsible for their advancement.
The Webelos rank is earned when a boy has been active in the den for three months, completes the five required Webelos adventures, completes one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures, completes the Cyber Chip, and has a child-safety conversation with his parent or guardian.
Arrow of Light
Boys in fifth grade join the Arrow of Light den. The boys are moving at full speed to learn how to successfully transition to a Boy Scout troop. They practice the patrol method and learn all the requirements they will need to know when joining a troop. The boys are almost completely responsible for their advancement at this level.
The Arrow of Light rank is earned when a boy has been active in the den for six months since finishing fourth grade, completes the four required Arrow of Light adventures, completes one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures, completes the Cyber Chip, and has a child-safety conversation with his parent or guardian.
The Arrow of Light badge is the only Cub Scout rank 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 as a boy may also show their achievement by wearing a special square knot patch on their adult uniform.
Last updated: May 31, 2017 at 21:35 pm