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.
Every year, 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 a Scout 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 rank 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.
First graders 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 (My Tiger Jungle; Games Tigers Play; Tiger Circles (Duty to God); Team Tiger; Tiger Bites; Tigers in the Wild), one of the Tiger elective adventures, the Cyber Chip, and has a child-safety conversation with his parent or guardian.
Second graders 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 (Call of the Wild; Council Fire (Duty to Country); Duty to God Footsteps; Howling at the Moon; Paws on the Path; Running With the Pack), one of the Wolf elective adventures, the Cyber Chip, and has a child-safety conversation with his parent or guardian.
Third graders 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 (Bear Claws; Bear Necessities; Fellowship and Duty to God; Fur, Feathers, and Ferns; Paws for Action (Duty to Country); Baloo the Builder), one of the Bear elective adventures, the Cyber Chip, and has a child-safety conversation with his parent or guardian.
Fourth graders 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 own advancement.
The Webelos rank is earned when a boy has been active in the den for three months, completes the five required Webelos adventures (Cast Iron Chef; Duty to God and You; First Responder; Stronger, Faster, Higher; Webelos Walkabout), 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
Fifth graders 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 (Building a Better World; Outdoorsman; Duty to God in Action; Scouting Adventure), 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. When the Arrow of Light rank is earned, a boy is ready to join a Boy Scout troop.
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: June 7, 2018