The Advancement Plan
The responsibility for a boy’s advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the family and not with the pack.
Some advancement requirements are done at den meetings, but most are completed at home with the family.
All boys, regardless of age, earn the Bobcat badge first, by learning the Cub Scout Promise,
Law of The Pack, handshake, salute, sign, motto, and meaning of”Webelos.” After receiving the Bobcat
badge, the boys work on requirements based on their grade level.
Boys in first grade are part of the Tiger Cub program. They work closely with their adult
partner to accomplish activities in their handbook. Recognition is immediate. Beads are
presented at the den meeting and are worn on a leather belt totem. After completing all 15
parts ofthe five achievements, the Tiger Cub has earned the Tiger Cub Badge.
A Cub Scout who has completed first grade (or is age 8) works on twelve achievements to
earn the Wolf badge. After he earns his Wolf badge, a boy may work on electives in different
interest areas until he is old enough to begin work on the next rank. For every ten electives he
completes, the boy earns an Arrow Point. The boy may earn as many Arrow Points as he
A Cub Scout who has completed the second grade (or is age 9) works to complete twelve of
twenty-four achievements to earn the Bear badge. After he earns his Bear badge, a boy may
work on electives in different interest areas until he is old enough to begin work on the next
rank. For every ten electives he completes, the boy earns an Arrow Point. The boy may earn
as many Arrow Points as he wishes.
Webelos (is from the phrase “We’ll Be Loyal Scouts”)
When a Cub Scout has completed the third grade (or is 10 years old) he joins a Webelos den,
led by an adult Webelos leader. The boy works on requirements for the Webelos badge, twen
ty activity badges, and the Arrow ofLight Award. The Arrow ofLight Award is the highest
award in Cub Scouting!
Camping and outdoor programs are an important part of the eighteen month Webelos
program. In February of a Webelos Scout’s fifth grade year, he graduates from Cub Scouting
into the adventure of Boy Scouting at an impressive graduation ceremony. Every boy deserves
an opportunity to be a Boy Scout.