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When a boy is between the ages of seven and eleven years old or is (at least) in the first grade, he can become a Cub Scout. But, regardless of a qualifying boy's age, he must complete the Bobcat Trail as the first step in his Cub Scouting adventure. In Rudyard Kipling's story, The Jungle Book, the black panther Bagheera is the mighty hunter that teaches the cubs the skills of the jungle.


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, he gets his Tiger Cub emblem, which is a tiger paw with four strings for beads. He wears 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 family activities), or a black bead (for "Go See Its"). When the boy has earned five beads of each color, he can receive his Tiger Cub badge. The Tiger Cub badge is given to the boy's adult partner at a pack meeting. Then, during a grand ceremony, the adult gives the badge to the boy.


The Wolf rank is for boys who have finished first grade (or who are 8 years old). To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass 12 achievements. His parent or guardian approves each achievement by signing his book. When the boy has met all requirements, the Wolf badge is presented to his parent or guardian at the next pack meeting. During an impressive ceremony, the parent or guardian then presents the badge to the boy.

After he has earned the Wolf badge, a Wolf Cub Scout can work on the 23 Wolf electives until he finishes second grade (or turns 9 years old). He can choose from more than 100 elective projects that may show him new hobbies and teach him skills that will be useful during his Boy Scout years. When he completes 10 elective projects, he earns a Gold Arrow Point to wear under the Wolf badge. For each 10 elective projects after that, he earns a Silver Arrow Point.


The Bear rank is for boys who have finished second grade (or are 9 years old). There are 24 Bear achievements in four groups. A boy must complete 12 of the achievements to be a Bear Cub Scout. These requirements are harder and more challenging than those for the Wolf badge. When a boy has earned his Bear badge, he may work on electives to earn Arrow Points to wear under his Bear badge.


Any boy who is 10 (Webelos I) or 11 (Webelos II) years old, or in fourth or fifth grade, can join as a Webelos. But first, you must earn your Bobcat rank, if you haven't already. 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.



The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light Award. Earning this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout. Webelos Scouts who have earned the Arrow of Light Award have also completed all requirements for the Boy Scout badge.

This award is the only Cub Scout 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 Award when they were young may also show their achievement by wearing a special square knot on their adult uniform.

Cub Scout Awards
Only ONE Temporary patch may be worn at a time, but Cub or Webelos Scouts may wear the Progress Through Ranks (Immediate Recognition) or Webelos Compass Points Emblem suspended from the right pocket button in addition to any temporary patch sewn on the pocket

Outdoor Activity Award 
Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award. Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. Each successive time the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap. Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year. 

Leave No Trace has Changed To BSA Outdoor Ethics
 See Below
Leave No Trace Awareness Award 
Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people to be more concerned about their environment and to help them protect it for future generations. Leave No Trace applies in a backyard or local park (frontcountry) as much as it does in the wilderness (back-country). This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos Scouts, and Leaders. The award is worn on the uniform shirt, centered on the right pocket as a Temporary patch.

World Conservation Award 
The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Cub Scouts to 'think globally' and 'act locally' to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we are interdependent with our world environment. The Cub Scout version of the World Conservation Award can be earned by Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Scouts, but not by Tigers. This award can be earned only once while you are in Cub Scouting (i.e. as either a Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Scout). The award is worn on the uniform shirt, centered on the right pocket as a Temporary patch. 

Emergency Preparedness Award 
Emergency preparedness means being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, able to respond in time of crisis to save lives and property and to help a community - or even a nation - return to normal life after a disaster occurs. To encourage Scouts of all ages to be prepared for emergency situations, the BSA has approved an Emergency Preparedness Award program for members of all ages. The pin may be worn on civilian clothing or on the uniform, centered on the left pocket flap. The award may be earned more than once, but only one pin may be worn. 

Perfect Attendance Pin 
Award to a boy who attended every monthly pack meeting and every den meeting (pack events are optional). The first year the boy is awarded the attendance pin and 1-year bar. Each subsequent year the boy is awarded bars that are attached to the attendance pin (up to 10 years). 

Religious Emblems 
A number of religious organizations provide emblems for Cub Scouts.  
Most Cub Scout religious emblems consist of a bar pin and pendant. The religious emblem square knot may be worn by youth or adult members who earned the knot as a youth. All are worn above the left pocket. 

Interpreter Strip 
Interpreter strips are made in the alphabet of the native language represented, not the English language translation: French, German, Spanish, signing, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Cantonese (Chinese), Greek, Japanese, Simplified Mandarin (Chinese), Traditional Mandarin (Chinese), Vietnamese. This award may be earned by each registered Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, Webelos Scout, and Leader, worn above right pocket. Recruiter Strip There are NO formal requirements for these strips. Usually, a Recruiter Strip is awarded to a Cub Scout or Boy Scout the first time he is successful in getting a friend, relative, classmate, or other acquaintance to join his unit. Worn below right pocket. 

Donor Awareness Patch 
The Donor Awareness Patch is worn on the right pocket of the uniform as a temporary emblem. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. The award is worn on the uniform shirt, centered on the right pocket as a Temporary patch. 

Physical Fitness Award 
This award is a national program of emphasis designed to heighten fitness awareness and to help change the lifestyles of American youth and adults regarding exercise and a healthy diet to improve the quality of their lives. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. The award is worn on the uniform shirt, centered on the right pocket as a Temporary patch. 

BSA Family Award 
To earn the award, a family must complete 10 activities within a 12-month period. The family chooses one activity in two topics in each of several categories. When a family has completed the requirements, all family members are eligible to receive an award certificate, patches for uniform wear, and/or pins for non-uniform wear. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. The award is worn on the uniform shirt, centered on the right pocket as a Temporary patch. 

Conservation Good Turn Award
The Conservation Good Turn is an opportunity for Cub Scout packs to join with conservation or environmental organizations (federal, state, local, or private) to carry out a conservation Good Turn in their home communities. Working together in the local community, the unit and the agency plan the details and establish the date, time and location for carrying out the project. Conservation projects should involve the entire Cub Scout pack - scouts, leaders, and family members. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. The award is worn on the uniform shirt, centered on the right pocket as a Temporary patch. 


United States Heritage Award 
The United States Heritage Award was designed to give youth recognition for learning about the heritage of the United States of America, and showing patriotism. By earning this award, youth can cultivate an appreciation for the wonderful heritage of the United States of America. A silver medal (and a patch?) can be awarded to all that successfully complete the award requirements. All requirements can be done with a class, unit, group, family, or individually. 

Den Awards

National Den Award 
The National Den Award recognizes dens that have a quality, year-round program. The award goes to dens that do service and conservation projects, Cub Scout Academics and Sports, field trips, character building, and camping. Dens earn the award as a team, not as individual den members. The recognition is a ribbon for the den flag 

Adult Leader Awards

A thorough list of leader awards can be found at:  The most likely awards to be earned are listed below. Leave No Trace Emergency Preparedness See previous descriptions under boys section... 

Trained Patch 
A direct contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the following training courses and the specific training for the position: Fast Start Training, Youth Protection Training, This is Scouting, Position Specific Training Youth Knots Adult leaders may wear these adult leader knots to represent the following youth awards. 

Arrow of Light Knot

Arrow of Light 
To be worn by leaders who earned the Arrow of Light as a Webelos Scout. 

Eagle Scout Knot

Eagle Scout 
To be worn by leaders who earned the rank of Eagle as a Boy Scout. 

Youth Religious Emblem Knot

Youth Religious Emblem 
May be worn by youth or adult members who earned the knot as a youth member, above left pocket. Each faith has its own requirements for earning its emblem. A knot device may be used to indicate during which level of Scouting the award was earned. 

Cub Scout Leader Knots 
Cub Scout Leader Recognition awards are available to Cub Scout leaders who complete training, tenure, and performance requirements. These awards are presented by the local council. All of the awards require the completion of Fast Start Training, Basic Leader Training for the position, Youth Protection training, and participation in roundtables or a pow wow or University of Scouting. Some require additional supplemental training. One or two years of registered service in the appropriate position is a requirement for each award, and tenure used for one award may not be used for another. 

Tiger Cub Group Organizer Award Knot

Tiger Cub Den Leader Award 
Cub Scout Den Leader Award Webelos Den Leader Award Recognizes Den Leaders for at least one year of service, training, and meeting quality program objectives. 

Cub Scouter Award Knot

Cub Scouter Award 
The Cub Scouter Award recognizes an adult leader registered in a Cub Scout pack for at least two years, who meets specific training, and meeting quality program objectives. 

Cubmaster Award Knot

Pack Trainer Award 
The Pack Trainer Award is for a registered Cub Scout pack trainer who meets specific service, training, and quality program objectives. 

Cubmaster Award Knot

Cubmaster Award 
Recognizes Cubmasters for at least two years of service, training, and meeting quality program objectives. 

Service Stars 
Service stars may be worn by all youth and adult members who have at least one year of tenure with the BSA. The stars are worn with the appropriate color background for the phase of Scouting in which the service was rendered. If an individual's primary registration is in one phase of Scouting and later in another, separate stars with the appropriate background and numerals may be worn simultaneously. Or, leaders may combine youth and adult tenure into one or two stars with blue background. If a medal or embroidered knot is worn, service stars are worn 3/8 inch above the medal or knot.