you join the Cub Scouts, no matter how old you are, the very first rank
that every boy must earn is the Bobcat. To earn the Bobcat rank the new
Cub Scout must do all of the following:
Learn and say the CUB SCOUT PROMISE:
promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack. "
- Promise... To promise means you will
keep your word when you tell someone you will do something. People
will trust you when you keep your promises.
- Do my best... We are not all alike, so
when we do our best it means that we have tried as hard as we can.
- Do my duty... We know what is right and
what is wrong so we know what we should do at all times. When we do
our duty to God, this means we practice our religion at home and at
our place of worship. When we do our duty to our country, we stand
up for our country. Be proud that you are an American. Stand up for
your rights and the rights of all Americans.
- Help other people... Do things for
people even when you are not asked. Be good to people; help them and
don't expect to be rewarded.
- Obey the Law of the Pack... Be a good
Cub Scout and be proud that you are one.
Say the LAW OF THE PACK. Tell what it means:
"The Cub Scout follows
is a Cub Scout name for a good leader. This can be your father, mother,
guardian, aunt, uncle, grandparent, teacher, den leader, Cubmaster, or
den chief. Cub Scouts learn to be good leaders. To be a good leader you
must also learn to follow good leaders and learn from them.
The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
The pack helps the Cub Scout Grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill."
EXPLAINING THE LAW OF
- Helps the pack go... You should go to
den meetings and pack meetings and help your den in work and play.
Help your pack in good will efforts and money-earning projects.
- Helps the Cub Scout grow... The pack
gives you a chance to learn new skills and to meet new friends. The
pack also gives you a chance to be proud of yourself when you earn
each new rank.
- Gives goodwill... A Cub Scout is kind
and thinks about making other people happy.
3. Tell what WEBELOS
(shhhhh....it's a Cub Scout secret!):
"WE'll BE LOyal
Scouts" means that you will keep your Cub Scout Promise.
4. Show the CUB SCOUT
SIGN. Tell what it means.
Make this sign with
your right hand. Hold your arm up straight. Do not bend your elbow.
The two fingers stand for the two points of the
Promise-to help other people and to obey. They look like a wolf's ears
ready to listen to Akela.
When you say the Cub Scout Promise or the Law of
the Pack, give the Cub Scout sign. This is the sign of Cub Scouts all
over the world.
5. Show the CUB SCOUT HANDSHAKE. Tell what it
When you shake hands, use your right hand. Put the first
fingers along the inside of your friend's wrist. This means that you are
brothers in Cub Scouting and that both of you help other people and obey
the Law of the Pack.
6. Say the CUB SCOUT MOTTO. A motto is a rule:
Do Your Best. This means to try as hard as you can in
everything you do.
7. Give the CUB SCOUT SALUTE. Tell what it
The Cub Scout salute means you respect our country's
flag. Salute with your right hand. If you are wearing your Cub Scout
cap, place your two fingers on the brim. If you do not have a cap, place
your two fingers over your eyebrow.
8. With your parent or guardian, complete the
exercises in the booklet, "How to Protect Your Children from Child
The above items are the basic
information that ALL Cub Scouts must learn, which is why EVERY boy who
enters into Cub Scouting MUST earn the Bobcat Badge.
Wolf Scout Experience
Once a boy has graduated from Tiger Cubs, or has completed the first grade, or is 8 years old, he begins his Cub Scouting journey! There are lots of exciting and interesting things to do as a Wolf Cub Scout. To start off, the boy begins working on his Wolf achievements. There are 12 in all, and are listed in the boy's Wolf Cub Scout book. As he completes each one, an adult member of his family must approve the achievement by signing his book. The Den Leader keeps a record of his progress on the Cub Scout Den Advancement Chart, and gives him recognition at a Den Meeting for passing each milestone. When a boy has completed all twelve parts of the Wolf trail, he has earned the right to wear the Wolf badge which is presented at a ceremony during a Pack Meeting.
After earning his Wolf badge, he is encouraged to work on the 22 Wolf electives. Once he finishes 10 elective projects, he earns a Gold Arrow Point to wear under the Wolf badge. For each additional 10 elective projects completed, he earns a Silver Arrow Point. These are presented at a pack meeting in an advancement ceremony.
Wolf Cub Scouts wear the blue Cub Scout uniform. For more information regarding the uniform and insignia for a Wolf, click here
.WOLF BADGE: THE TRACKS OF ACHIEVEMENT1. FEATS OF SKILL - Do each of 'a' through 'e' and one of 'f' through 'k':
Play catch with someone 10 steps away. Play until you can throw and catch.
Walk a line back and forth. Do it sideways too. Then walk the edge of a board six steps each way.
Do a front roll.
Do a back roll.
Do a falling forward roll.
See how high you can jump.
Do the elephant walk, frog leap, and crab walk.
Swim as far as you can walk in 15 steps.
Using a basketball or playground ball do a baseball pass, chest pass, or bounce pass.
Do a frog stand.
Run or jog for 10 minutes OR jog in place for 5 minutes.
2. YOUR FLAG - Do the following:
Give the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. Tell what it means.
Lead a flag ceremony in your Den. See the Wolf Cub Handbook for some ideas.
Tell how to respect and take care of the flag. Show three ways to display the flag.
Learn about the flag of your state or territory and how to display your it.
With the help of another person, fold the flag.
3. KEEP YOUR BODY HEALTHY - Do the following:
Show that you know and follow the seven rules of health.
Tell four ways to stop the spread of a cold.
Show what to do for a small cut on your finger.
4. KNOW YOUR HOME AND COMMUNITY - Do the following:
Write down the phone numbers you need to have. Put them by your phone. (Police, Fire, Doctor, Mother at work, Father at work, Family friend.)
Tell what to do if someone comes to the door and wants to come in.
If someone calls on the phone.
When I leave our home I will _____________.
Talk with others in your home about helping. Agree on the home jobs you will do. Make a list of your jobs.
5. TOOLS FOR FIXING AND BUILDING - Do the following:
Point out and name eight tools. Do this at home, or go to a hardware store with a grown-up. Tell what each tool does.
Show how to use pliers.
Use a screwdriver to drive a screw.
Show how to use a hammer.
Make a birdhouse, a pair of bookends, or something else useful.
6. START A COLLECTION - Do the following:
Make a collection of anything you like. Start with 10 things. Put them together in a neat way.
Show and explain your collection to another person.
7. YOUR LIVING WORLD - Do the following:
Land, air, and water can get dirty. On a sheet of paper list the ways this can happen.
It takes a lot of energy to make glass, cans, and paper products. You can help save energy by collecting these things for use again. Write the name of the recycling center closest to you. Find out what items you can save and send to this center.
With a grown-up, pick up litter in your neighborhood. Wear gloves to protest your hands from glass and other sharp objects.
With a grown-up, find three stories that tell how people are protecting our world. Read and discuss them together.
Besides recycling, there are other ways to conserve energy. List three ways you can save energy, and do them.
8. COOKING AND EATING - Do the following:
Study the Food Guide Pyramid. Name some foods from the Food Guide Pyramid from each food group.
Plan the meals that you and your family should have for one day. List things your family should have from the food groups in the Food Guide Pyramid At each meal, you should have foods from at least three food groups.
Help fix at least one meal for your family. Help set the table, cook the food, and wash the dishes.
Fix your own breakfast. Wash and put away the dishes.
Help to plan, prepare, and cook an outdoor meal.
9. BE SAFE AT HOME AND ON THE STREET - Do the following:
WITH A GROWN-UP, check your home for things that may help keep you safe.
WITH A GROWN-UP, check for danger from fire.
Practice good rules of street and road safety.
Know the rules of bike safety.
10. FAMILY FUN - Do the following:
Make a game like one of these. Play it with your family. (Eagle Golf, Beanbag Archery, etc.)
Plan a walk. Go to a park or wooded area, visit a zoo or museum with your family.
Read a book or Boys' Life magazine with your family. Take turns reading aloud.
Decide with your parent what you will watch on television or listen to on the radio.
Attend a concert, a play, or other live program with your family.
11. DUTY TO GOD - Do the following:
Talk with your folks about what they believe is their duty to God.
Give some ideas on how you can practice or demonstrate your religious beliefs.
Find out how you can help your church, synagogue, or religious fellowship.
12. MAKING CHOICES - Answer ANY FOUR of these nine questions:
There is an older boy who hangs around Jason's school. He tries to give pills to the children. What would you do if you were Jason?
Mel is home alone. The phone rings. When Mel answers, a stranger asks if Mel's mother is home. She is not. Mel is alone. What would you do if you were Mel?
Justin is new to your school. He has braces on his legs and walks with a limp. Some of the kids at school tease him. They want you to tease him too. What would you do?
Juan is on a walk with his little sister. A car stops and a man asks them to come over to the car. What would you do if you were Juan?
Matthew's grandmother gives him money to buy an ice- cream cone. On the way to the store, a bigger boy asks for money and threatens to hit Matthew if he does not give him some money. If you were Matthew what would you do?
Chris and his little brother are home alone in the afternoon. A woman knocks on the door and says she wants to read the meter. She is not wearing a uniform. What would you do if you were Chris?
Sam is home alone. He looks out the window and sees a man trying to break into a neighbor's back door. What would you do if you were Sam?
Mr. Palmer is blind. He has a guide dog. One day as he is crossing the street, some kids whistle to call the dog. They want you and your friends to call the dog too. What would you do?
Some kids who go to Bob's school want him to steal candy and gum from a store, which they can share later. Bob knows this is wrong, but he wants to be popular with these kids. What would you do if you were Bob? When a boy has completed forty-nine of these sixty-two achievements through all twelve parts of the Wolf trail, he has earned the right to wear the Wolf badge. The badge should be ceremoniously presented as soon as possible at an upcoming Pack meeting. After earning his Wolf badge, a boy can begin working on his Wolf electives to earn his gold and silver Arrow Points.
Once a boy has completed the second grade, or is 9 years old, he
starts on the road towards his Bear Badge! Just as in Wolves, there are lots of
exciting and interesting things to do. There are 24 Bear achievements in four
different categories. He must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear badge.
These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for
Wolf. An adult member of his family approves his work and signs his book. When
a boy has completed twelve of the 24 achievements, he has earned the right to
wear the Bear badge which is presented at a ceremony during a Pack Meeting.
When he has earned his Bear badge, he may work on electives in the Bear Cub
Scout Book for credit toward Bear arrow points. He may also complete additional
elective credit requirements from the 12 achievements he did not use in earning
his Bear rank. Once he finishes 10 elective projects, he earns a Gold Arrow
Point to wear under the Bear badge. For each additional 10 elective projects
completed, he earns a Silver Arrow Point. These are presented at a pack meeting
in an advancement
If a Bear-aged boy is new to Cub Scouting, he must complete the
Bobcat trail before beginning work on the Bear achievements.
Bear Cub Scouts wear the blue Cub Scout uniform. For more information regarding
the uniform and insignia for a Bear,
EARNING THE BEAR BADGE...
GOD (do ONE of the following):
COUNTRY (do THREE of the following):
WAYS WE WORSHIP
- Practice your religion as you are taught in your home, church, synagogue,
mosque, or other religious community.
EMBLEMS OF FAITH - Earn the religious emblem of your faith.
WHAT MAKES AMERICA SPECIAL?
(Do requirement "a" AND 3 of the rest - (4 total)
Write or tell what makes America special to you.
With the help of your family or den leader, find out about two Americans. Tell
the things they did or are doing to improve our way of life.
Find out something about the old homes near the place where you live. Go and
see two of them.
Find out where places of historical interest in or near your town are located.
Go and visit one of them with your family or den.
Choose a state; it can be your favorite one or your home state. Name the state
bird, tree, and flower. Describe its flag. Give the date it was admitted to the
Be a member of the color guard in a flag ceremony for your den or pack.
Display the U.S. flag in your home or fly it on three national holidays.
TALL TALES - Do ALL 3 requirements.
Tell in your own words what folklore is. List some folklore stories, folksongs,
or historical legends from your own state or part of the country. (See handbook
Name at least five stories about American folklore. Point out on a United
States map where they happened. (See handbook for ideas.)
Read two folklore stories and tell your favorite one to your den.
SHARING YOUR WORLD WITH WILDLIFE - Do 4 of the following.
Choose a bird or animal that you like and find out how it lives. Make a poster
showing what you have learned.
Build or make a bird feeder or bird house.
Explain what a wildlife conservation officer does.
Visit one of the following: Zoo, Nature center, Wildlife refuge, Game preserve.
Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years. Tell why animals
become extinct. Name one animal that is on the Endangered Species List.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR PLANET - Do 3 of the following.
Save 5 pounds of glass or aluminum, or 1 month of newspapers. Turn them in at a
recycling center or use your community's recycling service.
Plant a tree in your yard, or on the grounds of the group that operates your
Cub Scout pack, or in a park or other public place. Be sure to get permission
Call city or county officials or your trash hauling company and find out what
happens to your trash after it is hauled away.
Do a water usage survey in your home. Note the ways water is used. Look for any
Discuss with an adult in your family the ways your family uses energy.
Find out more about your family's use of electricity.
LAW ENFORCEMENT IS A BIG JOB - Do 4 of the following.
Make a set of your own fingerprints.
Make a plaster cast of a shoeprint.
Check the doors and windows of your home.
Visit your local sheriff's office or police station.
Be sure you know where to get help in your neighborhood.
Be sure fire and police numbers are listed by the phone at your home.
Know what you can do to help law enforcement.
THE PAST IS EXCITING AND IMPORTANT
- Do 3 of the following.
Visit your library or newspaper office. Ask to see back issues of newspapers or
Find someone who was a Cub Scout a long time ago. Talk with him about what Cub
Scouting was like then.
Start or add-to an existing pack scrapbook.
Trace your family back through your grandparents or great grandparents; or,
talk to a grandparent about what it was like when they were younger.
Find out some history about your community.
Write in a journal for 2 weeks.
WHAT'S COOKING? - Do 4 of the following.
With an adult, bake cookies.
With an adult, make snacks for the next den meeting
Prepare one part of your breakfast, one part of your lunch, and one part of
Make a list of the 'junk' foods you eat. Discuss "junk" food with your parent
Make some trail food for a hike.
Make a dessert for your family.
FAMILY FUN - Do BOTH of these requirements.
Go on a trip with members of your family. (See handbook for ideas.)
Have a "family-make-and-do" night.
BE READY! - Do the first 4; the last one is recommended, but not
Tell what to do in case of accident in the home. A family member needs help.
Someone's clothes catch on fire. (See handbook)
Tell what to do in case of a water accident. (See handbook)
Tell what to do in case of a school bus accident. (See handbook)
Tell what to do in case of a car accident. (See handbook)
Have a health checkup by a physician (optional).
FAMILY OUTDOOR ADVENTURE - Do 3 of the following.
Go camping with your family.
Go on a hike with your family.
Have a picnic with your family.
Attend an outdoor event with your family.
Plan your outdoor family day.
SAVING WELL, SPENDING WELL - Do 4 of the following.
Go grocery shopping with a parent or other adult member of your family. Compare
prices of different brands of the same item. Check the prices at different
stores. Read the ads in your newspaper.
Set up a savings account.
Keep a record of how you spend money for 2 weeks.
Pretend you are shopping for a car for your family.
Discuss family finances with a parent or guardian.
Play a board game with your family that involves the use of make-believe money.
With an adult, figure out how much it costs for each person in your home to eat
SELF (do FOUR of the following)
When a boy has completed twelve of these twenty-four
achievements through all four parts of the Bear trail, he has earned the right
to wear the Bear badge. The badge should be
ceremoniously presented as soon as possible at an upcoming Pack
meeting. After earning his Bear badge, a boy can begin working on his
Bear electives to earn his
gold and silver Arrow Points.
- Do requirement a and THREE more. (Total of 4)
Know the rules for bike safety. If your town requires a bicycle license, be
sure to get one. (See handbook for rules.)
Learn to ride a bike, if you haven't by now. Show that you can follow a winding
course for 60 feet doing sharp left and right turns, a U-turn, and an emergency
Keep your bike in good shape. Identify the parts of a bike that should be
Change a tire on a bicycle.
Protect your bike from theft. Use a bicycle lock.
Ride a bike for 1 mile without rest, and be sure to obey all traffic rules.
Plan and take a family bike hike.
GAMES, GAMES, GAMES! - Do 2 of the following.
Set up the equipment and play any two of these outdoor games with your family
Play two organized games with your den.
Select a game your den has never played. Explain the rules. Tell them how it is
played, then play it with them.
BUILDING MUSCLES - Do ALL of the following.
Do physical fitness stretching exercises. Then do sit-ups, push-ups, the
standing long jump, and softball throw.
With a friend, compete in at least six different two-person contests. (See
handbook for examples.)
Compete with your den or pack in the crab relay, gorilla relay, 30-yard dash,
and kangaroo relay.
INFORMATION, PLEASE - Do requirement a and THREE more of the following.
With an adult in your family, select a TV show. Watch it together.
Play a game of charades at your Den meeting or with your family at home.
Visit a newspaper office, or TV or radio station and talk to a news reporter.
Use a computer to get information. Write, spell check, and print out a report
on what you learned.
Write a letter to a company that makes something you use. Use E-mail or the US
Talk with one of your parents or another family member about how getting and
giving facts fits into his or her job.
JOT IT DOWN - Do 5 of the following.
Make a list of the things you want to do today. Check them off when you have
Write two letters to relatives or friends.
Keep a daily record of your activities for 2 weeks.
Write an invitation to someone.
Write a story about something you have done with your family.
Write a thank-you note.
Write about the activities of your den.
SHAVINGS AND CHIPS - Do ALL of the following.
Know the safety rules for handling a knife.
Show that you know how to take care of and use a pocketknife.
Make a carving with a pocketknife. Work with your parent or den leader in doing
Earn the "Whittling Chip" card.
SAWDUST AND NAILS - Do ALL of the following.
Show how to use and take care of four of these tools. (See handbook.)
Build your own tool box.
Use at least two tools listed in requirement 'a' to fix something.
BUILD A MODEL - Do 3 of the following.
Build a model from a kit.
Build a display for one of your models.
Pretend you are planning to change the furniture layout in one of the rooms in
Make a model of a mountain, a meadow, a canyon, or river.
Go see a model of a shopping center or new building that is on display
Make a model of anything - a rocket, boat, car, or plane.
TYING IT ALL UP - Do 5 of the following.
Whip the ends of a rope.
Tie a square knot, bowline, sheet bend, two half hitches, and a slip knot. Tell
how each knot is used.
Learn how to keep a rope from tangling.
Coil a rope. Throw it, hitting a 2-foot square marker 20 feet away.
Learn a magic rope trick.
Make your own rope. (See handbook for ideas!)
SPORTS, SPORTS, SPORTS - Do ALL of the following.
Learn the rules and how to play three team sports.
Learn the rules and how to play two sports in which only one person is on each
Take part in one team and one individual sport.
Watch a sport on TV with a parent or some other member of your family.
Attend a high school, college, or professional sporting event with your family
or your den.
BE A LEADER - Do 3 of the following.
Help a boy join the Cub Scouts, or help a new Cub Scout through the Bobcat
Serve as a denner or assistant denner.
Plan and conduct a den activity with the approval of your den leader.
Tell two people they have done a good job.
Leadership means choosing a way even when your choice is not liked by all.
There is also a special set of requirements to allow a Bear Cub to earn the
World Conservation Award.
The Webelos Badge is for boys who have completed third grade, or who are ten years old. The Webelos rank is the first step in a boy's transition towards a Boy Scout troop. As he completes the achievements in the Webelos Scout Book, he will work on Activity Badges. These are age-appropriate projects for older Cub Scouts. Activity badges are sorted into five discipline-related groups. They are the Community Group, the Mental Skills Group, the Outdoor Group, the Physical Skills Group, and the Technology Group. Activity Badges can be displayed on the front of the Webelos cap or on the Webelos Colors. During this period, the Webelos Scout should also begin to attend meetings led by adults, and become more familiar with the Boy Scout requirements.
As Webelos Scouts, the boys have the option of wearing the Cub Scout Blue Uniform or the Khaki Uniform. Specific to Webelos are: Webelos Hat, Webelos Belt Buckle, Webelos Patrol Patch, Webelos Colors, and Webelos Neckerchief and Slide. For more information, click here.
The Webelos Advancement Trail
Advancement in Webelos Scouting means growing in knowledge and skills, and the boys do this through all the experiences that lead to earning Activity Pins and other awards.
In Webelos Scouting, there are 20 possible Activity Pins that the boy may earn. Webelos earn them by completing the requirements with their Patrol or at home (with their Patrol Leader's approval). During Patrol Meetings one month, they might concentrate on swimming and the next month they could be conducting scientific experiments. Activity Pins are colorful metal emblems the boys pin on the front of their Webelos cap or onto their Webelos Colors (ribbons of gold, green and red worn on the right sleeve of their uniform - see left).
The following is a listing of the 20 Activity Pins and their Activity Pin Groups - click the group name details:
As soon as the boy starts earning Activity Pins, they begin working towards their Webelos Badge. The Webelos rank is the fourth rank in Cub Scouting. As part of their Webelos badge work, they will need to earn three Activity Pins, each one from a different Activity Pin Group. One of the requirements is earning the Fitness Activity Pin from the Physical Skills Group. The other two Activity Pins may be from the Mental Skills, Community, Technology or Outdoor Group. After earning the Webelos badge, they will wear it on their left shirt pocket.
The Compass Points Emblem is awarded after the Webelos has earned the Webelos badge and four additional activity Pins. The emblem hangs from the button of the right pocket of the uniform shirt. A metal compass point is presented for each additional four Activity Pins earned, to be affixed to the emblem in the East, South, or West positions. A total of three compass points, plus the emblem, may be earned, representing 16 Activity Pins beyond the Webelos badge.
Arrow of Light Award
The Arrow of Light Award is the highest award in Cub Scouting. The boy will need a total of eight Activity Pins, including Citizen, Readyman, and Fitness (which he has already earned when he received his Webelos Badge). The Arrow of Light Award is worn on their left shirt pocket flap, and is the only Cub Scout Award worn on the Boy Scout uniform. Because this award is so special, a special ceremony should always be performed by the Pack!
World Conservation Award
Completion of the Forester, Outdoorsman, and Naturalist Activities Badges, and completion of a special conservation project allows a Webelos Scout to join the Wolves and Bears in earning the World Conservation Award as well.
An important part of the 2-year Webelos Scout program is the boy's introduction to basic Boy Scout camping skills, as well as the fun and excitement that goes along with camping. Several Webelos Scout parent-son overnight campouts are included in the first year, with emphasis on learning the basic skills of outdoor living and having fun outdoors.
During the second year, camping skills may be expanded. Fire-building, basic cooking, camp sanitation, tent-pitching, making a comfortable ground bed, nature study, and conservation are skills that are included in camp programs. Also, the boys learn the concept of "division of labor", (i.e., cook, fireman, KP) with a duty roster that rotates for each campout and even at each meal. Joint Activities with Boy Scout Troops
Early in the second year of the program, a close relationship is established with the Boy Scout Troop that most of the Webelos Scouts will join. This helps the boys become familiar with the Troop and its members and learn about the exciting activities that await them in Boy Scouting. The Webelos II Patrol and the Boy Scout Troop usually hold several activities together. In addition to one or two joint campouts, the Patrol may also join with the Troop in a court of honor, campfire program, day hike, field day, and joint Good Turns for the chartered organization or community. Attendance at a camporee or other district or council Boy Scout event, as guests for the day, of the Troop might also be included.
For a Webelos - to - Scout transitional Plan ... click here