Cub Scout Trail

A Cub Scout moves up rank by completing different requirements and learning new skills as he goes. Each rank has its own requirements and awards.


Regardless of age or grade a Scout must earn the Bobcat badge before advancing to Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. Bobcat requirements include:

  • Learning and saying the Cub Scout motto, the Cub Scout Promise, and the Law of the Pack and explaining what they mean
  • Showing the Cub Scout sign, salute, and handshake and explaining what they mean; and
  • Showing understanding of and believing the importance of being honest and trustworthy.


Once a Tiger Cub (age 7) learns the Cub Scout promise, the Cub Scout sign, and the Cub Scout salute he earns the Tiger Cub emblem, which is a tiger paw with four strings for beads. He wears the emblem on his right pocket. He earns an orange bead (for den activities), a white bead (for family activities), or a black bead (for "Go See Its"). After earning five beads of each color, the Scout can receive his Tiger Cub badge.


Scouts who have finished first grade (or who are 8 years old) can earn the Wolf badge by passing 12 achievements. After earning 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 the Scout who has finished second grade or is 9 years old. Twelve of the 24 achievements must be completed 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.


Webelos dens are for Scouts who have completed third grade or are 10. Scouts get to work on 20 Webelos activity badges, which include areas of physical skills, community, outdoor activity, mental skills, and technology.

Webelos Scouts work on requirements during weekly den meetings. 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.

Arrow of Light

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.