Advancement Plan


Note: see the Ranks section for detailed requirements on each badge.

The responsibility for a Cub Scout earning of awards in Cub Scouting lies with the family and not with the pack. Some advancement requirements are done at den meetings, but most are completed with you. You can sign off on his requirements when you and your Cub Scout feel that he has done his best. As a result, the awards he earns raise his self-esteem and confidence. You can be a part of it by participating in the Cub Scout program with him. The rank awards he earns are listed below.

Recognition is important to young boys and girls. The Cub Scouting advancement plan provides fun, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with their Cub Scout on advancement projects.


All Cub Scouts, regardless of age, earn the Bobcat badge first by learning the Cub Scout Promise, Law of the pack, handshake, salute, sign, motto, and the meaning of “Webelos.” After receiving the Bobcat badge, the Cub Scout works on requirements based on his grade or age.


Lions are Kindergartners that are just starting on the road of scouting, their meetings are focused on activities geared toward their age.

Tiger Cubs

The Tiger Cub program is for first-grade (or age 7) Cub Scout their adult partners. There are five Tiger Cub achievement areas. The Tiger Cub, working with his adult partner, completes 15 requirements within these areas to earn the Tiger Cub badge. These requirements consist of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a boy in the first grade.


The Wolf program is for Cub Scouts who have completed first grade (or are age 8). To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass 12 achievements involving simple physical and mental skills.


The Bear rank is for Cub Scouts who have completed second grade (or are age 9). There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories. The Cub Scout must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear badge. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf rank.



Webelos stands for “WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts”. This program is for Cub Scouts who have completed third grade (or are age 10). A Cub Scouts may begin working on the Webelos badge as soon as he joins a Webelos den. This is the first step in his transition from the Webelos den to the Boy Scout troop or Venture Crew. As he completes the requirements found in the Webelos Handbook, he will work on activity badges, attend meetings led by adults, and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirements—all leading to the Arrow of Light Award.

Arrow of Light

Active Webelos can set out to learn things about the Boy Scouts, earn extra badges, go on extra campouts, and make special trips earning themselves the Arrow of Light award.  The Arrow of Light is the only award from Cub Scouting that Cub Scouts can wear as Boy or Venture Scouts and as Adult Scouts.