Arrow Of Light


Most of this information is straight from the "advancement" page of the BSA site, and the links below the badges lead to more information from the Virtual Cub Leader's Handbook site. No matter what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouting; he must earn his Bobcat badge before he can advance to the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. The first graders spend most of their year earning their Tiger badge, second graders their Wolf badge, and third graders their Bear badge—sometimes these years are referred to as Cub Scouts (as opposed to Webelos). Fourth and fifth graders are Webelos and work on earning their Webelos badge, and eventually the Arrow of Light which is the highest rank in Cub Scouting.

We strive for the boys to earn their main rank advancement for the year in time for being awarded the badge at our annual Blue and Gold banquet in the late winter. After that, we focus more on electives and additional awards available in the Cub Scouting program. Some of the requirements are completed at den or pack meetings, and some at home, and the content and level of challenge rises with increasing age levels. Webelos has a bridging period from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts during the last part of fifth grade.

Tiger Cub

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.


To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass 12 achievements. His parent or guardian approves each achievement by signing his book or otherwise alerting his den leader. After he has earned the Wolf badge, a Wolf Cub Scout can work on the 23 Wolf elective areas. He can choose from more than 100 elective projects from these 23 areas 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.


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.


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 in 5 areas (Physical Skills, Community, Outdoor Activity, Mental Skills, and Technology). Webelos Scouts work on requirements during their 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.

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. 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.

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