Cub Scout Advancement and Awards


Cub Scouts do fun things with other kids! They get to wear a cool uniform, go places, and see things. They play all kinds of sports and build things, like race cars and bird houses. Want to learn a secret code? Want to learn about wild animals? Go Cub Scouting!

On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses from rank to rank, learning new skills as he goes. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting has its own requirements. As a Cub Scout advances through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities Scouts learn as they get older.


The Cub Scout Program has two basic features: rank advancement and the Academic and Sports Program.

Cub Scouts joining as first grade boys enter the Tiger Cub program. Tiger Cubs complete achievements to earn the Tiger Cub badge, and complete electives to receive track beads worn on the belt emblem.

Boys graduating from Tiger Cub dens, or joining Cub Scouts in the second grade or above, earn the Bobcat Badge. After earning the Bobcat Badge, they proceed to work on advancement specific to their age level. As part of these requirements, they must learn the Cub Scout promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout motto.

In the second grade, Cub Scouts work toward the Wolf Badge, then toward a gold arrow point and one or more silver arrow points. The requirements for these badges are found in the Wolf Cub Scout book.

In the third grade, Cub Scouts work toward the Bear badge, then they, too, work toward earning a gold arrow point and silver arrow points. The requirements for these badges are found in the Bear Cub Scout book.

The Webelos program is a two year program for fourth and fifth grade boys. In both years, they work toward earning Webelos activity pins in twenty different areas, arranged in five groups. Fourth grade boys work toward the Webelos badge. Fifth graders, after earning the Webelos badge, earn the Arrow of Light. In addition to the two rank badges, after earning the Webelos badge, boys work toward the compass point emblem and compass points as they earn additional Activity Pins.

Cub Scout Advancement Trail

Mechanics of Cub Scout Advancement

Guide to Awards and Insignia


Special Opportunities for Cub Scouts

Besides the advancement awards, Cub Scouts may earn other individual awards:

Awards for Dens and Packs

Just as Cub Scouts can earn individual awards for themselves, they can also work together to earn awards for their whole den or their pack. Getting together to work on these awards is a great way to practice teamwork and to show every Cub Scout how important he is as a member of his den or pack.