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Cub Scout Advancement


The Boy Scouts of America replaced major portions of the Cub Scout Advancement Program as of June 1, 2015. 
The prior program ended on May 31, 2015.
Further modifications were announced on November 30, 2016.


Note: in the descriptions below, we have listed the programs by Grade Level.  Some units, especially those chartered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church (LDS), use age levels instead of grades. LDS units do not utilize the Tiger program, and start with 8 year olds working toward the Wolf badge. Then 9 year olds work toward the Bear badge, and 10 year olds work toward the Webelos and Arrow of Light badges. 

Boys in the first through third grades (6-9 year olds) are referred to as "Cub Scouts".  Boys in the fourth and fifth grades (9 and 10 year olds) are called "Webelos Scouts".  "Webelos" is an Acronym which stands for WE'll  BE LOyal Scouts (WE-BE-LO-S), and is not a "plural" word form.  It is an adjective, and should always include the "S".


New Program:

The New Cub Scout Program, which began on June 1, 2015, still features Rank Advancement, which is now based on a series of "Core" (Required), and "Elective" (Optional) "Adventures". The Sports and Academics program has been discontinued, with some features from that program merged into the various "Adventures".


On November 30, 2016, BSA announced major modifications to the program, based on a review of the program after a year of implementation. The following is quoted from the report of the Task Force that conducted the review:

Purpose
With one year of experience, feedback suggests that the new design of the Cub Scout program did successfully address many original concerns, but also indicates an opportunity for further modifications. Cub advancement was down after the first year of implementation and we know that correlates to lower member satisfaction and subsequently, lower retention. Some Den Leaders are having difficulty fitting all the Adventures required for advancement into their program year given their number of Den meetings and weather/daylight issues for outdoor activities. Overnight camping is a significant hurdle for some. Duty to God requirements connote organized religion to some and are not seen as embracing a belief in God and spirituality outside of specific faiths.

A task force was formed to draft modifications to the Cub Scout Program that would address this feedback. These modifications are designed to ensure that Adventure requirements are achievable by today’s Cub Scout dens within a program year and achievable by Cub Scouts from a wide range of backgrounds and socio-cultural experiences.

The revisions were distributed in electronic form (PDF's) to get the material into leaders hands as quickly as possible, with revisions to the Handbooks taking place in later editions. As an aid to Cub Scouts and their leaders and families, the USSSP is working as quickly as possible to incorporate the changes into our web pages and workbooks.


he first badge all Cub Scouts earn, regardless of age, (except those in the Lion Pilot program), is the Bobcat Badge. After earning the Bobcat Badge, they proceed to work on advancement specific to their grade or age level. As part of these requirements, they will still learn the the Cub Scout Motto, Salute, Handshake, and Sign. The Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack have been retired, and replaced with the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.

  • In the First Grade, Cub Scouts work toward earning the Tiger badge. The requirements are found in the Tiger Handbook. The Tiger Track Emblem and beads are no longer used.
  • In the Second Grade, Cub Scouts work toward the Wolf Badge. The requirements are found in the Wolf Handbook. The Gold and Silver Arrow Points are no  longer used.
  • In the Third Grade, Cub Scouts work toward the Bear Badge. The requirements are found in the Bear Handbook. Again, the Gold and Silver Arrow Points are no longer used.
  • The Webelos Program is a two year program for Fourth and Fifth Grade Boys. Fourth Grade Boys work toward the Webelos Badge, while Fifth Graders work toward the Arrow of Light badge. The requirements for both are found in the Webelos Handbook. Both  grades select from a common group of Elective Adventures. The Webelos Activity Badges and the Compass Point Emblem are no longer used, and the Webelos Badge is no longer a prerequisite for the Arrow of Light.

Completely new versions of the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Handbooks and companion Den Leader Guides were issued in May, 2015, to be used after the June 1, 2015 starting date. The Handbooks are available in English with Perfect or Coil bindings, and in Spanish, while the Guides are looseleaf. Each of the English version Handbooks and the Guides are also available as Kindle Books, from Amazon.com. Since the requirements have been completely rewritten, we have not provided any web pages showing the changes.  For the Tiger, Wolf, and Bear levels, Scouts that complete an "Adventure" will receive a recognition, in the form of a metal "belt loop".  The recognitions for those working toward the Webelos and/or Arrow of Light badges will be in the form of pins. 

The Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light rank requirements, including the requirements for all of the "Adventures" are posted on this site. Use the links below to see the requirements.

Checklists for each of the Rank Badges, and Workbooks for each of the various required and elective Adventures for each rank have been developed and are available through links on each of the pages listed above, or from an index page, by clicking here.  ZIP files, containing all of the Checklists for the Rank Badges and all of the Workbooks for the Adventures for each Rank can also be downloaded, by clicking here.

Advancement Tracking Spreadsheets by Scott Selhorst (right-click on these links and save to your hard drive).
These spreadsheets track Cub Scout advancement under the requirements which went into effect on June 1, 2015.
Scott has also created a spreadsheet for the Lion Pilot program.
For tracking advancements using the requirements which were in effect through May 31, 2015, Click Here.

Advancement Requirements
For use at the DEN level
Excel Format
ZIP compressed
Lion - Version 1.0
{revised October, 2016}
Lion_2016_v1.0.xlsx (179KB) Lion_2016_v1.0.zip (82KB)
Tiger - Version 2.2
{revised October, 2016}
Tiger_2015_v2.2.xlsx (266KB) Tiger_2015_v2.2.zip (123KB)
Wolf - Version 2.1
{revised July, 2016}
Wolf_2015_v2.1.xlsx (299KB) Wolf_2015_v2.1.zip (160KB)
Bear - Version 2.1
{revised July, 2016}
Bear_2015_v2.1.xlsx (277KB) Bear_2015_v2.1.zip (127KB)
Webelos and AOL- Version 1.0
{revised July, 2016}
Webelos_AOL_2015_v1.0.xlsx (532KB) Webelos_AOL_2015_v1.0.zip (208KB)
Award Requirements
For use at the PACK level
Excel Format
ZIP compressed
Cub Awards Tracking - Version 1.0
{revised May, 2015}
Cub_Awards_Tracking_2015_v1.0.xlsx (151KB) Cub_Awards_Tracking_2015_v1.0.zip (77KB)
Summertime Activity Award Version 1.1
{revised May, 2015}
Summertime_Award_v1.1.xlsx (53KB) Summertime_Award_v1.1.zip (42KB)
All spreadsheets in a single ZIP compressed File:
{revised October, 2016}
Cub_Tracking_2015.zip (816KB)

Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts, are also able to earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award and the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award, but the requirements for those awards have been revised to reflect the new Cub Scouts program. The new requirements can be found by clicking on the links above. Requirements for the National Den Award and the National Summertime Pack Award have also been revised to reflect the new Cub Scouts program.

Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts will also still be able to earn a series of Religious Emblems awarded by a number of religious organizations, and they will still be able to earn a number of other Special Awards and Emblems, including the Nova and Supernova Awards. The requirements vary, but will not be affected by the changes to the Cub Advancement program..


Lion Pilot Program.

Lion is a national pilot program of the Boy Scouts of America for kindergarten-age boys, operating in 198 local Councils during the 2016-2017 program year.


Prior Program:

The Previous Cub Scout Program had two basic features, Rank Advancement, and the Academics and Sports Program. The Academics and  Sports program has been discontinued, with some features of that program merged into the advancement requirements.

Cub Scouts joining as First Grade boys entered the Tiger Cub Program. Tiger Cubs, completed Achievements to earn the Tiger Cub Badge, and completed Electives to receive Tiger Track Beads to wear from a belt emblem. The Tiger Cub Handbook was issued in the summer of 2001. Some minor changes took effect in June 2006, including dropping the former "Tiger Cub Motto" which was replaced by the Cub Scout Motto, and the requirement that Tiger Cubs earn the Bobcat Badge BEFORE the Tiger Cub badge, instead of after that badge.

The first badge all Cub Scouts earned, regardless of age, was (and continues to be) 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 formerly had to learn the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout Motto.  The Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack have been retired, and replaced with the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Cub Scouts joining as First Grade boys entered the Tiger Cub Program. Tiger Cubs, completed Achievements to earn the Tiger Cub Badge, and completed Electives to receive Tiger Track Beads to wear from a belt emblem. The Tiger Cub Handbook was issued in the summer of 2001. Some minor changes took effect in June 2006, including dropping the former "Tiger Cub Motto" which was replaced by the Cub Scout Motto, and the requirement that Tiger Cubs earn the Bobcat Badge BEFORE the Tiger Cub badge, instead of after that badge.

In the Second Grade, Cub Scouts worked toward the Wolf Badge, then toward a Gold Arrow Point and one or more Silver Arrow Points The requirements for these badges were found in the Wolf Cub Scout Book.

In the Third Grade, Cub Scouts worked toward the Bear Badge, then they, too, worked toward earning a Gold Arrow Point and Silver Arrow Points. The requirements for these badges were found in the Bear Cub Scout Book.

The Webelos Program was (and remains) a two year program for Fourth and Fifth Grade Boys.  In both years, they worked toward earning Webelos Activity Badges in twenty different areas, arranged in five groups. Fourth Grade Boys worked toward the Webelos Badge. Fifth Graders, after earning the Webelos Badge, earned the Arrow of Light. In addition to the two rank badges, after earning the Webelos Badge, boys worked toward the Compass Point Emblem and Metal Compass Points as they earned additional Activity Badges.

Wolf Cub Scout, Bear Cub Scout, and Webelos Scout Books were issued in 1998 and revised editions in 2003. Lists of the changes to the requirements which were made in 1998 are posted on our website for the Wolf Badge, Wolf Arrow Points, Bear Badge, Bear Arrow Points, Webelos and Arrow of Light Badges, and Webelos Activity Badges.

Although no longer in use, The former Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light rank requirements, and the requirements for the Webelos Activity Badges are still posted on this site. Use the links below to see what the requirements were. There are also links on those pages to pages that show the previous requirements, and what changed in 2003.

 


Advancement Transfers for Foreign Scouts

Questions arise occasionally on whether a Cub Scout moving to the USA from another country can use the advancements he had earned in that country toward advancement in a BSA unit. For the answer, click here.


Page updated on: December 02, 2016



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