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Guide To Advancement, 2011 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #N/A)

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Cub Scouting

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, pp. 18-21)

Cub Scouting is both den and home centered. Advancement involves parental approvals.

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If a youth is in the first grade (or age 7 years old), the youth becomes a member of a Tiger Cub den of perhaps five to 9 youths, and his den is one of several which make up the pack. The den meets weekly, usually at the home of the host team (Tiger Cub and his adult partner} or the Tiger Cub den leader.

If a youth is in the second or third grade (or is 8 or 9), the youth becomes a member of a Cub Scout den of perhaps six to eight youths, and his den is one of several that make up a pack. The den meets weekly, usually at the home of the den leader.

If the youth is in the fourth grade (or is 10), the youth may become a member of a Webelos den. This den is led by an adult Webelos den leader. A pack may have more than one Webelos den, depending on the number of Webelos Scouts. The Webelos den meets weekly.

The pack meets monthly, usually at the building of its chartered organization. This meeting is conducted by the Cubmaster and the committee.

There are six ranks in Cub Scouting:

  • Bobcat. The Bobcat badge is earned prior to all other ranks. If a youth joins Cub Scouting as a Wolf, Bear, or Webelos, the youth must earn the Bobcat badge first before receiving any other award or rank.
  • Tiger Cub. The rank for youths who have completed kindergarten (or 7-year-olds).
  • Wolf. The rank for youths who have completed first grade (or 8-year-olds).
  • Bear. The rank for youths who have completed second grade (or 9-year-olds).
  • Webelos. The rank for youths who have completed third grade (or 10-year-olds).
  • Arrow of Light. For fifth-graders (or 10-year-olds). Earned after the completion of the Webelos badge,

usually during the second year of the Webelos program.

Bobcat Requirements

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 19)

No matter what age or grade a youth joins Cub Scouting, the youth must earn his Bobcat badge before the youth can be awarded the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. This rank involves learning the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and some signs and symbols of Cub Scouting. His parents determine when the youth has mastered them.

Tiger Cub Requirements

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 19)

When a youth is in the first grade, the youth works on the Tiger Cub badge with his adult partner. To begin his path to the Tiger Cub rank, the Tiger Cub must first earn the Tiger Cub Immediate Recognition Emblem by learning the Cub Scout motto, the Cub Scout sign, and the Cub Scout salute. When the youth has accomplished these tasks, the youth may begin working on the 15 achievement requirements to earn Tiger Cub rank. These simple requirements, to be completed with the adult partners, include a family activity, den activity, and Go See It (den outing) in five achievement areas. The adult partner approves the completion of each requirement by signing the youth's handbook. For each of these 15 achievements, the youth earns a bead to add to his Tiger Cub Immediate Recognition Emblem—white for family activities, orange for den activities, and black for Go See It activities.

When the Tiger Cub has completed the 15 achievement requirements, the youth receives his Tiger Cub badge in a ceremony during a monthly pack meeting. After earning the Tiger Cub badge, the youth is encouraged to work on the numerous elective activities in his book. The youth is also encouraged to begin working on the requirements for his Bobcat badge. There are many elective projects aimed at sparking a Tiger Cub’s interest in a new hobby, activity, or skill. When the youth completes 10 electives, the youth earns a Tiger Track bead that is worn on the Tiger Cub Immediate Recognition Emblem, a pocket totem. There is no limit to the number of Tiger Track beads that a youth may earn; however, each Tiger Track bead must represent the completion of 10 elective projects.

All requirements for both the Tiger Cub achievements and electives are found in the Tiger Cub Handbook.

Wolf Requirements

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 19)

When a youth is in the second grade, the youth starts work on the 12 achievements for the Wolf rank as soon as the youth has earned his Bobcat rank. These achievements involve knowledge of the national flag, his religious duties, physical skills, and other simple skills geared to his interests. A parent or adult family member should approve his work and sign his book, signifying completion of the requirements.

2009
Update

The den leader, parent or an adult family member should approve his work and sign his book, signifying completion of the requirements.

When the Cub Scout has completed the 12 achievements, the youth receives the Wolf badge in a ceremony during a monthly pack meeting. The youth may then work on any of the 23 fields, called electives, until the youth completes second grade (or is 9). Electives mostly cover hobby and sports interests. Each of these electives is divided into projects. For the first 10 projects, a youth is award a Gold Arrow Point, to be worn on his uniform below his Wolf badge. For the next 10 projects completed, the youth receives a Silver Arrow Point, to be worn below the gold one. Additional Silver Arrow Points may be earned for each 10 projects. All requirements and electives are found in the Wolf Cub Handbook.

Bear Requirements

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 19)

When the youth is in the third grade or 9 (or as soon as the youth completes the Bobcat requirements if the youth joins at this age), the youth begins work toward the Bear rank. When the youth has completed 12 of the 24 achievements and has been awarded the badge, the youth may work on the 24 electives in the Bear Cub Handbook to earn Arrow Points as the youth did for Wolf. These arrow points are worn below his Bear badge. In addition, the youth may earn elective credits by completing requirements for the 12 achievements not used to earn the badge. All requirements for both the Bear achievements and electives are found in the Bear Handbook. As with the Wolf rank, completion of the requirements is approved by the youth’s parents.

Webelos Requirements

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 20)

While working toward the Webelos rank and the Arrow of Light Award, the youth also may earn any or all of the 20 activity badges that range from Aquanaut and Sportsman to Geologist and Forester. The Webelos den leader approves the youth’s work or assigns someone else to approve it. This is an important step in the youth’s transition to a Scouts BSA troop. All requirements for the Webelos badge, Arrow of Light Award, and activity badges are found in the Webelos Handbook.

The youth makes a transition from the pack to a Scouts BSA troop after:

  • Completed the fifth grade and is at least 10 years old, OR
  • Is age 11, OR
  • Has earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old.

The transition from the pack to a Scouts BSA troop in an impressive ceremony.

The Webelos badge and Arrow of Light requirements include all of the joining requirements for the Scout badge.

"Most Webelos Scouts are in this program for about 18 months." --- Webelos Handbook, p. 4."

Cub Scout Advancement Goals

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 21)

The administration of the Cub Scout advancement program is primarily the responsibility of the pack committee, with the support of the district advancement committee and commissioner staff.

  • Parents of Cub Scouts should understand their role and responsibilities in their son’s advancement. For the youth to receive maximum benefit and growth from his advancement, the adult’s standard should be based on the Cub Scout motto, “Do your Best”.
  • Advancement recognition should be given as soon as possible after a youth completes the requirements, and be done with proper ceremony. Presentation of badges should be a part of each monthly pack meeting. Suggestions for advancement ceremonies are contained in the Cub Scout Program Helps, Webelos Leader Guide, Cub Scout Ceremonies for Dens and Packs, and the Cub Scout Leader Book.
  • Packs and troops should be encouraged to work together to ensure a smooth transition from the Webelos den to the Scouts BSA troop.
  • Good advancement records should be maintained by the pack to be sure that the youths are advancing and that the awards are presented promptly.
  • The use of den chiefs (Scouts, or Venturers who assist with Cub Scout and Webelos Scout den meetings) can help stimulate advancement through example and experience, as well as encourage youths to continue in the Scouting program.

Cub Scout/Webelos Scout Resident and Day Camp Advancement Guidelines

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 21)

2009
Update

Cub/Webelos Scout resident camp, as well as day camps, should limit advancement for the sake of advancement. Tiger Cub and Cub Scout advancement is intended to be den-based; the adult partner and/or den leader must approve completion of the requirements by signing the youth’s book. As youths become Webelos Scouts, their den leaders and activity badge counselors sign off the requirements in the handbooks. Camp programs and activities should not detract from these family and den responsibilities related to advancement.


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