|Cub Scout Bear Rank|
The Bear Scout program is for boys who have completed second grade (or are age 9). After earning the Bobcat badge, a boy may earn the Bear badge by completing 12 achievements in four different categories: God, Country, Family, and Self.
Bear Scout requirements
Progress Toward Ranks
|Progress Toward Ranks|
A complete set of Progress Toward Ranks beads
for a boy who has completed both Wolf and Bear ranks.
The Progress Toward Ranks emblem is for Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts. While working toward the Wolf or Bear rank badge, Cubs receive one bead for every three achievements completed: Yellow beads for Wolf, Red beads for Bear.
The emblem is worn suspended from the right pocket flap button.
One gold and four silver arrow points,
signifying 50 completed electives.
Arrow Points are for boys who hold the Wolf and Bear Cub Scout Ranks. Once the rank badge has been earned, Cub Scouts may complete elective requirements to earn Arrow Points. After completing the first ten electives, a gold arrow point is awarded. Each further 10 electives will earn a silver arrow point. They are attached below the left pocket of the blue Cub Scout uniform.
Related achievements, electives, or other awards
The Bear Achievements get you started on a dozen requirements for different Belt Loops and Pins!
- 4. TALL TALES
- 4c. could be met by completing Cub Scout Communicating Pin requirement #5
- 5. SHARING YOUR WORLD WITH WILDLIFE
- 5c. Explain what a wildlife conservation officer does. - See Wildlife Conservation Pin requirement #7
- 5d. Visit one of the following... - See Wildlife Conservation Pin requirement #1
- 5e. Endangered species - See Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop requirement #3
- 6. TAKE CARE OF YOUR PLANET
- 6g. Take part in a den or pack neighborhood clean-up project. - See Wildlife Conservation Pin requirement #9
- 8. THE PAST IS EXCITING AND IMPORTANT
- 8d. Trace your family...or talk to a grandparent... - See Heritages Belt Loop & Pin requirement #5
- 11. BE READY
- Completing Achievement 11 is the first requirement for earning the Emergency Preparedness Award at the Bear level
- 14. RIDE RIGHT
- 14a. Know the rules for bike safety...register - See Bicycling Belt Loop requirement #1 & Pin #6
- 14b. Learn to ride a bike... - See Bicycling Belt Loop requirement #3
- 14d. Change a tire on a bicycle... - See Bicycling Pin requirement #3
- 14f. Ride a bike for 1 mile... - See Bicycling Pin requirement #7
- 14g. Plan and take a family bike hike. - See Bicycling Pin requirement #7
- 15. GAMES, GAMES, GAMES!
- a. Outdoor games - See: Golf, Badminton, Softball, and Volleyball.
- b. Play two organized games with your den. - See: Cub Scout Sports
- c. Select a game that your den has never played... - See: Sports, Marbles, Chess, Language and Culture Pin requirement 3, etc.
- 16. BUILDING MUSCLES
- 16a. Stretching & exercises - Physical Fitness
- 17. INFORMATION, PLEASE
- 17d. Use a computer - See Cub Scout Computers Belt Loop requirement #3 & Pin requirements 1 or 4
- 17e. Write a letter - See Cub Scout Computers Belt Loop requirement #3 & Pin requirement 6
- 18. JOT IT DOWN
- 18b. Write two letters to relatives or friends. - See Communicating Belt Loop requirement #2
- 18c. Keep a daily record of your activities for 2 weeks. - See Communicating Pin requirement #2
- 18f. Write a story about something you have done with your family. - See Communicating Pin requirement #1
- 23. SPORTS, SPORTS, SPORTS
- 21a or f. Build a model from a kit. - Consider making a Pinewood Derby car, Rain Gutter Regatta boat, or Space Derby rocket.
- 23a. Play three team sports - See Badminton, Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Ultimate, Volleyball, etc.
- 23b. Individual Sports - See Archery, BB-Gun Shooting, Bicycling , Bowling, Fishing, Golf, Table Tennis, Tennis, etc.
Also see the Related Requirements for Bear Electives.
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program
Other awards available to Bear Scouts
40 Belt Loops & Pins for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts,
In addition to the Cub Scout Ranks and electives, Cub Scouts may earn dozens of additional awards that exapnd upon the basic rank requriements. In addition, Cub Scouts may earn Honor awards to recognize outstanding good deeds.Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip can be earned by any registered Scout (youth or adult) who has a valid amateur radio license, of any class, issued by the FCC. The FCC has no minimum age requirement for the Technician license. Outdoor Activity Award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. Conservation Good Turn Award is an opportunity for Scout units to join with conservation or environmental organizations (federal, state, local, or private) to carry out a conservation Good Turn in their home communities. Working together in the local community, the unit and the agency plan the details and establish the date, time and location for carrying out the project. It may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. Donor Awareness Patch is worn on the right pocket of the uniform as a temporary emblem. BSA has reduced their emphasis on this program, but has not discontinued it completely. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. Emergency Preparedness Award has different requirements for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and adults tailored for the abilities of each. Interpreter Strip. Boys and adults may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. National Summertime Award encourage packs to provide a year-round program by continuing to meet during the time periods when school is out of session for several weeks or months. Cub Scouts earn this pin by participating in three summertime pack events (one each in June, July, and August). This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. National Den Award recognizes dens that conduct a quality, year-round program. Service projects, field trips, character development, and Cub Scout camping are areas that are emphasized. Dens earn the award as a team, not as individual den members. The recognition is a ribbon for the den flag or den doodle. All Cub Scouts (Tigers through Webelos) may earn this. STEM/NOVA Awards program is designed to introduce and encourage further study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. A Scout may earn all four Nova awards. The Supernova awards are designed to inspire further study. It is recommended that you complete at least two Nova awards before starting the requirements for the Supernova award. This award may be earned by all registered Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award is designed to introduce Scouts and create an awareness of Outdoor Ethics. It may be earned by all registered Scouts. Recruiter Strip is awarded to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and is worn below the right pocket on the uniform. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. Religious Emblems, cloth, silver knot on purple, No. 05007, may be worn by youth or adult members who earned the knot as a youth member, above left pocket. Each faith has its own requirements for earning its emblem. A knot device may be used to indicate during which level of Scouting the award was earned. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. Hornaday Unit Award may be earned by a Cub Scouting pack, Boy Scouting troop, Varsity Scouting team, Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship that plans and carries out at least one conservation project. This award may be earned by all registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. World Conservation Award can be earned only once while you are in Cub Scouting (i.e. as either a Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Scout; but not by Tiger Cubs). BSA Family Award program helps families accomplish worthy goals while building and strengthening relationships among family members. All family members are encouraged to participate and may earn the award. International Spirit Award seeks to broaden knowledge of international Scouting and increase appreciation and awareness of different cultures and countries. Cub Scout Shooting Sports awards are for authorized Cub Scouts Shooting Sports-related activities.
Honor AwardsMedal of Merit, cloth, gold and blue on tan, blue to right, No. 05025. The Medal of Merit may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has performed some outstanding act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others. Honor Medal, cloth, red knot on tan, No. 05010. The Honor Medal may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self. James E West Fellowship Award, cloth, green and gold knot on tan, No. 05026, Scout or Scouter. For a donation of $1,000 or more to a council endowment. This award may be presented to a registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts.
Additionally, there are many "square knots" that adults can earn, which are summarized at Scouter leadership awards. Some of the more common include:Scouter's Training Award, cloth, green knot on tan, No. 05008, above left pocket. Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing leaders may earn the Scouter’s Training Award and may wear the Scouter’s Training Award knot with an appropriate device.
Cub Scout Den Leader Award, cloth, gold knot on blue, No. 05016. is available to Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos Cub Scout Den Leaders who complete training, tenure, and performance requirements.
Scouter's Key, cloth, green and white knot on tan, green to right, No. 05006, above left pocket. Recognizes certain leaders for completing at least three years of service, training, and quality program objectives. Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Coaches and Advisors may earn the Scouter’s Key Award and may wear the Scouter’s Key knot with an appropriate device.
Adult Religious award, cloth, purple knot on silver, No. 05014, may be worn by adult members presented with the recognition, above left pocket. Adults may wear both knots if they satisfy qualifying criteria. Presented for faithful service while an adult leader.
Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award Recognizes outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Asian American youth.
¡Scouting ... Vale la pena! Service Award Recognizes outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Hispanic American/Latino youth.
William T. Hornaday awards, cloth, blue, green, and white knot on tan. It recognizes unusual and distinguished service in natural resource conservation and environmental improvement at the regional, national, or international level.
Bear Den Leader Resources
|Cub Scout Leader portal|
- Cub Scout Den Leader
- Fast Tracks for Bear Cub Scouts: a BSA-produced den meeting plan
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