Bear Cub Scout
Belt Loop & Pin Workbooks, Awards, & Den Leader Fast Tracks Den Meeting plans.
Special topics include Flag Ceremonies, Knots, Pinewood Derby, and Cub Scout Resident Camp.
|Cub Scout Bear Rank|
The Bear Cub 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.
Often, den meeting activities enable the Bear Cub Scouts to complete requirements toward an award or rank. The den leader can initial the requirement in the boys' handbooks, but it must also be signed by a parent or guardian to indicate the requirement has been completed. The Den Chief helps lead the meetings. The Denners and Assistant Den Leaders lead Opening and Closing flag ceremonies and help with setup and cleanup.
After he has earned the Bear badge, a boy is encouraged to work on any of 100 Bear Electives projects. When he completes 10 elective projects, he earns a Gold Arrow Point to wear under the Bear badge. For each additional 10 elective projects completed, he earns a Silver Arrow Point.
Bear Cub Scout requirements
Do ONE of the following:
1. Ways We Worship
(Bear Handbook - Page 26)
2. Emblems of Faith
(Bear Handbook - Page 30)
Do THREE of the following:
3. What Makes America Special?
(Bear Handbook - Page 34)
4. Tall Tales
(Bear Handbook - Page 42)
5. Sharing Your World With Wildlife
(Bear Handbook - Page 50)
6. Take Care of Your Planet
(Bear Handbook - Page 56)
7. Law Enforcement Is a Big Job
(Bear Handbook - Page 64)
Do FOUR of the following:
8. The Past Is Exciting and Important
(Bear Handbook - Page 72)
9. What's Cooking
(Bear Handbook - Page 80)
10. Family Fun
(Bear Handbook - Page 90)
11. Be Ready!
(Bear Handbook - Page 96)
12. Family Outdoor Adventure
(Bear Handbook - Page 106)
13. Saving Well, Spending Well
(Bear Handbook - Page 112)
Do FOUR of the following:
14. Ride Right
(Bear Handbook - Page 118)
15. Games, Games, Games!
(Bear Handbook - Page 126)
16. Building Muscles
(Bear Handbook - Page 130)
17. Information, Please
(Bear Handbook - Page 136)
18. Jot It Down
(Bear Handbook - Page 140)
19. Shavings and Chips
(Bear Handbook - Page 146)
20. Sawdust and Nails
(Bear Handbook - Page 152)
21. Build a Model
(Bear Handbook - Page 156)
22. Tying It All Up
(Bear Handbook - Page 162)
23. Sports, Sports, Sports
(Bear Handbook - Page 170)
24. Be a Leader
(Bear Handbook - Page 174)
Progress Toward 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 on the blue Cub Scout uniform shirt.
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.
Once the rank badge has been earned, Bear Cub Scouts may complete elective requirements to earn Arrow Points. Achievements that were not used to earn the Bear badge may be used as electives; but, unused parts of the achievements that were used for the Bear badge may not be counted towards Arrow Points. Here are two examples:
- The Scout uses Achievement 5. "Sharing Your World with Wildlife", and completes 5.a, b, c, and e toward earning the Bear badge. After earning the Bear badge, the Scout cannot go back and complete 5.d, and count that as an elective.
- The Scout does not use Achievement 4. "Tall Tales", as an achievement toward the Bear badge; then, 4.a, b, and c can count as electives for a total of three toward an arrow point.
Related achievements, electives, or other awards
- 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 & Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
- 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 & Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
- 8. THE PAST IS EXCITING AND IMPORTANT
- 8d. Trace your family...or talk to a grandparent... - See Heritages Belt Loop & Pin requirement #5
- 9. Cooking - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
- The Boy Scout Handbook is the primary reference. See Cooking Skills for step-by-step instructions and lesson video links.
- See also: Cooking Merit Badge Pamphlet - Food Pyramid - Meal Planning - Recipes - Food Handling - Dutch Oven Cooking
- 11. BE READY
- Completing Achievement 11 is the first requirement for earning the Emergency Preparedness Award at the Bear level
- Emergency Preparedness Awards
|Emergency Preparedness-related awards
- 12 Family Outdoor Adventure - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
- Your handbook is your primary reference. See Outdoor Skills for step-by-step instructions and lesson video links.
- See also: Camping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Hiking Skills - Hydration - Outdoor Gear - Tents - Water Purification - Weather Skills
- 14. RIDE RIGHT
- Your handbook is your primary reference. See Cycling Skills for step-by-step instructions and lesson video links.
- See also: Cycling Merit Badge Pamphlet - Bike Safety - Equipment - Skills - Maintenance - Seat - Bike Rodeo
- 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 & Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
- 14g. Plan and take a family bike hike. - See Bicycling Pin requirement #7 & Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
- 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 - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
- 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
- 19. Completion of this Achievement is an excellent opportunity to teach knife safety and helps Cub Scouts earn the Whittling Chip through a Whittling Chip Course
- 21. Build a Model
- 21a or f. Build a model from a kit. - Consider making a Pinewood Derby car, Raingutter Regatta boat, or Space Derby rocket.
- 22. Tying it All Up
- 22a. Whipping and Fusing
- 22b. Square Knot - Bowline - Sheet Bend - Two Half Hitches - Slip Knot.
- Animated Knots: Basic Scout Knots - Forty Scout knots - Special Knots - Sailing knots - Fishing knots - Folsoms Knots - Animatedknots.com - Great Animations - More Animated Knots - More great Animated Knots - Still more - Knot Videos - Basics Videos - Basics2
- Other Knot Links: Advanced knots - Ropers Knots Page - Climbing Knots - Fishing knots - Knots Index
- 23. SPORTS, SPORTS, SPORTS - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
- 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
|— Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide #34299B, p.1 & 4 and Cub Scout Leader Book, p. 31-1.|
Other awards available to Bear Cub Scouts
- See also: Cub Scout Awards
- Belt Loops & Pins
- Outdoor Activity Award
- Conservation Good Turn Award
- Donor Awareness Patch
- Emergency Preparedness Award
- Interpreter Strip
- Leave No Trace Award
- National Summertime Award
- Physical Fitness Award
- Pro Archer - Pro Marksman
- Recruiter Strip
- Religious Emblems
- Hornaday award
- World Conservation Award
- Honor Awards
Bear Cub Scout Expenses
- $23 National registration, Boys' Life magazine, and Accident Insurance.
- $20 Program Materials: Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos book, rank patch, neckerchief, and slide.
- ____ Pack Expenses: Each Scout's fair share of Pack recharter, training, fees, equipment, etc.
- ____ Advancement: Awards, Belt Loops, patches, and more.
- ____ Activities: Pinewood Derby, trips, ball games, camping, and much more.
- ____ Camping: Day Camp, Resident Camp and Family Camping.
- ____ Equipment includes Uniforms, sleeping bags, tents, etc.
Bear Den Leader Resources
|Cub Scout Leader portal|
- Nameplates - Official BSA Name plates for your uniforms.
- Fast Tracks for Bear Cub Scouts: a BSA-produced den meeting plan
|New Leader Brochures:|
|Applications & Reports:|
|Medical Exam Forms:||Annual Health and Medical Record 34605||Age-Appropriate Guidelines|