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Cub Scout Webelos Rank

oval Webelos Badge introduced in 2001
Target age group:3rd and 4th grade
Current status:Active
Latest Requirements Revision:
Latest Handbook Revision:
Previous rank:
Bear Cub Scout
Next rank:
Arrow of Light award

The Webelos Scout Program prepares boys who have completed third grade or are age 10 but have not yet completed fifth grade or reached age 11 1/2 to bridge into a troop. Pronounced "WEE-buh-los", the word "Webelos" means WE'll BE LOyal Scouts. After earning the Bobcat badge, a boy may earn the Webelos Badge and Arrow of Light Award. Shorter Webelos Scout Programs are available for Webelos who start in fifth grade to earn their Arrow of Light in as little as six months.

The Webelos Program is more challenging than Tiger, Wolf, and Bear programs for younger Cub Scouts. Webelos Scouts take part in Cub Scout pack meetings and activities as well as Webelos den meetings, activities, and outdoor fun. Webelos Scouts can earn Webelos Activity Badges/Webelos & Arrow of Light Adventure Pins and Belt Loops and Pins at any time. The Webelos uniform has six parts.

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

This page in a nutshell: Webelos is an 18 month program for boys in fourth and fifth grades.


Webelos Scout requirements

To earn the Webelos badge, you must complete the requirements below.

  1. Be an active member of your Webelos den for three months. (Being active means having good attendance, paying your den dues, and working on den projects.)
  2. Complete each of the following Webelos required adventures with your den or family:
    a. Cast Iron Chef
    b. Duty to God and You
    c. First Responder
    d. Stronger, Faster, Higher
    e. Webelos Walkabout
  3. Complete two Webelos elective adventures of your den or family’s choosing.
  4. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide, and earn the Cyber Chip award for your age.[1]


  1. If your family does not have Internet access at home AND you do not have ready Internet access at school or another public place or via a mobile device, the Cyber Chip portion of this requirement may be waived by your parent or guardian.
  • For each adventure, the Webelos Scout must complete the requirements as outlined in the Webelos Handbook. Requirement 7 of Bobcat and requirement 4 of Webelos and Arrow of Light are identical. If a Cub Scout earns his Bobcat rank during the same year that he begins working on his Webelos or Arrow of Light rank, he needs to complete the requirement only one time.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Webelos Handbook, 2015 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #620714)

The text of these requirements may be locked. In that case, they can only be edited
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Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.

Webelos Activity Badges

Webelos Activity Badges

Level:Webelos Scout

Webelos Activity Badges are colorful metal emblems that may be pinned to the Webelos Colors or the Webelos cap (this is a per-Pack decision).

Worksheet Webelos Activity Badge Worksheets
Worksheets can help you organize notes, listen actively, find resources, and document your work.

Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program

A number of Webelos Activity Badges require completion of a Cub Scout Belt Loop. There are also a number of overlaps between the requirements.

Webelos Activty Cub Scout Belt Loop
Artist Req. # 11 Art
Citizen Req. # 8 Citizenship
Communicator Req. # 15 Communicating
Communicator Req. # 14 Computers
Communicator Req. # 10 Language and Culture
Engineer Req. # 10 Mathematics
Family Member Req. # 12 Heritages
Forester Req. # 7 Collecting
Geologist Req. # 9 Geology
Geologist Req. # 1 Collecting
Naturalist Req. # 13 Wildlife Conservation
Webelos Activty Cub Scout Belt Loop
Scholar Req. # 7 Mathematics
Scholar Req. # 8 Chess
Scholar Req. # 6 Language and Culture
Scientist Req. # 4 Astronomy
Scientist Req. # 1 Geology
Scientist Req. # 4 Science
Scientist Req. # 13 Weather
Showman Req. # 15 Music
Showman Req. # 10 Collecting
Traveler Req. # 12 Geography
Traveler Req. # 13 Map and Compass

Sportsman has a number of Belt Loop options: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bicycling, Bowling, Flag Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Marbles, Physical Fitness, Roller Skating, Snow Sports, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ultimate, and Volleyball.

Earning Loops and Pins multiple times

Many Webelos Scouts may earn belt loops and pins a second time to qualify for Webelos Activity Badges. All boys may earn belt loops more than once; however, leaders should encourage boys to try different requirements and earn the pin. Packs should have a clear policy in place to determine whether the pack or the boy's family will be responsible for the cost of awards that are earned more than once.
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide #34299B, p.4 and Cub Scout Leader Book, p. 31-1.

Other awards available to Webelos Scouts

See also: Cub Scout Awards
Honor Awards

List of all Scouting Awards

History of the Webelos Program

In the spring of 1954, the Webelos Den was created for 10½ year olds who had earned the Lion Rank. It was thought that this would keep the interest of the older boys and smooth the transition into Boy Scouts. They utilized the newly published Lion-Webelos handbook.

In 1967, the Lion rank was eliminated and was replaced with the Webelos rank, which retained the "Arrow of Light"-style badge design of the former Webelos Award and consisted of a new set of achievements and experiences to better prepare older boys for Boy Scouting. The Webelos colors and activity badges were also introduced at this time, originally numbering 15. Between 1967 and 1972, the Cub Scout uniform only displayed two diamond shaped patches, Wolf and Bear, side by side, with the Webelos rank badge on the pocket flap.

In late 1971 or early 1972, the old Webelos rank badge was slightly altered and was renamed to the Arrow of Light, with a significant change in the requirements. In 1977, a new diamond-shaped Webelos rank badge was introduced.

When the grade-based rank system was phased in in 1986, the age for beginning Tiger Cubs was lowered to First grade, and Webelos Scouts became a two year program aimed at 4th and 5th graders. Five new activity badges were added to the Webelos Scout Book in 1987, and the two-year Webelos Scout program became official in 1988.

In 2001, the current oval Webelos rank badge was introduced. This badge may be worn either on the blue uniform in place of the rank badge diamond, or on the tan uniform like a Boy Scout rank badge.

Webelos Den Leader Resources

Cub Scout Resources
New Leader Brochures: Tiger Wolf/Bear Webelos Cubmaster
Applications & Reports: Youth Application Adult Leader Application Advancement Report Uniform
Online Training: New Leader Youth Protection Training Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat
Safety Guides: Guide to Safe Scouting Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat Climb On Safely
Other: Permission Slip Local Tour Permit National Tour Permit Fundraising
Medical Exam Forms: Annual Health and Medical Record 34605 Age-Appropriate Guidelines More forms…


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