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On the Advancement Trail, a Cub Scout progresses from rank to rank, learning new skills as he goes. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting has its own requirements. As you advance through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities you learn as you get older.

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No matter what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouting, he must earn his Bobcat badge before he can advance to the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. A boy must complete the Bobcat requirements:


    A boy who is in first grade and/or 7 years old may begin his path to the Tiger rank.


    The Wolf rank is for boys who have finished first grade (or who are 8 years old). To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must:



    The Bear rank is for boys who have finished second grade (or are 9 years old). There are 24 Bear achievements in four groups. A boy must complete the required achievements to be a Bear Cub Scout. These requirements are harder and more challenging than those for the Wolf badge.



    Webelos and Arrow of Light

    Webelos dens are for boys who have completed third grade (or reached age 10). The Webelos den program is different from the Cub Scout den program. Everything in the Webelos Scout program is more challenging than what younger boys in the pack do.

    The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light Award and is for boys who have completed fourth grade (or are 11 years old). Earning this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout. Webelos Scouts who have earned the Arrow of Light Award have also completed all requirements for the Boy Scout badge.


    The Arrow of Light award is the only Cub Scout badge that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform when a boy graduates into a troop. Adult leaders who earned the Arrow of Light Award when they were young may also show their achievement by wearing a special square knot on their adult uniform.

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