The Advancement Trail
to track scout's progress during the year. Parents are able to mark adventures as complete which are subject to review. Den leaders and the pack advancement officer will track meeting attendance, progress toward rank, and other awards using this system.
We ask that parents keep a written record of all adventures completed by marking them as complete in the Cub Scout handbook. If completion is ever in question, you will be asked to show your book as proof of completion. If for any reason you are unable to use Scoutbook, you should notify a leader and keep him/her updated as to your progress toward rank.
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.
Regardless of what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouting, he begins with the Bobcat rank. It involves learning about the values, signs, and symbols of the Boy Scouts of America and Cub Scouting. While he is working on Bobcat he may work simultaneously on the rank for his age or grade, but he must finish Bobcat before any other rank is awarded. Note that Cub Scouts do not go back and work on ranks missed due to their age at the time of joining.
Tiger, Wolf, and Bear
For Tiger, Wolf, and Bear ranks, a Cub Scout completes seven adventures as described in the youth handbooks.“Adventures” are collections of themed, multidisciplinary activities representing approximately three den meetings of engaging content. Six of the adventures are required and one is chosen from among 39 different electives, 13 of which are available to each of these ranks. Elective and required adventures may be undertaken at the same time. As the boys finish an adventure, they are awarded a belt loop that is worn on the official Cub Scout belt. Belt loops should be presented as soon as possible. When the requirements for each rank are fulfilled, the rank badge is presented at the next pack meeting. Note that although participation with an adult partner is required for all Tiger adventures, recognition items are for the Cub Scouts only.
Webelos and Arrow of Light
Just as with the previous ranks, Cub Scouts enjoy seven adventures as they earn the Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks. For Webelos, five are required and two are elective. For Arrow of Light, four are required and three are elective. There are a total of 18 electives available that are shared for these two ranks. An adventure pin is awarded for each completed adventure. These may be worn on the Webelos colors or on the front of the Webelos cap. The boys are free to work on required and elective adventure pins at the same time. Adventure pins should be presented as soon as possible. When the requirements for the Webelos or Arrow of Light ranks are fulfilled, the rank badge is presented at the next pack meeting.
More on Webelos and Arrow of Light Adventure Pins
Many adventure pins help Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts develop interests in areas that may lead to hobbies or career choices. The Webelos and Arrow of Light den leaders and assistants, and the den chief, may handle portions of instruction during meetings. But some pins will have more meaning when a knowledgeable adventure pin “counselor” works with the boys on the requirements, providing resources, leading field trips, and giving other useful service. A parent or family member, pack leader, teacher, coach, or other adult with talents or skills related to the specific pin may serve in this capacity.
Arrow of Light
The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light Award. 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.
This award is the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform when a boy graduates into a troop.
You may see a special square knot displayed on the field uniform of adult leaders who earned the Arrow of Light as a youth.