WELCOME TO CUB SCOUTING: EARNING THE BEAR RANK
A boy who is 9 years old or is in the third grade is a Bear, and his adventures are found in the Bear Handbook.
Like all other new Cub Scouts, a Bear
must first earn his Bobcat rank. After completing the requirements for
Bobcat he may go on to complete the requirements for the Wolf rank and
the many electives that are offered for his rank.
The den meeting plans for the Bear rank
adventures are found in the Bear Den Leader Guide along with other tips
and hints for running a fun Cub Scout Program.
Bear Scouts work toward the Bear rank. The Bear rank is earned by completing seven adventures as described below.
- Complete each of the following Bear required adventures with your den or family:
a. Bear Claws
b. Bear Necessities
c. Fellowship and Duty to God
d. Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
e. Grin and Bear It
f. Paws for Action
- Complete one Bear elective adventure of your den or family’s choosing.
- 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.*
*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 Bear Scout must complete the requirements as
outlined in the Bear Cub Scout Handbook. Requirement 7 of Bobcat and
requirement 3 of Bear are identical. If a Cub Scout earns his Bobcat
rank during the same year that he begins working on his Bear rank, he
needs to complete the requirement only one time.
A parent, guardian, or other caring
adult acknowledges the completion of each achievement part by signing
the boy’s handbook (Akela’s OK). The den leader also signs each boy’s
handbook (Den Leader’s OK) and records progress in the den’s advancement
records. The Bear Scouts also keep track of their own advancement using
the Adventure Tracking section in the back of their handbooks, and
under the guidance of the den leader, they can also keep a record of
their individual progress on a den advancement chart and den doodle.
should encourage each den to deliver a year-round program, drawing from
both required adventures to support rank advancement and elective
adventures to support program enrichment. Elective adventures may be
earned during den activities, by a boy with the participation of his
family, and during council and district sponsored program opportunities.
There is no required order in which adventures must be earned. The
sequence is left to the discretion of the den leader and Cubmaster.
After a boy earns the Bear badge, he
will continue to meet with his den, working on additional elective
adventures until he completes third grade (or turns 10 years old) and
becomes a Webelos Scout.