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. The Bobcat requirements include demonstrating his understanding of Scouting's core values and being able to recite the Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack and Motto. Additionally he must be able to demonstrate the Cub Scout sign, Handshake and Salute.
The Tiger cub (age 7) must learn the Cub Scout promise, Cub Scout sign and Cub Scout salute, When he has accomplished this he will be awarded his Tiger immediate recognition emblem. This is a Tiger Paw with four strands for attaching the beads that he will earn. The Tiger Paw goes on the right pocket. As a boy completes each part of the achievements he will be awarded either an orange bead(Den Activities), white bead(Family Activities), black bead(go see it activities). When the boy has earned five beads of each color he is eligible to receive his Tiger Badge. The Wolf rank is for boys who have completed the first grade or who are 8 years old.
To earn the Wolf Badge a boy must pass 12 achievements involving simple physical and mental skills. His parent or guardian approves each achievement by signing his book. After he has earned the Wolf Badge a boy is encouraged to work on the 22 Wolf electives until he completes the second grade, or turns 9 years old. For completing 10 elective projects he earns a Gold Arrow point to wear under the Wolf Badge. Each additional 10 electives completed earns a Silver Arrow Point.
The Bear rank is for boys who have completed the second grade or are 9 years old. There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories and boys must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear Badge. When the boy has earned the Bear Badge he may work on electives for credit toward Arrow Points to be worn under the Bear Badge. There are over a 100 elective projects a Cub Scout can work on aimed at kindling his interest in new hobbies as well as teaching him new skills that will be useful in his later years.
Webelos dens are for boys who have completed third grade or are age 10. The Webelos den program is different from the Cub Scout den program as instead of being based on a monthly theme, the Webelos program is based on one of twenty Webelos activities. These activities are broken into five categories with four activities in each category. In addition to earning the individual activity pins a scout can earn compass points(East, West, North and South) which can be earned after earning seven activity pins.
The pinnacle of Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light Award. The requirements for this badge include developing outdoor skills, gaining an understanding of the values of scouting and preparing to become a Boy Scout. The Arrow of Light is the only award presented at an Annawon Council ceremony and is the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on a Boy Scout uniform.
The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program is a supplemental enrichment program that complements the existing Cub Scout program. The academics subjects and sports activities allow boys to learn new techniques, increase scholarship skills, develop sportsmanship, and have fun. Emphasis is on introducing a boy to a sport or academic subject, allowing him to participate in it and encouraging him to do his best. The academics and sports program focuses on learning and skill development, not winning. The main goal is to try something new and see if you like it. There are only three specific requirements for each belt loop in a particular activity. As a Cub scout completes these requirements he is encouraged to do his best to learn about the activity. Once a scout has earned his belt loop he can stop and go on to another activity or he may decide to continue with the activity and earn an activity pin by meeting additional requirements. Both the belt lops and pins are intended to be worn with the uniform. These activities can be done, individually, with the family, in the den or at school. Please use the following links to attain descriptions of each of the belt loops offered:
Academic Belt Loop / Pin Program:
Sports Belt Loop / Pin Program: