Cub Scout Dens

On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses towards a badge of rank based on their grade. They need not have earned the previous rank in order to earn the next.  Each of the ranks in Cub Scouting has its own requirements that are age appropriate, so earning a rank below a Cub Scout’s current grade is not permitted. As a Cub Scout advances through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities they have learned.

First graders, and anyone beyond that grade who is new to Cub Scouting, complete the Bobcat Badge prior to working on their grade-specific badge of rank. Kindergartners, who are Lions, do not work on the Bobcat Badge.

Kindergarten – Lion Rank

Kindergartners work toward the Lion rank. The Lion rank is earned by completing five adventures. Although participation with an adult partner is required for all Lion awards, recognition items are for the Scouts only. 

1. Complete the five required adventures

2. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet entitled How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide. 

Outside of the requirements, Lion Scouts can also complete any number of seven elective adventures of their den’s or family’s choosing.


First Grade – Tiger Rank

First graders work toward the Tiger rank. The Tiger rank is earned by completing seven adventures. Although participation with an adult partner is required for all Tiger awards, recognition items are for the Scouts only. 

1. Complete each of the six required adventures.

2. In addition to the six required adventures, complete at least one elective adventure of your den’s or family’s choosing. 

3. With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, complete the exercises in the pamphlet entitled How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide. 

4.  Watch the Protect Yourself Rules video for 1st Grade, Tiger OR Earn the Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure for Tiger.


Second Grade – Wolf Rank

Second graders work toward the Wolf rank. The Wolf rank is earned by completing seven adventures.

1. Complete each of the six required adventures.

2. In addition to the six required adventures, complete at least one elective adventure of your den’s or family’s choosing. 

3. With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, complete the exercises in the pamphlet entitled How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide. 

4. Watch the Protect Yourself Rules video for 2nd Grade, Wolf OR Earn the Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure for Wolf. 


Third Grade – Bear Rank

Third graders work toward the Bear rank. The Bear rank is earned by completing seven adventures.

1. Complete each of the six required adventures.

2. In addition to the six required adventures, complete at least one elective adventure of your den’s or family’s choosing. 

3. With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, complete the exercises in the pamphlet entitled How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide. 

4. Watch the Protect Yourself Rules video for 3rd Grade, Bear OR Earn the Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure for Bear.


Fourth Grade – Webelos Rank

Fourth graders work toward the Webelos rank. The Webelos rank is earned by completing six adventures. Scouts who are in Cub Scouts in fourth grade must complete the Webelos rank before working towards their Arrow of Light. 

1. Be an active member of your Webelos den for three months.

2. Complete each of the five required adventures.

3. In addition to the five required adventures, complete at least one elective adventure of your den’s or family’s choosing. 

4. With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, complete the exercises in the pamphlet entitled How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide. 

5. Watch the Protect Yourself Rules video for 4th Grade, Webelos OR Earn the Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure for Webelos.


Fifth Grade – Arrow of Light Rank

Fifth graders work toward the Arrow of Light rank.  If a fourth-grade Cub Scout has completed the Webelos rank, they may begin to work on the Arrow of Light. The Arrow of Light rank is earned by completing five adventures. 

1. Be an active member of your Webelos den for at least six months since completing the fourth grade or for at least six months since becoming 10 years old.

2. Complete each of the four required adventures.

3. In addition to the four required adventures, complete at least one elective adventure of your den’s or family’s choosing. 

4. With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, complete the exercises in the pamphlet entitled How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide. 

5. Watch the Protect Yourself Rules video for 5th Grade, Arrow of Light OR Earn the Protect Yourself Rules for Arrow of Light. 

Source: https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/what-cub-scouts-earn/the-advancement-trail/.