The Trail through the Ranks
The Bobcat Badge is
the first rank earned by all cub scouts; no matter what grade they are
in when they enter cub scouts. The Bobcat must learn the Cub Scout Handshake, the Cub Scout Salute, and how to give the Cub Scout Sign.
As a Lion, your kindergartner will make friends, laugh loud, gain
confidence, discover nature, and most of all…have fun! He’ll experience
the Scouting concepts of character development, leadership, citizenship,
and personal fitness through engaging and exciting adventures!! Your
kindergartener will have a blast exploring the world around him in ways
that fuel his imagination and creativity. Together, you’ll take his
first steps down the path to success. Adventure awaits. (Our Pack is participating in the Pilot Program.)
Tiger Cubs is an exciting introduction to the
scouting program for first grade boys (or 7 years old). The first step
along the Boy Scout Trail is laid here and each rank advancement through
the scouting program builds on the basic categories of activity done as
tigers to earn the Tiger Badge.
Next, the Wolf Badge is
earned by boys who have completed first grade, or who are eight years
old. After a boy earns his Wolf badge, he works on Wolf Electives which
consist of special projects and activities. Completing them allows him
to earn Arrow Points to display on his uniform under his Wolf badge.
The Bear Badge
can be earned by boys who have completed second grade, or who are nine
years old. One of the Bear achievements involves earning the Whittling
Chip wallet card. Earning this card shows that a Bear has learned the
fundamentals of knife safety. After earning the Bear badge, a special
collection of age-appropriate Bear Electives are also available to allow
Bear Cub's to earn Arrow Points too!
The Webelos Badge is for
boys who have completed third grade, or who are ten years old. This is a
two year rank. As he works his way through the first year, he completes
achievements in the Webelos Scout Book and works on Activity
Badges--pins instead of patches. Activity badges are sorted into five
discipline-related groups. They are: the Community Group, the Mental
Skills Group, the Outdoor Group, the Physical Skills Group, and the
Technology Group. Activity Badges can be displayed on the front of the
Webelos cap or on the Webelos Colors. The Webelos rank is the first step
in a boy's transition towards a Boy Scout troop. During his second
year, the den becomes a patrol and the patrol begins to become familiar
with the Boy Scout requirements.
As a boy works on the Arrow of Light, he gets a chance to practice
some Scout skills that he has already learned, earn more Activity
Badges, and REALLY learn what a Boy Scout is. Because this award is so
special, a special ceremony is performed by the Pack at the Blue and
Gold Banquet in March or at the End of Year Campout.