Cub Scouting Information & Resources

Cub Scouts do fun things with other kids! They get to wear a cool uniform, go places, and see things. They play all kinds of sports and build things, like race cars and bird houses. Want to learn a secret code? Want to learn about wild animals? Go Cub Scouting!

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Being a Cub Scout

  • What Is Cub Scouting?
    Cub Scouting is fun! No matter what grade you are in, first through fifth, it can be a blast. Do you like to learn by doing? This is just the place. You can learn to tie knots, set up a tent, shoot a bow and arrow (archery). Have you ever cooked a meal on a campfire? Sent a secret code to a buddy? Built a birdhouse? Played Ultimate? Hiked? Earn rewards for doing these things in Cub Scouts.

    Cub Scouts Belong to Packs and Dens

    As a Cub Scout, you will be part of your own pack.

    The pack is divided into smaller groups called dens. Each den has about six to eight boys. All of the Cub Scouts in your den are in the same grade and may even go to the same school.

    The Cub Scout pack belongs to a church, a school, or some other group of people in your community or neighborhood. This group makes sure your pack has good adult leaders, a place to meet, and exciting things to do. The group gets help from the Boy Scouts of America, which is part of Scouting around the world.

    Cub Scouts Do Things and Go Places

    Have you been to the local police station and talked to the policemen on duty? Or visited the fire station and sat in the driver’s seat of the pumper truck? Or visited the local TV station and sat in the news anchor’s chair? These are some of the places you might go with your den or pack.

    You might also build a pinewood derby car and race it on the track, build a sailboat or trimaran and race it in the raingutter regatta, or build a spaceship and race it to the stars in the pack space derby.

    Cub Scouts Earn Awards

    Each time you complete an accomplishment or learn a new skill, you will be rewarded. Sometimes the reward is a bead or a patch. Sometimes it is a smile on your parents’ faces to see you grow and learn.

  • Cub Scout Values
    Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. These elements were part of the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub Scouting todayCharacter development should extend into every aspect of a boy’s life. Character development should also extend into every aspect of Cub Scouting. Cub Scout leaders should strive to use Cub Scouting’s 12 core values throughout all elements of the program—service projects, ceremonies, games, skits, songs, crafts, and all the other activities enjoyed at den and pack meetings

    Cub Scouting’s 12 Core Values

    1. Citizenship:
    Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities.
    2. Compassion:
    Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others.
    3. Cooperation:
    Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal
    4. Courage:
    Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.
    5. Faith:
    Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God.
    6. Health and Fitness:
    Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit.
    7. Honesty:
    Telling the truth and being worthy of trust.
    8. Perseverance:
    Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.
    9. Positive Attitude:
    Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations.
    10. Resourcefulness:
    Using human and other resources to their fullest.
    11. Respect:
    Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.
    12. Responsibility:
    Fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves.
    12 Core Values and
    the Scout Law
    Boy Scouts learn and strive to live by the Scout Law:A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.  Many of the core values of Cub Scouting relate directly to the Scout Law:
    Core Value Scout Law
    Compassion Kind
    Cooperation Helpful
    Courage Brave
    Health and Fitness Clean
    Honesty Trustworthy
    Positive Attitude Cheerful

    Character can be defined as the collection of core values by an individual that leads to moral commitment and action.

    Character development should challenge Cub Scouts to experience core values
    in six general areas: God, world, country, community, family, and self.

    Character is “values in action.”

    Character ConnectionsTM

    The goals of the Cub Scout leader are

    • to seek out and maximize the many opportunities to incorporate character development
    • to convince the young Cub Scout that character is important to the individual, to his family, community, country, world, and God

    Character development should not be viewed as something done occasionally as part of a separate program, or as part of only one area of life. For in reality, character development is a part of everything a Cub Scout does. Character development lessons can be found in every aspect of the Cub Scouting experience.

    When it comes to developing character, the complete person must be considered. Character development involves at least three critical areas:

    1. Know (thought)
    2. Commit (feeling)
    3. Practice (behavior)

    In Cub Scouting, addressing these three critical areas and relating them to values is referred to as Character Connections.

    Character Connections asks the Cub Scout to:


    Character development includes moral knowledge—both awareness and reasoning. For example, children must understand what honesty means and they must be able to reason about and interpret each situation, and then decide how to apply the principles of honesty.

    What do I think or know about the core value? How does the context of this situation affect this core value? What are some historical, literary, or religious examples representing the core value?


    Character development includes attention to moral motivation. Children must be committed to doing what they know is right. They must be able to understand the perspectives of others, to consider how others feel, and to develop an active moral conscience.

    Why is this core value important? What makes living out this core value different? What will it take to live out this core value?


    Character development includes the development of moral habits through guided practice. Children need opportunities to practice the social and emotional skills necessary for doing what is right but difficult, and to experience the core values in their lives.

    How can I act according to this core value? How do I live out this core value? How can I practice this value at school, at home, and with my friends?

    To make Character Connections an integral part of Cub Scouting, the 12 core values are being integrated throughout the boys’ handbooks and advancement program. Program support for character development can be found in Cub Scout Program Helps, in the Cub Scout Leader Book, and at your monthly roundtable meetings.


    • Core values are the basis of good character development.
    • Character must be broadly defined to include thinking, feeling, and behavior.
    • Core values should be promoted throughout all phases of life.

Things Cub Scouts Do

  • Blue and Gold Banquets
    Most Cub Scouts celebrate Scouting Anniversary Week in February with a “birthday party” called the blue and gold banquet. In nearly all packs, the blue and gold banquet is the highlight of the year. It brings families together for an evening of fun and cheer. It’s often the pack meeting for February.The purpose of the blue and gold banquet is to celebrate the pack’s anniversary, thank pack leaders and other adults who have helped the pack, and inspire the leaders, Scouts, and parents. Packs often like to invite former members and other Scouting or community leaders to take part in their blue and gold banquet.The banquet can be like a regular pack meeting, with songs, skits, stunts, and awards. Or it can be something different and a little more special. Your pack may decide to bring in an entertainer such as a magician or a storyteller. Or you could have a video or slide show of what the pack did over the past year.
  • Cub Scout Camping
    Camping takes you on exciting adventures into the natural world. You’ll learn to live with others in the out-of-doors. You’ll learn to be a good citizen of the outdoors.Camping is fun, and it’s good for your mind, body, and spirit. It helps you learn to rely on yourself—on your own skills and knowledge. When you go camping as a Cub Scout, you get skills you will learn and use more, later, as a Boy Scout.Cub Scout camping has day camps, resident camps, Webelos den overnight campouts, family camps, and pack overnighters.

    Day Camps

    Day camp lasts for one day to five days. It’s for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts. Day camps are held during the day or early evening. Campers do not stay overnight.

    Resident Camps

    At resident camps, Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts camp overnight. Every year, the resident camp has a different theme and different adventures. Examples of themes are Sea Adventure, Space Adventure, Athletes, Knights, Circus Big Top, American Indian Heritage, Folklore, and the World Around Us.

    Webelos Den Overnight Campouts

    Webelos dens go on overnight campouts. Each Webelos Scout camps with his parent or guardian. The campers learn the basics of Boy Scout camping, under the direction of the Webelos den leader. Sometimes, leaders from a Boy Scout troop may join you.

    Webelos dens also have joint overnight campouts with a Boy Scout troop. Each Webelos Scout has a parent or guardian with him on these joint campouts, too.

    Council-Organized Family Camps

    Family camps are overnight camps for more than one Cub Scout pack. You may hear these events called “parent-pal weekends” or “adventure weekends.” Each Cub Scout and Webelos Scout camps with a parent or guardian.

    Pack Overnighters

    Packs on their own can hold overnight campouts for the families in the pack. Cub Scouts’ brothers and sisters can go on these pack overnighters. In most cases, each Scout will camp with a parent or guardian. Every young camper is responsible to a specific adult.

  • Cub Scout Derbies
    Racing in a Cub Scout derby is great fun. You’ll get to design your racing vehicle, work with a parent to build it, and see it perform on race day. Win or lose, you’ll take pride in having done your best. When you race in a Cub Scout derby, you learn craft skills, the rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship—things you will remember all your life.

    Types of Derbies

    The main types of derbies are the pinewood derby, raingutter regatta, space derby, and Cubmobile derby.

    Pinewood Derby

    The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Most packs have a pinewood derby every year. It can be run indoors or outdoors. Every boy can design and build his own “grand prix” car to enter in the race.

    Raingutter Regatta

    In the raingutter regatta, boats race down a narrow channel. There are two versions. The wind-powered version uses sailboat designs, and the boats are blown down the channel. The propeller-powered version uses motorboats driven by propeller.

    Space Derby

    Another popular family-son project is the space derby. It’s like the pinewood derby except the models are miniature rockets. The rockets “fly” along a heavy line that hangs in the air. They’re driven by propellers powered by rubber bands.

    Cubmobile Derby

    Each den works together to build a “Cubmobile,” a pint-sized racing vehicle. Each den has one racer, and each Cub Scout in the den races in the car once. Usually, a ramp helps start the cars, and they roll downhill to the finish line. The race is held on a smooth street that slopes downhill.

    Kits and supplies for the pinewood derby, raingutter regatta, and space derby are available from the national Supply Division. See their Web site at .

    Competition and Prizes

    Each family that competes in a Cub Scout derby follows a set of simple, easy rules. The winners get prizes, and every boy is recognized for taking part. Always remember that in Cub Scouting, it’s more important to “Do Your Best” than to come in first. The big thing about a derby isn’t the competition or the prizes. It’s the fun you and your family will have.

    You can find more about derbies in the Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Guidebook No. 33721.

  • Outings and Field Trips
    Excursions and field trips provide some of the most exciting parts of Scouting. Cub Scouts enjoy many outdoor experiences as they participate in the variety of activities that can be held outside, such as field trips, hikes, nature and conservation experiences, and outdoor games.

    Field Trips

    Boys enjoy visiting museums, business establishments, parks, and other attractions. Here are some suggestions:

    • How Things Are Made – Visit manufacturing plants such as aircraft, automotive, appliance, or electronic firms; chemical, paper, plastic, paint, furniture, or toy plants; and handicrafts or other small-craft industries.
    • How Your City Runs – Visit power, water, and sewage plants; a gas company; police and fire stations; city hall; municipal buildings; the county jail; a telephone company; the post office; the Red Cross; hospitals; newspaper plants; and radio, television, and weather stations.
    • How Your City Is Fed – Visit truck and dairy farms, flour mills, and bakeries; food processing, canning, or bottling plants; stockyards and meat or poultry packing houses; a fish hatchery; beverage, candy, and ice-cream companies; markets; and food distributors.
    • Learn About Your Heritage – Visit art galleries, museums, and memorials; celebrated old homes, monuments, and other historic sites; places of worship; civic centers; important local buildings; summer theaters and band concerts; and local historical celebrations.

    When these field trips are coordinated with the monthly theme or activity badge, they can help bring learning to life by allowing boys to experience firsthand the things they have been learning about.

    “Go See It”

    In keeping with the Tiger Cub motto “Search, Discover, Share,” Tiger Cubs and their adult partners should go on a Go See It outing each month. The Go See It may fulfill part of a Tiger Cub advancement requirement. By going on these outings, Tiger Cubs can learn about such things as their community or nearby communities, places where adults work, community services (fire, police, hospital, etc.), nature centers, animal care facilities, and other places of interest to young boys.

    A well-planned Go See It will benefit everyone involved, providing an opportunity for boys and adults to acquire new interests and knowledge;develop a deeper understanding of and respect for other people; reinforce their attitudes of good citizenship, such as courtesy and kindness; and have fun.


    A hike is a journey on foot, usually with a purpose, a route, and a destination. Tiger Cub and Cub Scout dens will enjoy short hikes, and Webelos dens will have several opportunities for taking hikes related to activity badge requirements.

    Here are some suggestions for different types of hikes:

    • Homes Hike – Look for spider webs, nests, holes, and other homes in nature. Make a list.
    • Stop, Look, and Listen Hike – Hike for a specified length of time or for a certain number of steps. Then stop and write down all that you see and hear. Make several stops.
    • Puddle Hike – Hike in a gentle rain or just after a rain, with boys wearing appropriate rain gear. See how animals and insects take cover from the weather.
    • Penny Hike – Flip a coin to see which direction you will go. Flip the coin at each intersection or fork in the road or trail.
    • Color Hike – Look for objects of preselected colors. Make a list.
    • Historical Hike – Hike to an historical spot. Know the history before going on the hike.
    • City Hike – Look for scraps of nature between cracks in the sidewalk. Look at the buildings for various architectural details—carvings, cornices, etc. A vacant lot can provide a lot of interest; even one overturned rock can reveal surprises.

    Games and Sports

    Outdoor games and sports provide opportunities for teaching boys skills of good sportsmanship, including following rules, taking turns and sharing, gettingalong with others, and fair play. They provide the opportunity for every Cub Scout to learn the basic skills of a sport, game, or competition while learning good sportsmanship and habits of personal fitness in an environment where participation and doing one’s best are more important than winning.

    For suggestions and instructions on games that could be played outside, see the Cub Scout Leader How-To Book and theCub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide.

    Planning Field Trips and Excursions

    When planning a trip or excursion for your den or pack, keep the following guidelines in mind:

    • Make sure that all activities are age-appropriate. Especially for pack excursions, which include boys of various ages, make sure there’s something that appeals to everyone.
    • While it’s OK to include some activities just for the fun of it, make sure the featured event of an excursion relates to the monthly theme or activity badge.
    • Refer to the Guide to Safe Scouting to ensure that all activities are conducted in a safe manner.
    • Be sure to file the proper forms and permits. A tour plan is recommended whenever the den travels to a place other than its regular meeting place (even for short in-town trips) and an informed consent form (permission slip) should be signed by the parent or guardian of every boy.
  • Service Projects
    Doing service projects together is one way that Cub Scouts keep their promise “to help other people.” While a Scout should do his best to help other people every day, a group service project is a bigger way to help people. While you’re giving service, you’re learning to work together with others to do something that’s good for your community.Service projects may help the natural world, the community, or the chartered organization. Here are some service activities Cub Scouts can do.
    1. Helping the natural world
      • Pick up litter around your neighborhood.
      • Clean up trash by a stream.
      • Plant seedlings or flowers.
      • Recycle glass, paper, aluminum, or plastic.
      • Make bird feeders.
    2. Helping the community
      • Give a flag ceremony for a school.
      • Collect food for food banks.
      • Make cards for a care center.
      • Clean up a church parking lot.
      • Shovel snow or rake leaves for seniors.
      • Hand out voting reminders.
      • Hand out emergency procedure brochures.
      • Recycle family newspapers.
    3. Helping the chartered organization
      • Do a cleanup project.
      • Plant and care for trees.
      • Conduct a flag ceremony.
      • Help set up for a special event.
      • Hand out programs or bulletins at a meeting of the organization.

    These are only a few ideas for service projects. Can you think of others? Share your ideas with the members and leaders of your den.

Your Uniform and Awards

  • Your Cub Scout Uniform
    When you see someone in a uniform you know they belong to a specific group. A policeman wears a uniform and so does a Doctor and a fireman. As a Cub Scout you will wear a uniform too. If you are in 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade you will wear a blue shirt, blue pants, and a neckherchief in the correct color, orange for Tigers, yellow for Wolfs, and blue for Bears. Don’t forget the Webelos. Some Webelos will wear the blue shirt and some will wear the khaki shirt, the same one the Boy Scouts wear. All Webelos will wear the Webelos Neckerchief which is yellow, blue, and red plaid. The blue and yellow is to remind them they are still in a Pack and the red is to remind them they will be moving to Boy Scouts soon.There are other parts of the uniform: pants, belt, socks and a hat. If you wear the blue shirt you wear the blue pants and the hat for your den. If you wear the khaki shirt you will wear green pants but still wear the hat for your den (Webelos hat).
  • The Advancement Trail
    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.


    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 Cub, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. A boy must complete the Bobcat requirements, which include:

    • Learn and say the Cub Scout motto, the Cub Scout Promise, and the Law of the Pack and tell what they mean;
    • Show the Cub Scout sign, salute, and handshake and tell what they mean; and
    • Show that you understand and believe that it is important to be honest and trustworthy.


    Tiger Cub

    To begin his path to the Tiger Cub rank, the Tiger Cub (age 7) must learn the Cub Scout promise, the Cub Scout sign, and the Cub Scout salute. When he has learned these, he gets his Tiger Cub emblem, which is a tiger paw with four strings for beads. He wears the emblem on his right pocket.

    As a boy finishes each part of the five Tiger Cub achievements, he earns an orange bead (for den activities), a white bead (for family activities), or a black bead (for “Go See Its”). When the boy has earned five beads of each color, he can receive his Tiger Cub badge. The Tiger Cub badge is given to the boy’s adult partner at a pack meeting. Then, during a grand ceremony, the adult gives the badge to the boy.



    The Wolf rank is for boys who have finished first grade (or who are 8 years old). To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass 12 achievements. His parent or guardian approves each achievement by signing his book. When the boy has met all requirements, the Wolf badge is presented to his parent or guardian at the next pack meeting. During an impressive ceremony, the parent or guardian then presents the badge to the boy.

    After he has earned the Wolf badge, a Wolf Cub Scout can work on the 23 Wolf electives until he finishes second grade (or turns 9 years old). He can choose from more than 100 elective projects that may show him new hobbies and teach him skills that will be useful during his Boy Scout years. When he completes 10 elective projects, he earns a Gold Arrow Point to wear under the Wolf badge. For each 10 elective projects after that, he earns a Silver Arrow Point.



    The Bear rank is for boys who have finished second grade (or are 9 years old). There are 24 Bear achievements in four groups. A boy must complete 12 of the achievements to be a Bear Cub Scout. These requirements are harder and more challenging than those for the Wolf badge. When a boy has earned his Bear badge, he may work on electives to earn Arrow Points to wear under his Bear badge.



    Webelos dens are for boys who have completed third grade (or reached age 10). The Webelos den program is different from the Cub Scout den program. Everything in the Webelos Scout program is more challenging than what younger boys in the pack do. Webelos Scouts get to work on the 20 Webelos activity badges:


    Physical Skills

    • Aquanaut
    • Athlete
    • Fitness
    • Sportsman

    Mental Skills

    • Artist
    • Scholar
    • Showman
    • Traveler

    • Citizen
    • Communicator
    • Family Member
    • Readyman


    • Craftsman
    • Engineer
    • Handyman
    • Scientist
    Outdoor Activity

    • Forester
    • Geologist
    • Naturalist
    • Outdoorsman

    Webelos Scouts work on requirements during their weekly den meetings. Once a boy learns a skill, he practices it at den meetings and at home on his own. His family helps him at home. Webelos Scouts bring the projects they do at home to the den meetings to show others, and to have the Webelos den leader approve their projects.

    When a boy has done the requirements for an activity badge, the Webelos den leader or activity badge counselor, rather than a parent, approves most of the activity badges. It takes three activity badges, including Fitness and Citizen, to earn the Webelos badge.

    Besides earning activity badges, Webelos Scouts can earn the compass points emblem. This emblem is awarded after a Webelos Scout has earned seven activity badges. For each four activity badges a Webelos Scout earns after that, he receives a compass point—east, west, north, and south.


    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. Adult leaders who earned the Arrow of Light Award when they were young may also show their achievement by wearing a special square knot on their adult uniform.

  • Academics and Sports Program
    The Academics and Sports program gives Cub Scouts extra recognition activities to earn. In Academics subjects and Sports, Cub Scouts learn new skills, become better scholars, learn sportsmanship, and have fun. You can get to know a sport or an academic subject that’s new to you –maybe astronomy, chess, computers, science; golf, hiking, tennis, or skateboarding to name a few in the program.Belt loops and pins are a great way to help fulfill the aims of Scouting—build character, develop citizenship, and encourage mental and physical fitness.  Through a variety of subjects, you can stretch your mind and abilities by exploring the wonders of science, learning about the world, and expanding skills in new areas.This is a chance to try something new, do your best, and earn recognition all at the same time.

    Academics and Sports Belt Loops

    You earn a belt loop to wear with your uniform when you complete three specific requirements for each Academics or Sports activity. You can take part in three ways: (1) by yourself or with your family, (2) in your den or pack, or (3) in school.

    Art Astronomy Chess Citizenship Collecting
    Communicating Computers Disability Awareness Family Travel Geography
    Geology Good Manners Heritages Language and Culture Map and Compass
    Mathematics Music Nutrition Pet Care Photography
    Reading and Writing Science Video Games Weather Wildlife Conservation

    Additional Recognitions

    Besides the belt loops and pins, there are other kinds of recognitions for the Academics and Sports program. These include pocket cards, medals, trophies, and a program emblem.

    For all of your recognition needs visit your Local council service center, Scout Shop or online at .

    Download Academics Den Recognition Report 

    Download Sports Den Recognition Report 

    Academics and Sports Letter and Pins

    Once you have earned the belt loop, you can stop. But if you want to do more with the activity, you may complete extra requirements to earn a pin.

    A good place to display Academics and Sports pins is on the Academics and Sports letter. You can wear the letter on a sweater or a jacket, or display or frame it. The letter does not go on the Cub Scout uniform. There are no special requirements for earning the letter, because it’s just for displaying the pins.

    Archery Badminton Baseball Basketball BB Gun
    Bicycling Bowling Fishing Flag Football Golf
    Gymnastics Hiking Hockey Horseback Riding Ice Skating
    Kickball Marbles Physical Fitness Roller Skating Skateboarding
    Snow Ski and Board Sports Soccer Softball Swimming Table Tennis
    Tennis Ultimate Volleyball

    * Loops and pins for archery and BB-gun shooting can be earned only in day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or at council activities where there is properly trained supervision, and all guidelines for BSA shooting sports are implemented. Archery and BB-gun shooting belt loops and pins cannot be earned at the pack, den, or individual level. Requirements therefore are not included.

  • Other Awards You Can Earn
    Besides the advancement awards and the Academics and Sports belt loops and pins, Cub Scouts may earn other individual awards. Set your sights on these:

    Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

    Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award. This award recognizes the Scout for taking part in outdoor recreation and conservation projects. In many cases, you can earn this award while doing other Scouting activities. Click here for more information about this award.

    Religious Emblems

    To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, many religious groups have programs for young people to earn a religious emblem. The Boy Scouts of America approves of these programs and allows the religious emblems to be worn on the official uniform.

    For a list of emblems programs, and a list of awards provided by each faith or religious group, see the Religious Emblems Programs page.

    Cub Scout World Conservation Award

    Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award by earning the Forester, Naturalist, and Outdoorsman activity badges and taking part in a den or pack conservation project.

    Cub Scouting’s Leave No Trace Awareness Award

    Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people take better care of the environment and protect it for future generations. Cub Scouts and their leaders may earn the Leave No Trace Awareness Award. Click here for more information.

    Emergency Preparedness Award

    “Emergency preparedness” means being ready for all kinds of emergencies. It means you’re ready and able to help in times of trouble to save lives and property and to help a community—or even a nation—get back to normal after a disaster happens. To encourage Scouts of all ages to be prepared for emergencies, the BSA has approved an Emergency Preparedness Award program for members of all ages. To learn more about the award requirements and to download an application form, visit the Emergency Preparedness Award page.


    Cub Scouts who compete in Cub Scout derbies, field days, and other competitive events can win medals to wear on their uniform.

    Spirit of the Eagle Award

    The Boy Scouts of America has created the Spirit of the Eagle Award as an honorary, posthumous special recognition for a registered youth member who has lost his or her life in an accident or through illness.

    Spirt of the Eagle Application 

  • Awards for Your Den and Pack
    Just as Cub Scouts can earn individual awards for themselves, they can also work together to earn awards for their whole den or their pack. Getting together to work on these awards is a great way to practice teamwork and to show every Cub Scout how important he is as a member of his den or pack.

    National Den Award

    The National Den Award recognizes dens that have a quality, year-round program. The award goes to dens that do service and conservation projects, Cub Scout Academics and Sports, field trips, character building, and camping. Dens earn the award as a team, not as individual den members. The recognition is a ribbon for the den flag or den doodle.

    National Summertime Pack Award

    A pack can earn the National Summertime Pack Award by doing three pack activities when school is out for the summer—one activity each in June,July, and August. Packs that qualify get a colorful streamer for their packflag. Dens that have at least half of their members at the three summer pack events can earn a den ribbon. Pack members who take part in all three events are eligible for the National Summertime Pack Award pin, to wear on the right pocket flap of their uniform.

    If a pack is in a “year-round school” (or is part of a home-school association), the pack could earn the Summertime Pack Award by having a special pack activity during school breaks.

    Scouting’s Journey to Excellence

    “Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s new council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is replacing the Centennial Quality Awards Program as a means of encouraging excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. Please click here to learn more about Scouting’s Journey to Excellence.

    Veteran Unit Emblem

    This emblem is a gold embroidered bar worn by boys and adult leaders of packs that have been chartered 50 years or longer. It is worn just below the council patch, above and touching the pack numeral.

    William T. Hornaday Unit Award

    The Hornaday Awards program encourages learning about natural resources, conservation, and the environment. Respecting the outdoors is an important part of Scouting. Scouts learn to understand and take care of naturalresources and to protect the environment.

    A Cub Scout pack may earn this award by doing a big, special conservation project. More than half of the pack’s members must take part. This award isgranted through the Conservation Service of the BSA National Council. Packs must apply for the award through their local council.

Youth Literature

  • Tiger Cub Handbook
    This book is for Tiger Cubs and their adult partners. It tells about the Tiger Cub program; gives information about dens, leaders, uniforms, and advancement; and includes ideas for planning a den program. After that are the advancement activities—achievements and electives. Finally, there are sections on Cub Scouting’s Leave No Trace Awareness Award, the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program, the BSA Family program, and the Bobcat requirements and moving into a Wolf Cub Scout den.The Cub Scout Tiger Cub Handbook (item number 34713) is available at your local council service center or wherever Scouting merchandise is sold. Visit  to find a list of Scouting retailers near you.
  • Wolf Handbook
    Boys who are in the second grade or who are 8 years old are members of a Wolf den. Working with their parents, these Scouts earn their Bobcat badge, then start along the trail to Wolf rank.The Wolf Handbook gives the 12 achievements that a boy must pass to earn the Wolf badge. It also has electives that a Wolf Cub Scout can work on to earn Arrow Points. There are chapters, too, on the Cub Scout World Conservation Award, Cub Scouting’s Leave No Trace Awareness Award, and Cub Scout Academics and Sports. The “Get Set for Bear” chapter helps a Wolf Cub Scout move along the advancement trail to the next rank in Cub Scouting.The Cub Scout Wolf Handbook (item number 33450) is available at your local council service center or wherever Scouting merchandise is sold. Visit to find a list of Scouting retailers near you.
  • Bear Handbook
    Boys who are in the third grade or who are 9 years old join a Bear Cub Scout den. Those who join the Bear den without having been a Wolf Cub Scout must earn the Bobcat badge. Then all the Cub Scouts in the den work their way along the trail to earn their Bear badge.Compared to the things that Wolf Cub Scouts do, the trail of the Bear is a little harder. For these older Cub Scouts, the activities for advancement and achievement are more challenging. The Bear Handbook has 24 Bear achievements, 12 of which a Cub Scout must complete to earn his Bear badge. The book also gives instructions for 25 electives, which a Bear Cub Scout may work on to earn Arrow Points.
    The Cub Scout Bear Handbook (item number 33451) is available at your local council service center or wherever Scouting merchandise is sold. Visit  to find a list of Scouting retailers near you.
  • Webelos Handbook
    The Webelos Scout program, for boys who are in the fourth or fifth grade, is filled with activities and outdoor fun. Everything in the Webelos Scout program is more challenging than the things the younger boys in the pack do. Webelos Scouts are still in Cub Scouting. They take part in Cub Scout pack meetings, events, and outings. But the Webelos den also makes its own plans and enjoys many activities that the younger Cub Scouts don’t get to do.Instead of working on achievements and electives as other boys in Cub Scouting do, Webelos Scouts work on activity badges and the Arrow of Light Award, which is a bridge to Boy Scouting. TheWebelos Handbook has sections that cover the 20 activity badges, divided into five groups:
    • Physical Skills
    • Mental Skills
    • Community
    • Technology
    • Outdoor

    The Webelos Handbook also tells about rank advancement and special awards that Webelos Scouts can earn.

    The Cub Scout Webelos Handbook (item number 33452) is available at your local council service center or wherever Scouting merchandise is sold. Visit to find a list of Scouting retailers near you.

  • Boys' Life Magazine
    In Boys’ Life magazine you’ll get news, nature, sports, history, stories, science, comics, and Scouting. A special edition is published just for Cub Scouts, so you can read stories and articles for your age and rank.

    Why Scouts Like Boys’ Life

    • It’s good readingBoys’ Life is a fun mix of exciting stories and useful information. Try it and you’ll see: boys like reading Boys’ Life.
    • It helps you advance fasterBoys’ Life follows the Cub Scouting program themes each month. Cub Scouts who subscribe to Boys’ Life earn rank advancements faster and more often than Cub Scouts who don’t take the magazine.
    • Your family reads it. Parents and brothers and sisters like Boys’ Life, too. Many family members read all or part of every issue.
    • It gives you more time on the Scouting trail. Scouts who subscribe to Boys’ Lifestay in Scouting longer than Scouts who don’t take the magazine—on average, two and a half times longer than non-subscribers.
    • It’s “just part of Scouting.” Boys’ Life and Scouting go together.

    To Learn More About Boys’ Life

    The Boys’ Life Web site ( ) has information about the current issue, games to play, projects to download, and more. There’s even a form you can download to subscribe. But remember that youth members can get a special subscription price—so if you’re already in Cub Scouting, contact your local council to subscribe.