The Lion scout is the introductory rank to Cub Scouts. Lions (age 5) wear an official t-shirt and are then exposed to the Cub Scout Pack. After earning their Lion patch, they transition to the Tiger Cub rank and wear their first uniform.
To begin his/her path to the Tiger rank, the Tiger (age 7 or in first grade) must learn the Cub Scout promise, the Cub Scout sign, and the Cub Scout salute. When s/he has learned these, s/he gets his Bobcat emblem. S/he wears the emblem on his right pocket.
The Wolf rank is for scouts who have finished first grade (or who are 8 years old). To earn the Wolf badge, a scout must pass 7 achievements. Their parent or guardian approves each achievement by signing his/her book. When the scout has met all requirements, the Wolf badge is presented to his/her parent or guardian at the next pack meeting.
The Bear rank is for boys who have finished second grade (or 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.
After completing the third grade, a Cub Scout graduates with ceremony into a Webelos den. This is a special den for scouts in the fourth or fifth graders or who are 10 years old. The Webelos Scout program is more challenging to the older scout. As a fifth grader or at age 10, s/he may earn Cub Scouting’s highest award – the Arrow of Light.
For more information on Cub Scout advancement see: