Cub Scout Ranks


Lion patchThe 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.


Tiger patchTo 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.




Wolf patch

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: