How do the badges and belt loops work in Cub Scouts?
There are many things a cub scout can earn. Here’s a little summary.
1. Bobcat Badge Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelo books have information in the front about earning their Bobcat Badge. This is the first badge you earn as a cub scout before receiving any other award or rank.
2. Den Badge Each pack has 5 Dens: Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelo I and Webelo II. The cub scouts are in their respective Dens and will follow the trail for their den. 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. The achievements on their trail is in their book and many of them are done at the scout meetings. However, many must also be done with the scout and their family outside of the meetings. The very end of the book has Trail Summary. The Trail Summary is a pictorial summary of all the achievements and the number of steps that are required to be completed. Wolves and Bears also have an
Arrow Point Trail after the Trail Summary. The scout can earn arrow points by completing elective activities. Webelos earn Compass Point Emblems and can also work toward the Arrow of Light, the highest achievement a cub scout can earn.
3. Progress Toward Ranks The Wolf and Bear dens may also choose to use some of the activities they work on through the year to earn their Progress Toward Ranks beads. This is a way for the kiddos to get more immediate recognition of progress.
4. Belt Loops Children can earn academic and sports loops in an area of interest anytime. The information about the loops is found on a website. When your scout earns a loop, let your den leader know, so they can request the award. http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Cub_Scout_Belt_Loops_and_Pins
5. Pins Similar to loops, pin information is found on a website and your scout can work on them anytime. The pin is a step deeper on many of the same topics as the belt loops. http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Cub_Scout_Belt_Loops_and_Pins
6. Cub Scout World Conservation Award The requirements to earn this award are toward the end of the Cub Scout’s book.
7. Leave No Trace Awareness Award The requirements to earn this award are toward the end of the Cub Scout’s book.
8. The Webelos Program is more challenging than Tiger, Wolf, and Bear programs for younger Cub Scouts. Webelos Scouts take part in Cub Scout pack meetings and activities as well as Webelos den meetings, activities, and outdoor fun. Webelos Scouts can earn Webelos Activity Badges and Belt Loops and Pins at any time.
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