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Special topics include Flag Ceremonies, Knots, Pinewood Derby, and Cub Scout Resident Camp.

Cub Scout Bear Rank

Bear Badge
Target age group:3rd grade
Created:1930
Current status:Active
Latest Requirements Revision:2003
Latest Handbook Revision:#33451
Previous rank:
Wolf Cub Scout
Next rank:
Webelos Scout

The Bear Cub Scout program is for boys who have completed second grade (or are age 9). After earning the Bobcat badge, a boy may earn the Bear badge by completing 12 achievements in four different categories: God, Country, Family, and Self.

Often, den meeting activities enable the Bear Cub Scouts to complete requirements toward an award or rank. The den leader can initial the requirement in the boys' handbooks, but it must also be signed by a parent or guardian to indicate the requirement has been completed. The Den Chief helps lead the meetings. The Denners and Assistant Den Leaders lead Opening and Closing flag ceremonies and help with setup and cleanup.

After he has earned the Bear badge, a boy is encouraged to work on any of 100 Bear Electives projects. When he completes 10 elective projects, he earns a Gold Arrow Point to wear under the Bear badge. For each additional 10 elective projects completed, he earns a Silver Arrow Point.

Bear Cub Scouts can complete Belt Loops and Pins at any time. The Bear Cub Scout uniform has six parts.


Contents



Bear Cub Scout requirements

2014-2015 Requirements

GOD

Do ONE of the following:

1. Ways We Worship

(Bear Handbook - Page 26)

Complete both requirements.
a. Complete the Character Connection for Faith.
  • Know. Name some people in history who have shown great faith. Discuss with an adult how faith has been important at a particular point in his or her life.
  • Commit. Discuss with an adult how having faith and hope will help you in your life, and also discuss some ways that you can strengthen your faith.
  • Practice. Practice your faith as you are taught in your home, church, synagogue, mosque, or religious fellowship.
b. Make a list of things you can do this week to practice your religion as you are taught in your home, church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious community. Check them off your list as you complete them.

2. Emblems of Faith

(Bear Handbook - Page 30)

Complete the requirement.
a. Earn the religious emblem of your faith.

COUNTRY

Do THREE of the following:

3. What Makes America Special?

(Bear Handbook - Page 34)

Do requirements (a) and (j) and any two of the other requirements.
a. Write or tell what makes America special to you.
b. With the help of your family or den leader, find out about two famous Americans. Tell the things they did or are doing to improve our way of life.
c. Find out something about the old homes near where you live. Go and see two of them.
d. Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your town or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.
e. Choose a state; it can be your favorite one or your home state. Name its state bird, tree, and flower. Describe its flag. Give the date it was admitted to the Union.
f. Be a member of the color guard in a flag ceremony for your den or pack.
g. Display the U.S. flag in your home or fly it on three national holidays.
h. Learn how to raise and lower a U.S. flag properly for an outdoor ceremony.
i. Participate in an outdoor flag ceremony.
j. Complete the Character Connection for Citizenship.
  • Know. Tell ways some people in the past have served our country. Tell about some people who serve our country today. (Don't forget about "ordinary" people who serve our country.)
  • Commit. Tell something that might happen to you and your family if other people were not responsible citizens. Tell one thing you will do to be a good citizen.
  • Practice. Tell three things you did in one week that show you are a good citizen.

4. Tall Tales

(Bear Handbook - Page 42)

Do all three requirements.
a. Tell in your own words what folklore is. List some folklore stories, folk songs, or historical legends from your own state or part of the country. Play the Folklore Match Game on page 48.
b. Name at least five stories about American folklore. Point out on a United States map where they happened.
c. Read two folklore stories and tell your favorite one to your den.

5. Sharing Your World With Wildlife

(Bear Handbook - Page 50)

This elective is also part of the World Conservation Award.
Do four of the requirements.
a. Choose a bird or animal that you like and find out how it lives. Make a poster showing what you have learned.
b. Build or make a bird feeder or birdhouse and hang it in a place where birds can visit safely.
c. Explain what a wildlife conservation officer does.
d. Visit one of the following:
  • Zoo
  • Nature center
  • Aviary
  • Wildlife refuge
  • Game preserve
e. Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years. Tell why animals become extinct. Name one animal that is on the endangered species list.

6. Take Care of Your Planet

(Bear Handbook - Page 56)

Do three requirements.
a. Save 5 pounds of glass or aluminum, or 1 month of daily newspapers. Turn them in at a recycling center or use your community's recycling service.
b. Plant a tree in your yard, or on the grounds of the group that operates your Cub Scout pack, or in a park or other public place. Be sure to get permission first.
c. Call city or county officials or your trash hauling company and find out what happens to your trash after it is hauled away.
d. List all the ways water is used in your home. Search for dripping faucets or other ways water might be wasted. With an adult, repair or correct those problems.
e. Discuss with an adult in your family the kinds of energy your family uses.
f. Find out more about your family's use of electricity.
g. Take part in a den or pack neighborhood clean-up project.

7. Law Enforcement Is a Big Job

(Bear Handbook - Page 64)

Do all six requirements.
a. Practice one way police gather evidence: by taking fingerprints, or taking shoeprints, or taking tire track casts.
b. Visit your local sheriff's office or police station or talk with a law enforcement officer visiting your den or pack to discuss crime prevention.
c. Help with crime prevention for your home.
d. Be sure you know where to get help in your neighborhood.
e. Learn the phone numbers to use in an emergency and post them by each phone in your home.
f. Know what you can do to help law enforcement.

FAMILY

Do FOUR of the following:

8. The Past Is Exciting and Important

(Bear Handbook - Page 72)

Do requirement g and two other requirements.
a. Visit your library or newspaper office. Ask to see back issues of newspapers or an almanac.
b. Find someone who was a Cub Scout a long time ago. Talk with him about what Cub Scouting was like then.
c. Start or add to an existing den or pack scrapbook.
d. Trace your family back through your grandparents or great-grandparents; or, talk to a grandparent about what it was like when he or she was younger.
e. Find out some history about your community.
f. Start your own history: keep a journal for 2 weeks.
g. Complete the Character Connection for Respect.
  • Know. As you learn about how Cub Scout-age life was like for adults you know, does what you learn change what you think about them. Tell how it might help you respect or value them more.
  • Commit. Can you think of reasons others might be disrespectful to people or things you value? Name one new way you will show respect for a person or thing someone else values.
  • Practice. List some ways you can show respect for people and events in the past.

9. What's Cooking

(Bear Handbook - Page 80)

Do four requirements.
a. With an adult, bake cookies.
b. With an adult, make snacks for the next den meeting.
c. With an adult, prepare one part of your breakfast, one part of your lunch, and one part of your supper.
d. Make a list of the "junk foods" you eat. Discuss "junk food" with a parent or teacher.
e. Make some trail food for a hike.
f. With an adult, make a dessert for your family.
g. With an adult, cook something outdoors.

10. Family Fun

(Bear Handbook - Page 90)

Do both requirements.
a. Go on a day trip or evening out with members of your family.
b. Have a family fun night at home.

11. Be Ready!

(Bear Handbook - Page 96)

Do requirements a through e and requirement g. Requirement f is recommended, but not required.
a. Tell what to do in case of an accident in the home. A family member needs help. Someone's clothes catch on fire.
b. Tell what to do in case of a water accident.
c. Tell what to do in case of a school bus accident.
d. Tell what to do in case of a car accident.
e. With your family, plan escape routes from your home and have a practice drill.
f. Have a health checkup by a physician (optional).
g. Complete the Character Connection for Courage.
  • Know. Memorize the courage steps: Be brave, Be calm, Be clear, and Be careful. Tell why each courage step is important. How will memorizing the courage steps help you to be ready?
  • Commit. Tell why it might be difficult to follow the courage steps in an emergency situation. Think of other times you can use the courage steps. (Standing up to a bully is one example.)
  • Practice. Act out one of the requirements using these courage steps: Be brave, Be calm, Be clear, and Be careful.

12. Family Outdoor Adventure

(Bear Handbook - Page 106)

This achievement is also part of Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Award.
Do three requirements.
a. Go camping with your family.
b. Go on a hike with your family.
c. Have a picnic with your family.
d. Attend an outdoor event with your family.
e. Plan your outdoor family day.

13. Saving Well, Spending Well

(Bear Handbook - Page 112)

Do four requirements.
a. Go grocery shopping with a parent or other adult member of your family.
b. Set up a savings account.
c. Keep a record of how you spend money for 2 weeks.
d. Pretend you are shopping for a car for your family.
e. Discuss family finances with a parent or guardian.
f. Play a board game with your family that involves the use of play money.
g. With an adult, figure out how much it costs for each person in your home to eat one meal.

SELF

Do FOUR of the following:

14. Ride Right

(Bear Handbook - Page 118)

Do requirement (a) and three other requirements.
a. Know the rules for bike safety. If your town requires a bicycle license, be sure to get one.
b. Learn to ride a bike, if you haven't by now. Show that you can follow a winding course for 60 feet doing sharp left and right turns, a U-turn, and an emergency stop.
c. Keep your bike in good shape. Identify the parts of a bike that should be checked often.
d. Change a tire on a bicycle.
e. Protect your bike from theft. Use a bicycle lock.
f. Ride a bike for 1 mile without rest. Be sure to obey all traffic rules.
g. Plan and take a family bike hike.

15. Games, Games, Games!

(Bear Handbook - Page 126)

Do two requirements.
a. Set up the equipment and play any two of these outdoor games with your family or friends. (Backyard golf, Badminton, Croquet, Sidewalk shuffleboard, Kickball, Softball, Tetherball, Horseshoes, Volleyball)
b. Play two organized games with your den.
c. Select a game that your den has never played. Explain the rules. Tell them how to play it, and then play it with them.

16. Building Muscles

(Bear Handbook - Page 130)

Do all three requirements.
a. Do physical fitness stretching exercises. Then do curl-ups, push-ups, the standing long jump, and the softball throw.
b. With a friend about your size, compete in at least six different two-person contests. (Many examples in book.)
c. Compete with your den or pack in the crab relay, gorilla relay, 30-yard dash, and kangaroo relay.
NOTE TO PARENTS: If a licensed physician certifies that the Cub Scout's physical condition for an indeterminable time doesn't permit him to do three of the requirements in this achievement, the Cubmaster and pack committee may authorize substitution of any three Arrow Point electives.

17. Information, Please

(Bear Handbook - Page 136)

Do requirement (a) and three more requirements.
a. With an adult in your family, choose a TV show. Watch it together.
b. Play a game of charades at your den meeting or with your family at home.
c. Visit a newspaper office, or a TV or radio station and talk to a news reporter.
d. Use a computer to get information. Write, spell-check, and print out a report on what you learned.
e. Write a letter to a company that makes something you use. Use e-mail or the U.S. Postal Service.
f. Talk with a parent or other family member about how getting and giving facts fits into his or her job.

18. Jot It Down

(Bear Handbook - Page 140)

Do requirement h and four other requirements.
a. Make a list of the things you want to do today. Check them off when you have done them.
b. Write two letters to relatives or friends.
c. Keep a daily record of your activities for 2 weeks.
d. Write an invitation to someone.
e. Write a thank-you note.
f. Write a story about something you have done with your family.
g. Write about the activities of your den.
h. Complete the Character Connection for Honesty.
  • Know. Tell what made it difficult to be clear and accurate as you wrote details and kept records, and tell what could tempt you to write something that was not exactly true. Define honesty.
  • Commit. Tell why it is important to be honest and trustworthy with yourself and with others. Imagine you had reported something inaccurately and tell how you could set the record straight. Give reasons that honest reporting will earn the trust of others.
  • Practice. While doing the requirement for this achievement, be honest when you are writing about real events.

19. Shavings and Chips

(Bear Handbook - Page 146)

Do all four requirements.
a. Know the safety rules for handling a knife.
b. Show that you know how to take care of and use a pocketknife.
c. Make a carving with a pocketknife. Work with your den leader or other adult when doing this.
d. Earn the Whittling Chip card.

20. Sawdust and Nails

(Bear Handbook - Page 152)

Do all three requirements.
a. Show how to use and take care of four of these tools. (Hammer, Hand saw, Hand drill, C-clamp, Wood plane, Pliers, Crescent wrench, Screwdriver, Bench vise, Coping saw, Drill bit)
b. Build your own tool box.
c. Use at least two tools listed in requirement (a) to fix something.

21. Build a Model

(Bear Handbook - Page 156)

Do requirement g and two other requirements.
a. Build a model from a kit.
b. Build a display for one of your models.
c. Pretend you are planning to change the furniture layout in one of the rooms in your home.
d. Make a model of a mountain, a meadow, a canyon, or a river.
e. Go and see a model of a shopping center or new building that is on display somewhere.
f. Make a model of a rocket, boat, car, or plane.
g. Complete the Character Connection for Resourcefulness.
  • Know. Review the requirements for this achievement and list the resources you would need to complete them. Then list the materials you could substitute for items that you do not already have. Tell what it means to be resourceful.
  • Commit. After you complete the requirements for this achievement, list any changes that would make the results better if you did these projects again. Tell why it is important to consider all available resources for a project.
  • Practice. While you complete the requirements for this achievement, make notes on which materials worked well in your projects and why.

22. Tying It All Up

(Bear Handbook - Page 162)

Do five requirements.
a. Whip the ends of a rope.
b. Tie a square knot, bowline, sheet bend, two half hitches, and slip knot. Tell how each knot is used.
c. Learn how to keep a rope from tangling.
d. Coil a rope. Throw it, hitting a 2-foot square marker 20 feet away.
e. Learn a magic rope trick.
f. Make your own rope.

23. Sports, Sports, Sports

(Bear Handbook - Page 170)

Do all five requirements.
a. Learn the rules of and how to play three team sports.
b. Learn the rules of and how to play two sports in which only one person is on each side.
c. Take part in one team and one individual sport.
d. Watch a sport on TV with a parent or some other adult member of your family.
e. Attend a high school, college, or professional sporting event with your family or your den.

24. Be a Leader

(Bear Handbook - Page 174)

Do requirement f and two other requirements.
a. Help a boy join Cub Scouting, or help a new Cub Scout through the Bobcat trail.
b. Serve as a denner or assistant denner.
c. Plan and conduct a den activity with the approval of your den leader.
d. Tell two people they have done a good job.
e. Leadership means choosing a way even when not everybody likes your choice.
f. Complete the Character Connection for Compassion.
  • Know. Tell why, as a leader, it is important to show kindness and concern for other people. List ways leaders show they care about the thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Commit. Tell why a good leader must consider the ideas, abilities, and feelings of others. Tell why it might be hard for a leader to protect another person's well-being. Tell ways you can be kind and compassionate.
  • Practice. While you complete the requirements for this achievement, find ways to be kind and considerate of others.

2015-2016 Requirements

  1. Complete each of the following Bear required adventures with your den or family:
    a. Bear Claws
    b. Bear Necessities
    c. Fellowship and Duty to God
    d. Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
    e. Grin and Bear It
    f. Paws for Action
  2. Complete one Bear elective adventure of your den or family’s choosing.
  3. With your parent or adult partner, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide, and earn the Cyber Chip award for your age.*

*If your family does not have Internet access at home AND you do not have ready Internet access at school or another public place or via a mobile device, the Cyber Chip portion of this requirement may be waived by your parent or guardian.

Bear CORE Adventure Requirements

Bear Adventure: Bear Claws

  1. Learn about three common designs of pocketknives.
  2. Learn knife safety and earn your Whittling Chip.
  3. Using a pocketknife, carve two items.

Bear Adventure: Bear Necessities

  1. While working on your Bear badge, camp overnight with your pack. If your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your den or pack.
  2. Attend a campfire show, and participate by performing a song or skit with your den.
  3. Make a list of items you should take along on your campout.
  4. Make a list of equipment that the group should bring along in addition to each Scout’s personal gear.
  5. With your den, plan a cooked lunch or dinner that is nutritious and balanced. Make a shopping list, and help shop for the food. On a campout or at another outdoor event, help cook the meal and help clean up afterward.
  6. Help your leader or another adult cook a different meal from the one you helped prepare for requirement five. Cook this meal outdoors.
  7. Help set up a tent. Pick a good spot for the tent, and explain to your den leader why you picked it.
  8. Demonstrate how to tie two half hitches. Explain what the name means and what the hitch is used for.
  9. Learn how to read a thermometer and a barometer. Keep track of the temperature and barometric pressure readings and the actual weather at the same time every day for seven days.

Bear Adventure: Fellowship and Duty to God

Do either requirement 1 OR requirement 2.

  1. Earn the religious emblem of your faith.
  2. Complete 2a and at least two of requirements 2b–2d.
    a. Working with a parent or guardian, spiritual advisor, or religious leader, provide service to help a place of worship or spiritual community, school, community organization, or chartered organization that puts into practice your ideals of duty to God and strengthens your fellowship with others.
    b. Name some people in history who have shown great faith in God as they worked to make our world a better place. Discuss with an adult one or more of the characteristics of a person you admire, and make a plan to develop one of the selected characteristics in yourself. Share your plan with your family, and carry it out for two weeks.
    c. Make a list of things you can do to practice your duty to God as you are taught in your home or place of worship or spiritual community. Select two of the items, and practice them for two weeks.
    d. Attend a religious service, den or pack meeting worship service, or time of family reflection and discussion about your family’s beliefs.

Bear Adventure: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

  1. While hiking or walking for one mile, identify six signs that any animals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living nearby the place where you choose to hike.
  2. Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years. Tell why the animal became extinct. Name one animal that is on the endangered species list. Visit a government website to learn about endangered species in your area.
  3. Visit one of the following: zoo, wildlife refuge, nature center, aviary, game preserve, local conservation area, wildlife rescue group, or fish hatchery. Describe what you learned during your visit.
  4. Observe wildlife from a distance. Describe what you saw.
  5. Use a magnifying glass to examine plants more closely. Describe what you saw through the magnifying glass that you could not see without it.
  6. Learn about composting and how vegetable waste can be turned into fertilizer for plants.
  7. Plant a vegetable or herb garden.

Bear Adventure: Grin and Bear It

  1. Play a challenge game or initiative game with the members of your den. Take part in a reflection after the game.
  2. Working with the members of your den, organize a Cub Scout carnival and lead it at your pack meeting.
  3. Help younger Cub Scouts take part in one of the events at the Cub Scout carnival.
  4. After the Cub Scout carnival, discuss with the members of your den and your den leader what went well, what could be done better, and how everyone worked together to make the event a success.
  5. Make and present an award to one of the adults who helped you organize the activities at the Cub Scout carnival.

Bear Adventure: Paws for Action

  1. Do the following:
    a. Find out about two famous Americans. Share what you learned.
    b. Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your community, town, or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.
    c. Learn about our flag. Display it at home for one month. Say the Pledge of Allegiance and learn its meaning.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Visit a local sheriff’s office or police station, or talk with a law enforcement officer visiting your den. During the visit, take turns with your den members asking questions that will help you learn how to stay safe.
    b. During or after your visit with a law enforcement officer, do at least two of the following:
    i. Practice one way police gather evidence by taking fingerprints, taking a shoe print, or taking tire track casts.
    ii. Make a list of emergency numbers to post in your home, and keep a copy with you in your backpack or wallet.
    iii. With your family, develop a plan to follow in case of an emergency, and practice the plan at least three times. Your family can determine the emergency, or you can develop several plans.
    iv. Discuss with your parent or another adult you trust any worries you have about your safety or a friend’s safety.
    v. If you have younger brothers and sisters, make sure they know how to call for help in an emergency.
  3. Do the following:
    a. Learn about the energy your family uses and how you can help your family decrease its energy use.
    b. Do a cleanup project that benefits your community.

Bear ELECTIVE Adventure Requirements

Bear Elective Adventure: Baloo the Builder

  1. Discover which hand tools are the best ones to have in your tool box. Learn the rules for using these tools safely. Practice with at least four of these tools before beginning a project.
  2. Learn the steps of planning a building project and how to read the instructions or drawings.
  3. Select and build one useful project and one fun project using wood.
  4. Learn how to finish a wood project.

Bear Elective Adventure: A Bear Goes Fishing

  1. Discover and learn about three types of fishes in your area. Draw a color picture of each fish, record what each one likes to eat, and describe what sort of habitat each likes.
  2. Learn about your local fishing regulations with your leader or a parent or guardian. List three of the regulations you learn about and one reason each regulation exists.
  3. Learn about fishing equipment, and make a simple fishing pole. Practice casting at a target 30 feet away. Teach what you have learned to someone in your family, another Scout, or one of your friends.
  4. Go on a fishing adventure, and spend a minimum of one hour trying to catch a fish. Put into practice the things you have learned about fish and fishing equipment.

Bear Elective Adventures: Bear Picnic Basket

  1. Do the following:
    a. Create your own Bear Cookbook using at least five recipes you can cook or prepare either on your own or with some adult help. Include one page with information about first aid. You should include one recipe for a breakfast item, one for lunch, and one for dinner, and two recipes for nutritious snacks.
    b. Demonstrate an understanding of meal planning, cooking tools, cooking safety, and how to change the amounts in a recipe.
    c. Go on a grocery shopping trip with your den or with an adult. Check the price of different brands of one single item, and compare the price of a ready-made item with the price of the same item you would make yourself.
  2. Do the following:
    a. With the help of an adult, select one food item, and follow a recipe to prepare it for your family in your kitchen. Once you have eaten, ask everyone what they liked or didn’t
    like. Explain what you would do differently next time. Make notes on your recipe of changes you want to make so you will remember them the next time you cook. Clean up after the preparation and cooking.
    b. With the help of an adult, select one food item, and follow a recipe to prepare it outdoors for your family or den. Once you have eaten, ask everyone what they liked or didn’t like. Explain what you would do differently next time. Make notes on your recipe of changes you want to make so you will remember them the next time you cook. Clean up after the preparation and cooking.
  3. Select and prepare two nutritious snacks for yourself, your family, or your den.

Bear Elective Adventure: Beat of the Drum

  1. Learn about the history and culture of American Indians who lived in your area at the time of European colonization.
  2. Write a legend.
  3. Make a dream catcher.
  4. Make a craft.
  5. Make a drum. Once your drum is complete, create a ceremonial song.
  6. Visit an Order of the Arrow dance ceremony or American Indian event within your community.
  7. Learn about ceremonial dances and learn dance steps.
  8. Create a dance.

Bear Elective Adventure: Critter Care

  1. Care for a pet for two weeks. Make a list of tasks you did to take care of the pet. If you do not have a pet, research one that you would like to have and write about the care it needs.
  2. Learn more about your pet or a pet you would like to have. List three interesting facts that you learned about your pet.
  3. Make a poster about your pet or a pet you would like to own. Share your poster with your den, pack, or family.
  4. Do your best to train a pet to perform a trick or follow a simple command, and explain how you trained it. (If your pet is a hermit crab, fish, snake, or the like, you may skip this requirement.)
  5. Tell three ways that animals can help people.
  6. Tell what is meant by an animal being “rabid.” Name some animals that could have rabies. Explain what you should do if you are near an animal that might be rabid.
  7. Visit with a local veterinarian or animal shelter caretaker. Find out what types of animals he or she might see on a regular basis. Ask what type of education is needed to become a veterinarian or shelter caretaker. Why did he or she choose to pursue this career?

Bear Elective Adventure: Forensics

  1. Talk with your family and den about forensics and how it is used to help solve crimes.
  2. Analyze your fingerprints.
  3. Learn about chromatography and how it is used in solving crimes. Do an investigation using different types of black, felt-tip markers. Share your results with your den.
  4. Do an analysis of four different substances: salt, sugar, baking soda, and cornstarch.
  5. Make a shoe imprint.
  6. Visit the sheriff’s office or police station in your town. Find out how officers collect evidence.
  7. Learn about the different jobs available in forensic science. Choose two, and find out what is required to work in that field. Share what you learned with your den.
  8. Learn how animals are used to gather important evidence. Talk about your findings with your den.

Bear Elective Adventure: Make It Move

  1. Create an “exploding” craft stick reaction.
  2. Make two simple pulleys, and use them to move objects.
  3. Make a lever by creating a seesaw using a spool and a wooden paint stirrer. Explore the way it balances by placing different objects on each end.
  4. Do the following:
    a. Draw a Rube Goldberg–type machine. Include at least six steps to complete your action.
    b. Construct a real Rube Goldberg–type machine to complete a task assigned by your den leader. Use at least two simple machines and include at least four steps.

Bear Elective Adventure: Marble Madness

  1. Discuss with your family and den the history of marbles, such as where and when the game began. Talk about the different sizes of marbles and what they are made of and used for.
  2. Learn about three different marble games, and learn to play the marble game “ringer.” Learn how to keep score. Learn and follow the rules of the game. Play the game with your family, friends, or your den.
  3. Learn four or five words that are used when talking about marbles. Tell what each of the words means and how it relates to playing marbles. Share this information with your den.
  4. With the help of an adult, make a marble bag to hold marbles.
  5. With your den or family, make a marble obstacle course or marble golf course. Share what you create. Invite everyone to go through your course.
  6. Create your own game using marbles, and design rules for playing the game. Share the game you created with your den, family, or friends. Explain the rules and how to play the game.
  7. With your den or family, create a marble race track. Have at least two lanes so you can race your favorite marbles against each other.
  8. Make a marble maze.

Bear Elective Adventures: Roaring Laughter

  1. Think about what makes you laugh. Write down three things that make you laugh.
  2. Practice reading tongue twisters.
  3. Create your own short story. Remove some nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs from the story, leaving blanks. Without telling the story, have a friend insert his or her own nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in the story you created.
  4. With a partner, play a game that makes you laugh.
  5. Share a few jokes with a couple of friends to make them laugh.
  6. Practice at least two run-ons with your den, and perform them at a pack meeting or campfire program.

Bear Elective Adventures: Robotics

  1. Identify six tasks performed by robots.
  2. Learn about some instances where a robot could be used in place of a human for work. Research one robot that does this type of work, and present what you learn to your den.
  3. Build a robot hand. Show how it works like a human hand and how it is different from a human hand.
  4. Build your own robot.
  5. Visit a place that uses robots.

Bear Elective Adventures: Salmon Run

  1. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in boating.
  2. Identify the equipment needed when going boating.
  3. Demonstrate correct rowing or paddling form. Explain how rowing and canoeing are good exercise.
  4. Explain the importance of response personnel or lifeguards in a swimming area.
  5. Show how to do both a reach rescue and a throw rescue.
  6. Visit a local pool or swimming area with your den or family, and go swimming.
  7. Demonstrate the front crawl swim stroke to your den or family.
  8. Name the three swimming ability groups for the Boy Scouts of America.
  9. Attempt the BSA beginner swimmer classification.

Bear Elective Adventures: Super Science

  1. Make static electricity by rubbing a balloon or a plastic or rubber comb on a fleece blanket or wool sweater. Explain what you learned.
  2. Conduct a balloon or other static electricity investigation that demonstrates properties of static electricity. Explain what you learned.
  3. Conduct one other static electricity investigation. Explain what you learned.
  4. Do a sink-or-float investigation. Explain what you learned.
  5. Do a color-morphing investigation. Explain what you learned.
  6. Do a color-layering investigation. Explain what you learned.

Bear Elective Adventure: A World of Sound

  1. Make an mbira.
  2. Make a sistrum.
  3. Make a rain stick.


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Progress Toward Ranks

A complete set of Progress Toward Ranks beads for a boy who has completed both Wolf and Bear ranks.
Level:Wolf and Bear
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Progress Toward Ranks

The Progress Toward Ranks emblem is for Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts. While working toward the Wolf or Bear rank badge, Cubs receive one bead for every three achievements completed: Yellow beads for Wolf, Red beads for Bear.

The emblem is worn suspended from the right pocket flap button on the blue Cub Scout uniform shirt.



Arrow Points

Arrow Points are for boys who hold the Wolf and Bear Cub Scout Ranks. Once the rank badge has been earned, Cub Scouts may complete elective requirements to earn Arrow Points. After completing the first ten electives, a gold arrow point is awarded. Each further 10 electives will earn a silver arrow point. They are attached below the left pocket of the blue Cub Scout uniform.

Arrow Points

Example of 1 gold and 4 silver, for 50 completed electives.
Level:Wolf and Bear
Created:1930

Bear Electives

Main article: Bear Electives

Once the rank badge has been earned, Bear Cub Scouts may complete elective requirements to earn Arrow Points.


Related achievements, electives, or other awards

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The Bear Cub Scout Achievements start you on many different Belt Loops and Pins!
All registered Tiger Cubs, Wolf Cubs, Bear Cubs, and Webelos Scouts can earn Belt Loops and Pins.

1. Ways We Worship
Scout Sunday has many resources.
3. Flag Ceremonies
4. TALL TALES
5. SHARING YOUR WORLD WITH WILDLIFE
6. TAKE CARE OF YOUR PLANET
8. THE PAST IS EXCITING AND IMPORTANT
  • 8d. Trace your family...or talk to a grandparent... - See Heritages Belt Loop & Pin requirement #5
9. Cooking - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
9g. Outdoor Cooking
11. BE READY
Emergency Preparedness Awards
Emergency Preparedness-related awards
12 Family Outdoor Adventure - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
14. RIDE RIGHT
15. GAMES, GAMES, GAMES! - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
16. BUILDING MUSCLES - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
17. INFORMATION, PLEASE
18. JOT IT DOWN
  • 18b. Write two letters to relatives or friends. - See Communicating Belt Loop requirement #2
  • 18c. Keep a daily record of your activities for 2 weeks. - See Communicating Pin requirement #2
  • 18f. Write a story about something you have done with your family. - See Communicating Pin requirement #1
21. Build a Model
  • 21a or f. Build a model from a kit. - Consider making a Pinewood Derby car, Rain Gutter Regatta boat, or Space Derby rocket.
22. Tying it All Up
23. SPORTS, SPORTS, SPORTS - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

Also see the Related Requirements for Bear Electives.

Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program

All registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts can earn Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Belt Loops and Pins more than once.
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide #34299B, p.1 & 4 and Cub Scout Leader Book, p. 31-1.


Belt Loops & Pins tie directly to these requirements: Tiger / Electives, Wolf / Electives, Bear / Electives, and Webelos Activity Pins.


Other awards available to Bear Cub Scouts

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See also: Cub Scout Awards
Honor Awards

List of all Scouting Awards


Bear Cub Scout Expenses

In one weekend of Popcorn sales or other Fundraising, a Cub Scout can earn enough in his Individual Account for a year of adventures!


Bear Den Leader Resources

Cub Scout Leader portal

MeritBadge.Org is your online Scouting University with everything from Getting Started to Bridging:

  • Nameplates - Official BSA Name plates for your uniforms.

See the Cub Scout Leader Resources for the Pack Organization Chart and much more.


Cub Scout Resources
New Leader Brochures: Tiger Wolf/Bear Webelos Cubmaster
Applications & Reports: Youth Application Adult Leader Application Advancement Report Uniform
Online Training: New Leader Youth Protection Training Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat
Safety Guides: Guide to Safe Scouting Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat Climb On Safely
Other: Permission Slip Local Tour Permit National Tour Permit Fundraising
Medical Exam Forms: Annual Health and Medical Record 34605 Age-Appropriate Guidelines More forms…


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