Bear Scout

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MeritBadge.Org provides resources for Bear Cub Scout requirements, Electives,
Belt Loop & Pin Workbooks, Awards, & Den Leader Fast Tracks Den Meeting plans.
Special topics include Flag Ceremonies, Knots, Pinewood Derby, and Cub Scout Resident Camp.

Bear Rank

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

The Bear 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 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 Scout uniform has six parts.


Bear Scout requirements

  1. Complete each of the six required Adventures.
  2. In addition to the six required adventures listed previously, complete at least one elective Adventure of your den or family's choosing.
  3. With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide.
  4. Earn the Cyber Chip award for your age.[1]


  1. The Cyber Chip portion of this requirement may be waived by your parent or guardian if you do not have access to the internet.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Bear Cub Scout Handbook, 2017 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #646429)

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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

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

Bear Electives

Main article: Bear Electives

Once the rank badge has been earned, Bear Cub Scouts may complete elective requirements to earn Arrow Points. Achievements that were not used to earn the Bear badge may be used as electives; but, unused parts of the achievements that were used for the Bear badge may not be counted towards Arrow Points. Here are two examples:

  • The Scout uses Achievement 5. "Sharing Your World with Wildlife", and completes 5.a, b, c, and e toward earning the Bear badge. After earning the Bear badge, the Scout cannot go back and complete 5.d, and count that as an elective.
  • The Scout does not use Achievement 4. "Tall Tales", as an achievement toward the Bear badge; then, 4.a, b, and c can count as electives for a total of three toward an arrow point.

Related achievements, electives, or other awards


The Bear 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
  • 8d. Trace your family...or talk to a grandparent... - See Heritages Belt Loop & Pin requirement #5
9. Cooking - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
Emergency Preparedness Awards
Emergency Preparedness-related awards

11g. BSA: Bullying Prevention and Intervention Tips for Scout Leaders and Parents

12 Family Outdoor Adventure - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
15. GAMES, GAMES, GAMES! - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award and Authentic Indian Games
16. BUILDING MUSCLES - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
  • 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
19. Completion of this Achievement is an excellent opportunity to teach knife safety and helps Cub Scouts earn the Whittling Chip through a Whittling Chip Course
21. Build a Model
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

Template:Belt Loop and Pin statement

Other awards available to Bear Scouts

See also: Cub Scout awards
Unit awards

Bear 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.

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 Fundraising
Medical Exam Forms: Annual Health and Medical Record Age-Appropriate Guidelines More forms…

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