|Cub Scout Webelos Rank|
oval Webelos Badge introduced in 2001
The Webelos Scout program is for boys who have completed third grade or are age 10 but have not yet completed fifth grade or reached age 11 1/2. Pronounced "WEE-buh-los", the word "Webelos" means WE'll BE LOyal Scouts. After earning the Bobcat badge, a boy may earn the Webelos badge by completing requirements lised below.
The Webelos Scouts program is filled with activities and outdoor fun for boys in the fourth or fifth grade. Everything in the Webelos Scout program is more challenging than the things the younger boys in the pack do. Webelos Scouts are still Cub Scouts who take part in Cub Scout pack meetings, events, and outings. But the Webelos den also makes its own plans and enjoys many activities that the younger Cub Scouts don't get to do.
Instead of working on achievements and electives as other boys in Cub Scouting do, Webelos Scouts work on activity badges and the Arrow of Light Award, which is a bridge to Boy Scouting.
Webelos Scout requirements
To earn the Webelos badge, you must complete the requirements below.
Webelos Activity Badges
|Webelos Activity Badges|
Webelos Activity Badges are colorful metal emblems that may be pinned to the Webelos Colors or the Webelos cap (this is a per-Pack decision).
| Webelos Activity Badge Worksheets|
Worksheets can help you organize notes, listen actively, find resources, and document your work.
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program
A number of Webelos Activity Badges require completion of a Cub Scout Belt Loop. There are also a number of overlaps between the requirements.
- Sportsman has a number of Belt Loop options: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bicycling, Bowling, Flag Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Marbles, Physical Fitness, Roller Skating, Snow Sports, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ultimate, and Volleyball.
Earning Loops and Pins multiple times
|— Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide #34299B, p.4 and Cub Scout Leader Book, p. 31-1.|
Other awards available to Webelos Scouts
- See also: Cub Scout Awards
- Conservation Good Turn Award
- Donor Awareness Patch
- Emergency Preparedness Award
- Interpreter Strip
- Leave No Trace Award (replaced by the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award, although some Councils still stock the patch in their store and allow it to be eared -- contact your local Scout store and inquire)
- National Summertime Award
- Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award
- Outdoor Activity Award
- Recruiter Strip
- Shooting Sports (Archery, BB Gun, Slingshot)
- Religious Emblems
- Hornaday award
- World Conservation Award (available to Wolf through Arrow of Light ranks)
- Honor Awards
History of the Webelos Program
In the spring of 1954, the Webelos Den was created for 10½ year olds who had earned the Lion Rank. It was thought that this would keep the interest of the older boys and smooth the transition into Boy Scouts. They utilized the newly published Lion-Webelos handbook.
In 1967, the Lion rank was eliminated and was replaced with the Webelos rank, which retained the "Arrow of Light"-style badge design of the former Webelos Award and consisted of a new set of achievements and experiences to better prepare older boys for Boy Scouting. The Webelos colors and activity badges were also introduced at this time, originally numbering 15. Between 1967 and 1972, the Cub Scout uniform only displayed two diamond shaped patches, Wolf and Bear, side by side, with the Webelos rank badge on the pocket flap.
In late 1971 or early 1972, the old Webelos rank badge was slightly altered and was renamed to the Arrow of Light, with a significant change in the requirements. In 1977, a new diamond-shaped Webelos rank badge was introduced.
When the grade-based rank system was phased in in 1986, the age for beginning Tiger Cubs was lowered to First grade, and Webelos Scouts became a two year program aimed at 4th and 5th graders. Five new activity badges were added to the Webelos Scout Book in 1987, and the two-year Webelos Scout program became official in 1988.
In 2001, the current oval Webelos rank badge was introduced. This badge may be worn either on the blue uniform in place of the rank badge diamond, or on the tan uniform like a Boy Scout rank badge.
Webelos Den Leader Resources
- Webelos Activity Badge Worksheets
- Webelos Den Leader
- Webelos Den Leader Award
- Fast Tracks on the Advancement Trail: BSA-produced den meeting plans
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