links, and cross-references for related Cub Scout Belt Loops & Pins and Cub Scout Awards.
Important resources include the Webelos Program and Fast Tracks Den Meeting plan.
|This page in a nutshell: Webelos is an 18 month program for boys in fourth and fifth grades.|
|Cub Scout Webelos Rank|
oval Webelos Badge introduced in 2001
The Webelos Scout Program prepares boys who have completed third grade or are age 10 but have not yet completed fifth grade or reached age 11 1/2 to bridge into a troop. 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 and Arrow of Light Award. Shorter Webelos Scout Programs are available for Webelos who start in fifth grade to earn their Arrow of Light in as little as six months.
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/Webelos & Arrow of Light Adventure Pins and Belt Loops and Pins at any time. The Webelos uniform has six parts.
|— Webelos Handbook, p. 4.|
Webelos Scout requirements
To earn the Webelos badge, you must complete the requirements below.
| A FREE workbook for Webelos Scout is available here! |
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
|meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of|
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
Webelos Rank Requirement Resources
3. Meaning of the Webelos badge
4. the three special parts of the Webelos Scout uniform - When to wear the uniform - When not to wear the uniform
5. Fitness - Citizen - Other activity badges
6. Flag Ceremonies
7. Requirements to be a Boy Scout
- a. See the Scout Badge Workbook for diagrams of the Scout sign, salute, and handshake.
- b. See the Scout Badge Workbook for the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto, and Scout Slogan.
- c. See the Scout Badge Workbook for the Outdoor Code.
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
- Pro Archer
- Pro Marksman
- Recruiter Strip
- 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.
Webelos Den Leader Resources
- Nameplates - Official BSA Name plates for your uniforms.
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|Medical Exam Forms:||Annual Health and Medical Record 34605||Age-Appropriate Guidelines|