Webelos Scout Program

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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 and Belt Loops and Pins at any time. The Webelos uniform has six parts.

Most Webelos Scouts are in this program for about 18 months.
Webelos Handbook, p. 4.


Important Notes for all Webelos Program Plans:

  • The Webelos Rank requires at least 3 month active participation, Fitness, Citizen, and one other activity badge.
  • The Webelos Rank can be completed by the middle of the fourth grade year.
  • The Webelos Arrow of Light Award can be earned in December of the Fifth grade year allowing transition that month to Boy Scouts.
  • By bridging December 1st, boys have the chance to participate in troop activities and fundraising before their first Boy Scout Summer Camp.
  • The actual bridging award ceremony is typically help later and often in February at the Pack's Blue and Gold Banquet.
  • The Webelos Scouts have two summers to attend Webelos Resident Camp which is tailored for their program.
  • Webelos can also attend Cub Scout Day Camp although Day Camp does not focus on Webelos program.


Plan A

See: Fast Tracks for 4th grade Webelos Scouts

Adapted from the Webelos Leader Guide

Webelos starting in September of the fourth grade year
  • Can earn to all 20 Webelos Activity Badges.
  • Meet for 18 months, bridging on December 1st of the fifth grade year.
  • Can also earn Activity Badges (pins) by working on their own.


Sample 18-Month Webelos Calendar
Month Activity Badge
Jun Traveler
Jul Aquanaut
Aug Naturalist
Sep Fitness
Oct Citizen
Nov Citizen plus a
Scholar Meeting with a Principal?
Dec Craftsman
Jan Finish Craftsman plus an
Engineer Day (with a Science Teacher?)
Feb Readyman
Mar Showman plus a
Scientist Day (with a Science Teacher?)
Apr Sportsman
May Athlete plus a
Geologist Day
Jun Forester
Jul Outdoorsman at Camp or with a troop?
Aug Family Member
Sep Communicator
Oct Artist
Nov Handyman
Dec Bridge 12/1 - now Boy Scouts!
Jan Registered as Boy Scouts
Feb Ceremony at Blue and Gold Banquet

Plan B

See: Fast Tracks for 4th grade Webelos Scouts

Adapted from the Webelos Leader Guide

Webelos starting in September of the fourth grade year
  • Can earn to all 20 Webelos Activity Badges.
  • Meet for 15 months, bridging on December 1st of the fifth grade year.
  • Can also earn Activity Badges (pins) by working on their own.


Sample 15-Month Webelos Calendar
Month Activity Badge
Sep Fitness
Oct Citizen
Nov Citizen plus a
Scholar Meeting( with a Principal?)
Dec Craftsman
Jan Finish Craftsman plus an
Engineer Day (with a Science Teacher?)
Feb Readyman
Mar Showman plus a
Scientist meeting (with a Science Teacher?)
Apr Sportsman
May Athlete plus
a Geologist Day
Jun Forester plus
an Aquanaut Day
Jul Outdoorsman at Camp or with a troop?
Aug Family Member plus a
Naturalist Day
Sep Communicator Traveler
Oct Artist
Nov Handyman
Dec Bridge 12/1 - now Boy Scouts!
Jan Registered as Boy Scouts
Feb Ceremony at Blue and Gold Banquet

Plan C

For a Webelos den that has both 4th- and 5th-graders.

See: Fast Tracks for 5th grade Webelos Scouts

Plan D

For dens with new 5th-grade Webelos Scouts.

See: Fast Tracks for 5th grade Webelos Scouts

Plan E

For a pack chartered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

See also

Webelos Den Leader portal

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