The Cub Scout advancement plan provides fun for the boys, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with boys on advancement projects. Requirements become progressively more challenging at each age level, matching the increased skills and abilities of a boy as he grows older.
- Bobcat – All boys must earn the Bobcat badge prior to completion of the badge for their age group.
- Tiger Cub – First grade (or 7 years old)
- Wolf – Second grade (or 8 years old)
- Bear – Third grade (or 9 years old)
- Webelos – Fourth and fifth grades (or 10 years old)
- Arrow of Light Award – After the Webelos badge
Other Cub awards and recognition
For the boys: Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award, Religious Emblems, Cub Scout World Conservation Award, Leave No Trace Awareness Award, Emergency Preparedness Award, and medals for competing in Cub Scout derbies, field days, and other competitive events can win medals to wear on their uniform.
Academics and Sports: The Academics and Sports program gives Cub Scouts extra activities to do. In Academics subjects and Sports, Cub Scouts learn new skills, become better scholars, learn sportsmanship, and have fun.
For den and pack: Just as Cub Scouts can earn individual awards for themselves, they can also work together to earn awards for their whole den or their pack. National Den Award, National Summertime Pack Award, National Quality Unit Award, William T. Hornaday Unit Award
For the family: This program was designed to help families accomplish worthy goals while building and strengthening relationships among family members. All family members are encouraged to participate and may earn the award.
Cub Leader Recognition
Emergency Preparedness Award, Leave No Trace Awareness Award, Trained Leader Emblem
Cub Scout Leader Recognition Awards
Recognition awards are available to Cub Scout leaders who complete training, tenure, and performance requirements.