Cub Scout Advancement

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On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses from rank to rank, learning new skills as he goes. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting has its own requirements. As you advance through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities you learn as you get older.

Arrow Points

In addition to the achievements required to earn a rank badge, there are a whole series of optional requirements, called electives.  Boys choose the electives that are of most interest and work on them either at home or at den meetings. When a boy has completed at least 10 electives in addition to the required achievements for the Tiger Cub, Wolf, or Bear ranks, he is presented with an arrow point. The first arrow point is gold, and the rest are silver. Boys can earn as many arrow points as they wish.


For more information regarding The Trail to Cub Scout Advancement, follow this link.


Academics and Sports Program


The Academics and Sports program gives Cub Scouts extra recognition activities to earn. In Academics subjects and Sports, Cub Scouts learn new skills, become better scholars, learn sportsmanship, and have fun. You can get to know a sport or an academic subject that's new to you --maybe astronomy, chess, computers, science; golf, hiking, tennis, or skateboarding to name a few in the program.


Belt loops and pins are a great way to help fulfill the aims of Scouting—build character, develop citizenship, and encourage mental and physical fitness.  Through a variety of subjects, you can stretch your mind and abilities by exploring the wonders of science, learning about the world, and expanding skills in new areas.


Besides the belt loops and pins, there are other kinds of recognitions for the Academics and Sports program. These include pocket cards, medals, trophies, and a program emblem.


For more information about the Academic and Sports Program, follow this link.


Other Awards Cub Scouts Can Earn

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award


Besides the advancement awards and the Academics and Sports belt loops and pins, Cub Scouts may earn other individual awards, including the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award, Religious Emblems, Cub Scout World Sonservation Award, Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Awareness Award, Emergency Preparedness Award, Medals, and Activity Segments.


For more information about these awards, follow this link.

To download a copy of the Cascade Pacific Council Activity Segments list, click here.


Awards For Your 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. Getting together to work on these awards is a great way to practice teamwork and to show every Cub Scout how important he is as a member of his den or pack.  Your unit could earn awards like the National Den Award, National Summertime Pack Award, Scouting's Journey to Excellence, Veterna Unit Emblem, and the William T. Hornaday Unit Award.


For more information about awards that your unit can earn, follow this link.



 Stem and NOVA Star

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.


The NOVA & Supernova Awards have taken pieces out of each program (i.e. Cub Scouts) to highlight each topic (science, technology, engineering & math). The Scout completes requirements in each category, and first earns a patch, and subsequently can earn 3 more pins. The Supernova program builds upon this, even further. Scouts can come away with increased interest and awareness of STEM in the world around them.


For more information about these awards, follow this link.



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page last updated on: 4/5/2013