Rank Advancement

The Cub Scout Program is designed such that each year, the Cub Scouts have Required Adventures, and a variety of Elective Adventures they can explore together.

As scouts complete the requirements for each adventure throughout the year, they will be recognized for their achievements, culminating with them receiving their rank badge at the end of the year.

Each den works towards a rank of the same name. For example, the Wolf Den (2nd graders) works towards its Wolf Rank throughout that year. Each Cub Scout rank follows a similar set of requirements, with studies across a re-occuring set of major subjects – Outdoor Skills, Nature, Community, Citizenship, Faith, and Health & Exercise.

The major topics are repeated each year with the idea that children learn best through repetition and activities targeted to their age group. Each year the adventure requirements get a little more in-depth, to match the scout’s expanding curiosity and learning capabilities.

Additionally, each year scouts “recharge” their CyberChip award – which teaches online safety and courtesy. Also, scouts have yearly “Youth Protection” conversations with their parents.

For more details about the requirements and electives available at each rank, download each PDF linked here: Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos, Arrow of Light.


Electives & NOVA Awards

In addition to the Adventures required for each rank, Cubscouts are GREATLY encouraged to explore new interests and hobbies via elective Adventures and NOVA Science Awards

Cubscouting largely happens AT HOME.  We encourage all parents to work with their scouts to explore electives each month.

Scouts are Trustworthy.  If you log in Scoutbook that you completed part or all of an Adventure with your Cubscout – we believe you.  There is no need to vet and review every Adventure earned with your den leader or pack leadership.

If you have any questions, we are always happy to help and answer.  But otherwise, we fully encourage parents to work with their scouts to pursue new and varied interests.

Please Note – NOVA Awards must be administered by a a registered NOVA Counselor.  GREAT news is that parents can sign up to be NOVA counselors.


Religious Awards

A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed these religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. Check with your den leader to obtain the curriculum booklets.

“God and Me” and “God and Family” awards will be awarded on Scout Sunday at Beth-El Church.

Note: Depending on rank, the religious award can satisfy some or all of the requirements of the faith-based adventure for that rank.  It is also one of two awards that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform as a youth or adult (the other being Arrow of Light). 

Also, each grade-level award can each be earned by a single Scout.  For example, they can earn “God and Me” once during their Tiger-Wolf-Bear years, and then earn “God and Family” once during their Webelos-AOL years.