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Cub Scout Bear Rank

Bear Badge
Target age group: 3rd grade
Created: 1930
Current status: Active
Latest Requirements Revision: 2003
Latest Handbook Revision: #33451
Previous rank:
Wolf Cub Scout
Next rank:
Webelos Scout

The Bear Cub Scout program is for boys who have completed second grade (or are age 9). After earning the Bobcat badge, a boy may earn the Bear badge by completing 12 achievements in four different categories: God, Country, Family, and Self.

Often, den meeting activities enable the Bear Cub Scouts to complete requirements toward an award or rank. The den leader can initial the requirement in the boys' handbooks, but it must also be signed by a parent or guardian to indicate the requirement has been completed. The Den Chief helps lead the meetings. The Denners and Assistant Den Leaders lead Opening and Closing flag ceremonies and help with setup and cleanup.

After he has earned the Bear badge, a boy is encouraged to work on any of 100 Bear Electives projects. When he completes 10 elective projects, he earns a Gold Arrow Point to wear under the Bear badge. For each additional 10 elective projects completed, he earns a Silver Arrow Point.

Bear Cub Scouts can complete Belt Loops and Pins at any time. The Bear Cub Scout uniform has six parts.






Bear Cub Scout requirements


Do ONE of the following:

1. Ways We Worship

(Bear Handbook - Page 26)

Complete both requirements.
a. Complete the Character Connection for Faith.
  • Know. Name some people in history who have shown great faith. Discuss with an adult how faith has been important at a particular point in his or her life.
  • Commit. Discuss with an adult how having faith and hope will help you in your life, and also discuss some ways that you can strengthen your faith.
  • Practice. Practice your faith as you are taught in your home, church, synagogue, mosque, or religious fellowship.
b. Make a list of things you can do this week to practice your religion as you are taught in your home, church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious community. Check them off your list as you complete them.

2. Emblems of Faith

(Bear Handbook - Page 30)

Complete the requirement.
a. Earn the religious emblem of your faith.


Do THREE of the following:

3. What Makes America Special?

(Bear Handbook - Page 34)

Do requirements (a) and (j) and any two of the other requirements.
a. Write or tell what makes America special to you.
b. With the help of your family or den leader, find out about two famous Americans. Tell the things they did or are doing to improve our way of life.
c. Find out something about the old homes near where you live. Go and see two of them.
d. Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your town or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.
e. Choose a state; it can be your favorite one or your home state. Name its state bird, tree, and flower. Describe its flag. Give the date it was admitted to the Union.
f. Be a member of the color guard in a flag ceremony for your den or pack.
g. Display the U.S. flag in your home or fly it on three national holidays.
h. Learn how to raise and lower a U.S. flag properly for an outdoor ceremony.
i. Participate in an outdoor flag ceremony.
j. Complete the Character Connection for Citizenship.
  • Know. Tell ways some people in the past have served our country. Tell about some people who serve our country today. (Don't forget about "ordinary" people who serve our country.)
  • Commit. Tell something that might happen to you and your family if other people were not responsible citizens. Tell one thing you will do to be a good citizen.
  • Practice. Tell three things you did in one week that show you are a good citizen.

4. Tall Tales

(Bear Handbook - Page 42)

Do all three requirements.
a. Tell in your own words what folklore is. List some folklore stories, folk songs, or historical legends from your own state or part of the country. Play the Folklore Match Game on page 48.
b. Name at least five stories about American folklore. Point out on a United States map where they happened.
c. Read two folklore stories and tell your favorite one to your den.

5. Sharing Your World With Wildlife

(Bear Handbook - Page 50)

This elective is also part of the World Conservation Award.
Do four of the requirements.
a. Choose a bird or animal that you like and find out how it lives. Make a poster showing what you have learned.
b. Build or make a bird feeder or birdhouse and hang it in a place where birds can visit safely.
c. Explain what a wildlife conservation officer does.
d. Visit one of the following:
  • Zoo
  • Nature center
  • Aviary
  • Wildlife refuge
  • Game preserve
e. Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years. Tell why animals become extinct. Name one animal that is on the endangered species list.

6. Take Care of Your Planet

(Bear Handbook - Page 56)

Do three requirements.
a. Save 5 pounds of glass or aluminum, or 1 month of daily newspapers. Turn them in at a recycling center or use your community's recycling service.
b. Plant a tree in your yard, or on the grounds of the group that operates your Cub Scout pack, or in a park or other public place. Be sure to get permission first.
c. Call city or county officials or your trash hauling company and find out what happens to your trash after it is hauled away.
d. List all the ways water is used in your home. Search for dripping faucets or other ways water might be wasted. With an adult, repair or correct those problems.
e. Discuss with an adult in your family the kinds of energy your family uses.
f. Find out more about your family's use of electricity.
g. Take part in a den or pack neighborhood clean-up project.

7. Law Enforcement Is a Big Job

(Bear Handbook - Page 64)

Do all six requirements.
a. Practice one way police gather evidence: by taking fingerprints, or taking shoeprints, or taking tire track casts.
b. Visit your local sheriff's office or police station or talk with a law enforcement officer visiting your den or pack to discuss crime prevention.
c. Help with crime prevention for your home.
d. Be sure you know where to get help in your neighborhood.
e. Learn the phone numbers to use in an emergency and post them by each phone in your home.
f. Know what you can do to help law enforcement.


Do FOUR of the following:

8. The Past Is Exciting and Important

(Bear Handbook - Page 72)

Do requirement g and two other requirements.
a. Visit your library or newspaper office. Ask to see back issues of newspapers or an almanac.
b. Find someone who was a Cub Scout a long time ago. Talk with him about what Cub Scouting was like then.
c. Start or add to an existing den or pack scrapbook.
d. Trace your family back through your grandparents or great-grandparents; or, talk to a grandparent about what it was like when he or she was younger.
e. Find out some history about your community.
f. Start your own history: keep a journal for 2 weeks.
g. Complete the Character Connection for Respect.
  • Know. As you learn about how Cub Scout-age life was like for adults you know, does what you learn change what you think about them. Tell how it might help you respect or value them more.
  • Commit. Can you think of reasons others might be disrespectful to people or things you value? Name one new way you will show respect for a person or thing someone else values.
  • Practice. List some ways you can show respect for people and events in the past.

9. What's Cooking

(Bear Handbook - Page 80)

Do four requirements.
a. With an adult, bake cookies.
b. With an adult, make snacks for the next den meeting.
c. With an adult, prepare one part of your breakfast, one part of your lunch, and one part of your supper.
d. Make a list of the "junk foods" you eat. Discuss "junk food" with a parent or teacher.
e. Make some trail food for a hike.
f. With an adult, make a dessert for your family.
g. With an adult, cook something outdoors.

10. Family Fun

(Bear Handbook - Page 90)

Do both requirements.
a. Go on a day trip or evening out with members of your family.
b. Have a family fun night at home.

11. Be Ready!

(Bear Handbook - Page 96)

Do requirements a through e and requirement g. Requirement f is recommended, but not required.
a. Tell what to do in case of an accident in the home. A family member needs help. Someone's clothes catch on fire.
b. Tell what to do in case of a water accident.
c. Tell what to do in case of a school bus accident.
d. Tell what to do in case of a car accident.
e. With your family, plan escape routes from your home and have a practice drill.
f. Have a health checkup by a physician (optional).
g. Complete the Character Connection for Courage.
  • Know. Memorize the courage steps: Be brave, Be calm, Be clear, and Be careful. Tell why each courage step is important. How will memorizing the courage steps help you to be ready?
  • Commit. Tell why it might be difficult to follow the courage steps in an emergency situation. Think of other times you can use the courage steps. (Standing up to a bully is one example.)
  • Practice. Act out one of the requirements using these courage steps: Be brave, Be calm, Be clear, and Be careful.

12. Family Outdoor Adventure

(Bear Handbook - Page 106)

This achievement is also part of Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Award.
Do three requirements.
a. Go camping with your family.
b. Go on a hike with your family.
c. Have a picnic with your family.
d. Attend an outdoor event with your family.
e. Plan your outdoor family day.

13. Saving Well, Spending Well

(Bear Handbook - Page 112)

Do four requirements.
a. Go grocery shopping with a parent or other adult member of your family.
b. Set up a savings account.
c. Keep a record of how you spend money for 2 weeks.
d. Pretend you are shopping for a car for your family.
e. Discuss family finances with a parent or guardian.
f. Play a board game with your family that involves the use of play money.
g. With an adult, figure out how much it costs for each person in your home to eat one meal.


Do FOUR of the following:

14. Ride Right

(Bear Handbook - Page 118)

Do requirement (a) and three other requirements.
a. Know the rules for bike safety. If your town requires a bicycle license, be sure to get one.
b. Learn to ride a bike, if you haven't by now. Show that you can follow a winding course for 60 feet doing sharp left and right turns, a U-turn, and an emergency stop.
c. Keep your bike in good shape. Identify the parts of a bike that should be checked often.
d. Change a tire on a bicycle.
e. Protect your bike from theft. Use a bicycle lock.
f. Ride a bike for 1 mile without rest. Be sure to obey all traffic rules.
g. Plan and take a family bike hike.

15. Games, Games, Games!

(Bear Handbook - Page 126)

Do two requirements.
a. Set up the equipment and play any two of these outdoor games with your family or friends. (Backyard golf, Badminton, Croquet, Sidewalk shuffleboard, Kickball, Softball, Tetherball, Horseshoes, Volleyball)
b. Play two organized games with your den.
c. Select a game that your den has never played. Explain the rules. Tell them how to play it, and then play it with them.

16. Building Muscles

(Bear Handbook - Page 130)

Do all three requirements.
a. Do physical fitness stretching exercises. Then do curl-ups, push-ups, the standing long jump, and the softball throw.
b. With a friend about your size, compete in at least six different two-person contests. (Many examples in book.)
c. Compete with your den or pack in the crab relay, gorilla relay, 30-yard dash, and kangaroo relay.
NOTE TO PARENTS: If a licensed physician certifies that the Cub Scout's physical condition for an indeterminable time doesn't permit him to do three of the requirements in this achievement, the Cubmaster and pack committee may authorize substitution of any three Arrow Point electives.

17. Information, Please

(Bear Handbook - Page 136)

Do requirement (a) and three more requirements.
a. With an adult in your family, choose a TV show. Watch it together.
b. Play a game of charades at your den meeting or with your family at home.
c. Visit a newspaper office, or a TV or radio station and talk to a news reporter.
d. Use a computer to get information. Write, spell-check, and print out a report on what you learned.
e. Write a letter to a company that makes something you use. Use e-mail or the U.S. Postal Service.
f. Talk with a parent or other family member about how getting and giving facts fits into his or her job.

18. Jot It Down

(Bear Handbook - Page 140)

Do requirement h and four other requirements.
a. Make a list of the things you want to do today. Check them off when you have done them.
b. Write two letters to relatives or friends.
c. Keep a daily record of your activities for 2 weeks.
d. Write an invitation to someone.
e. Write a thank-you note.
f. Write a story about something you have done with your family.
g. Write about the activities of your den.
h. Complete the Character Connection for Honesty.
  • Know. Tell what made it difficult to be clear and accurate as you wrote details and kept records, and tell what could tempt you to write something that was not exactly true. Define honesty.
  • Commit. Tell why it is important to be honest and trustworthy with yourself and with others. Imagine you had reported something inaccurately and tell how you could set the record straight. Give reasons that honest reporting will earn the trust of others.
  • Practice. While doing the requirement for this achievement, be honest when you are writing about real events.

19. Shavings and Chips

(Bear Handbook - Page 146)

Do all four requirements.
a. Know the safety rules for handling a knife.
b. Show that you know how to take care of and use a pocketknife.
c. Make a carving with a pocketknife. Work with your den leader or other adult when doing this.
d. Earn the Whittling Chip card.

20. Sawdust and Nails

(Bear Handbook - Page 152)

Do all three requirements.
a. Show how to use and take care of four of these tools. (Hammer, Hand saw, Hand drill, C-clamp, Wood plane, Pliers, Crescent wrench, Screwdriver, Bench vise, Coping saw, Drill bit)
b. Build your own tool box.
c. Use at least two tools listed in requirement (a) to fix something.

21. Build a Model

(Bear Handbook - Page 156)

Do requirement g and two other requirements.
a. Build a model from a kit.
b. Build a display for one of your models.
c. Pretend you are planning to change the furniture layout in one of the rooms in your home.
d. Make a model of a mountain, a meadow, a canyon, or a river.
e. Go and see a model of a shopping center or new building that is on display somewhere.
f. Make a model of a rocket, boat, car, or plane.
g. Complete the Character Connection for Resourcefulness.
  • Know. Review the requirements for this achievement and list the resources you would need to complete them. Then list the materials you could substitute for items that you do not already have. Tell what it means to be resourceful.
  • Commit. After you complete the requirements for this achievement, list any changes that would make the results better if you did these projects again. Tell why it is important to consider all available resources for a project.
  • Practice. While you complete the requirements for this achievement, make notes on which materials worked well in your projects and why.

22. Tying It All Up

(Bear Handbook - Page 162)

Do five requirements.
a. Whip the ends of a rope.
b. Tie a square knot, bowline, sheet bend, two half hitches, and slip knot. Tell how each knot is used.
c. Learn how to keep a rope from tangling.
d. Coil a rope. Throw it, hitting a 2-foot square marker 20 feet away.
e. Learn a magic rope trick.
f. Make your own rope.

23. Sports, Sports, Sports

(Bear Handbook - Page 170)

Do all five requirements.
a. Learn the rules of and how to play three team sports.
b. Learn the rules of and how to play two sports in which only one person is on each side.
c. Take part in one team and one individual sport.
d. Watch a sport on TV with a parent or some other adult member of your family.
e. Attend a high school, college, or professional sporting event with your family or your den.

24. Be a Leader

(Bear Handbook - Page 174)

Do requirement f and two other requirements.
a. Help a boy join Cub Scouting, or help a new Cub Scout through the Bobcat trail.
b. Serve as a denner or assistant denner.
c. Plan and conduct a den activity with the approval of your den leader.
d. Tell two people they have done a good job.
e. Leadership means choosing a way even when not everybody likes your choice.
f. Complete the Character Connection for Compassion.
  • Know. Tell why, as a leader, it is important to show kindness and concern for other people. List ways leaders show they care about the thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Commit. Tell why a good leader must consider the ideas, abilities, and feelings of others. Tell why it might be hard for a leader to protect another person's well-being. Tell ways you can be kind and compassionate.
  • Practice. While you complete the requirements for this achievement, find ways to be kind and considerate of others.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Bear Handbook, 2003 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33451)

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Progress Toward Ranks

A complete set of Progress Toward Ranks beads for a boy who has completed both Wolf and Bear ranks.
Level: Wolf and Bear

Progress Toward Ranks

The Progress Toward Ranks emblem is for Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts. While working toward the Wolf or Bear rank badge, Cubs receive one bead for every three achievements completed: Yellow beads for Wolf, Red beads for Bear.

The emblem is worn suspended from the right pocket flap button on the blue Cub Scout uniform shirt.


Arrow Points

Arrow Points are for boys who hold the Wolf and Bear Cub Scout Ranks. Once the rank badge has been earned, Cub Scouts may complete elective requirements to earn Arrow Points. After completing the first ten electives, a gold arrow point is awarded. Each further 10 electives will earn a silver arrow point. They are attached below the left pocket of the blue Cub Scout uniform.

Arrow Points

Example of 1 gold and 4 silver, for 50 completed electives.
Level: Wolf and Bear
Created: 1930

Bear Electives

Main article: Bear Electives

Once the rank badge has been earned, Bear Cub Scouts may complete elective requirements to earn Arrow Points. Achievements that were not used to earn the Bear badge may be used as electives; but, unused parts of the achievements that were used for the Bear badge may not be counted towards Arrow Points. Here are two examples:

  • The Scout uses Achievement 5. "Sharing Your World with Wildlife", and completes 5.a, b, c, and e toward earning the Bear badge. After earning the Bear badge, the Scout cannot go back and complete 5.d, and count that as an elective.
  • The Scout does not use Achievement 4. "Tall Tales", as an achievement toward the Bear badge; then, 4.a, b, and c can count as electives for a total of three toward an arrow point.

Related achievements, electives, or other awards


The Bear Cub Scout Achievements start you on many different Belt Loops and Pins!
All registered Tiger Cubs, Wolf Cubs, Bear Cubs, and Webelos Scouts can earn Belt Loops and Pins.

1. Ways We Worship
Scout Sunday has many resources.
3. Flag Ceremonies
  • 8d. Trace your family...or talk to a grandparent... - See Heritages Belt Loop & Pin requirement #5
9. Cooking - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
Emergency Preparedness Awards

Emergency Preparedness-related awards

11g. BSA: Bullying Prevention and Intervention Tips for Scout Leaders and Parents

12 Family Outdoor Adventure - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
15. GAMES, GAMES, GAMES! - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
16. BUILDING MUSCLES - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
  • 18b. Write two letters to relatives or friends. - See Communicating Belt Loop requirement #2
  • 18c. Keep a daily record of your activities for 2 weeks. - See Communicating Pin requirement #2
  • 18f. Write a story about something you have done with your family. - See Communicating Pin requirement #1
19. Completion of this Achievement is an excellent opportunity to teach knife safety and helps Cub Scouts earn the Whittling Chip
21. Build a Model
22. Tying it All Up
23. SPORTS, SPORTS, SPORTS - See Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

Also see the Related Requirements for Bear Electives.

Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program

All registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts can earn Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Belt Loops and Pins more than once.
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide #34299B, p.1 & 4 and Cub Scout Leader Book, p. 31-1.

Belt Loops & Pins tie directly to these requirements: Tiger / Electives, Wolf / Electives, Bear / Electives, and Webelos Activity Pins.



Other awards available to Bear Cub Scouts

See also: Cub Scout Awards
Honor Awards

List of all Scouting Awards

Bear Cub Den Meeting Plans

Bear Cub Scout Den Meeting Plans

Den meeting plans are developed around a Scouting program year that is presumed to begin in early September and continue through May, at which time Cub Scouts would become involved in summertime Scouting activities.

Two types of den meeting plans are offered for the den leader’s use:

  • Numbered plans: Programming for the program/school year (September through May), including rank advancement requirements for dens meeting twice a month
  • Lettered or supplemental plans: Additional programming for dens meeting year-round or more than twice per month

The den meeting plans for each rank are designed to be conducted in sequential order. Certain activities are partially completed in one meeting and finished in another. Other activities or skills are natural prerequisites for things that come later in the den’s year.

Local conditions (weather, events, etc.) or your den’s schedule may make altering the order of the den meetings attractive. As a den leader, you may change the order solong as you make sure the change does not jeopardize the boys’ opportunity to earn their rank in the allotted time or disrupt the logical order of the activities and achievements.When there is any doubt, the planned order should be used. Discuss with your Cubmaster any changes, as they may also affect pack activities.

Download Bear Cub Scout Den Meeting Planning Worksheet

Download the Bear Letter Template

Den Meeting No. Bear Den Meeting Plans Requirements/Electives Covered
*HA = Home/family assignment
1 Bobcat, The Past Is Exciting and Important, and Building Muscles Do: Bobcat 1–7. Achievements 8c, 8d, 8g, and 16a
HA*: Bobcat 8. Achievements 3b, 8d and 16a
2 What Makes America Special? and The Past Is Exciting and Important Verify: Bobcat 8. Achievement 8d
Do: Achievements 3a, 3b, 3d, 3j, 8b, and 8e.
HA: Achievement 3b
3 Ride Right Verify: Achievement 3b, 16a
Do: Achievement 14a, 14b, 14c, and 14e (14f)
4 Law Enforcement Is a Big Job (police station visit) Do: Achievement 7a–f
HA: Achievements 7c–e, 1a, and 1b
5 Ways We Worship, Law Enforcement Is a Big Job, and Sawdust and Nails Verify: Achievement 7c–e
Do: Achievements 1a, 1b, 7c–e,b20a, and 20b (20c)
HA: Achievement 20c if not done
in the den
6 Sawdust and Nails and Games, Games, Games! Verify: Achievement 20c if not done in the den
Do: Achievements 15a and 20b
7 What’s Cooking? Do: Achievement 9a, 9b, 9d, and 9e
HA: Achievement 9c
8 Be Ready! Verify: Achievement 9c
Do: Achievement 11a–e and 11g
HA: Achievement 11e
9 Building Muscles and Games, Games, Games! Verify: 11e
Do: Achievements 15b and 16a–c
HA: Achievement 13a–g (any four)
10 Saving Well, Spending Well and Games, Games, Games! Verify: Achievement 13a–g (any four)
Do: Achievement 15a–c
HA: Achievement 6a
11 The Past Is Exciting and Important and Information, Please Verify: Achievement 6a
Do: Achievements 8a, 17b, and 17c
HA: Achievement 17a and 17d if not already done
12 & 13 Sharing Your World With Wildlife Verify: Achievement 17a and 17d if not already done
Do: Achievement 5a–c and 5e.
Wildlife Conservation belt loop optional
HA: Achievements 5d and 6d–f
14 Take Care of Your Planet Verify: Achievements 5d and 6d–f
Do: Achievement 6a–g (four of seven)
15 Build a Model (pinewood derby car construction, part 1) Do: Assignment 21a PDF
16 Build a Model (pinewood derby car construction, part 2) Do: Assignment 21a PDF

Den Meeting Letter Bear Den Meeting Plans Requirements/Electives Covered
*HA = Home/family assignment
A Maps Do: Elective 23a–e PDF
B Shavings and Chips Do: Achievement 19a–d PDF
C Tying It All Up Do: Achievement 22a–e PDF
D Build a Model (rockets) Do: Achievement 21f and 21g PDF
E Magic! Do: Elective 13 PDF
F Jot It Down Do: Elective 18a, 18d, 18e,18g, and 18h PDF
G Nature Crafts Do: Elective 12a PDF
H Space Do: Elective 1c. Astronomy belt loop PDF
I Space Do: Elective 1b, 1e, and 1f PDF
J Landscaping Do: Elective 14 PDF
K Farm Animals (field trip) Do: Elective 16 PDF
L Swimming** Do: Elective 19. Swimming belt loop PDF
M Boats *** Do: Elective 5 PDF
N American Indian Life Do: Elective 24 PDF
O Build a Model Do: Achievement 21e PDF
P Family Fun Do: Achievement 10a PDF
Q Family Outdoor Adventure (den hike) Do: Achievement 12b. Hiking belt loop PDF
R Let’s Go Camping Do: Elective 25a PDF
S Tall Tales Do: Achievement 4 PDF
** Note: Using this plan requires completion by the leader(s) of Safe Swim Defense training.
*** Using this plan requires completion by the leader(s) of Safety Afloat training.

Bear Tracking Sheets

Some notes about the Bear Achievement Tracking Sheet

This spreadsheet will track the progress of up to 15 scouts of your Bear Den at one time.

The spreadsheet contains an individual worksheet for each scout in your den  and a summary sheet, and detail sheet where the progress of all the scouts can be viewed.