Webelos / Arrow of Light

Cub Scout Webelos BadgeA boy who is 10-11 years old or is in the fourth or fifth grade is a Webelos Scout, and his adventures are found in the Webelos Handbook.  Webelos Scouts do more advanced activities to get ready to graduate into Boy Scouting.

Like all other new Cub Scouts, a Webelos must first earn his Bobcat rank (if he has not done so already).  After completing the requirements for Bobcat he may go on to complete the requirements for the Webelos rank and the many electives that are offered for his rank.

Webelos Scouts get to work on the five required Webelos adventures and choose two of the 18 elective adventures that are shared by the Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks.  When a boy has done the requirements for an adventure, the Webelos den leader, rather than a parent, approves most of the adventures. For each adventure a boy completes, he receives a pin to wear on the Webelos colors or on his hat. After completing seven adventures, including five required adventures and two elective adventures, a Scout can receive the Webelos badge.

The Webelos rank is earned by completing the requirements as described below.

Webelos Adventure Requirements

Cub Scout Webelos Handbook

  1. Be an active member of your Webelos den for three months. (Being active means having good attendance, paying your den dues, and working on den projects.)
  2. Complete each of the following Webelos required adventures with your den or family:
    a. Cast Iron Chef
    b. Duty to God and You
    c. First Responder
    d. Stronger, Faster, Higher
    e. Webelos Walkabout
  3. Complete two Webelos elective adventures of your den or family’s choosing.
  4. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide, and earn the Cyber Chip award for your age.

After he has earned the Webelos badge, a Webelos Scout can work on the remaining 18 shared Webelos and Arrow of Light electives.  Elective adventures may be earned during den activities, by a boy with the participation of his family, and during council and district sponsored program opportunities.  There is no required order in which adventures must be earned.  He can choose elective adventures that may show him new hobbies and teach him skills that will be useful during his Boy Scout years.  When he completes an elective adventure, he receives an additional adventure pin.

Arrow of Light

Cub Scout Arrow of Light badge
The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light. Earning this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout. Scouts must complete four required adventures and three elective adventures to earn the Arrow of Light rank. For each adventure a boy completes, he receives a pin to wear on the Webelos colors or on his hat.

Arrow of Light Adventure Requirements

  1. Be active in your Webelos den for at least six months since completing the fourth grade or for at least six months since becoming 10 years old. (Being active means having good attendance, paying your den dues, and working on den projects.)
  2. Complete each of the following Arrow of Light required adventures with your den or family:
    a. Building a Better World
    b. Duty to God in Action
    c. Outdoorsman
    d. Scouting Adventure
  3. Complete one Webelos elective adventure of your den or family’s choosing.
  4. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide, and earn the Cyber Chip award for your age.

The Arrow of Light badge is the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform when a boy graduates into a troop. Adult leaders who earned the Arrow of Light rank when they were young may also show their achievement by wearing a special square knot on their adult uniform.