The Webelos Scout program is a two-year transition program between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
The boy becomes a Webelos Scout upon graduation from the Bear program in the spring of third grade. He has all summer to get started on Webelos activities. Boys new to Cub Scouting can become Webelos if they are 10 years old or have completed third grade, and have earned the Bobcat badge.
The end of the Webelos Scout program is when the Webelos Scouts graduate into a troop, typically in February or March of their fifth grade year for those areas holding early graduations. Other groups may graduate at the end of fifth grade when the school year ends.
During these two years, the Webelos Scouts have two badges of rank they can earn and 20 activity badges. These two ranks are: Webelos Badge and the Arrow of Light award
Usually the boys earn the Webelos badge during the first year, and the Arrow of Light during the second year. It is possible for a boy who joins scouting at the start of fifth grade to earn both his Webelos badge and his Arrow of Light award before it is time to graduate into a troop, but it takes a lot of planning and effort to accomplish this.
Much of the activities done in the den are focused around the 20 activity badges (or pins). Some (not all) activity badges are required for the Webelos badge and for the Arrow of Light award. There are other activities the Webelos Scouts must do besides earn activity badges.
1. Have an adult member of the family read and sign the Parent Guide in the Webelos Scout Book.
2. Be an active member of the Webelos den for 3 months (attendance, dues, den projects).
3. Know and explain the meaning of the Webelos badge.
4. Point out and explain the parts of the Webelos Scout uniform. Tell when to and when not to wear it.
5. Earn Fitness and two other activity badges - one from each of two different activity badge groups.
6. Plan and lead a flag ceremony in your den.
7. Show that you know and understand the requirements to be a Boy Scout.
Understand and intend to live by the:
- Scout Oath or Promise
- Scout Law
- Scout motto
- Scout slogan
- Know the following and when to use them:
- Scout salute
- Scout sign
- Scout handclasp
- Understand and agree to follow the Outdoor Code.
8. Earn the religious award of your faith
Do two of these: Attend the church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious organization of your choice, talk with your religious leader about your beliefs, and tell your family and Webelo den leader what you learned.
Tell how your religious beliefs fit in with the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and discuss with your family and Webelos leader what character-building traits your beliefs and the Scout Oath and Scout Law have in common.
With your religious leader, list and do two things you think will help you draw nearer to God.
Pray to God daily as taught by your family, church, synagogue, or other religious brotherhood. Do this for at least 1 month.
Under the direction of your religious leader, do an act of service for someone else. Talk about your service with your family and Webelos leader. Tell them how it made you feel.
List at least two ways in which you believe you have been a good example and lived in accordance with your religious beliefs.