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WEBELOS ADVANCEMENT TRAIL



Activity Badges
     Physical Skills Group
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Webelos Badge Requirements
Arrow of Light Badge Requirements
Compass Points Emblem and Pins

 

 

WEBELOS is an acronym that stands for "WE'll BE LOyal Scouts."  The Webelos Badge is for boys who have completed 3rd grade, or who are 10 years old.  As with all Cub Scout ranks, the Scout must first earn the Bobcat Badge to be eligible to work for this award.

The Webelos Cub Scout program is a 20-month program for 4th and 5th grade boys filled with challenging activities and outdoor fun to prepare them for the advancement to a Boy Scout program.  Webelos are gradually given more control, decision-making power, and responsibility as they progress in skills, abilities and maturity.

ADVANCEMENT

The Webelos program has two major milestones - the Webelos Badge is typically earned by February of the 4th grade year, and the Arrow of Light is earned around February of the 5th grade year.  The final part of Webelos is the Scout bridging over into a Boy Scout troop.

ACTIVITY BADGES

The Scout advances by earning Activity Badges.  There are 20 Activity Badges sorted into five discipline-related groups: Physical Skills, Mental Skills, Community, Technology and Outdoor.

Click on a group below to see the activity badge requirements and helpful worksheets.


The A
ctivity Badges are small pins displaying the icon of the activity completed.  They are pinned on the Webelos cap or on the Webelos Colors, which are three ribbons gold, red and green fastened together at the top by a pin with the word Webelos on it.  Webelos Colors are worn on the right shirt sleeve just below the U.S. flag.

 

 WEBELOS BADGE REQUIREMENTS

Refer to the handbook for instructions on completing each requirement.

  1. Have an adult member of your family read and sign the Parent Guide in the front of the Webelos Scout Book.
  2. Be an active member of your Webelos den for 3 months.
  3. Know and explain the meaning of the Webelos badge.
  4. Point out and explain the three parts of the Webelos Scout uniform. Tell when to wear the uniform and when not to wear it.
  5. Earn the Fitness and Citizen activity badges and one other activity badge from a different activity badge group.
  6. Plan and lead a flag ceremony in your den that includes the U.S. flag.
  7. Show that you know and understand the requirements to be a Boy Scout.
    1. Demonstrate the Scout salute, Scout sign, and Scout handshake. Explain when you would use them.
    2. Explain the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
    3. Explain and agree to follow the Outdoor Code.
  8. Faith
    After completing the rest of requirement 8, do these (a, b, and c):
    1. Know: Tell what you have learned about faith.
    2. Commit: Tell how these faith experiences help you live your duty to God. Name one faith practice that you will continue to do in the future.
    3. Practice: After doing these requirements, tell what you have learned about your beliefs.

And do one of these (d OR e):

  1. Earn the religious emblem of your faith*
  2. Do two of these:
    • Attend the mosque, church, synagogue, temple, or other religious organization of your choice, talk with your religious leader about your beliefs. Tell your family and your Webelos den leader what you learned.
    • Discuss with your family and Webelos den leader how your religious beliefs fit in with the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and what character-building traits your religious beliefs have in common with the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
    • With your religious leader, discuss and make a plan to do two things you think will help you draw nearer to God. Do these things  for a month.
    • For at least a month, pray or meditate reverently each day as taught by your family, and by your church, temple, mosque, synagogue, or religious group.
    • Under the direction of your religious leader, do an act of service for someone else. Talk about your service with your family and Webelos den leader. Tell them how it made you feel.
    • List at least two ways you believe you have lived according to your religious beliefs.

ARROW OF LIGHT BADGE

The Arrow of Light is Cub Scouting's highest award. The badge displays a symbol of a sun and, below it, an arrow.  The seven rays of the sun stand for each day of the week.  They remind the Scout to do his best every day as he follows the arrow that leads to Boy Scouting.

REQUIREMENTS

Refer to the handbook for instructions on completing each requirement.

  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), and earn the Webelos badge.
  2. Show your knowledge of the requirements to become a Boy Scout by doing all of these:
    • Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath or Promise and the 12 points of the Scout Law. Tell how you have practiced them in your everyday life.
    • Give and explain the Scout motto, slogan, sign, salute, and handshake.
    • Understand the significance of the First Class Scout badge. Describe its parts and tell what each stands for.
    • Tell how a Boy Scout uniform is different from a Webelos Scout uniform.
    • Tie the joining knot (square knot)
  3. Earn five more activity badges in addition to the three you already earned for the Webelos badge. These must include:
    • Fitness (already earned for the Webelos badge)
    • Citizen (already earned for the Webelos badge)
    • Readyman
    • Outdoorsman
    • At least one from the Mental Skills Group
    • At least one from the Technology Group
    • One more of your choice
  4. With your Webelos den, visit at least
    • one Boy Scout troop meeting
    • one Boy Scout-oriented outdoor activity. (If you have already done this when you earned your Outdoorsman activity badge, you may not use it to fulfill requirements for your Arrow of Light Award.)
  5. Participate in a Webelos overnight campout or day hike.
    (If you have already done this when you earned your Outdoorsman activity badge, you may not use it to fulfill requirements for your Arrow of Light Award requirements.)
  6. After you have completed all five of the above requirements, and after a talk with your Webelos den leader, arrange to visit, with your parent or guardian, a meeting of a Boy Scout troop you think you might like to join. Have a conference with the Scoutmaster.
  7. Complete the Honesty Character Connection.
    1. Know: Say the Cub Scout Promise to your family. Discuss these questions with them. What is a promise? What does it mean to keep your word? What does it mean to be trustworthy? What does honesty mean?
    2. Commit: Discuss these questions with your family. Why is a promise important? Why is it important for people to trust you when you give your word? When might it be difficult to be truthful? List examples.
    3. Practice: Discuss with a family member why it is important to be trustworthy and honest. How can you do your best to be honest even when it is difficult?

COMPASS POINTS EMBLEM AND PINS

After the Scout has earned the Webelos Badge, he can earn the Compass Points Emblem.  It is awarded after he earns seven activity badges: four more in addition to the three earned for the Webelos Badge.  The emblem is attached to the button on the right pocket of the Webelos uniform shirt.

After he earns the Compass Points Emblem, he will receive a metal compass point for each four additional activity badges he earns.  These are pinned on the emblem in the "E," "W," or "S" positions, in any order.  He can earn the emblem and all three compass points by completing 19 activity badges.


*  If you earned your faith's religious emblem earlier in Cub Scouting and your faith does not have a Webelos religious emblem, you must complete requirement 8e.  Completion of 8e does not qualify a youth to receive the religious emblem of his faith.  Webelos Scout religious emblems are listed on pages 68-69 in the Webelos Handbook.

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