Fourth and Fifth Grade
Webelos—an anchronym for "We'll Be Loyal Scouts"—is a 20-month program for 4th and 5th grade boys to prepare to join a Boy Scout troop while learning outdoors skills and participating in 20 different activity badges.
A well-run group of Webelos is a gradual change from being an "adult-run" den to being a "boy-run" patrol ready to fit right into an adventurous Scouting Troop. This migration requires the parents and den leaders to give the scouts more and more control, decision-making power, and responsibility as they progress in skills, abilities, and maturity.
A good program also provides the scouts with many opportunities to grow in the Webelos Virtues.
A 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 Webelos program has two major milestones—the Webelos rank badge to be earned around February/March of 4th grade and the Arrow of Light to be earned around February/March of 5th grade.
Webelos Scouts work on requirements during their weekly den meetings. Once a boy learns a skill, he practices it at den meetings and at home on his own. His family helps him at home. Webelos Scouts bring the projects they do at home to the den meetings to show others, and to have the Webelos den leader approve their projects.
When a boy has done the requirements for an activity badge, the Webelos den leader or activity badge counselor, rather than a parent, approves most of the activity badges. It takes three activity badges, including Fitness and Citizen, to earn the Webelos badge.
Besides earning activity badges, Webelos Scouts can earn the compass points emblem. This emblem is awarded after a Webelos Scout has earned seven activity badges. For each four activity badges a Webelos Scout earns after that, he receives a compass point—east, west, north, and south.
Arrow of Light
The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light Award. Earning this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout. Webelos Scouts who have earned the Arrow of Light Award have also completed all requirements for the Boy Scout badge.
This award 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 Award when they were young may also show their achievement by wearing a special square knot on their adult uniform.
The end of the Webelos Scout program is when the Webelos Scouts graduate into a troop, typically in March of their fifth grade year. This is celebrated with one of the biggest events of the year for the Pack, the Blue and Gold Banquet!
Pack 7 Cub Scouts, New Canaan, CT