Note that all Cub Scouts are in a single unit called the pack.
Tiger Cubs and Cub Scouts wear a blue uniform with a different-colored neckerchief denoting their level. Webelos can wear the blue uniform, or switch to the khaki Boy Scout uniform with Webelos insignia. Hats and neckerchief slides also change year by year.
Cub Scouting youth are male only.
Cub Scouting adults are coed, with all positions open to those 21 or older, and only Assistant Cubmaster, Assistand Den Leader, & Assistant Webelos Den Leader open to those ages 18 to 20.
Age Range / Highest Award
completed Kindergarten OR age 7*
Wolf Cub Scouts
completed grade 1 OR age 8*
Bear Cub Scouts
completed grade 2 OR age 9*
completed grade 3 OR age 10*
until age 11.5 OR completed grade 5
Arrow of Light
Tiger Cub Neckerchief
*Note that Cub Scout minimum chronological age requirements are primarily designed to meet church requirements for packs in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Most non-LDS packs use the younger school-grade minimums.
Cub Scouts & Webelos Scouts wear every rank badge they have earned.
All boys must earn the Bobcat rank (joining requirements) first, regardless of when they join Cub Scouting.
The Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos ranks are based on grade. Only the Arrow of Light requires earning a prior rank (Webelos).
Pending Changes (for 2015)
The Arrow of Light award will no longer require earning the Webelos rank.
Tiger Cubs will be called simply Tigers.
The Cub Scout Promise and Law of the Pack will be eliminated, and all members of Cub Scouting will learn the Scout Oath and Scout Law instead.
The Academics and Sports program (see belt loops below) is scheduled to be discontinued. Not sure what will replace it.
Bobcat (joining requirements; now considered a rank)
Tiger Cub (rank for boys in First grade)
Wolf (rank for boys in Second grade)
Bear (rank for boys in Third grade)
Webelos (rank for boys in Fourth or Fifth grades)
(for wear with blue uniform/left; khaki uniform/right)
Arrow of Light (highest rank, requires earning the Webelos rank, for boys in Fifth grade)
Other Advancement-related Badges & Awards
Webelos Compass Points
Webelos Super Achiever
Gold & Silver Arrow Points
Webelos Activity Badges
(8 required for Arrow of Light)
Cub Scout World Conservation Award
Cub Scouts Sports & Academics Letter
Cub Scout Academics (left 2) & Sports (right 2) Belt Loops
(see complete list below)
Compass Points—pocket button patch for earning various numbers of Webelos Activity Badges
Webelos Super Achiever—special patch for earning all 20 Webelos Activity Badges
Gold Arrow Point—earned for the first 10 'arrow points' completed after earning Wolf and after earning Bear; only 1 Gold Arrow Point can be earned for each of the two ranks
Silver Arrow Points—same requirements as Gold Arrow Points; earned after the Gold Arrow Point; no limit to the number of Silver Arrow Points that can be earned
Activity Badges—20 total can be earned by Webelos Scouts; 8 required for Arrow of Light
Cub Scout Belt Loops/Pins/Letters—different requirements for loop, pin, and letter; loop is worn on the uniform belt; pin and letter are for civilian wear Academics Belt Loops—Art / Astronomy / Chess / Citizenship / Collecting / Communicating / Computers / Disability Awareness / Geography / Family Travel / Geology / Good Manners / Heritages / Language and Culture / Map and Compass / Mathematics / Music / Nutrition / Pet Care / Photography / Reading and Writing / Science / Video Games [!] / Weather / Wildlife Conservation Sports Belt Loops—Archery / Badminton / Baseball / Basketball / BB-Gun Shooting / Bicycling / Bowling / Fishing / Flag Football / Golf / Gymnastics / Hiking / Hockey / Horseback Riding / Ice Skating / Kickball / Marbles / Physical Fitness / Roller Skating / Skateboarding / Snow Ski and Board Sports / Soccer / Softball / Swimming / Table Tennis / Tennis / Ultimate / Volleyball