A boy who is in the fourth or fifth
grade is a Webelos Scout, and his adventures are found in the Webelos
Handbook. Once a boy has completed his Webelos rank requirements or a
new boy joins Cub Scouting in the fifth grade, he may work on Arrow of
Light requirements Like all other new Cub Scouts, a Arrow of Life Scout
must first earn his Bobcat rank. After completing the requirements for
Bobcat he may go on to complete the requirements for the Arrow of Light
rank and the many electives that are offered for his rank.
All Cub Scouts, except for those boys
who join Cub Scouting for the first time in fifth grade, must earn their
Webelos rank prior to earning Arrow of Light. The requirements for
Webelos and Arrow of Light may be worked on at the same time but the
tenure requirements for each must be met and the awards must be earned
and presented sequentially.
The den meeting plans for the Webelos
rank adventures are found in the Webelos Den Leader Guide along with
other tips and hints for running a fun Cub Scout Program.
Arrow of Light Badge Requirements
- 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.)
- Complete each of the following Arrow of Light required adventures with your den or family:
a. Building a Better World
c. Duty to God in Action
d. Scouting Adventure
- Complete three Webelos elective adventures of your den or family’s choosing.
- 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.*
*If your family does not have Internet
access at home AND you do not have ready Internet access at school or
another public place or via a mobile device, the Cyber Chip portion of
this requirement may be waived by your parent or guardian.
For each adventure, the Arrow of Light
Scout must complete the requirements as outlined in the Webelos
Handbook. Requirement 7 of Bobcat and requirement 4 of Webelos and Arrow
of Light are identical. If a Cub Scout earns his Bobcat rank during the
same year that he begins working on his Webelos or Arrow of Light rank,
he needs to complete the requirement only one time.
A parent, guardian, or other caring
adult acknowledges the completion of each achievement part by signing
the boy’s handbook (Akela’s OK). The den leader also signs each boy’s
handbook (Den Leader’s OK) and records progress in the den’s advancement
records. The Webelos Scouts also keep track of their own advancement
using the Adventure Tracking section in the back of their handbooks, and
under the guidance of the den leader, they can also keep a record of
their individual progress on a den advancement chart and den doodle.
***Information taken directly from Cubscout.Org.