The Webelos Scout program is a two-year
transition program between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
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
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. The achievements, as were the Bear and Wolf
activities, are primarily done at home and signed off by an adult
family member after the boy has completed each one. The book is then
shown to the Den Leader who records the progress and also signs the
boy's book. Instead of working on achievements and electives, each
Webelos Scout works to complete a series of hobby and career Activity
Badges. The emphasis shifts from home-centered activities to a series
of group-centered activities conducted by the Webelos den.