The Webelos Scout program is a two-year transition program
between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
The 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 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.