TO WEBELOS SCOUTING!
Welcome to Webelos Scouting!
Webelos stands for
"We'll Be Loyal Scouts."
Major goal of Webelos Scouting
To give the Scouts a taste of what it is like to
be a Boy Scout and to get them use to how
Boy Scouting is structured.
Webelos are the oldest
Cub Scouts in the Pack…
They carry the responsibility of being good
role models to the younger Cub Scouts.
It also falls upon the Webelos and their
Leaders to help explain what exciting
activities await the younger Cubs and to help
the Cubs during Pack activities.
Webelos, What’s the Diff.
In Tiger, Wolf and Bear dens the family unit was central
to the forming of the Cub Scout and activities revolved
around the family unit.
The emphasis in Webelos scouting shifts from these
home-centered activities to group-centered activities
similar to those they will be encountering in Boy Scouts.
Unlike most Cub Scouts, their den meetings are typically
held on evenings. This is to get the Scouts use to
meeting time when Boy Scouts typically meet.
Webelos do not follow the monthly theme of the Pack,
but have their own program centered around the activity
badges that are earned.
TAN BSA SHIRTS
Boy Scouts use patrols and "the patrol
Webelos introduces the scouts to Patrols with
a patrol name, yell, and flag.
Because Webelos Scouts do most of their
activities as a Patrol, parents play a new,
more supportive, and less directive role in
Patrol Leaders, take role, collect dues…
There are 40 to choose from…
It is encouraged to allow the boys to be creative. For
example, they don't need to be the Eagles. They can be
the 'Soaring Eagles.'
Similar to Boy Scout merit badges
Webelos Scouts learn that it is their
responsibility to earn their activity badges
They are helped by their Webelos Den
Leaders and Activity Badge Counselors
(adults who volunteer to host an activity
LEADER / ADULT SIGNATURES
Parents no longer sign their own boys off
indicating that they have completed
The Webelos Leaders, Activity Badge Councilors,
Webelos Advancement Chairs, or Other Adult
Volunteer signs off the Webelos achievements.
Boy Scouts – Patrol Leaders and older boy
leadership, sign for advancement.
Scoutmaster Conferences & Board of Reviews
Adult two, or more, on one meetings with Scout…
The den conducts some projects that can be credited
towards the ranks and activity badges that the boys earn
Not all of the requirements are “always” addressed at
Many of the Badges require writing, or additional
requirements over time that can only be accomplished at
The Webelos Scouts learn that if they wish to advance,
they are responsible for meeting the requirements outside
den meeting times
Many Boy Scout Merit Badges are earned by the Scouts on
their own with a Merit Badge Councilors
Self-Reliance and The Ability to Help Others
These requirements are challenging, but very
reachable by boys in this age group.
These surmountable obstacles and steps to
overcome help a boy grow in self-reliance
and the ability to help others.
Webelos Outings and Activity Badges
Code of Conduct
The Webelos will also get involved in setting
a code of conduct for the group.
They will learn what it is like to set rules and
live by them.
Knives: Whittling Chip is required to have
knives. Knives are useful tools and scouts
need to learn how to properly use them.
Webelos Scouts also take on more
responsibility for the running of their den
However the actual responsibility resides with
Webelos Den Leaders.
This is to get the boys use to making their
When they enter Boy Scouts they will run the
entire show. Adults will advise and guide.
It is in Webelos that the world of outdoor
Scouting begins to open up.
The Webelos are able to camp and go on
other outdoor activities.
Most of these activities are not with the
Pack, but with their den, other Webelos
dens and with Boy Scout Troops.
They also participate in Boy Scout Troop
meetings, Camporees and other Boy Scout
In addition to Camporee, Boy Scout Troop
Outings, and Family Camp, the Webelos
have typically three (3) additional Overnight
Trips per year…
June, July, and February/March
Travel & Arrive Friday,
Saturday Opening, Fun, Activities, Fun, Hike,
More Fun, Activity Badges…
Sunday Breakfast, Closing, Cleanup & Home
Webelos Scouting is the senior level program in Cub
It is meant to help transition the boys from Cub Scouting
into Boy Scouting.
Webelos, under the direction of the Cubmaster &
Webelos Leaders, hold their own activities, and do many
things more advanced than the younger Cub Scouts.
At the end of the Webelos program, the Scouts should
have a taste for what Boy Scouting is all about and have
a head start in proceeding through the Boy Scout
How do I get the belt loops on the Boy Scout
The belt loops do not fit on the Boy Scout (olive)
belt. Webelos Scouts may wear their blue, Cub
Do we wear the activity pins on the hat or on the
The activity badges (I know they are pins, but they
are called badges) the boys earn are patterned
after merit badges in Boy Scouts. These are to be
worn ONLY on their Webelos Colors and NOT
their hats. The colors are worn on the right arm,
just below, and touching, the American flag. In
either case, they probably should only be worn at
Pack meetings since they tend to get caught on
things and lost.
Does the Webelos Den Leader teach the boys about the
Yes and no. It is highly discouraged to have the Webelos Den
Leader do all the teaching. In Boy Scouting (which we are trying
to introduce) the boys go to Merit Badge Councilors who assist
the boys in achieving their badges.
It is encouraged that the den parents act as Activity Badge
Councilors to help the Webelos through their activity badge
Parents no longer sign their own boys off indicating that
they have completed requirements. The Webelos Leaders,
Activity Badge Councilors or the Webelos Advancement Chairs
sign boys off.
Do we follow the Pack's Cub Scout monthly
No, you will be busy enough trying to cover activity
badges each month.
Unless we are putting on a skit, we don't spend a
lot of time on the theme of the month.
Nearly everything the den does is focused on one
of the 20 activity badges, the Webelos Rank, or
the Arrow of Light.
The few exceptions are when the Webelos take
part in such pack events as the Pinewood derby
and The Blue and Gold Dinner…
Should we try to achieve all twenty activity
The program is not designed for the boys to
normally earn all twenty activity badges.
The reason for the twenty badges is so that there
will be enough to keep the very active boy from
Remember, activity badges are not the reason for
Lord Baden-Powell (the founder of scouting) said
that awards and badges should be like a tan,
something you achieve effortlessly, while having
fun in the outdoors.
When is the earliest the Webelos can become Boy
The earliest is six months after completing fourth
grade that is, normally, the end of November in their
second year. This is the earliest they may earn their
Arrow of Light.
When is it recommended that the Webelos become
A Webelos Scout is eligible to join a Boy Scout
troop when he completes all the requirements for
the Arrow of Light Award.
Most Webelos who are graduating the 5th grade
and going into the 6th want to be Boy Scouts and
should move over, if eligible sometime after
February. This gives the boys time to familiarize
themselves with their new troop before the summer
recess and summer camp.
If the Scouts will bridge in March, why do the program guides
show a two year program?
The activity badge program is designed for 24 months to
accommodate those who need the entire time. However, if the
program is followed, a Webelos Scout will earn the proper
number and type of badges to qualify for the Arrow of Light by
Can the Scouts continue to earn activity badges after they
bridge into Boy Scouts?
No, activity badges are for Cub Scouts. As Boy Scouts, they will
be very busy earning their First Class Rank during their first year,
and earning merit badges.
When can the Webelos use the Boy Scout salute, handshake
In the process of earning their Webelos badge, the Scouts learn
the Boy Scout salute, handshake and oath. At the Leaders
discretion, they can start to use these instead of the Cub Scout23