Youth Literature

Each Cub Scout has a handbook: Tigers use the Tiger Handbook, Wolves use the Wolf Handbook, and Bears use the Bear Handbook. The Webelos Handbook is for Scouts working on the Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks. The handbooks guide Cub Scouts through the required and elective adventures for each rank and include helpful tips, background information, and fun activities.

Another good source of information for Cub Scouts is Boys’ Life magazine, published by the BSA 12 times each year. The magazine’s articles, games, jokes, and letters are fun for Cub Scouts to read and allow them to explore the wide range of exciting opportunities available to Scouts.

Tiger Handbook

This book is for Tigers and their parents. It tells about the Tiger program; gives information about dens, leaders, uniforms, and advancement; and includes ideas for planning a den program. The handbook guides Tigers through the six required adventures and 13 elective adventures that make up the Tiger program, and it helps them track their progress through the requirements for earning the Tiger rank.

The Tiger Handbook (item number 34713) is available at your local council service center or wherever Scouting merchandise is sold. Visit www.scoutstuff.org to find a list of Scouting retailers near you.

Wolf Handbook

The Wolf Handbook includes the adventures Scouts must complete to earn the Wolf badge. Wolf Scouts will complete six required adventures, and they will choose one of the 13 elective adventures in the handbook. Together with their den, they can take a hike, do a community project, grow a garden, dig for dinosaurs, start a collection, or try solving secret codes. They also can learn about some of the many other awards Cub Scouts can earn.

The Wolf Handbook (item number 33450) is available at your local council service center or wherever Scouting merchandise is sold. Visit www.scoutstuff.org to find a list of Scouting retailers near you.

Bear Handbook

The Bear Handbook includes the adventures Scouts must complete to earn the Bear badge. Bear Scouts will complete six required adventures, and they will choose one of the 13 elective adventures in the handbook. Together with their den, they can learn about knife safety and camping skills, host a carnival for younger Scouts, build a robot, see how crimes are solved, or take a fishing trip. They also can learn about some of the many other awards Cub Scouts can earn.

The Bear Handbook (item number 33451) is available at your local council service center or wherever Scouting merchandise is sold. Visit www.scoutstuff.org to find a list of Scouting retailers near you.

Webelos Handbook

The Webelos Scout program, for Scouts who are in the fourth or fifth grade, is filled with activities and outdoor fun. Everything in the Webelos Scout program is more challenging than the things the younger Scouts in the pack do. Webelos Scouts are still in Cub Scouting. They take part in Cub Scout pack meetings, events, and outings. But the Webelos den also makes its own plans and enjoys many activities that the younger Cub Scouts don't get to do.

The Webelos Handbook includes the adventures Scouts must complete to earn the Webelos and Arrow of Light badges. Webelos Scouts will complete five required adventures, and they will choose two of the 18 shared elective adventures in the handbook. Scouts working toward the Arrow of Light rank will complete four required adventures and three elective adventures.

Webelos Scouts have the chance to help learn about first aid, build fires and cook their own meals, develop physical fitness skills, and take on leadership roles for a hike. As they work on the Arrow of Light rank, Scouts can learn about citizenship, connect with Scouts around the world, go on a campout they helped plan, and try geocaching. Elective adventures can include anything from making movies to working with tools to trying a new sport or using a telescope to study the night sky. Most important, Webelos Scouts develop skills and share experiences that prepare them for their next exciting adventure!

The Webelos Handbook also tells about rank advancement and special awards that Webelos Scouts can earn.

The Cub Scout Webelos Handbook (item number 33452) is available at your local council service center or wherever Scouting merchandise is sold. Visit www.scoutstuff.org to find a list of Scouting retailers near you.

Boys' Life

In Boys' Life magazine you'll get news, nature, sports, history, stories, science, comics, and Scouting. A special edition is published just for Cub Scouts, so you can read stories and articles for your age and rank.

Why Scouts Like Boys' Life

  • It's good reading. Boys' Life is a fun mix of exciting stories and useful information. Try it and you'll see: Scouts like reading Boys' Life.
  • It helps you advance faster. Boys' Life follows the Cub Scouting program themes each month. Cub Scouts who subscribe to Boys' Life earn rank advancements faster and more often than Cub Scouts who don't take the magazine.
  • Your family reads it. Parents and brothers and sisters like Boys' Life, too. Many family members read all or part of every issue.
  • It gives you more time on the Scouting trail. Scouts who subscribe to Boys' Life stay in Scouting longer than Scouts who don't take the magazine—on average, two and a half times longer than non-subscribers.
  • It's "just part of Scouting." Boys' Life and Scouting go together.

To Learn More About Boys' Life

The Boys' Life Web site (www.boyslife.org) has information about the current issue, games to play, projects to download, and more. There's even a form you can download to subscribe. But remember that youth members can get a special subscription price—so if you're already in Cub Scouting, contact your local council to subscribe.