What Is the Order of Cub Scout Ranks?

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The question, “What is the order of Cub Scout ranks?” is a common one.

We hear this question from seasoned Scouters and parents new to the program, alike. Let’s cut to the chase so you can use the handy guide below to keep the order of Cub Scout ranks straight. Save off the graphic below or bookmark this page in your browser for easy reference.

The Order of Cub Scout Ranks (5)

The Definitive Order of Cub Scout Ranks

When a Scout enters the program, Cub Scout rankings go like this:

  1. Bobcat – all Scouts start as Bobcats, no matter what age they are when they enter Cub Scouts. After demonstrating preliminary achievements, like understanding the Scout Oath, a Scout advances to the next age appropriate rank.
  2. Tiger – first graders or 7-year-olds work toward earning their Tiger badge. So while a boy is in the “Tiger rank” he is achieving the necessary adventures and requirements to earn his Tiger badge. This is the same process for Wolf and Bear ranks.
  3. Wolf – this rank is for 8-year-olds or Scouts who have finished first grade.
  4. Bear – this rank is for 9-year-olds or Scouts who have finished second grade.
  5. Webelos – these Scouts have finished third grade or are 10 years old. The requirements Scouts work on as Webelos contribute to earning their Arrow of Light.
  6. Arrow of Light – this is highest rank in Cub Scouts. Earning this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout. The Arrow of Light badge is also the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.

Each rank teaches kids important lessons to prepare them for growing up. The higher the rank, the more challenging its requirements.

If your son is seven to ten, there’s a place for him in Cub Scouts. Find a pack in your area on Be A Scout.

Note: Many parts of the country offer the Lion Pilot Program for kindergarten-age boys (or 5 and 6-year-olds). Learn more on Scouting Wire.