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Advancement – Webelos Rank

The Webelos and Arrow of Light Requirements are current as of December 2016.  The most recent update to the requirements are contained in the following addendum to the Webelos handbook:

WEBELOS and Arrow of Light Addendum

Earning the Webelos Rank

To earn the rank of Webelos, your Scout will need the Webelos Handbook. All advancement requirements are listed in the Handbook, and are available on our advancement tracking site at Below is an outline of the material covered in the handbook.

Note: While some of these activities may be done at home, unlike in earlier ranks, completion is verified and signed off by the Den Leader, not the parent. Completions will be recorded in the Handbook or on after a leader confirms the boy has completed the task.

Note: As with other ranks, participating and doing one’s best in an activity constitutes completion.


To begin his path to the Webelos Rank, a boy must first earn the Bobcat Badge. Other earlier ranks (e.g. Tiger, Wolf, or Bear) are not required to earn the Webelos badge. The Bobcat requirements are outlined at the beginning of every handbook in Cub Scouts.

Once completed and recorded by the Den Leader, the Bobcat Badge will be awarded at the next Monthly Pack Meeting.

Note: Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat… Once he earns his Bobcat Badge he can skip it in other handbooks as he advances through the ranks.

Webelos Rank Requirements

In order to earn the Webelos Rank, the Webelos Scout must complete six “Adventures” – five required Adventures, and one elective Adventure. The Scout must also complete child safety exercises and earn his Cyber Chip online safety award.

  • Be an active member of your Webelos den for three months. (Being active means having good attendance, paying your den dues, and working on den projects.)
  • Complete each of the following Webelos required adventures with your den or family:
    1. Cast Iron Chef
    2. Duty to God and You
    3. First Responder
    4. Stronger, Faster, Higher
    5. Webelos Walkabout
  • Complete one Webelos elective adventure of your den or family’s choosing.
  • With your parent or adult partner, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide, and earn the Cyber Chip award for your age.

As he completes each Adventure, he is awarded an Adventure Pin which is worn on his left sleeve, pinned to his Webelos colors.

The Required Adventures

  • Cast Iron Chef
    Complete at least Requirements 1 and 2 below.

    1. Plan a menu for a balanced meal for your den or family. Determine the budget for the meal. If possible, shop for the items on your menu. Stay within your budget.
    2. Prepare a balanced meal for your den or family. If possible, use one of these methods for preparation of part of the meal: camp stove, Dutch oven, box oven, solar oven, open campfire, or charcoal grill. Demonstrate an understanding of food safety practices while preparing the meal.
    3. Use tinder, kindling, and fuel wood to demonstrate how to build a fire in an appropriate outdoor location. If circumstances permit and there is no local restriction on fires, show how to safely light the fire, under the supervision of an adult. After allowing the fire to burn safely, safely extinguish the flames with minimal impact to the fire site.
  • Duty to God and You
    Complete Requirement 1 and at least two others of your choice.

    1. Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leader, or other caring adult what it means to do your duty to God. Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life.
    2. Earn the religious emblem of your faith that is appropriate for your age, if you have not done so already.
    3. Discuss with your family, family’s faith leader, or other trusted adult how planning and participating in a service of worship or reflection helps you live your duty to God.
    4. List one thing that will bring you closer to doing your duty to God, and practice it for one month. Write down what you will do each day to remind you.
  • First Responder
    Complete Requirement 1 and at least five others.

    1. Explain what first aid is. Tell what you should do after an accident.
    2. Show what to do for hurry cases of first aid: Serious bleeding, heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest, stopped breathing, stroke, poisoning
    3. Show how to help a choking victim.
    4. Show how to treat for shock.
    5. Demonstrate how to treat at least five of the following:
      1. Cuts and scratches,
      2. Burns and scalds,
      3. Sunburn,
      4. Blisters on the hand or foot,
      5. Tick bites,
      6. Bites and stings of other insects,
      7. Venomous snakebite,
      8. Nosebleed,
      9. Frostbite
    6. Put together a simple home first-aid kit. Explain what you included and how to use each item correctly.
    7. Create and practice an emergency readiness plan for your home or den meeting place.
    8. Visit with a first responder or health care professional.
  • Stronger, Faster, Higher
    Complete Requirements 1-3 and at least one other.

    1. Understand and explain why you should warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Demonstrate the proper way to warm up and cool down.
    2. Do these activities and record your results: 20 yard dash, vertical jump, lifting a 5 pound weight, push-ups, curls, jumping rope.
    3. Make an exercise plan that includes at least three physical activities. Carry out your plan for 30 days, and write down your progress each week.
    4. Try a new sport that you have never tried before.
    5. With your den, prepare a fitness course or series of games that includes jumping, avoiding obstacles, weight lifting, and running. Time yourself going through the course, and try to improve your time over a two week period.
    6. With adult guidance, help younger Scouts by leading them in a fitness game or games.
  • Webelos Walkabout
    Complete Requirements 1-4 and at least one other.

    1. Plan a hike or outdoor activity.
    2. Assemble a first aid kit suitable for your hike or activity.
    3. Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory. Talk about how you can demonstrate them on your Webelos adventures.
    4. With your Webelos den or with a family member, hike 3 miles. Before your hike, plan and prepare a nutritious lunch or snack. Enjoy it on your hike, and clean up afterward.
    5. Describe and identify from photos any poisonous plants and dangerous animals and insects you might encounter on your hike or activity.
    6. Perform one of the following leadership roles during your hike: trail leader, first aid leader, or lunch or snack leader.

Individual Adventure Pins are awarded to each Webelos as they are earned. After completing the five required and one elective Adventures, the Webelos is awarded the Webelos rank. Rank awards are presented to the Scout during Pack ceremonies to allow all members of the Pack to recognize your Scout’s achievements.

Note to Parents

  1. Your Den Leader will track the advancement items completed during Den and Pack activities.
  2. You should use the Scout Handbook or ScoutBook website (preferred) to monitor your Scout’s advancement progress. When necessary, encourage your Scout to work on items to keep him on track for the year.
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