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Advancement – Wolf Rank

Wolf Badge requirements are current effective December 2016.  A complete description of current wolf requirements is located in the following addendum to the Wolf Handbook:

Link to Wolf Requirements Modification Addendum

Earning the Wolf Rank

To earn the rank of Wolf, your Scout will need the Wolf 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: Some of these activities are done at home and signed off by the parent in the Handbook or on after the boy has completed the task.

Note: There are no performance requirements for completing tasks. Simply participating and doing one’s best in an activity constitutes completion.


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

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.

Wolf Rank Requirements

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

  • Complete each of the following Wolf required adventures with your den or family:
    1. Call of the Wild
    2. Council Fire (Duty to Country)
    3. Duty to God Footsteps
    4. Howling at the Moon
    5. Paws on the Path
    6. Running With the Pack
  • Complete one Wolf 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 a Belt Loop which is worn on his uniform belt.

The Required Adventures

  • Call of the Wild
    Complete Requirements 1-4 plus at least one other.

    1. Attend one of the following:
      1. A pack or family campout
      2. An outdoor activity with your den or pack
      3. Day camp
      4. Resident camp
    2. With your family or den, make a list of possible weather changes that could happen during your outing according to the time of year you are outside. Tell how you will be prepared for each one.
    3. Do the following:
      1. Recite the Outdoor Code with your leader.
      2. Recite the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your leader. Talk about how these principles support the Outdoor Code.
      3. After your outdoor activity or campout, list the ways you demonstrated being careful with fire or other dangers.
    4. Show or demonstrate what to do:
      1. In case of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood.
      2. To keep from spreading your germs.
    5. Show how to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.
    6. While on a den or family outing, identify four different types of animals you see or explain evidence of their presence. Tell how you identified them.
  • Council Fire (Duty to Country)
    Complete Requirements 1 and 2 plus at least one other.

    1. With your den or pack, participate in a flag ceremony, and learn how to properly care for and fold the flag.
    2. Participate in a community service project with your pack, den, or family.
    3. With your parent or guardian’s permission, talk to a military veteran, law enforcement officer, member of the fire department, or someone else approved by your Den Leader. Talk about his or her service to the community or country. After you have visited with the individual, write a short thank-you note.
    4. Learn about the changes in your community, and create a project to show your den how the community has changed.
    5. Talk to a military veteran, law enforcement officer, member of the fire department, or someone else who works for the community. Talk about his or her service to the community. After you have visited with the individual, write a short thank-you note.
    6. Select one issue in your community, and present to your den your ideas for a solution to the problem.
    7. Work with your den to develop a den duty chart, and perform these tasks for one month.
    8. Participate in an event such as a parade or assembly celebrating military veterans.
  • Duty to God Footsteps
    Complete Requirement 1 or 2 plus at least two others.

    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 already done so.
    3. Offer a prayer, meditation, or reflection with your family, den, or pack.
    4. Read a story about people or groups of people who came to America to enjoy religious freedom.
    5. Learn and sing a song that could be sung in reverence before or after meals or one that gives encouragement, reminds you how to show reverence, or demonstrates your duty to God.
    6. Visit a religious monument or site where people might show reverence. Create a visual display of your visit with your den or your family, and show how it made you feel reverent or helped you better understand your duty to God.
  • Howling at the Moon
    Complete each of the following Requirements.

    1. Show you can communicate in at least two different ways.
    2. Work with your den or family to create an original skit.
    3. Work together with your den or family to plan, prepare, and rehearse a campfire program to present at a den meeting or pack program.
    4. Perform your role for a den meeting or pack program.
  • Paws on the Path
    Complete Requirements 1-5. Requirements 6 and 7 are optional.

    1. Show you are prepared to hike safely in any outdoor setting by putting together the Cub Scout Six Essentials to take along on your hike.
    2. Tell what the buddy system is and why we always use it in Cub Scouts. Describe what you should do if you get separated from your group while hiking.
    3. Choose the appropriate clothing to wear on your hike based on the expected weather.
    4. Before hiking, recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your leader. (This may be combined with Requirement 3 of The Call of the Wild Adventure.) After hiking, discuss how you showed respect for wildlife.
    5. Go on a 1-mile hike with your den or family. Find two interesting things that you’ve never seen before and discuss with your den or family.
    6. Name two birds, two insects, and/or two other animals that live in your area. Explain how you identified them.
    7. Draw a map of an area near where you live using common map symbols. Show which direction is north on your map.
  • Running with the Pack
    Complete each of the following Requirements.

    1. Play catch with someone in your den or family who is standing 5 steps away from you. Play until you can throw and catch successfully at this distance. Take a step back and see if you can improve your throwing and catching skills.
    2. Practice balancing as you walk forward, backward, and sideways.
    3. Practice flexibility and balance by doing a front roll, a back roll, and a frog stand.
    4. Play a sport or game with your den or family, and show good sportsmanship.
    5. Do at least two of the following: frog leap, inchworm walk, kangaroo hop, or crab walk.
    6. Demonstrate what it means to eat a balanced diet by helping to plan a healthy menu for a meal for your den or family. Make a shopping list of the food used to prepare the meal.

Individual Adventure belt loops are awarded to each Wolf as they are earned. After completing the six required and one elective Adventure, the Wolf is awarded the Wolf 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 record each advancement item completed at home. There are places to “Sign Off” on each activity in the handbook.
  3. If recording advancement in the Handbook, bring the book to Den meetings to have your family activities recorded by the Den Leader.
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