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Bear Scout Resources for a Great Program

Bear Scout Resources for a Great Program

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Cub Scout Promise:
I promise to do my best to do my duty
To God and my country, To help other people,
And to obey the Law of the Pack.
Law of the Pack
The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives good will.
Cub Scout Motto
Do Your Best

bear scout handbook

If a Cub Scout has completed the second grade (or is 9 years old) and has earned the Bobcat Badge, he may start earning the Bear rank. He receives a Bear Scout handbook and Bear neckerchief, but continues to use the Wolf neckerchief slide when beginning the Bear portion of the boy scout trail. He will continue to use the blue Cub Scout Uniform. This part of the boy scout trail is intended to take one school year, preparing the scout to begin earning his Webelos rank after he completes third grade.

How to Join:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the 'Cub Scouts' tab.
  3. Enter your zipcode and click the arrow button.
  4. Click on a Pack near you to see its contact info so you can call the Pack or your local Council about joining.
  5. Complete a BSA Youth Application and Health Record and give them to the Cubmaster of the Pack you choose.

Your Bear den will have opportunities to participate in Pack meetings. Prepare your scouts by having them ready to perform a couple of Bear Scout Skits and lead the pack in some Games. By having a Bear favorite ready, your scouts will look good, have fun, and increase their confidence through leading the pack.

Tip: Choose 2 skits and games before September and do them at your first den meeting. Don't wait until your Cubmaster calls on you for a skit.

Tip: Many packs award the Bear badge at their Blue-Gold banquet in February. If you begin your Bear program in September, this means you have less than 5 months to complete the Bear requirements. You must plan out what requirements your den will do and make a Schedule so everyone knows what is expected. A calendar kept up to date helps families keep track of their scouting commitments.

Tip: Our Bear Cub Scout den is fortunate to have one member whose family has a cabin. We had a winter weekend campout in January where each adult led an activity that met some requirements. So, in one weekend, we had a lot of fun, did some great activities, and completed a large number of requirements.

In the Bear scouting program, there are 4 general achievement groups: God, Country, Family, and Self and a total of about 120 individual achievement tasks. In each group, a certain number of achievements are required to earn the Bear rank badge. After earning the Bear badge, the scout may earn arrow points by completing additional achievement tasks and elective tasks.

The Bear badge must be earned first before any arrow points are awarded.
A gold arrow point is awarded for the first 10 achievement and elective tasks over the Bear requirements. A silver arrow point is awarded for each additional 10 tasks completed. Since all arrow points are awarded after the Bear badge is awarded, your scouts would not receive any awards until February at the earliest. To provide frequent recognition, Bear scouts can earn Progress Beads - you need to buy these Progress Towards Ranks Kits at a Scout Shop. For completing the requirements of 3 of the Achievements listed below, one RED bead is awarded and placed on the Progress Towards Ranks totem. This provides the scout with a total of 4 beads culminating in the award of his Bear badge. These beads are awarded at the den level rather than at Pack meetings.

There is often confusion about how requirements are used for arrow points - it's different between the Wolf and Bear years.
For Bears, requirements in any achievements not used for earning the Bear rank can be used towards an arrow point. For example, a scout needs to complete three of the COUNTRY achievements for his Bear rank. He does Tall Tales, Sharing Your World, and Take Care of Your Planet. He can then use any of the seven requirements in What Makes America Special? and the seven requirements in Law Enforcement Is a Big Job towards arrow points.

The latest version of the Bear Handbook also states on page 6 that a scout can not use extra requirements from an achievement already used for earning Bear rank to earn arrow points. For example, if he completes #6b, d, and e of the Take Care of Your Planet achievement for Bear rank, he can not use requirements #6a, c, or f for arrow points, even if he does complete them. This is a change from the 2001 version of the handbook.

When doing electives, every individual requirement counts towards an arrow point. For example, in the Swimming and Electricity electives, there are requirements a, b, c, d, and e. If a scout completed all of them for both electives, he would have 10 completed elective requirements - that's an arrow point!

Much of the advancement for the Bear rank is done by the scout with his family outside of the den, similarly to the Wolf rank. The parent signs off in the scout's handbook and the Den Leader records the advancements from the handbook to tracking chart or software program. The Bear program relies heavily on family involvement, but you will see this gradually change with the scout doing more with his den and more individual direction as he reaches Webelos and Boy Scouts.

Tip: Supplement your Bear program with the Cub Scout Belt Loop program to provide further opportunities for your scouts. If you have boys that are highly driven by recognition items, these belt loops and pins can be very useful. They can become expensive quickly, though, so plan how your pack, den, and parents will cover the cost.

Tip: Many available Awards go unused, especially by Bear dens because of the short time to earn rank. Try to work extra awards into your program, such as the World Conservation Award and Leave No Trace Award - especially in the spring and summer months.


GOD (Do ONE of the following)
    Complete both requirements.
    1. Complete the Character Connection for Faith
      • Know. Name some people in history who have shown great faith. Discuss with an adult how faith has been important at a particular point in his or her life.
      • Commit. Discuss with an adult how having faith and hope will help you in your life, and also discuss some ways that you can strengthen your faith.
      • Practice. Practice your faith as you are taught in your home, church, synagogue, mosque, or religious fellowship.
    2. Make a list of things you can do this week to practice your religion as you are taught in your home, church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious community. Check them off your list as you complete them.

    Complete the requirement.
    Earn the Religious Emblem of your faith.

COUNTRY (Do THREE of the following)
    (Do requirements (a) and (j) and any two of the other requirements. 
    1. Write or tell what makes America special to you.
    2. With the help of your family or den leader, find out about two famous Americans. Tell the things they did or are doing to improve our way of life
    3. Find out something about the old homes near where you live. Go and see two of them. 
    4. Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your town or city.   Go and visit one of them with your family or den. 
    5. Choose a state;  it can be your favorite one or your home state.  Name its state bird, tree, and flower. Describe its flag. Give the date it was admitted to the Union.
    6. Be a member of the color guard in a flag ceremony for your den or pack.
    7. Display the U.S. flag in your home or fly it on three national holidays..
    8. Learn how to raise and lower a U.S. flag properly for an outdoor ceremony.
    9. Participate in an outdoor flag ceremony
    10. Complete the Character Connection for Citizenship.
      • Know. Tell ways some people in the past have served our country. Tell about some people who serve our country today. (Don't forget about 'ordinary' people who serve our country.)
      • Commit. Tell something that might happen to you and your family if other people were not responsible citizens. Tell one thing you will do to be a good citizen.
      • Practice. Tell three things you did in one week that show you are a good citizen.

    Do all three requirements.
    1. Tell in your own words what folklore is. List some folklore stories, folk songs, or historical legends from your own state or part of the country. Play the Folklore Match Game in the handbook.
    2. Name at least five stories about American folklore. Point out on a United States map where they happened. 
    3. Read two folklore stories and tell your favorite one to your den.

    Do four of the requirements.
    1. Choose a bird or animal that you like and find out how it lives. Make a poster showing what you have learned.
    2. Build or make a bird feeder or birdhouse and hang it in a place where birds can visit safely.
    3. Explain what a wildlife conservation officer does.
    4. Visit one of the following:
      Zoo, Nature center, Aviary, Wildlife refuge, Game preserve.
    5. Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years. Tell why animals become extinct. Name one animal that is on the endangered species list.

    Do three requirements.
    1. Save 5 pounds of glass or aluminum, or 1 month of daily newspapers. Turn them in at a recycling center or use your community's recycling service.
    2. Plant a tree in your yard, or on the grounds of the group that operates your Cub Scout pack, or in a park or other public place. Be sure to get permission first 
    3. Call city or county officials or your trash hauling company and find out what happens to your trash after it is hauled away.
    4. List all the ways water is used in your home. Search for dripping faucets or other ways water might be wasted. With an adult, repair or correct those problems.
    5. Discuss with an adult in your family the kinds of energy your family uses.
    6. Find out more about your family's use of electricity.
    7. Take part in a den or pack neighborhood clean-up project.

    Do all six requirements.
    1. Practice one way police gather evidence: by taking fingerprints, or taking shoeprints, or taking tire track casts.
    2. Visit your local sheriff's office or police station or talk with a law enforcement officer visiting your den or pack to discuss crime prevention.
    3. Help with crime prevention for your home.
    4. Be sure you know where to get help in your neighborhood.
    5. Learn the phone numbers to use in an emergency and post them by each phone in your home.
    6. Know what you can do to help law enforcement.

FAMILY (Do FOUR of the following)
    Do requirement g and two other requirements.
    1. Visit your library or newspaper office. Ask to see back issues of newspapers or an almanac. 
    2. Find someone who was a Cub Scout a long time ago. Talk with him about what Cub Scouting was like then.
    3. Start or add to an existing den or pack scrapbook.
    4. Trace your family back through your grandparents or great-grandparents; or, talk to a grandparent about what it was like when he or she was younger. 
    5. Find out some history about your community.
    6. Start your own history: keep a journal for 2 weeks.
    7. Complete the Character Connection for Respect.
      • Know. As you learn about how Cub Scout-age life was like for adults you know, does what you learn change what you think about them. Tell how it might help you respect or value them more.
      • Commit. Can you think of reasons others might be disrespectful to people or things you value? Name one new way you will show respect for a person or thing someone else values.
      • Practice. List some ways you can show respect for people and events in the past.

    Do four requirements.
    1. With an adult, bake cookies. 
    2. With an adult, make snacks for the next den meeting.
    3. With an adult, prepare one part of your breakfast, one part of your lunch, and one part of your supper.
    4. Make a list of the 'junk foods' you eat. Discuss 'junk food' with a parent or teacher. 
    5. Make some trail food for a hike. 
    6. With an adult, make a dessert for your family.
    7. With an adult, cook something outdoors.
    Do both requirements.
    1. Go on a day trip or evening out with members of your family.
    2. Have a family fun night at home.

  4. BE READY!
    Do requirements a through e and requirement g. Requirement f  is recommended, but not required. 
    1. Tell what to do in case of an accident in the home. A family member needs help. Someone's clothes catch on fire. 
    2. Tell what to do in case of a water accident.
    3. Tell what to do in case of a school bus accident.
    4. Tell what to do in case of a car accident.
    5. With your family, plan escape routes from your home and have a practice drill.
    6. Have a health checkup by a physician (optional).
    7. Complete the Character Connection for Courage.
      • Know. Memorize the courage steps: Be brave, Be calm, Be clear, and Be careful. Tell why each courage step is important. How will memorizing the courage steps help you to be ready?
      • Commit. Tell why it might be difficult to follow the courage steps in an emergency situation. Think of other times you can use the courage steps. (Standing up to a bully is one example.)
      • Practice. Act out one of the requirements using these courage steps: Be brave, Be calm, Be clear, and Be careful.

    Do three requirements.
    1. Go camping with your family.
    2. Go on a hike with your family.
    3. Have a picnic with your family.
    4. Attend an outdoor event with your family.
    5. Plan your outdoor family day.

    Do four requirements.
    1. Go grocery shopping with a parent or other adult member of your family.
    2. Set up a savings account.
    3. Keep a record of how you spend money for 2 weeks.
    4. Pretend you are shopping for a car for your family. 
    5. Discuss family finances with a parent or guardian. 
    6. Play a board game with your family that involves the use of play money. 
    7. With an adult, figure out how much it costs for each person in your home to eat one meal. 

SELF (do FOUR of the following)
    Do requirement (a) and three other requirements.
    1. Know the rules for bike safety. If your town requires a bicycle license, be sure to get one.
    2. Learn to ride a bike, if you haven't by now. Show that you can follow a winding course for 60 feet doing sharp left and right turns, a U-turn, and an emergency stop.
    3. Keep your bike in good shape. Identify the parts of a bike that should be checked often.
    4. Change a tire on a bicycle.
    5. Protect your bike from theft. Use a bicycle lock.
    6. Ride a bike for 1 mile without rest. Be sure to obey all traffic rules. 
    7. Plan and take a family bike hike.

    Do two requirements.
    1. Set up the equipment and play any two of these outdoor games with your family or friends.
      (Backyard golf, Badminton, Croquet, Sidewalk shuffleboard, Kickball, Softball, Tetherball, Horseshoes, Volleyball)
    2. Play two organized games with your den.
    3. Select a game that your den has never played. Explain the rules. Tell them how to play it, and then play it with them.

    Do all three requirements.
    1. Do physical fitness stretching exercises. Then do curl-ups, push-ups, the standing long jump, and the softball throw. 
    2. With a friend about your size, compete in at least six different two-person contests. (Many examples in book.)
    3. Compete with your den or pack in the crab relay, gorilla relay, 30-yard dash, and kangaroo relay.

    NOTE TO PARENTS: If a licensed physician certifies that the Cub Scout's physical condition for an indeterminable time doesn't permit him to do three of the requirements in this achievement, the Cubmaster and pack committee may authorize substitution of any three Arrow Point electives.

    Do requirement (a) and three more requirements.
    1. With an adult in your family, choose a TV show. Watch it together. 
    2. Play a game of charades at your den meeting or with your family at home.
    3. Visit a newspaper office, or a TV or radio station and talk to a news reporter.
    4. Use a computer to get information.  Write, spell-check, and print out a report on what you learned.
    5. Write a letter to a company that makes something you use.  Use e-mail or the U.S. Postal Service.
    6. Talk with a parent or other family member about how getting and giving facts fits into his or her job.

    Do requirement h and four other requirements.
    1. Make a list of the things you want to do today. Check them off when you have done them.
    2. Write two letters to relatives or friends. 
    3. Keep a daily record of your activities for 2 weeks.
    4. Write an invitation to someone.
    5. Write a thank-you note.
    6. Write a story about something you have done with your family.
    7. Write about the activities of your den. 
    8. Complete the Character Connection for Honesty.
      • Know. Tell what made it difficult to be clear and accurate as you wrote details and kept records, and tell what could tempt you to write something that was not exactly true. Define honesty.
      • Commit. Tell why it is important to be honest and trustworthy with yourself and with others. Imagine you had reported something inaccurately and tell how you could set the record straight. Give reasons that honest reporting will earn the trust of others.
      • Practice. While doing the requirement for this achievement, be honest when you are writing about real events.

    Do all four requirements.
    1. Know the safety rules for handling a knife.
    2. Show that you know how to take care of and use a pocketknife.
    3. Make a carving with a pocketknife. Work with your den leader or other adult when doing this. 
    4. Earn the Whittling Chip card.

    Do all three requirements.
    1. Show how to use and take care of four of these tools. 
      (Hammer, Hand saw, Hand drill, C-clamp, Wood plane, Pliers, Crescent wrench, Screwdriver, Bench vise, Coping saw, Drill bit)
    2. Build your own tool box.
    3. Use at least two tools listed in requirement (a) to fix something.

    Do requirement g and two other requirements.
    1. Build a model from a kit.
    2. Build a display for one of your models.
    3. Pretend you are planning to change the furniture layout in one of the rooms in your home. 
    4. Make a model of a mountain, a meadow, a canyon, or a river. 
    5. Go and see a model of a shopping center or new building that is on display somewhere. 
    6. Make a model of a rocket, boat, car, or plane. 
    7. Complete the Character Connection for Resourcefulness.
      • Know.  Review the requirements for this achievement and list the resources you would need to complete them. Then list the materials you could substitute for items that you do not already have. Tell what it means to be resourceful.
      • Commit. After you complete the requirements for this achievement, list any changes that would make the results better if you did these projects again. Tell why it is important to consider all available resources for a project.
      • Practice. While you complete the requirements for this achievement, make notes on which materials worked well in your projects and why.

    Do five requirements.
    1. Whip the ends of a rope.
    2. Tie a square knot, bowline, sheet bend, two half hitches, and slip knot.  Tell how each knot is used.
    3. Learn how to keep a rope from tangling.
    4. Coil a rope. Throw it, hitting a 2-foot square marker 20 feet away.
    5. Learn a magic rope trick.
    6. Make your own rope.

    Do all five requirements.
    1. Learn the rules of and how to play three team sports. 
    2. Learn the rules of and how to play two sports in which only one person is on each side. 
    3. Take part in one team and one individual sport.
    4. Watch a sport on TV with a parent or some other adult member of your family.
    5. Attend a high school, college, or professional sporting event with your family or your den.

    Do requirement f and two other requirements.
    1. Help a boy join Cub Scouting, or help a new Cub Scout through the Bobcat trail. 
    2. Serve as a denner or assistant denner.
    3. Plan and conduct a den activity with the approval of your den leader.
    4. Tell two people they have done a good job.
    5. Leadership means choosing a way even when not everybody likes your choice.
    6. Complete the Character Connection for Compassion.
      • Know. Tell why, as a leader, it is important to show kindness and concern for other people. List ways leaders show they care about the thoughts and feelings of others.
      • Commit. Tell why a good leader must consider the ideas, abilities, and feelings of others. Tell why it might be hard for a leader to protect another person's well-being. Tell ways you can be kind and compassionate.
      • Practice. While you complete the requirements for this achievement, find ways to be kind and considerate of others.


Take a look at these Bear Elective Ideas for some interesting ways to tackle some of these activities.
  1. SPACE
    1. Identify two constellations and the North Star in the night sky.
    2. Make a pinhole planetarium and show three constellations.
    3. Visit a planetarium.
    4. Build a model of a rocket or space satellite.
    5. Read and talk about at least one man-made satellite and one natural one.
    6. Find a picture of another planet in our solar system. Explain how it is different from Earth.

    1. Learn how to read an outdoor thermometer. Put one outdoors and read it at the same time every day for two weeks. Keep a record of each day's temperature and a description of the weather each day (fair skies, rain, fog, snow, etc.).
    2. Build a weather vane. Record wind direction every day at the same hour for two weeks. Keep a record of the weather for each day.
    3. Make a rain gauge.
    4. Find out what a barometer is and how it works. Tell your den about it. Tell what 'relative humidity' means.
    5. Learn to identify three different kinds of clouds. Estimate their heights.
    6. Watch the weather forecast on TV every day for two weeks. Describe three different symbols used on weather maps. Keep a record of how many times the weather forecast is correct.

  3. RADIO
    1. Build a crystal or diode radio. Check with your local craft or hobby shop or the nearest Scout shop that carries a crystal radio kit. It is all right to use a kit.
    2. Make and operate a battery powered radio, following the directions with the kit.

    1. Wire a buzzer or doorbell.
    2. Make an electric buzzer game.
    3. Make a simple bar or horseshoe electromagnet.
    4. Use a simple electric motor.
    5. Make a crane with an electromagnetic lift.

  5. BOATS
    1. Help an adult rig and sail a real boat. (Wear your PFD.)
    2. Help an adult repair a real boat or canoe.
    3. Know the flag signals for storm warnings.
    4. Help an adult repair a boat dock.
    5. With an adult on board, and both wearing PFDs, row a boat around a 100-yard course that has two turns. Demonstrate forward strokes, turns to both sides, and backstrokes.

    1. Identify five different kinds of aircraft, in flight if possible, or from models or photos.
    2. Ride in a commercial airplane.
    3. Explain how a hot air balloon works.
    4. Build and fly a model airplane. (You may use a kit. Every time you do this differently, it counts as a completed project.)
    5. Sketch and label an airplane showing the direction of forces acting on it (lift, drag, and load).
    6. Make a list of some of the things a helicopter can do that other kinds of airplanes can't. Draw or cut out a picture of a helicopter and label the parts.
    7. Build and display a scale airplane model. You may use a kit or build it from plans.

    1. With an adult's help, make a scooter or a Cubmobile. Know the safety rules.
    2. With an adult's help, make a windmill.
    3. With an adult's help, make a waterwheel.
    4. Make an invention of your own design that goes.

    1. Make and play a homemade musical instrument - cigar-box banjo, washtub bull fiddle, a drum or rhythm set, tambourine. etc.
    2. Learn to play two familiar tunes on any musical instrument.
    3. Play in a den band using homemade or regular musical instruments. Play at a pack meeting.
    4. Play two tunes on any recognized band or orchestra instrument.

  9. ART
    1. Do an original art project and show it at a pack meeting. Every project you do counts as one requirement
      Here are some ideas for art projects:
      Mobile or wire sculpture, Silhouette, Acrylic painting, Watercolor painting, Collage, Mosaic, Clay sculpture, Silk screen picture.
    2. Visit an art museum or picture gallery with your den or family.
    3. Find a favorite outdoor location and draw or paint it.

  10. MASKS
    1. Make a simple papier-mâché mask.
    2. Make an animal mask.
    3. Make a clown mask.

    1. Practice holding a camera still in one position. Learn to push the shutter button without moving the camera. Do this without film in the camera until you have learned how. Look through the viewfinder and see what your picture will look like. Make sure that everything you want in your picture is in the frame of your viewfinder.
    2. Take five pictures of the same subject in different kinds of light.
      1. Subject in direct sun with direct light.
      2. Subject in direct sun with side light.
      3. Subject in direct sun with back light.
      4. Subject in shade on a sunny day.
      5. Subject on a cloudy day.
    3. Put your pictures to use.
      1. Mount a picture on cardboard for display.
      2. Mount on cardboard and give it to a friend.
      3. Make three pictures that show how something happened (tell a story) and write a one sentence explanation for each.
    4. Take a picture in your house.
      1. With available light.
      2. Using a flash attachment or photoflood (bright light).

    1. Make solar prints of three kinds of leaves.
    2. Make a display of eight different animal tracks with an eraser print.
    3. Collect, press, and label ten kinds of leaves.
    4. Build a waterscope and identify five types of water life.
    5. Collect eight kinds of plant seeds and label them.
    6. Collect, mount, and label ten kinds of rocks or minerals.
    7. Collect, mount, and label five kinds of shells.
    8. Build and use a bird caller.

  13. MAGIC
    1. Learn and show three magic tricks.
    2. With your den, put on a magic show for someone else.
    3. Learn and show four puzzles.
    4. Learn and show three rope tricks.

    1. With an adult, help take care of your lawn or flower beds or help take care of the lawn or flower beds of a public building, school, or church. Seed bare spots. Get rid of weeds. Pick up litter. Agree ahead of time on what you will do.
    2. Make a sketch of a landscape plan for the area right around your home. Talk it over with a parent or den leader. Show which trees, shrubs and flowers you could plant to make the area look better.
    3. Take part in a project with your family, den, or pack to make your neighborhood or community more beautiful. These might be having a cleanup party, painting, cleaning and painting trash barrels, and removing weeds. (Each time you do this differently, it counts as a completed project.)
    4. Build a greenhouse and grow twenty plants from seed. You can use a package of garden seeds, or use beans, pumpkin seeds, or watermelon seeds.

    1. Dig a hole or find an excavation project and describe the different layers of soil you see and feel. (Do not enter an excavation area alone or without permission.)
    2. Explore three kinds of earth by conducting a soil experiment.
    3. Visit a burned-out forest or prairie area, or a slide area, with your den or your family. Talk to a soil and water conservation officer or forest ranger about how the area will be planted and cared for so that it will grow to be the way it was before the fire or slide
    4. What is erosion? Find out the kinds of grasses, trees, or ground cover you should plant in your area to help limit erosion.
    5. As a den, visit a lake, stream, river, or ocean (whichever is nearest where you live). Plan and do a den project to help clean up this important source of water. Name four kinds of water pollution.

    1. Take care of a farm animal. Decide with your parent the things you will do and how long you will do them.
    2. Name and describe six kinds of farm animals and tell their common uses.
    3. Read a book about farm animals and tell your den about it.
    4. With your family or den, visit a livestock exhibit at a county or state fair.

    1. With the help of an adult, fix an electric plug or appliance.
    2. Use glue or epoxy to repair something.
    3. Remove and clean a drain trap.
    4. Refinish or repaint something.
    5. Agree with an adult in your family on some repair job to be done and do it. (Each time you do this differently, it counts as a completed project.)

    1. Build and use an outdoor gym with at least three items from this list.
      1. Balance board
      2. Trapeze
      3. Tire walk
      4. Tire swing
      5. Tetherball
      6. Climbing rope
      7. Running long jump area.
    2. Build three outdoor toss games.
    3. Plan an outdoor game or gym day with your den. (This can be part of a pack activity). Put your plans on paper.
    4. Hold an open house for your backyard gym.

  19. SWIMMING Always have an adult with you who can swim.
    1. Jump feet first into water over your head, swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, and swim back.
    2. Swim on your back, the elementary backstroke, for 30 feet.
    3. Rest by floating on your back, using as little motion as possible for at least one minute.
    4. Tell what is meant by the buddy system. Know the basic rules of safe swimming
    5. Do a racing dive from edge of pool and swim 60 feet, using a racing stroke. (You might need to make a turn.)

  20. SPORTS
    1. In archery, know the safety rules and how to shoot correctly. Put six arrows into a 4-foot target at a distance of 15 feet. Make an arrow holder. (This can be done only at a district/council day or resident or family camp.)
    2. In skiing, know the Skier's Safety and Courtesy Code. Demonstrate walking and kick turn, climbing with a side step or herringbone, a snowplow stop, a stem turn, four linked snowplow or stem turns, straight running in a downhill position or cross-country position, and how to recover from a fall.
    3. In ice skating, know the safety rules. From a standing start, skate forward 150 feet; and come to a complete stop within 20 feet. Skate around a corner clockwise and counterclockwise without coasting. Show a turn from forward to backward. Skate backward 50 feet.
    4. In track, show how to make a sprint start. Run the 50-yard dash in 10 seconds or less. Show how to do the standing long jump, the running long jump, or high jump. (Be sure to have a soft landing area.)
    5. In roller skating (with conventional or in-line skates), know the safety rules. From a standing start, skate forward 150 feet; and come to a complete stop within 20 feet. Skate around a corner clockwise and counterclockwise without coasting and show a turn from forward to backward. Skate backward 50 feet. Wear the proper protective clothing.
    6. Earn a new Cub Scout Sports pin. (Repeat three times with different sports to earn up to three Arrow Points.)

  21. SALES
    1. Take part in a council- or pack-sponsored, money-earning sales program. Keep track of the sales you make yourself. When the program is over, add up the sales you have made.
    2. Help with a garage sale or rummage sale. This can be with your family or a neighbor, or it can be a church, school, or pack event.

    1. Start a stamp collection. You can get information about stamp collecting at any U.S. post office.
    2. Mount and display a collection of emblems, coins, or other items to show at a pack meeting. This can be any kind of collection. Every time you show a different kind of collection, it counts as one requirement.
    3. Start your own library. Keep your own books and pamphlets in order by subject. List the title, author, and subject of each on an index card and keep the cards in a file box, or use a computer program to store the information.

  23. MAPS
    1. Look up your state on a U.S. map. What other states touch its borders?
    2. Find your city or town on a map of your state. How far do you live from the state capital?
    3. In which time zone do you live? How many time zones are there in the U.S.?
    4. Make a map showing the route from your home to your school or den meeting place.
    5. Mark a map showing the way to a place you would like to visit that is at least 50 miles from your home.

    1. American Indian people live in every part of what is now the continental United States. Find the name of the American Indian nation that lives or has lived where you live now. Learn about these people.
    2. Learn, make equipment for, and play two American Indian or other native American games with members of your den. Be able to tell the rules, who won, and what the score was.
    3. Learn what the American Indian people in your area (or another area) used for shelter before contact with the Europeans. Learn what American Indian people in that area used for shelter today. Make a model of one of these shelters, historic or modern. Compare the kind of shelter you made with the others made in your den.

  25. Let's Go Camping
    1. Learn about the ten essential items you need for a hike or campout. Assemble your own kit of essential items. Explain why each item is 'essential.'
    2. Go on a short hike with your den, following the buddy system. Explain how the buddy system works and why it is important to you to follow it. Tell what to do if you are lost.
    3. Participate with your den in front of the pack at a campfire.
    4. Participate with your pack on an overnight campout. Help put up your tent and help set up the campsite.
    5. Participate with your den in a religious service during an overnight campout or other Cub Scouting event.
    6. Attend day camp in your area.
    7. attend resident camp in your area.
    8. Earn the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Award.
This information is intended to make bear cub scout dens more productive and interesting for the scouts. A cub scout at the bear level needs a lot of activity made up of short, interesting games, projects, and challenges.

More Bear Scout Information to Use:
  Bear Scout Achievements - Tasks to perform to earn the Bear badge
  Bear Scout Electives - Tasks to perform to earn arrow points
  Bear Scout Activities - great den meeting and pack activity ideas
  Bear Scout Awards - see what awards are available to Bear scouts
  Bear Scout Ceremonies - a few ceremonies
  Cub Scout Games - den or pack games just right for 3rd graders
  Bear Scout Graces - fun meal graces
  Bear Scout Jokes - funny, gross, and silly jokes for scouts
  Bear Scout Projects - community or conservation projects for your Bear den
  Bear Scout Recipes - easy recipes you can make with your scouts for fun snacks or on family campouts
  Cub Scout Skits - skits that Bear Scouts like to do
  Cub Scout Songs - songs for Bears
  Bear Scout Stories - choose stories that Bear scouts will enjoy and understand
  Bear Scout Uniform - make sure you put all those badges and patches in the right spots
  Cub Scout Academics & Sports - extra recognition opportunities
  Bear Scout Schedule - sample schedule of meetings and activities

 Apr 10, 2013 - Mike
Can a religious emblem earned as a Tiger or Wolf count toward Bear advancement 2:

Complete the requirement.
Earn the Religious Emblem of your faith.

Apr 14, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Mike - I've never counted activities done in prior years for advancement in the current year of Cub Scouts.  But, if the same requirements are used for Wolf and Bear for the religious emblem, then you might have a hard time not counting it.  If there are different requirements, then it should be earned while a Bear.
Many faiths have different requirements for Tiger, Cub Scout, and Webelos - with Cub Scout meaning Wolf and Bear.  There is a specific statement in the Webelos handbook stating the Cub Scout religious emblem can not be used, but I could find no statement like that in the current Bear handbook.
Apr 14, 2013 - Mike
Scouter Paul,
I have always followed the same standard of counting only activities done in the current rank year toward current rank achievement; however this year I had a couple parents inquire and I was unsure about this one as I too could not find any statement saying otherwise as is the case with the Webelos requirement.  Anyway, I will stick with standard practice and say it must be earned in the Bear rank year to count toward Bear advancement.

Dec 05, 2013 - John
My faith's first award covers 1st through 3rd grades.  My son started working on it in 1st grade and will finish it this year (2nd grade).  Since our faith doesn't have another award until 4th-5th grade, can I count it next year when he's a Bear?
Dec 05, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@John - That makes sense to me.  You might check in your congregation to see how other scouts have handle it.
Dec 24, 2013 - Sandy
For Bear Scouts:  A volunteer insists that if her son picks two famous people (3b) from the folklore people list(4a), that he gets credit for having completed two requirements, 3b and 4a.  I don't agree.  She says there's other ones we can combine, too.
Jan 20, 2014 - Mike
Scouter Paul,

Chapter 23 section E states "Attend a high school, college, or professional sporting event with your family or your den."

One of my scouts attended a league basketball game with his family that was for 3rd graders. Can this be applied to 23E even though it is Little League Basketball instead of HS, college, or Pro sports?

Thank you,

Jan 20, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Mike - I wouldn't count it.  Since the requirement specifically states the level of event, that's what should be attended.
Jan 20, 2014 - Mike
OK. That is fair. We have minor league hockey where we live. I'll have the boys go to one of those games.

Thank you for your help.

Jan 22, 2014 - Ann Wood
We have a mixed group of boys, some of whom do not participate in an organized religion. What do we do about the religious emblem requirement for them?  
Jan 22, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Ann - The scout needs to do ONE of the two possible requirements.  If there is no Emblem of Faith for his faith, then he would do #1.
May 27, 2014 - Jesica Gilbert
My son just turned 10, but has not yet completed all his Bear requirements - we've done many, but not all.  Is that something he can still finish in the next month?  Or does it have to be completed by his birthday?  I am not familiar with the deadlines for completing the rank.

May 27, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Jesica - As long as he's registered in the Bear den, he can do Bear activities.  When your Pack starts a new program year and he joins a Webelos den, then he can't go back and do Bear things.  The program year for a Pack usually either starts at the end or the beginning of the school year - it's up to your Pack.
May 30, 2014 - Becki
Nobody answered Sandy's question from December. I'm also curious about counting something for more than one requirement. I suppose it really depends on the situation. For example, I could see doing one report to count for "write a report on a <specific thing>" and "use a computer to print a document" if the boy does a printed report. I did not, however, give credit for "sing a song for your pack" AND "sing a song at a campfire with your pack" for just one song. Thoughts?
May 31, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Sandy and Becki - Double-counting activities is a great way to confuse a boy on what "Do Your Best" means.  Most often, the reason for the activity is different and doing the 2 activities separately has value.

For Sandy, I would have the scout choose four different characters for "famous Americans" and "folklore".  They are not the same.

For Becki, the 'printing' activity is a simple belt loop activity while the 'report' activity is more complicated to share what the scout values and demonstrate skill with a word processing program.

I would do each activity separately, specifying which requirement it is for.
Jun 22, 2014 - Lisa Calderwood
With electives/extra achievements. Does the entire achievement need to be completed as it would be if the boy were using it as needed for his Bear or just "a", "b", "c", "d" toward the electives. If an achievement had 5 parts, and the boy completed 4 of them, is that 4 points towards an arrow? I don't find the instructions very clear. Thanks for your help.
Jun 23, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Lisa - Achievements unused towards the Bear rank work just like Electives.  Each a, b, c, ... part counts as 1 tally toward an arrow point.
So, the answer to your question is, "Yes".
Sep 25, 2014 - Robert Field
As a Cub Master for our pack, I agree with Paul on the double counting of activities, especially when it comes to achieving ranks. By double counting activities, you are teaching the boys there are shortcuts to the finish line and that it is OK to cut corners in order to get the job done. Is that really what you want the boys to learn?
Sep 25, 2014 - Scouter Kevin
3i:  Participate in an outdoor flag ceremony

Do the boys need to be part of the honor guard or is it sufficient to be part of the audience?
Sep 25, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Kevin - Watching from the audience is not participating, from my point of view.
They don't need to be part of the color guard (which is specifically listed in 3f), but they need to perform some role, such as reading a script, or addressing the audience.
It doesn't need to be a huge ceremony - if a den opens an outdoors den meeting with a ceremony and then closes with one, that could cover the requirement for quite a few scouts.  I would expect the scouts to have practiced the ceremony beforehand (which would fall under 3h).
Oct 14, 2014 - Michelle Mahler
What do we do for 25f if there is not a resident camp in our area?
Oct 14, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Michelle - If the scout can not attend resident camp, then he doesn't complete 25f.
Oct 20, 2014 - Rachael
Scouter Paul- "They don't need to be part of the color guard (which is specifically listed in 3f), but they need to perform some role, such as reading a script, or addressing the audience."- would doing their pack cheer as part of role call at the outdoor opening ceremony count in your view?

Oct 20, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Rachel - As I mentioned to Kevin, "Watching from the audience is not participating, from my point of view."
I don't see how doing a cheer is participating in a flag ceremony.  But, it's up to the parents and den leader to decide what to count.  
Nov 21, 2014 - Tiffany
We're working on planning how to complete the World Conservation Award requirements, and looked at the Nature Crafts elective (#12). Requirement g states to collect, mount, and label five kinds of shells. Is there any advice for HOW to do that when the nearest shell-source is hours away? Would ordering an assortment of shells and sorting through them to identify and display them work, do you think? I feel that's not quite the spirit of the "collect" part, but it's the best I can think of so far.
Feb 17, 2015 - Mr. & Mrs. Cosse'
Excited and Proud!  Our son will soon earn his badge once he completes #24 Be A Leader and Character Connection for Compassion.  We are glad, as is he, that Boy Scouts of America offers inclusive, appropriate, individual and group leadership building programs/activities.  We appreciate all of the support, accommodations and encouragement from Leader Falterman, Fellow Scouts and Den/Pack Families.

Thank you,

Kevin, Brenda and Scouter JJ Cosse'
Mar 03, 2015 - Rachael
Scouter Paul- thank you for being a consistent source of great info.  In our latest achievement update, half the parents considered the pinewood derby car for Bear #21a (build a model from a kit) as completing this requirement.  The other half did not.  To be fair, I want to count it for all who participated in the derby if that is an appropriate interpretation of the achievement.  Any advice? (I don't think the parents who didn't count it will mind it being added for their scouts but for those for whom it would be deleted could get upset- I know what is being used as my tracker has a comments column so many enter info their for themselves).        
Mar 03, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Rachael - Sure, a pinewood derby car is a model.  And, if the scout makes a display stand for his derby car, that's 2 requirements done.
Mar 20, 2015 - christine
good point.:)

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