Cub Scout Progress Towards Ranks

Cub Scout Progress Towards Ranks

Cub Scout Progress Towards Ranks

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Boys need frequent recognition soon after an accomplishment.
The Tiger Cub Totem provides recognition during the path to earn the Tiger rank badge. As a Tiger, whenever he completes a Family, Den, or Go See It activity, he earns a bead to place on his totem.
  • A white bead for each required 'family activity' part he completes.
  • An orange bead for each required 'den activity' part he completes.
  • A black bead for each required 'Go See It' part he completes.
  • A yellow 'Tiger Track' disk for every 10 Tiger Electives he completes after earning his Tiger rank badge.
This totem is hung from the button of the right pocket with the tiger paw facing out. The beads are presented at den meetings. Once the scout has earned all 15 totem beads, he has earned his Tiger rank badge. The badge is awarded at a pack meeting and sewn onto the blue Cub Scout uniform.


Boys need frequent recognition soon after an accomplishment.
The Cub Scout Immediate Recognition Kit provides recognition during the path to earn the Wolf and Bear rank badges.
As a Wolf or Bear, when he completes his first three achievements, his den leader presents the Progress Toward Ranks totem to him. It's a diamond with a thong attached and a bead slipped on the thong. It is worn on the button of the right shirt pocket as a temporary badge. For every three achievements completed by the scout as a Wolf, he will receive a gold bead. For every 3 achievements earned as a Bear, he will receive a red bead.
These beads should be presented at den meetings. After he gets his fourth bead, he has completed the requirements for his rank badge (either Wolf or Bear) which will be awarded at a pack meeting.

Cub Scouts may continue to wear this emblem after ranks are earned until they become Webelos Scouts.

More Cub Scout Information to Use:
  Cub Scouts - information about the cub scout program
  Bobcat Info - any grade
  Tiger Info - 1st grade
  Wolf Info - 2nd grade
  Bear Info - 3rd grade
  Webelos - 4th and 5th grade

To help make your Cub Scouts of America program the best it can be, use these pages to find good stuff:
  Monthly Cub Scout Themes
  Activities - find age-appropriate, advancement-supporting activites for Cub Scouts
  Games - den or pack games just right for 1st through 3rd graders
  Projects - fun projects for cub scouts to use to do a good turn
  Recipes - easy recipes
  Cub Scout Skits - skits that Cub Scouts love
  Songs - songs to liven up a cub scout den or pack meeting
  Stories - choose stories that cub scouts will enjoy and understand
  Awards - see what awards are available to all cub scouts
  Cub Scout Academics & Sports - extra recognition opportunities
  Pinewood Derby - advice for the big race

 Sep 19, 2012 - John J. Graney, Jr.
I am a den leader and a new cubmaster, this info is very usefull and helpful.

Nov 01, 2012 - Dan Hale
Can the totem be handmade from leather or do i have to purchase the one from the store.  If it can be handmade what needs to be on it?  Bear and Wolf?
Nov 01, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Dan - You can make anything you'd like.  These totems are optional items and if you have another way to recognize scouts in your den, that's fine.  The idea is to immediately recognize scouts as they complete advancement.
Nov 07, 2012 - Dan Hale
Thank you Scouter Paul..
Nov 05, 2013 - Rose
I like Dan's idea of a handmade totem and agree with the immediate recognition. Can this handmade totem be hung on the uniform in place of the official one purchased from the Scout store? If not, can you give me some suggestions of how the boys can display these?
Thanks for your help!

Nov 06, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Rose - Pretty much any one thing can be displayed centered on the right pocket.  That position for "temporary patches" is specifically for the scout to show off something he'd like everyone to see.  It's usually the most recent camp or activity patch he received.
Oct 03, 2014 - Jessica Mettler
I have a question. I am a new Cubmaster. I would like to start awarding the progress toward ranks beads for wolves and bears and also the tiger immediate recognition beads at Pack meetings instead of Den meetings. This is our preference and my husband and I have thought it out and we would really like to do this. Is this unusual or are there other Packs that do this? If anyone has any advice on this it is appreciated. thanks!
Oct 06, 2014 - Sharon Gregory
Our Pack awards these beads at Pack Meetings also.  We do this so that more boys are able to get recognized at pack meetings.  Not always between pack meetings do all boys earn something additional like belt loops and pins.  Our boys love hearing their name and everything earned called out even if it is just 1 or 2 beads.  
Oct 16, 2014 - Michelle Maffey
SO helpful, thanks!

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