With all of the activities Cub Scouts do, rank advancement is not the only opportunity for Cub Scouts and Webelos to achieve awards. The BSA also has a variety of other awards that Scouts can earn either with their Den or on their own. Each award is given by merit to the Scout and is presented at a ceremony before the Pack.
The Arrow of Light
This is the highest honor bestowed upon Cub Scouts. The Arrow of Light can be attained by Webelos who complete a challenging suite of requirements. This is the only award that may be carried over on a Scout’s uniform to Boy Scouts.
Belt Loops and Pins
For academic achievements and sports participation, Scouts can earn belt loops and pins.
- Belt loops are metal awards that clip to the Scouts’ official Scout belt. These are the first part of attaining academic and sports awards, and usually required three activities to be performed, completed, and signed by Akela–the Den Leader or a member of the Pack leadership team.
- Pins are awards that can be added to a Scout’s red felt brag vest or the Scout’s hat.
Ask you Den Leader or Pack leadership team for more information about belt loops and pins. A complete resource is available at Scout retail venues with worksheets for the attainment of Academic and Sports Awards.
Webelos Scouts are a special breed indeed. This is the highest rank of Cub Scouts, and it involves 1.5 years typically to accomplish all of the requirements. Webelos have the opportunity to earn pins for uniform tri-colors.
Medals and Patches
There are a wide variety of patches that can be earned by participating in Scouting activities. However, some of the most recognized are:
- Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
- World Conservation Award
- Religious Emblems
- Leave-No-Trace Award
A more complete list and in-depth information can be found by clicking here to visit the BSA official page.