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In the Bear Den, there are four general achievement groups: God, Country, Family, and Self. There are 120 achievement tasks and your Bear Cub must earn a certain number of achievements in each of the four groups to earn his Bear Badge. This is the year your son will grow in amazing ways. After earning their Bear Badge, the scout may earn arrow points by completing additional achievement tasks.
Much of the advancement for the Bear rank is done by the scout with his family outside of the den. The parent signs off in the scout’s handbook and the Den Leader records the advancements from the handbook in our tracking software. 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 graduates to Webelos.
If the Cub Scout has not previously earned the Bobcat Badge, it must be earned before the scout hits the Trail toward his Bear Badge.
- Complete each of the following Bear required adventures with your den or family:
- Bear Claws
- Bear Necessities
- Fellowship and Duty to God
- Fur, Features, and Ferns
- Grin and Bear It
- Paws for Action
- Complete one Bear elective adventure of your den or family’s choosing.
- With your parent or guardian, 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.*
*If your family does not have Internet access at home AND you do not have ready Internet access at school or another public place or via a mobile device, the Cyber Chip portion of this requirement may be waived by your parent or guardian.
Click here for a detailed list of the Bear requirements.
- Shirt (Long or Short Sleeve)
The uniform will be used through the third grade – so size it appropriately.
- Pants or Shorts
The Uniform Code
Your son should/will be encouraged to wear his uniform appropriately. The shirt should always be tucked in and orderly. He should understand the importance of representing the entire Boy Scout Organization while in uniform.
Time to Sew?
The image to the right will help with the placement of emblems and patches.
Patches You’ll need to Buy
- Council Patch*
- Pack Numbers** (see Below)
- Den Number (Optional)