While working toward the WEBELOS rank and the Arrow of Light Award, the boy also may earn any or all of the 20 activity badges that range from Aquanaut and Sportsman to Geologist and Forester. The WEBELOS Den Leader approves the boy’s work or assigns someone else to approve it. This is an important step in the boy’s transition to a Boy Scout Troop. All requirements for the WEBELOS badge, Arrow of Light Award, and activity badges are found in the WEBELOS Scout Book.
When he has earned the Arrow of Light Award (or is 11 years old or has completed the fifth grade), the boy makes a transition from the Pack to a Boy Scout Troop in an impressive ‘crossover’ pack ceremony.
The WEBELOS badge and Arrow of Light requirements include all of the joining requirements for the ‘Scout’ badge.
WEBELOS Dens are for boys who have completed third grade (or reached age 10). The WEBELOS Den program is different from the Cub Scout Den program. Everything in the WEBELOS Scout program is more challenging than what younger boys in the Pack do. WEBELOS Scouts get to work on the 20 WEBELOS activity badges:
* Family Member
WEBELOS Scouts work on requirements during their weekly Den meetings. Once a boy learns a skill, he practices it at Den meetings and at home on his own. His family helps him at home. WEBELOS Scouts bring the projects they do at home to the Den meetings to show others, and to have the WEBELOS Den Leader approve their projects.
When a boy has done the requirements for an activity badge, the WEBELOS Den Leader or activity badge counselor, rather than a parent, approves most of the activity badges. It takes three activity badges, including Fitness and Citizen, to earn the WEBELOS badge.