Where can I purchase BSA literature, uniforms, and other program materials?
Our uniforms, literature, and other Scouting merchandise is available at your local council, Scout Shops, and other licensed distributors. Visit the Supply Group website at www.scoutstuff.org to find a list of distributors in your area. If there aren’t any suppliers near you, you can order directly from the Supply Group by telephone.
How can I save money on the cost of uniforms and equipment?
Pack 700 does not require the purchase of the shorts or socks for the uniform. All other items and badges are required for the uniform.
Advancement and Awards
If a boy joins a Bear den, may he go back and earn the Tiger Cub and Wolf badges?
No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward the same badge. If a boy joins Cub Scouting as a 9-year-old or in the third grade, he must earn the Bobcat badge (all boys in Cub Scouting earn this badge), and then he will begin working onthe Bear badge with his fellow Cub Scouts. He is not required to have earned the Tiger Cub or Wolf badges. Since those badges are for younger boys (first grade or age 7 and second grade or age 8), the requirements for those badges are below a third grade or 9-year-old’s current level of ability, so “going back” to pick up those badges is not permitted.
If a boy completes the Wolf badge early, may he begin working on the Bear badge?
No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward a badge that is geared to their level of development. If the Wolf badge is completed before the end of the program year, a boy may work on electives to earn Arrow Points, or Academic and Sports belt loops and pins, Nova awards, or the religious emblem of their faith. He may not begin working on the requirements for the Bear badge. His work on the Bear badge will begin the next program year, when he graduates into a Bear den.
May Cub Scouts earn badges such as the 50-Miler Award or Mile Swim BSA?
No, Cub Scouts are not eligible to earn these awards, which are part of the Boy Scout program. All of the awards that Cub Scouts may earn are listed in their handbooks.
When a Cub Scout earns the Arrow of Light, may he immediately join a Boy Scout troop?
Boy Scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light and are at least 10 years old. So a Webelos Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light is eligible to join a troop immediately (provided he is at least 10 years old). A boy can join a Boy Scout troop if he is 11 years old whether he has earned the Arrow of Light or not.
However, many packs coordinate with a local Boy Scout troop to facilitate the transition from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. In these instances, it is better for the boy, his family, and both units if all Webelos Scouts make the transition together, in a coordinated fashion, rather than having each boy leave the pack as soon as he is eligible.
How does a Cub Scout earn a Nova award?
A Cub Scout, with his counselor, acquires the Cub Scout Nova Awards Guidebook. The Cub Scout decides which Nova award he wishes to work on. He will then work with his counselor to understand the procedure and begin completing the requirements. Once he has completed his first Nova award he will be presented the Nova patch for Cub Scouts. For each Nova award he completes after that he will be presented a “pi” pin to put on the Nova patch.
If he chooses to work toward the Supernova award, he will need a Supernova mentor. You can contact your local council for a list of mentors in your area, or someone who is qualified can register through the council to become a Supernova mentor. This information can be found at www.scouting.org/stem.aspx.