One of the things which Boy Scouts and their parents find very different from Cub Scouts is advancement. In Cub Scouts, everyone moved on to the next level together, even if they didn’t earn their badge.
In Boy Scouts, each Scout goes at his own pace. Hopefully it doesn’t take him too long to meet the requirements for the Scout badge. The requirements for Scout are the joining requirements for Boy Scouts, so a new Scout should meet the requirements almost immediately.
Although Scout is often referred to as the “joining rank” for Boy Scouts, Scout is not really considered a rank by BSA. Upon completion of the requirements, the new Scout will receive a Scout badge which resembles the rank badges.
If he earned his Arrow of Light, these requirements should look very familiar. Once of the ways that Arrow of Light prepares Webelos to transition to Boy Scouts is by introducing these requirements.
Requirements for the Scout Badge for Boy Scouts
- Meet the age requirements. Be a boy who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.
- Find a Scout troop near your home.
- Complete a Boy Scout application and health history signed by your parent or guardian.
- Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake.
- Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).
- Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, motto, slogan, and the Outdoor Code.
- Describe the Scout badge.
- Complete the pamphlet exercises. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide".
- Participate in a Scoutmaster conference. Turn in your Boy Scout application and health history form signed by your parent or guardian, then participate in a Scoutmaster conference.